This Astonishing Fan-Made Zelda: Ocarina Of Time Project Has Massive Ghibli Vibes

Hyrule's Moving Castle

In the world of Unreal Engine 5-powered fan projects based on iconic video games, a lot of what we see is the kind of ill-advised hyper-realism that really misses the mark on capturing the magic in our memories. Sometimes though, it’s used to power projects that are genuinely incredible to behold and put a whole new spin on some of the most memorable games ever made.

Case in point, this gorgeous 18-minute long Studio Ghibli-esque video based on The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time and produced using UE5.

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The project comes from YouTuber “RwanLink” who’s produced some UE5 Zelda stuff in the past, admittedly typically in that more realistic fashion, but this latest effort uses heavily-stylised 3D visuals with a heap of techniques mirroring traditional animation, especially in the realm of works from the likes of Hayao Miyazaki. There’s a mix of cutscenes and “gameplay” in the video, with the low-framerate animations continuing into the realtime sections to an effect that reminds me quite a bit of Double Fine’s underrated gem, Stacking. The music is also a highlight, blending the sounds of both Zelda and Ghibli wonderfully.

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You can watch the full thing below to see Link makes his way from Kokiri Forest into Hyrule Castle Town and meet some familiar faces along the way:

In the world of actual Zelda projects, Nintendo of course recently announced that it’s started up production on a live-action The Legend of Zelda film in conjunction with Sony Pictures Entertainment. The film will be a collaboration between Shigeru Miyamoto and Avi Arad (Spider-Man Across the Spider-Verse, Uncharted, Kraven the Hunter) and will be directed by Wes Ball. You can read more about that right here.