The Bizarre Legend Of Zelda Controller We'll Never Play With

You could have played GameCube (and Wii) game The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess with a very rare video game controller feature: a belt buckle. This is the never-produced Legend of Zelda controller from Nubytech.

Nubytech is the company that made unusual products like the infamous Resident Evil 4 chainsaw controller and a Shadow the Hedgehog-themed gamepad for the PlayStation 2. At one point, it seems they were planning on making a GameCube controller that dressed like Zelda savior Link.

Based on shots of the prototype, it would have featured a leathery vambrace and a Hylian shield, with Twilight Princess artwork to remind players why they bought the thing. Had The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess not been delayed in order to become a Wii launch game, we might have seen this little monster a long time ago.

It may not be the most attractive - or seemingly useful - controller, but the big, bookish packaging for Nubytech's Zelda controller has an appeal of its own.

Product designer Alfredo Tato has more images of the device at his Behance, as well as shots of his other Nubytech work.

The Legend of Zelda Controller [Behance via NeoGAF]


    That looks awesome. Now give me other characters, like Master Chief, Darksiders' War, or Dante from Devil May Cry!

    ...or maybe Bayonetta, but that might get weird >_>;

    Drool. Especially if it was a game+controller bundle.

    Can I use this controller for Skyward Sword please? Rather than flailing my arms about with ther wiimote? Pretty please?

      It's not as if you're going to swing your WiiMote around all the time. Skyward Sword will be the first game ever to use the full capabilities of the Wii, and that's something to look forward to. I bet you're going to love the controls once you've played yourself. I can't say for sure as I didn't play it yet, but this is Nintendo we're talking about!

        Which capabilities haven't been used yet? =S

    This thing is so impractical yet ridiculously badass (and bad). That buckle on the right handle looks painful.

      If you think about it though, the main part you hold onto is the underside. The topside hardly gets any action at all, unless you're some kind of death-grip gamer.

    You know what the good thing about the buckle is? You can remove it. I would never use it though, just keep it because it's pretty

    This is a graphic design tradition - they usually do a skin with sneakers with a select theme. Of course, they tried it with face plates for Xbox, and stickers to add onto consoles, but you'll find more quality if its done from scratch on the body, than something you can add to it.

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