E3 2014: The Legend of Zelda Producer Confirms the Hero is Link, is Male

But Eiji Aonuma says he wants the character in the game to represent the player.

The stunning gameplay footage reveal of The Legend of Zelda on Wii U was undoubtedly one of the finest moments of E3 2014. But since the brief reveal, there's been a lot of speculation that the hero in the trailer was a female Link, or perhaps another character entirely.

But it seems like that's not the case. Speaking to Australian site MMGN, Zelda series producer Eiji Aonuma has said that the character in the trailer was, in fact, a male Link. "You know, you have to show Link when you create a trailer for a Zelda announcement," said Aonuma to the site.

A male Link it is, then. How does that make you feel?

Speaking further to GameSpot, Aonuma added that he didn't want people to think too much about Link's gender, because the character is supposed to represent the player. "The reason for that is because, for me, Link is the player," said Aonuma to GameSpot. "And I don't want to look too closely at, or give too much information about, who the player character is, because it's supposed to represent the player--him or herself."

"The character's a hero, and represents the player in the game, so I leave that to the player to decide what the characteristics are of the player character, because it's supposed to represent him or herself. If that makes sense!"

Without the iconic green tunic, and no sight of the Master Sword of Hylian Shield, Zelda fans started speculating on the character in the trailer as soon as it aired during Nintendo's Digitial Event at E3 2014.

Aonuma also said that, alongside considering the conventions of the series, he's also considering his role as producer. Looking to the future, we now might see a new Zelda title, or a spin-off such as Hyrule Warriors, every year.

"The time when Zelda fans had to wait two or three years for a new installment, I was actually the director. I'm also rethinking the conventions of Aonuma at the same time that I'm rethinking the conventions of Zeda. Now that I'm in the position of producer, and not director, it's my responsibility to coordinate our efforts and make sure we're continuing to provide new experiences for the Zelda fan base. My hope is to be able to provide new games for our audiences maybe every year. Again, that's just my hope. I can't make any promises."

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140 comments
accursedknight
accursedknight

 HAH CALLED IT! I find it funny that people thought he was a girl, and at the same time I understand why they thought that. But I'v known enough japanese anime art styles to know that this Link is in fact going to be male.  


Maybe most westerners are not use to seeing very feminine looking males in these art styles? Then again if that was the case, what about the character Marth who appeared in super smash bros? That guys a dude, and he's also very feminine looking. O.o So why couldn't people tell the difference with this Link?


That being said, it would be weird for Nintendo to change Links gender, though it would be interesting as a possible spin off, but it wouldn't surprise me if most of the general fan base would not like it all. 


It would be like a out of no where spin off of Mario Bro's turning into the Super Maria sisters, and Maria has to go save Prince Plum…or Prunes. (Take yer pick in names I guess xD)


And no mater what, the Maria sisters, will still have mustaches. >:{D ha-hah!

Nev3rtime
Nev3rtime

It would be nice to be able to choose gender. As the series has a reincarnation idea running through it I don't see any issues.

gplayer5
gplayer5

In other news, the sky is blue today.

xeoneex66
xeoneex66

After watching the video, I honestly don't think in any way that he looks female.  His face has a masculine look to it.  While he does have an earing, in this day and age having a peircing in your ear does not make you man OR woman.  Nothing about this Link screams woman at all.

chronoschris
chronoschris

Can we please just let the Japanese developers be Japanese developers.  It's just their thing.  If Japanese developers want to create a highly feminine male Link,  I'm not going to argue with it.  It's their vision.   But now I guess they're probably going to change the design because people bought it up. 

DeadrisingX1
DeadrisingX1

A male Link... people were thinking otherwise?

therealzorvan
therealzorvan

Of course Link is male. You think Nintendo wants the backlash from people suddenly realizing Zelda was a lesbian?

ALeperAffinity
ALeperAffinity

It sounds like this really could have just been settled with "Link is male." But instead it seems like they felt like they had to cater the middle ground with bullshit like "the hero represents players of all types."

Stinger78
Stinger78

It looks like a cel-shaded version of Link from Skyward Sword.

zaneomega2
zaneomega2

It's LOZ obviously that's Link and of course he's a male. If a developer decides to make a character male thats cool, if they decide to make a female character then thats cool too. What's up with all these gender representation issues in video games nowadays? I could understand if it was an RPG but really, c'mon people!

Zero5000X
Zero5000X

Automatic score reduction from GameSpot.

MuffintopX
MuffintopX

No, don't let them cut off Link's penis! Link is a 25 year old established male character, why in the world would people think he was a woman now or had a sex change? This "women in games" fad is going too far. You are all going to ruin it.

Krycek9mm
Krycek9mm

If he's supposed to represent the player, they should have just answered with "meh". Just don't specify the gender and we can fill it in. I assumed the protagonist of Journey was female and I don't think they ever specified. A lot of people first assumed Samus was male. They should just let gender ambiguous characters be.

andyyy007
andyyy007

link has always been male. whats with this female link argument 

corrus
corrus

I think they have to use options like in Skyrim Mass Effect and Dragon Age

prime_l
prime_l

I'm sorry, but if you want the Link character to represent me, you'll have to make him less metrosexual. Give him a shaved head, a beard, bad teeth and cover him with tattoos.... because that Link looks nothing like me.

shingui5
shingui5

Eiji himself didn't really hinder the speculation by saying afterwards 'We didn't necessarily see Link in that trailer', or something along those lines. 

Either way, a female Link, or just a customisable hero in general (not like Link really has much of a personality), would be kind of cool. So here's hoping for customisation options at the very least. 

g1rldraco7
g1rldraco7

Link will always be a male to me and that's fine with me.

kimjong-un
kimjong-un

Leave Link alone, always male. If you want represent player then make character customizable

seriousdave
seriousdave

A male Link, OMG! What a unexpected move from Nintendo! I heard a rumor recently: in the next Mario game one of the playable characters has a mustache and a red cap but keep it to yourself since IT'S A SECRET TO EVERYBODY

Swaghard
Swaghard

It sounds like he's opening the door to gender options for the next game. I hope so-- there's nothing wrong with choice and a fem Link sounds like fun. Elves are pretty feminine to begin with.

Foppe
Foppe

A male Link in a Zelda game?
Unheard of!

Halloll
Halloll

a bearded Link would be nice.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

So Gamespot, you're going to run articles about how it's despicable that they didn't use a female lead, RIGHT?


Wouldn't want to be hypocrites, RIGHT?

mirage_so3
mirage_so3

@Nev3rtime They like to put in at least hints at romance as well, it would make it difficult to do this without the gender of the main character predetermined.

mirage_so3
mirage_so3

@therealzorvan The problem is with your comment is you assume that Zelda and Link must be romantically involved. You also assume that Zelda would remain a girl if they changed Link into a girl. It would be just as likely that Zelda was changed as well.

vin_venture
vin_venture

@therealzorvan Except you're retarded 'cause Link and Zelda never, ever had any sort of romantic relationship! It's always just friendship, or even just brief meetings which inform Link of his higher purpose. You need to stop reading fan-fictions 'cause obviously you aren't clever enough to tell the difference between canon and non-canon. 

braqoon
braqoon

@zaneomega2 agreed, you are right. Thing is that in that trailer Link looks like a girl, at least for me. I guess many had the same perception. I would prefer slight more visible features regardless of what gender they decided to be. Personally I think they may have a small hero creator so you can chose how link ultimately will look or gender will be. Now that will be something.

Andy639_basic
Andy639_basic

@andyyy007 He reincarnates. There's no reason every incarnation has to be male.

(Not that I'm upset this one isn't. Girl Link would be cool. Guy Link is already cool. Zelda is still one of the most feminist game series out there and the gender of the protagonist doesn't change that.)

faizanhd
faizanhd

It isn't an RPG though. 

I think you meant "The Elder Scrolls". Skyrim isn't a game series, it's a tagline. :)

madeforyou
madeforyou

@Thanatos2k There's a pretty big difference between having a longstanding single main character of a series continue to be the same main character and introducing a variety of customizable characters in a game series with a different main character in every game who can only be variations of scruffy dudes.

mirage_so3
mirage_so3

@vin_venture @therealzorvan You are an ass for no reason, though the first statement was fairly ignorant as well. In Skyward Sword they gave more than enough hints that Zelda and Link had a romantic relationship that went between friendship. Zelda games never come out and declare "Yes these two people are involved." I believe subtly works much better myself.

hystavito
hystavito

@faizanhd No, I guess you've never heard of that game Skyrim Mass Effect :P.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@madeforyou @Thanatos2k Assassin's Creed has almost as many series entries as Zelda does so they're both "longstanding".  Why does Assassin's Creed have to cater to this diversity nonsense but Zelda is exempt?

Andy639_basic
Andy639_basic

@lilflipp @Andy639_basic @andyyy007  It's not really overt, but there's definitely a strong tendency towards the powers of the Zelda universe being female, whether they're princesses, Queens, or goddesses. Link is the protagonist, but the goddesses direct his destiny. Even Ganondorf, when you get down to it, was groomed to be a gateway to power for two (evil) women, Koume and Kotake. That's not to say it's beyond criticism but it's certainly a lot better than the bro-fest most developers seem to default to.

madeforyou
madeforyou

@Thanatos2k Diversity and proper representation is not "nonsense" for starters. My point, though, is that Zelda games have a single main character. Link is always the main character, and so the main character continuing to be Link - not so much a surprise or problem. (even though a female main character would be welcome and awesome tbh) On the other hand, in AC, the creators seem to be under the impression that Desmond has no female ancestors (ha) - but the problem that people are complaining about IS NOT that the main character in AC isn't a female. The complaint is that in the multiplayer they're adding to the new AC, you can customize different assassins but...couldn't be bothered to add the option to be female? If Zelda had a game where the characters were customizable or had more than one playable character, you can bet your ass there would be a female option (see example in hyrule warriors, where there is more than one playable character, and plenty of the announced playable characters are female).

parkurtommo
parkurtommo

@Andy639_basic @lilflipp @andyyy007 I don't think that really equates feminism. You're really over analyzing the franchise, which Nintendo fans do a lot with LoZ. LoZ is a very simplistic series of games, mechanics are simple, lore is simple, characters are flat, etc. 


To think that the use of goddesses equates feminism is just blatant over analysis. 

Andy639_basic
Andy639_basic

@parkurtommo @Andy639_basic @lilflipp @andyyy007  Not sure why you felt it necessary to respond to a comment I made back in June, but I don't know what you mean by blatant over-analysis. Zelda may not be complicated, but whether a game's message promotes sexism or feminism is worth talking about.

Maybe I am reading too much into things, of course, but even without assuming that Nintendo is consciously inserting these themes, it can be interesting to note the pattern. If nothing else, it makes the Zelda series one that you can recommend to boys and girls alike and never have girls feel like they're left out. And while I'm not saying that the use of goddesses is necessarily equivalent to feminism (there are plenty of games that have goddesses yet are quite sexist), it's a pretty consistent pattern in the Zelda series.