For video game fans, E3 is the most wonderful time of the year. We get to see new games, perhaps some new hardware, and the finest of memes. E3 also sees the internet’s more creative types flex their artistic muscles and fill our timelines with incredible art. What better way to celebrate the return of some favorite characters, or welcome new ones, than with fan art? Well, we were blown away by what we saw this year, so we thought we’d share some. If you like what you see, please be sure to show each artist your support, and remember to always credit art when you share it online!
The Legend of Zelda’s New Hair
One of the biggest surprises of E3 came right at the end of Nintendo’s Direct, with a Zelda: Breath of the Wild sequel announced. Fans were of course ecstatic, including pretty much everyone at GameSpot, but some fans were drawn to something else.
The trailer we saw features Link and Zelda, seemingly beneath Hyrule, about to discover (or awaken?) a new evil. Fans were quick to notice Zelda’s new look and were just as speedy to pick up their Wacom pens to pay tribute. With any luck this might mean we see Zelda as a playable character in Breath of the Wild 2.
Final Fantasy VII Restyle
Another character to get a revised look was Final Fantasy VII Remake’s Tifa Lockhart. Fans had been eagerly awaiting a glimpse at this favorite character ever since the Remake was announced, and judging by the amount of art we saw popping up on Twitter, people were very pleased indeed.
Tifa will be a playable character in Final Fantasy VII Remake, and our first look at her in action has us pretty excited for March 3, 2020 when the game releases on PS4.
Honey I Blew Up the Corgi
Shortly before E3 kicked off, we were treated to a Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield Direct, which of course led to a flurry of fan art. Nintendo’s E3 Direct was no different, as we were introduced to Nessa, the Water-type gym leader.
Fans attending E3 were lucky enough to challenge Nessa in an all-new Dynamax battle, where Pokemon grow to the size of houses, which makes for quite the spectacle. Something in the demo that went a little under the radar was two new Pokemon–that is until fans took to Photoshop and Procreate to celebrate them. First up we have Yamper, an Electric Corgi Pokemon.
Pokemon Sword and Shield is set in the Galar region, which is inspired by the United Kingdom. Fitting, really, seeing as the Queen herself is famous for her love of Corgis. We’re not quite sure how this next one fits in, but we love it all the same. Impidimp looks like it is going to cause some mischief, and we are here for it.
Deserted Island Living
Nintendo didn’t stop inspiring artists there, as its E3 Direct finally delivered on something fans had been looking forward to since last E3. Animal Crossing: New Horizons was finally revealed, albeit delayed to 2020. The next game in the much-loved Animal Crossing series will see us starting over on a deserted island, thanks to entrepreneur and noted loan shark Tom Nook. At least he has dressed for the occasion.
While some are looking forward to the truly fantastical idea of interest-free loans and affordable housing, others are already picturing what life will be like on the island.
It wasn’t just video game characters to be immortalised with art though; no, it was the hosts, too! Keanu Reeves stole the show at Microsoft’s E3 Briefing, as it was revealed he would be starring in Cyberpunk 2077 as Johnny Silverhand. It gets better though, as Keanu walked out on stage to stunned fans, which led to this wholesome interaction.
Keanu wasn’t the only host to get fan art love, as Tango Gameworks creative director Ikumi Nakamura gave us one of the most honest and enthusiastic presentations yet. Here we see her joining Keanu and Jon Bernthal’s dog Bam Bam, who won our hearts before we saw more of Ghost Recon Breakpoint. What a good dog!
Nakamura’s fan art doesn’t stop there, and it’s safe to say she has single-handedly sold us on GhostWire: Tokyo.
This art didn’t go unnoticed, as Nakamura recently joined Twitter and declared them her treasures.
Year of Gooigi
And last but not least, it may not be the Year of Luigi (good times), but 2019 could be the Year of Gooigi, with the release of Luigi’s Mansion 3 later this year and a new slimy version of our favorite green Mario brother.
Do you have some favorite fan art from E3 2019? Be sure to share it in the comments below, as there’s only so much we could fit in this article. If you enjoyed this, you can read more about the unexpected stars of E3, and be sure to check out our early impressions and gameplay from all the games featured at E3.