At E3 2016, Nintendo has had lots to say about its upcoming Wii U and Nintendo NX game, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Not only did the company release a brand new gameplay trailer (which you can see after the break), but it also unveiled three new amiibo figures (Archer Link, Rider Link and a Guardian) and it confirmed that the Wolf Link amiibo will work with the game.
Unfortunately, not all of the new reveals about the game are quite as positive. It has also been revealed that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild almost had a female character – but the reason why the game’s development team eventually decided to drop the idea is more than a little disappointing. Find out more after the break.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Gameplay Trailer (E3 2016) via Nintendo
Why The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Doesn’t Have a Female Lead
In an interview with GameSpot, Nintendo producer Eiji Aonuma was asked about the rumours that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild would feature a female version of Link. Via translator, Aonuma said “yes, there were rumors like that, and we did discuss as a staff as to what would be possible if we took that route.”
The producer went on to say that “we thought about it and decided that if we’re going to have a female protagonist it’s simpler to have Princess Zelda as the main character.” The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild team dropped the idea of a female lead character, though, as they asked themselves “…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.”
GameSpot says that Aonuma also mentions the “balance of the Triforce” as another reason why Breath of the Wild doesn’t have a female lead character. Though the publication notes that “it’s not clear how that would negate the possibility of Link being female, rather than male.”
Fans have also questioned the game’s lack of a female lead character, pointing out that Linkle, a female character who was initially envisioned as a female version of Link, featured in Hyrule Warriors. In December 2015, Aonuma told IGN that the team would “keep [Linked] in mind when thinking about future [Legend of Zelda] titles,” so perhaps the producer will change his mind.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be released in 2017 on Wii U and Nintendo NX.