The Legend Of Zelda: 8 Games With The Best Cover Art, Ranked

The Legend Of Zelda: 8 Games With The Best Cover Art, Ranked ...

The Legend of Zelda, one of the most popular gaming companies of all time, has seen many incarnations over the years. Link has been comic books and even a television show.

Before players take their first steps in Link''s shoes, they notice the game. Over the years, The Legend of Zeldahas had some stunning cover art. Some games even had inadequate covers until they were re-released in another country or on another platform, resulting in an aesthetic enhancement. Here are some of the best cover art from the series.

8 Link''''s Awakening (2019)

The original Link''s Awakening was remade in 2019 for Nintendo Switch, but it will become one of the platform''s most popular games. The cover depicts a magical environment, but the determined expression on Link''s face and the sword in his hand makes no doubt that this is a world of danger.

Link''s own chibi-inspired design with its big head and simplified features weren''t to everyone''s taste, but it perfectly reflected the tone of the title, which is one of the most important things cover art can do. Link''s Adventure was quite different, but it also helped make it more memorable.

7 Tri Force Heroes

Link is a brave and skilled warrior who doesn''t necessarily need a hand to assist, but it''s crucial to give Tri Force Heroes players three hands, for example, as long as the game offered a three-person cooperative experience.

The cover art for Tri Force Heroes creates an interesting balance, revealing childlike characters in a distressing situation, standing on a platform with weapons at the disposal of their horrifying enemies. The character textures are more pronounced than in Link''s Awakening, and the cover art makes the clever decision to keep its brightly-colored heroes front and center, letting the dull palette of the background structures keep the focus where it''s intended to be.

6 Four Swords Adventures

The cover art for Four Swords Adventures maintains the trend of colorful, childish heroes seen in Tri Force Heroes, but the tone is darker here. None of these heroes are smiling: the tension is palpable, implying that the player has to cooperate in the battle.

Link''s foes are drawn in a somewhat more perceptual way and painted with dark, muted colors, allowing for a simple but effective visual contrast to tell a story: The heroes are all that stands between the darkness and a happy ending for Hyrule, and everyone''s help is required if they wish to finish their quest.

5 Skyward Sword

The cover of Skyward Sword is much more aggressive than many others in the series, combining many of the previous games great mechanics and story elements and making them together into one powerful experience. It''s therefore appropriate that the cover is more serious than those of other entries.

Link is the only one with true solidity as the clouds and sky beyond bleed through the others. The art shies away from the exaggerated and cartoonish aesthetic of other titles, unifyingly, implying more interest in the subject. As if the cover was a camera looking out onto Hyrule, the link is the only one who has true solidity.

4 Wind Waker HD

Though Wind Waker was first reimagined on the Game Cube, many critics were upset about its unique cel-shaded art technique, a first for the series. Instead of ghopping around Hyrule on Epona, Link set sail on the King of Red Lions, combating the wind as well as sea monsters as he flew from island to island.

With one significant change, the cover art maintains the game''s art style, resulting in a leeched color from the world around Link; other characters and objects are instead depicted in a sepia tone. This design choice allows the cover to keep Link back and center in players'' minds while still providing a brief preview of the cast and events.

3 Twilight Princess

Twilight Princess did its best to innovate in certain areas while remaining true to its roots in others. Transformations have been an important part of the franchise for years, and Twilight Princess added a new one, as indicated by Wolf Link''s cover art.

Despite its distinct colors, diagonal bifurcation, and the inverted wolf''s head, the game''s cover possesses a lot of visual interest, even though its colors, which, at least in comparison to the aggressive brightness and cheeriness of other titles, are somewhat muted. Link and the wolf are drawn in a style that is more reminiscent of concept art sketches than finished paintings, giving the cover a sense of mystery and potential.

2 Majora''''s Mask 3D

The Majora''s Mask 3D (released on the 3DS) revamped the graphics and refined some mechanics to achieve the most moon-crashing-into-panicked-citizens experience possible. 15 years after the original was released on the N64, the Majora''s Mask 3D was shown up to remind fans of what made the title so great in the first place.

Majora''s Mask, even by Zelda standards, has an unusual appearance, apocalyptic Groundhog Day plot, and the cover art for 3D captures many of the characters who assist in making the game such a fun, although unusual experience. Instead of just concealing his face, Link is attempting to use a mask, hinting at the many other mysteries to come.

1 Breath Of The Wild

Breath of the Wild, the gold standard for quality in the Zelda franchise, gave fans an open-world experience likes of those they had never imagined before. As fans of the genre know, open-world games live or die by the quality of those worlds, and the player''s first real look at the land unfolding before them will help set the tone for tens or hundreds of hours to come.

Despite his sword and shield in his hands, Link appears calm and confident. Despite his distance, Hyrule lies on his feet, and the golden light shining through the skies over the cool blue earth appears to beckon him. Never has Link''s journey ever been more imminent or more remarkable.