I initially thought that fashion in the gaming world, much like plot in most of the Mario franchise, was unexplored territory. After all, for all the crazy outfits game designers come up with (see every Japanese RPG ever made), gamers have mostly just written ’em off, saying things like “man, those jeans look tight” or “what kind of White Mage wears skirts that short?” before moving on to deeper things like “graphics” or “gameplay.” (Pshaw.) So imagine my surprise when fellow Nintendojo contributor Francisco Naranjo pointed out Chad Concelmo’s The Gamer’s Red Carpet series on Destructoid, wherein Concelmo takes the mantle of Tim Gunn and strikes down video game characters’ outfits with suitably sartorial sneers. (Read it. It’s good.) Needless to say, I don’t know how much I can compare with Mr. Concelmo’s endeavors, but I’ll try anyway– hopefully making history in the process by being the first (?) to upload runway photos and American Apparel shots on a video game site –starting with The Legend of Zelda series.
Link, Zelda, and Ganondorf have gallivanted across Hyrule and beyond for what seems like ages now (it probably seems even longer to Ganondorf, with his unnaturally prolonged lifespan), and all three have gone through various costume changes, though they’ve obviously retained some unifying traits. (Link likes forest green. Zelda prefers royal purple. Ganondorf really, really enjoys shiny things.) The fashion choices we’ll be examining here, though, come from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess— not because it’s such a good game or anything, but because the costumes in that game are actually my personal favorites in the Zelda series. So, let’s get on with it!