You heard it here first: Pixels translate quite nicely into LEGO. Who’da thunk it? But we’ve not seen the likes of this LEGO map of The Legend of Zelda before. (Technically, we’ve seen a LEGO map of A Link to the Past, but that’s a different Zelda game, so it doesn’t count.)
This teeny-tiny recreation of the map from the original Zelda game isn’t just packed with details to notice — and lots and lots of LEGO cylinders and cones to represent trees — but the video comes with a full “playthrough” of the game, complete with sound effects. It was made by Ian Roosma, who spoke to Kotaku about the build, saying that it took four months to complete, and was driven by nostalgia.
It’s not as simple as it looks, either — Roosma aimed to create a sense of depth with the map, making rivers lower down than the terrain, and varying the heights of the trees. That means thousands of LEGO pieces that you can’t even see, buried under layers of smooth studs, and 25,000 LEGO bricks in total.
Now, just pray for Roosma if he ever decides to dismantle this. Smooth studs are the worst.