Wasn't The Legend of Zelda's Link originally left-handed? I could have sworn that he was. These days, though, he's looking like more of a switch-hitter. At least, that's how I prefer to think of him…instead of believing that either he is now suddenly a righty or that his handedness doesn't really matter.
Being a part of the minority southpaw group, I've always loved knowing that the Hero of Time was also our hero. So when Link showed up with a sword in his right hand in the Wii's The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, I did my best to hold my tongue. I understood that this orientation would be easier for the majority of people to perform his motion-controlled attacks via Wii remote…but still.
When I discovered that our favorite elf would be utilizing a similar control setup in the upcoming Zelda: Skyward Sword, it was a little harder to swallow. The final insult? The Master Quest in the Ocarina of Time 3DS port is suppose to feature a mirrored world and, subsequently, another appearance of right-handed Link.
I doubt that the majority group, the righties, will think that this is really that big of a deal, and, to an extent, it's not. The Zelda series isn't about a left-handed protagonist. It's about hero who just happens to be a lefty….
That subtle difference is why I love and admire Link and the games he appears in so much and why it bums me out to see him favoring his right lately. When the developers at Nintendo appear to treat his handedness as an afterthought, it leaves me with a similar feeling as when I heard that the movie adaptation of the Asian-themed Avatar: The Last Airbender would feature a predominately Caucasian cast. That is, not terribly pleased.
To make things easier on myself, I'm just going to imagine that Link is ambidextrous. He was originally left-handed but after finding one too many unusable weapons and items (right-handed Megaton Hammer, anyone?), he decided to work on being more versatile. So now, when we see our hero in his latest adventures wielding the Master Sword with his right, I'm just going to remind (or convince) myself that Link could switch it up on Ganon whenever he felt like it and then throw the leader of the Gerudo's whole game off.