Check out the weird Zelda: Breath of the Wild concepts for Link and Zelda that didn't make the cut

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild makes some massive shake-ups to the 31-year-old series but Link and Zelda themselves haven't changed much. Did you know it could have starred a gritty, bearded Link, or a modern-day hero with a smug grin and a dirt bike instead?

A new making-of documentary series from Nintendo reveals several new pieces of concept art for the hero and the princess, and I have to say.... I think they made the right call. See for yourself.

This is pretty much Bionic Commando with a creepy mask

He could have been a generic JRPG hero

Or even more weirdly old looking than in Twilight Princess

How about Fantasy Spike from Fantasy Cowboy Bebop?

Maybe the protagonist of a Disney Channel original movie?

The designs for Princess Zelda didn't get quite so outlandish (at least not the ones Nintendo was willing to show) but the videos did still reveal some interesting directions for the character.

This toon-y Zelda bridges the gap between Wind Waker and Ocarina

Here she is all dressed up in slightly more modern fashion

And last but not least, Zelda with a pixie (fairy?) cut

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Connor Sheridan

I got a BA in journalism from Central Michigan University - though the best education I received there was from CM Life, its student-run newspaper. Long before that, I started pursuing my degree in video games by bugging my older brother to let me play Zelda on the Super Nintendo. I've previously been a news intern for GameSpot, a news writer for CVG, and now I'm a staff writer here at GamesRadar.