Not long ago, we mentioned a contest in which Zelda fans were asked to create an animated birthday card for Link and company, via Flipnote Stuido.

Well, the winners have been chosen, and courtesy of NintenDaanNC are the ones from Japan. Not surprisingly, they're all pretty amazing and completely worthy of recognition.

My favorite of the bunch would have to be the entry that looks all paper cut out-like, though the one in which he makes takoyaki from an octorok is pretty funny.

As is the one in which Link plays all the games he's been in, via their corresponding hardware (with the funniest bit being him trying to blow into an N64 controller like it was an ocarina).

And for those wondering how the American and European entries compare, just hit the contest's homepage.