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E3 2016: Link Is Right-Handed Now For The Dumbest Reason


Zelda fanatics are ecstatic over The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, but far less so over recent comments made by Eiji Aonuma, director of the series. During an interview with Kotaku, Aonuma was asked about the rumor that you would be able to choose your gender in the upcoming Zelda game, and whether it was an actual feature at some point.

“You know there’s the idea of the Triforce in the Zelda games we make,” Aonuma said. “The Triforce is made up of Princess Zelda, Ganon and Link. Princess Zelda is obviously female. If we made Link a female we thought that would mess with the balance of the Triforce. That’s why we decided not to do it.”

But…..but…..you’re the one who’s making the story up; the Triforce isn’t a real object! And how exactly does more than one woman “mess with the balance” anyway? No idea, but Aonuma wasn’t done. He said Nintendo considered the idea of making Zelda the lead playable character instead. But “…if we have princess Zelda as the main character who fights, then what is Link going to do? Taking into account that, and also the idea of the balance of the Triforce, we thought it best to come back to this [original] makeup.”

I don’t truly know what Link would do….get captured maybe? I would be fine with a reversal for once, and so would a lot of people. You start out as Zelda, you see a stone statue of Link, your goal is to bring him back….it could have worked like this.

Aonuma was also asked about the fact that Link appears to once again be right-handed in Breath of the Wild. Link has been a southpaw for the majority of the Zelda series, but this was inadvertently changed in the Wii release of Twilight Princess when the game world was mirrored. Then he was right-handed again in Skyward Sword because that game had active sword waggle controls and most players would be right-handed. This game is controlled with buttons. What’s the excuse this time?

Aonuma told Gamespot, “In terms of right-handedness of things, when we think about which hand Link is going to use, we think about the control scheme. With the gamepad, the buttons you’ll be using to swing the sword are on the right side, and thus he’s right-handed.” You know the problem with this? THE BUTTONS HAVE ALWAYS BEEN ON THE RIGHT SIDE.

If you want to play as Zelda, your only current option is to get a Philips CD-I.