In the years leading up to the release of The Legend of Zelda: the Breath of the Wild, there was great speculation over whether players would be able to play as a female Link, or even as Zelda. While these hopes ended up unfounded, at least one person thinks that the latter would have been a great idea, as Laura Dale argues over at LetsPlayVideoGames.com in an essay.

Rather than simply use diversity and inclusivity as her reasoning, Dale delves into the themes of Breath of the Wild’s story and Zelda’s own character arc to point out how she would have made a great protagonist in the scheme of the plot.

She makes several good points about how Zelda’s struggles better encapsulate the design and ideas behind the game than Link’s, and even points how certain narrative threads could be expounded upon in such circumstances.

While she acknowledges that her opinion is more wishful than anything, Dale still articulates a very interesting idea quite well. I highly recommend reading the whole piece, though do be warned that there are some spoilers for the game peppered throughout.

What do you think? Would you have liked to play as Zelda in Breath of the Wild? Sound off in the comments below.

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Written by Amelia Fruzzetti

A writer and Nintendo fan based in Seattle, Washington. When not working for NinWire, she can be found eating pasta, writing stories, and wondering about when Mother 3 is finally going to get an official localization.

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