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Legend of Zelda producer explains why Nintendo went with male Link

by Ron Duwell | June 15, 2016June 15, 2016 8:00 am PDT

Rumors flew around back in April about Nintendo delivering an option for both a male and female Link in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. I expressed interest in playing the game as Lady Link, but I’m obviously not as impassioned about the idea as others. There’s quite an outcry about Nintendo confirming that a male Link is the only option in the upcoming game.

Just getting hopes a little too high, I guess. According to Producer Eiji Aonuma, Nintendo had considered a female lead, more along the lines of Zelda and not “Lady Link,” but ultimately, it settled on the traditional male character. Why? Because what would Link do if Zelda was the star?

…if we have princess Zelda as the main character who fights, then what is Link going to do?

I dunno. Catch up on his autobiography, pick up a new hobby like flower arranging, frolic through the green fields of Hyrule, play espionage behind the scenes a’la Metal Gear Solid 2 or, I dunno, Shiek. There are plenty of activities for Link to undertake if a game starred Zelda. Not buying that for one second.

Aonuma also stated that Link has to be male to keep the balance of the Tri-force, the other members being a female in Zelda and giant pig demon in Ganon. Hero, beauty, beast.

Or, if we’re going to be honest here, Nintendo just wanted to stick with what works, and that’s a boy in a green tunic. I would have much rather had the gender option than an option to play as Zelda, but I’m not going to raise hell about sticking to the norm, either. As long as Link has dungeons, an open-world, and lots of treasure to uncover, I’m game.

At least Nintendo considered the other option. That’s more progress than previous games have shown.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be released for the Wii U and NX in 2017.

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Ron Duwell

Ron has been living it up in Japan for the last decade, and he has no intention of leaving this technical wonderland any time soon. When he's not...

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