The visual evolution of game logos

General theme? Swords, brown, or is it gold?, epic, fairytale

How's it changed? In no other logo evolution can you see, so clearly, the influence of the PhotoShop layer effects tool on a typeface. Drop shadow first, then a nice bevel, then a shiny bevel, then a pillow emboss and finally an astonishing combination of up to FOUR separate effects.

Is it better today than before? Only in that it now appears you can grasp the word Zelda and hold it like a fridge magnet. Or at least that's what the emboss effect cruelly tricks us into thinking.

General theme? Is the lozenge shape supposed to look like a squashed skateboard wheel? That's all we've got down for this one.

How's it changed? The lozenge shape of the original is carried through til THPS4 in 2002 which is the official date from when the 'lozenge' became the uncoolest shape known to man.

Top designers were brought in to select the Stencil font, draw a box around it and adjust the angle to roughly 35 degrees. The most recent version had a lot of 'removing the box' work done to it.

Is it better today than before? Yes. The original was put together using a free fonts package downloaded in1995, when fonts were one of the few things small enough to get off the internet with a 28.8k modem.

Next up: Mario and Pro Evolution Soccer


  • samownzsnake - February 24, 2009 2:02 a.m.

    hate to tell you jimmy jammy, but twin snakes does exist. all it is is a better version of the origional MGS. my friend hates nintendo (dont ask). he refuses to play twin snakes even though it more than a teaspoon of blood actually comes out when you shoot someone in the face, and that its graphics are way better, and the stinger missiles arent little 32 bit squares. and while we're on the topic of solid snake i would just like to say that Sam Fisher could own Snake in an armed duel. and his games are better.
  • nitrocole - February 23, 2009 1 a.m.

    Sorry to post again, but i agree with Cernunnos, no Final Fantasy!?
  • nitrocole - February 23, 2009 12:58 a.m.

    Logos have changed quite a bit... but Metal Gear logos are the best!
  • KHfan - February 22, 2009 5:39 p.m.

    @ cernunnos the ff series hasnt changed in 20 years lol
  • Craza - February 22, 2009 7:37 a.m.

    I gotta say that I absolutely still love Ocarina of Time's logo. I grew up with a giant poster of it on my wall, so I have an obsession with it, hahaha. And Lmao at Womb Raider.
  • superninja - February 21, 2009 4:42 p.m.

    u missed Metriod prime
  • Orange - February 21, 2009 3:29 p.m.

    Im totally convinced activision never actually sold proving ground. I have never seen it, ever.
  • noobeater - February 20, 2009 3:42 p.m.

    i loved mario galaxy's and twilight princess' the best...the early zeldas were simply ugly but especially the oot one
  • iKOemos - February 20, 2009 9:09 a.m.

    @ Bronzus: Womb Raider??? I wanna play that game!!!
  • newton - February 20, 2009 6:15 a.m.

    What about Super Mario Rpg's logo?
  • konaskyy - February 20, 2009 4:56 a.m.

    Smackdown=very creative...
  • JSC31994 - February 20, 2009 12:13 a.m.

    Haha the first Metroid logo looked like it took ten seconds to make.
  • GamesRadarBrettElston - February 19, 2009 9:49 p.m.

    To be fair, we stuck to mainline entries, that's why there's no Mario Tennis, Party, Sonic Riders and such. Though Phantom Hourglass and Zero Mission shoulda made the cut too.
  • animeman - February 19, 2009 9:32 p.m.

    I don't even think that they used half of the Mario logos.
  • FrozenImplosion - February 19, 2009 9:18 p.m.

    every single legend of zelda and metroid logo look great, they just get better and better :)
  • Bronzus - February 19, 2009 6:56 p.m.

    Notice how the last two Womb Radars are focused on ass and boobs?
  • Clownsarescary - February 19, 2009 6:07 p.m.

    The Street Fighter: Double Impact logo looks like a Memphis Tombstone. I imagine it would be flanked by flamingo lawn ornaments. If the person was buried in the front lawn...
  • RebornKusabi - February 19, 2009 5:39 p.m.

    Sorry to post again, but I gotta say this is a pretty cool article! Nostalgia is fun!
  • Picnic1 - April 4, 2009 10:17 p.m.

    The Sonic Adventure logo is great, as are the logos for Super Mario World, Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Galaxy. If I had to choose one Mario logo, I would choose Super Mario Sunshine's, because of the Shine and Sun additions to it, although Super Mario Galaxy strikes a good balance by keeping the world 'Super' in plain white, accentuating the other words.
  • Counago21 - March 1, 2009 4:10 p.m.

    I hate Pro Evo...

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