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Behold: Our 100-card Zelda expansion for Magic: The Gathering

Some six million people play Magic: The Gathering, the world’s premier collectible card game. Nintendo’s Legend of Zelda franchise has sold roughly 60 million units since 1986. Both series revel in mystical energies, towering monsters and ethereal realms teetering on the edge of destruction. Seems like only a matter of time before someone fused them together, no?

And that’s precisely what GamesRadar reader KREATIVEassassin did this past month – create a thoroughly researched NES Zelda expansion for Magic: The Gathering. Even if you only know one of the two properties on display, the artwork, flavor text and overall presentation of these cards will be worth your time. If you know both… well then, you’re in for a real treat.
 
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50 comments

  • CaffieKuriboh - July 14, 2011 8:11 a.m.

    this is so awsome! just one question, why does "buying medicine" have 2 X costs if you can only chose one effect?
  • AlanRedgown - February 5, 2014 9:33 a.m.

    It means you have to pay 2x the X cost to play the card.
  • madjr297 - August 8, 2010 8:43 p.m.

    I know a guy that has a sliver deck, and he was on my team in 2v2 of magic. the kid has overlord sliver, in his hand (it costs one of every type of land) he's a bout to play it, I remind him to draw. and he draws the TRIFOCE!!! I was like omg!! he printed it out on card stock and it looked exactly the same as a regular card!
  • ballplayer27 - July 13, 2010 4:56 a.m.

    Triforce's mana cost is too low. Understandable that it means your deck has to have all types of land, but I imagine a card that powerful would still have a colorless requirement of some sort. Even 5/5 creatures often have higher mana costs than just five total. Great article. Almost makes me want to play again, lol.
  • KaiokenKid - July 12, 2010 2:41 a.m.

    lol, I love this. As a Magic the Gathering player and a gamer.
  • Starplatinum - July 11, 2010 4:14 a.m.

    As a huge fan of MTG and not so much of Zelda, I still think this is ridiculously awesome! I applaud the amount of work put into this!
  • KREATIVEassassin - July 10, 2010 2:29 p.m.

    @Loupcho: True, but there isn't a sea urchin creature type in Magic. Yes, I could have made one up, but I didn't want to make up a creature type and have it appear on only one card. The Fairy/Faerie was also a deliberate move. There are faeries in Magic already, so for consistency sake, I used the Magic spelling and not the Zelda spelling.
  • Loupcho - July 10, 2010 11:20 a.m.

    aye, please excuse the accidental double-post
  • Loupcho - July 10, 2010 11:19 a.m.

    nicely done KREATIVEassassin but digdogger isn't a crab and a zelda faerie is called a fairy... excuse my fanboy-ness... @cyberninja: although it may be possible most people would consider the manji dungeon to resemble a swastika, a manji is different in the sense that it is a symbol of buddhists, while the swastika represents the nazi pollitical party... there's no reason for it to be banned in germany :P
  • Loupcho - July 10, 2010 11:14 a.m.

    A nice job KREATIVEassassin, indeed creative making Zelda cards, although Digdogger isn't a crab... even less of a crab is his sprite in Oracle of Seasons... Oh well. Btw, @cyberninja, the Manji is a buddhist symbol, while the swastika is the insignia of the Nazi Party. they just look the same....
  • Lycanthrokeith - July 9, 2010 3:06 a.m.

    Very impressive work. Great fan service, on both accounts. I would've figured the raft would have something to do with walking on water vs land. Then again, it's been eons since I've played MTG, and I sucked at it. Got a nice chuckle out of the Overt Decisions card. I like the idea of your adversary making you choose the crappy option.
  • KREATIVEassassin - July 9, 2010 2:31 a.m.

    ^ lol
  • lazer59882 - July 9, 2010 2:11 a.m.

    i dont understand you goddamn people, freaking out like this is the greatest thing ever. all it is is some zelda screenshots photoshopped on magic cards with moronic little blurbs written under it. i read the first page, waiting for something nostalgic or witty or funny or remotely clever, and got NOTHING of the sort. just a bunch of nonsense. who gives a shit? im a HUGE zelda fan and this does NOTHING for me. i dont care one iota about magic cards, but really, i cant figure out why anyone would be impressed by this. the only thing im impressed by is the dedication of this shit's creator to wasting everyones time with rudimentary photoshop skills, and a smattering of zelda knowledge. this is fucking trash, and a total waste of time and bandwidth.
  • devid-sword - January 26, 2012 6:21 p.m.

    Well excuuuuuuse me, princess!
  • NOGIRLSIWANNAJETPACK - July 8, 2010 8:55 p.m.

    AMAZING!!!!
  • TomMishkin - July 8, 2010 3:38 p.m.

    Dearest KREATIVEassassin, I've been giving your work some thoughts since my former comment (2hrs24mins ago fyi) and I have a really serious question to ask you: would you marry me? Like, tomorrow?
  • cell289 - July 8, 2010 3:31 p.m.

    *pttff* like as if I would ever use non-cannon gathering cards to contaminate my beautify pristine min/max'ed deck. NERDS! p.s. CAPTCHA: capsizes notes
  • MrQuatloo - July 8, 2010 3:22 p.m.

    You guys should design the magic sets from now on; the current sets are so unbalanced!
  • KREATIVEassassin - July 8, 2010 2:17 p.m.

    Thank you all for the great comments! I really appreciate them! I'm happy it has brought people joy. The positive feedback for The Legend of Zelda set really makes me think I should go ahead and do one for A Link to the Past *hint at something that's already finished*.
  • TomMishkin - July 8, 2010 1:11 p.m.

    I cried tears of blood and joy while browsing through the list. Oh, and I read each and every one of 'em, of course, what with me being a huge Zelda fan AND a former MTG player who quit the game some years ago but still has fond memories of it. All awesomeness aside, the article also gave me a glimpse of what MTG has become now in terms of new rules and stuff. But seriously, man, this is some AMAZING sh*t. You should get MONEY. I bow to your omnipotence.

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