Aside from being the creative director behind the Darksiders games, Joe Madureira is also quite the established comic book writer/artist – and unsurprisingly, rather enjoys Nintendo’s Legend of Zelda.
Many of us have enjoyed the Darksiders games, an action-adventure romp that combined visceral combat, exploration, and puzzles. The heavily stylised graphics of the game certainly do resemble the comic book dynamic, with their drawn out views and character interaction. Seeing that Joe has a significant background in the comic book industry, this somewhat makes perfect sense.
In a recent interview, he’s gone one step further in wishing to combine these two worlds, expressing a desire to bring the classic Legend of Zelda to the printed page. The love for the game is global, and in my opinion, the idea certainly holds merit. So much so that back in the early 90s, Nintendo did team up with Valiant Comics (now Valiant Entertainment, Inc.) which produced a number of their favourites in print form – including Super Mario Bros., Metroid, and indeed, The Legend of Zelda.
Twenty years on, is it time for Nintendo to take this offer seriously?
Darksiders, developed by Vigil Games and published by THQ, was released on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 platforms in January 2010, with a PC and OnLive version in September 2010. The sequal, Darksiders 2, is due for release June 2012.
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