If you love yourself some star trek — and what a smart, attractive person doesn’t? – there are certainly a lot of them right now. New series, new movies, new games; it’s a bountiful time for The Last Frontier fans. Star Trek: Picard is currently immersed in its second season, with the full main cast of The next generation confirmed to return in season 3, and the next Star Trek: Strange New Worlds seems to offer a return to the episodic, planet-of-the-week style format that “Legacy” Trek fans crave.
However, we recently stumbled upon the debut of a fan project that loaded our torpedo bays with more nostalgia than even that. Here’s a daring meeting of two of our favorite things in the universe: Star Trek: TNG and Zelda: Majora’s Mask.
The idea seems to have germinated recently, when they tweeted the legendary words “What if Star Trek, but Zelda 64????” before posting a 64-bit rendition of Captain Picard’s Ressikan Flute from “The Inner Light” shortly thereafter:
The artist decided that the “Masks” episode – a rare dud from the end of TNG that falls into the too bad it’s fascinating category – was another natural choice for the Majora’s Mask mix. Observe a beautifully polyhedral Picard having just found Korgano’s mask:
From there, the artist made rapid progress with low-poly versions of iconic Trek objects, as well as Commander Data playing his violin and the fearsome Commander Riker on the bone, both rendered under a glorious 64-bit form:
And finally sound to accompany Jean-Luc’s Ressikan flute. Pass the tissues, will you? We start to cry a little…
For fans of both franchises, this sounds like the most perfect blend imaginable. We’ve thought about localizing big Star Trek console games before – and a Star Trek: Prodigy game was recently announced for Switch – but it’s amazing to see there’s still hope for fans nostalgic for Nintendo who love a bit of TNG.
The likelihood of this “ongoing low-poly personal project” being something playable is low, but we’ll gladly take a steady stream of gifs like these into our feeds. You can see more of the artist’s work on their Artstation page or by Twitter. They are also open for subscriptions on Ko-fi and also stream on Twitch (where we glimpsed Lieutenant Worf with his trusty bat’leth). Be sure to express your great joy and gratitude.
Let us know below on a scale of 10 to 10 how much you’d like to play Star Trek 64.