Rumor: Some concept art has appeared for 2 cancelled Retro titles based on Super Mario’s Boo and Zelda’s Sheik

Back in the 2000s, Retro Studios apparently worked on Mario and Zelda games that were based on the Boo and Sheik characters. That is what Shinesparkers is reporting, based on concept art they have received from former Retro Studios pre-production artist Sammy Hall’s online portfolio. The concept art was from the pre-production art phase of the two games, back when Sammy Hall was still working at Retro.

The concept art from the cancelled Zelda project, featuring Sheik, is from 2005 to 2008. Apparently, the art provides a “fun origin story of the Master Sword” that is set within the timeline of Ocarina of Time’s bad ending. The game, which never made it past pre-production, would’ve been an action/jrpg title that “would have explored the journey of the last Sheik while Dark Gerudo are giving their 100-year birth to Ganon”. As for the Boo project, there isn’t as many details. The art is from 2006 and 2007. Hall mentions “tiny stuff for tiny handheld resolutions” in one of his sketches, suggesting that the game was going to be on the Nintendo DS. A world map was being considered, as well as “possession powers” and “Broomies”. You can see an image gallery with some of the concept art down below.



  1. “. . .provides a “fun origin story of the Master Sword” that is set within the timeline of Ocarina of Time’s bad ending. . .”

    How could it be an origin story for the Master Sword if it takes place after the Master Sword exists?

    Well, we already got Skyward Sword which explains the Sword’s origins now, so this project (in this revealed form) will probably never come to pass. Coincidentally I just started playing through Skyward Sword again, for the first time since 2013 according to my previous save file.

    A game starring Sheik would be pretty interesting though.

    1. It was probably just learning the Master Swords origins. Maybe you were tasked to forged a new one in the bad timeline. Or maybe they wanted to do more time travel and pull an Avengers Endgame thing.

    2. This was when Ganondorf was being born if I read and understood it correctly. I don’t think it’s an actual “origin” story because it would have only been 30 years old before the events of OoT which isn’t nearly enough time for something to receive the title of being legendary.

  2. What exactly does Retro do again?
    Let’s see Tropical Freeze came out February 2014. 6 years later and havent released a new game since. Yet they have time to cancel a game.

    1. Nice troll, but they’re working on Metroid Prime 4, and these games were cancelled years ago.

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