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Exclusive: That might not have been Link in the Wii U Zelda trailer, producer teases

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LOS ANGELES — That trailer for the new The Legend of Zelda for the Wii U sure looked great, didn’t it? But what was up with Link? He wasn’t wearing his iconic green tunic or hat. Why did Link look so weird?

“No one explicitly said that that was Link.”

That’s what Legend of Zelda series producer Eiji Aonuma told me when I asked him about Link’s — or whomever it is — new appearance during an interview at Nintendo’s E3 booth. He said this with a smile and a laugh. Could the bow-wielding hero we just saw not be Link, the star of every game in the series history?

Earlier in the interview, Aonuma told me that he was always looking for ways to shake up Zelda’s conventions. We saw this in the recent A Link Between Worlds for the 3DS, which let you explore dungeons in any order you wanted while renting items from a store. But a Zelda game without Link as the main hero? That would be a huge strike at the series’ long-standing tradition.

So, who is that in the trailer? The outfit actually looks like the same one Link wore in the beginning of The Wind Waker. Aonuma himself smiled when I brought up this connection. Could this new entry be tied to that universe? Of course, that doesn’t explain why this wouldn’t be Link. Maybe it’s a child of a Link we already played as, like the one from Wind Waker or Skyward Sword. Let the speculation begin.

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42 comments
Stevo Miranda
Stevo Miranda

I think this is Link and Zelda's daughter from Skyward sword since Eiji Aonuma seems to playfully pull along the idea that it is not link. It would be amazing if it were true since we would see what went wrong after skyward sword.

Christopher Cook
Christopher Cook

i'd say this is before ww cos that blue tunic is what link wears at the beginning. maybe this is the one that sows how the world gets flooded.

Noah Phillips
Noah Phillips

They may change the game i mean the showed game play for twillight princess in 2006 but changed it. This just may be the alpha version of link they will show the beta version of him in e3 2015 and i'm sure the final version will be different.

P.S. The game is in alpha stage (Early in development)

Melly Stryker
Melly Stryker

The idea of Link was always supposed to be the player. He doesn't talk, and you usually get to name him. If the main character of this new game is Zelda, it will change the entire nature of the series, since you will be playing as an already created character, rather than one that's supposed to represent you.


While it would be nice to change things up, it would be unnatural to play as Zelda. Just to mix in another idea, I wonder if maybe they're giving us an option to create our own character. It would stay true to the player being the protagonist, and it would be different! Just something to throw out there, haha.

George Kelly
George Kelly

or whomever it is" - It should be whoever, whomever is for the object of the sentence

Davide Mulas
Davide Mulas

I'd love to see a different character. Maybe the son of Skyward Sword's Zelda and Link?

Sophie Georgopoulos
Sophie Georgopoulos

There were those two shitty games where you played as Zelda... maybe they want to make a non-shitty game where you play as her?

Survive Z
Survive Z

Please just don't ruin the game...

open world - yes, definitely yes

no linear story - ...NOOO PLEASE NOT !!!

Cédric Potvin
Cédric Potvin

Yeah, yeah, and “no one explicitly said that that was Link” doesn't explicitly mean that it isn't him, so I still think it can be him. Regarding the absence of green tunic and hat, there are quite a few games where he doesn't wear them at the beginning, so it doesn't mean anything either.

Tom Cedrick Pinlac
Tom Cedrick Pinlac

Link's Sister? Co-op? Probably not. A choice of playing as a girl or a boy as Link or Link's sister, maybe... please Nintendo.

Kaihaku Hitoare
Kaihaku Hitoare

CNET noticed this yesterday as well... I'm hoping that it's Zelda as a playable character and that Link is also still a playable character. The fact that the character in the trailer doesn't have a sword lends some credence to that hope... I would love to see Nintendo try a game where Zelda and Link travel together again...Spirit Tracks was fun but limited in that regard.

Miguel Munoz
Miguel Munoz

cant it be zelda for once( i pretend the cd-i games dont exist)

Nuc Lear
Nuc Lear

That is definitely not a chick. It's certainly not Zelda. Most definitely Link or a dude related to him.

Charles Cortes
Charles Cortes

I think the writer of this article is just trying to conger up some kind of rumor to bring clicks and views to his post. Just because the character has a different color of clothing does not mean he/she is not link. Maybe they wanted to shake things up a bit and give Link a change of clothing since he has always been dressed in green. Maybe hes grown out of that phase and decided to try some new styles. To be honest I find it boring to see Link in the same green colored clothes. Why is it ok for link to have different color clothes in Smash Bros but not in the Zelda game itself?


I'm not gonna dwell on this bait link, made up on the spot rumor. WE were looking for a different look in the next Zelda episode and when we get it we go all crazy assuming Link is not part of it all because of a different color of clothes. Maybe it is Links son, his brother or maybe it is Zelda herself. All in all we don't know and your interview with Eiji Aonuma says little more than a response to make you think, something Nintendo needs since their console is not doing so well at the moment and is depending on Smash Bros, Mario Kart 8 and The legend Of Zelda to gain some ground and become important again in the console wars.

Paolo Maligaya
Paolo Maligaya

Just title it Zelda Wii U, starring (who else?) Zelda

John Trollston
John Trollston

It doesn't matter who it is, if they have the spirit of the hero, they ARE Link.

Jackson Vance
Jackson Vance

I actually think that that may be a version of Princess Zelda, not Link. The design gives me a bit of a feminine vibe.

Matt Burke
Matt Burke

It's link's brother. Link was killed by the primary antagonist and his brother takes up his shield for revenge. In light of said revenge, the protagonist gets caught up in the triforce debacle. 

Dylan Volz
Dylan Volz

@George Kelly No, the only grammar change would  be to whomever's it is, because it is being asked about by the author thus an object.

Kaihaku Hitoare
Kaihaku Hitoare

@Kory-Jordan Agag Link was right handed in the Wii version of Twilight Princess and in Skyward Sword. But I do hope that he goes back to being a leftie.

Czarina Doyle
Czarina Doyle

@Charles Cortes The Zelda fandom for the past couple of years have been practically begging Nintendo to do a new game in the franchise where Zelda herself would be the main character, and the ambiguity in this post is feeding STRONGLY on that. Also, the character pictured above is holding the bow the way a right-handed person would, and Link is canonically left-handed! So many hints and teases...

Evan Killham
Evan Killham

@Charles Cortes I don't know what you mean by "conjure up." The producer said something, and Mike quoted him on it. Maybe Aonuma was kidding or having fun, but I don't think the article is sensational or click-baity at all. It's just an interesting comment that he's reporting.

Bill Kripas
Bill Kripas

@John Trollston Actually... The spirit of the Hero hasn't existed since Link died or the time lines split, well it has existed but it hasn't been part of the main heroes and more of a guide. Only the Triforce of Courage still exists and courage doesn't make someone a hero, The games are actually set up in a perfect way that any of the 3 wielders of the triforce could be the hero while any of the others could be the villain. People need to get it out of their heads that courage is the only one that can take action.    

Kaihaku Hitoare
Kaihaku Hitoare

@Jackson Vance I don't think that the design is more feminine than some of the more recent iterations of Link...but I really hope that you're right. I would love to see a playable Zelda (along with a playable Link).

Sean Moyer
Sean Moyer

@Kai Haku @Kory-Jordan Agag Link was only right handed in TP and SS because most people use the controller in their right hand for the Wii, in TP's Gamecube version, he was left handed as usual.

P. J. Reed
P. J. Reed

@Czarina Doyle @Charles Cortes To be fair, how you hold a bow depends on which eye is dominant, not which hand.  And Link was right-handed in Wii Twilight Princess and Skyward Sword, so... that's not a very strong indicator.

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