Careful with those ancient Zelda screenshots! You'll poke an eye out with images that sharp. [update 1]

We're puzzled by screenshots that are popping up in our discussion (below) of Nintendo's latest Zelda effort. A number of readers are linking to images (such as this one or this one) that are over 14 months old in an effort to prove the graphical prowess of the latest installment of the Zelda franchise.

In response, we first note that those images are from August 2005. They're ancient. The Wii doesn't output images at 1216 x 896 (the Wii produces an 852 x 480 image). Therefore, these higher-res images (1, 2) could not have come from any production version of Legend of Zelda.

For some real images from the actual game, we provide the following full-resolution (480p) images from Nintendo's press site. Keep in mind that these have been hand-selected by Nintendo staff to show off the most interesting and/or beautiful parts of the game.

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[Update 1: the originally linked-to image was hosted on a site that ran out of bandwidth quickly. We've updated the links to the higher-res images.]

This article was originally published on Joystiq.