SpaceWorld 2000 GameCube Tech Demo
The SpaceWorld 2000 Tech Demo showed Link and Ganondorf having a one-on-one sword fight in a dim castle hall. This video, along with others like Mario 128, was created to showcase the processing power and the graphics capabilities of the Nintendo GameCube. However, the demo was accused of generating false expectations, creating unwarranted criticism for the first GameCube Zelda game, The Wind Waker. The demo gave the impression that it represented what the upcoming GameCube Zelda game would look like. So, when The Wind Waker was revealed to use cel-shaded graphics, many fans were dissapointed. Several years later, at the end of the GameCube era, Twilight Princess, which had similar realistic graphics comparable to the ones of the tech demo, was released.
The Zelda tech demo
- "There was a tech demo of a realistic adult Link fighting Ganondorf shown a year before at Spaceworld 2000. This tech demo was made to be a demonstration of the Nintendo Gamecube’s abilities, but was not in itself a complete concept for a game." — Celda: A Retrospective, Super Train Station H.
- "Nintendo took that amazing demo that we saw last year and butchered it into this animated C-quality Disney garbage." — Zelda Destroyed?, The Odyssey of Hyrule.