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Link and Penny Arcade Join Forces

In an act of ultimate fan service, Link gets his own limited web comic.

Link has been in the spotlight quite a bit this year.  His franchise, one of the most popular of all time, is celebrating 25 years.  To celebrate this prestigious milestone Nintendo has given 3DS and DSi owners Four Swords for free, promoted a touring orchestral concert series featuring music from the beloved franchise and will be capped off with the release of Skyward Sword in less than a week.  We can now add web comic to that list.

Nintendo has teamed up with Penny Arcade to bring fans a five part web comic series that starts today.  The comic draws inspiration from both Penny Arcarde’s and Skyward Sword’s unique artistic styling to bring to life The Legend of Zelda in a unique way.

“I was 14 when I first played The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past,” said Penny Arcade artist Mike Krahulik. “That was 20 years ago, and today I am introducing my son to The Legend of Zelda. The opportunity to work with Nintendo to create a Zelda comic is not only an incredible honor, but quite literally a childhood dream come true.”

Keep it posted to PixlBit for our review of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword before the game is released on November 20, 2011 exclusively on the Nintendo Wii.

Press Release


Nintendo News: Nintendo Joins Forces with Penny Arcade to Create Original Comic for The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Nintendo has teamed up with the creative team from the popular Penny Arcade online comic strip to create a special comic in celebration of the Nov. 20 launch of The Legend of Zelda™: Skyward Sword for the Wii™ console.

Starting today, the first of five weekly comic panels will appear on http://www.zelda.com/skywardsword/comic. The comics include characters and themes from the new game, and are drawn in a style that combines the game’s distinctive new look and Penny Arcade’s signature style.

“I was 14 when I first played The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past,” said Penny Arcade artist Mike Krahulik. “That was 20 years ago, and today I am introducing my son to The Legend of Zelda. The opportunity to work with Nintendo to create a Zelda comic is not only an incredible honor, but quite literally a childhood dream come true.”

For more information about The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, visit http://www.zelda.com/skywardsword.

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Comments

Joaquim Mira Media Manager

11/15/2011 at 12:20 PM

Sweet. I love PA's work.

Jason Ross Senior Editor

11/15/2011 at 02:42 PM

I usually don't enjoy this type of comic. Penny Arcade is fun as a light-hearted comic strip, but they don't always capture others' characters very well. This first comic doesn't seem like the Link I've seen in all the Skyward Sword early game promotional stuff out there, etc. etc.

Joaquim Mira Media Manager

11/15/2011 at 02:56 PM

He's skydiving for her. You can see it in his eyes, and clenched fists that he's not happy that something took his Zelda.

Jason Ross Senior Editor

11/15/2011 at 03:03 PM

Yeah, he's skydiving for her, but truthfully, we've seen a more or less lighthearted Link in Skyward Sword, particularly in what we've seen at the beginning of the game. I can tell you, I can't envision Skyward Sword Link "thinking" like this at all.

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