Why Zelda: Breath of the Wild's Link is Right-Handed

At E3 2016, Nintendo producer Eiji Aonuma explains why Link has switched over from being a lefty.


Nintendo is going all out at this year's E3 with a Treehouse presentation focused on The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. With such an expansive game, there will always be more questions than answers. But in a roundtable discussion with Breath of the Wild producer Eiji Aonuma, the Zelda franchise's current overseer, we did get the answer to one question: Why is Link right-handed this time around?

Outside of a mirrored version of Link in Twilight Princess for Wii, which made Link right-handed in order to replicate the Wii's motion controller layout, Link is typically portrayed as left-handed. However, watching gameplay of Breath of the Wild, you'll notice the Hero of Time is once again right-handed.

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Aonuma explained, "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."

We'll have even more Breath of the Wild details and footage going up this week, but did today's demo leave you with any specific questions? Let us know in the comments below, and we'll see if we can get answers!

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