So the bulk of the major E3 conferences have come and gone. Of the major console manufacturers Nintendo went last, eschewing a traditional presentation for an online-only stream. The Japanese giant didn’t quite stick to its promise/threat to focus solely on The Legend of Zelda, but almost did–pretty much only leaving other space for Pokémon Sun and Moon.
And what it did show of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild looked amazing. Vast, expansive, open-ended. Survival-oriented, with hunting for food, equipable gear, and the option to even run around in nothing but boxers. Producer Eiji Aonuma even revealed it’s possible to reach and defeat the final boss without ever working through the story. This is Zelda for the Minecraft generation.
Except in Minecraft, you don’t always have to play as a dude. You get the option to be a lady, which some people (often, but not exclusively, ladies) prefer. Makes sense! You may remember that back when Breath of the Wild was first revealed, everyone thought the rather-androgynous Link might be XX-chromosomed, or that Nintendo might even finally be giving players a choice. Nope!
“We thought about it,” said Aonuma, “and decided that if we’re going to have a female protagonist it’s simpler to have Princess Zelda as the main character.” But then, he added, apparently unaware of how batshit insane it sounds: “…if we have Princess Zelda as the main character who fights, then what is Link going to do?” Um… also fight? Knit? Get kidnapped? Literally any of the stuff you normally have Zelda do?
Just… what? Playable. Female. Link. It’s really that easy. Just give us the option. If you think the mute, blank-slate character that’s previously been a bunny, a wolf, and a crayon drawing just can’t have a vagina without breaking the game, shit has gone seriously wrong.
(The game still looks amazing otherwise though and I really can’t wait for it, please don’t hate me Aonuma).