Before he became the director of the acclaimed Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle for the Nintendo Switch, David Soliani was working on a sequel to The Wind Waker in 2003. Alongside his colleague and game artist, Fabio Pagetti, the duo worked hard to have a demo ready for Nintendo to judge.
Soliani revealed this information in a tweet from 2017, and he even attached a screenshot of what the game would’ve looked like. “Me and Fabio Pagetti almost convinced our managing director to let us produce a demo for a GBA version of Wind Waker,” he wrote. “No luck that time, but it was running nicely. We were dreamers.”
The screenshot features Link in brightly-colored pixel form, standing in what looks like to be a dungeon. There are a couple of familiar assets from The Wind Waker, such as the blue jars, the cartoony torch, and Link in his distinctive Wind Waker outfit. Although this game never went forward, players did get to see a pixelated return of Toon Link on the Game Boy Advance when The Minish Cap was released in 2004.