Submitted by Erimgard 860d ago | opinion piece

Zelda Can Have a Bigger Role Without Sacrificing Link as a Protagonist, Here’s How

GenGAME writes: What should Nintendo do? Is it finally time to let players take control of the fabled princess, or should they stick with the tried-and-true style where Link takes center stage? To that question I ask, “Why not both?” Looking at past Nintendo games and concepts, there’s plenty of room to incorporate both characters in a way that spices up the traditional Zelda formula and satisfies everyone. (Wii U, Zelda Series)

Need4Game  +   860d ago
Its called "The Legend of Zelda" not "The Legend of Link".
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Erimgard  +   860d ago
Yeah, but you don't play as Metroids in Metroid. The name isn't the most important thing. The most important thing is that Zelda doesn't need to be the poor little captured princess all the time. She deserves better.
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Need4Game  +   860d ago
You Can't Argue the title "The Legend of Zelda",

You Argue the Character.

Kids, that's what we call "Ad Hominem" attacks.
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Brucis  +   860d ago

He didn't make an ad hominem attack. That would be if he said 'You're retarded/gay/communist/[insert something here]' instead of actually arguing the point. He never attacked you.
PopRocks359  +   860d ago
Halo is a cool guy. He shoots aliens and doesn't afraid of anything.

The hero doesn't need their name in the title to be the hero, you know. :p
ChickeyCantor  +   860d ago
If metroid is such a badass why doesn't he take his helmet off?
M-M  +   860d ago

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ChickeyCantor  +   859d ago


I think you missed the joke there.
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_QQ_  +   860d ago
Uncharted is my favorite character,right above the starcraft.
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PopRocks359  +   860d ago
I'm Commander Mass Effect and this is my favorite article in the Citadel!

EDIT: God, I'm terrible lol.
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Kevlar009  +   860d ago
We get the idea Pop
ChickeyCantor  +   860d ago
In Links awakening, Zelda was irrelevant. What is your point?
3-4-5  +   859d ago
Here is how:

Spirit tracks
MrTrololo  +   860d ago
Zelda should at least be the protoganist in one of the series. There a reason why it called legend of zelda and not link lol
PopRocks359  +   860d ago
Technically one of the CDi games tried that... that didn't turn out so well. However I would not mind if they tried to have a co-op game with Zelda as the second player. It certainly would have helped the last boss battle in Wind Waker. Zelda would only fire those arrows when my shield was down!

But of course, only if the game is tailored to work with co-op and with a franchise like Zelda, something like that could be tricky.
CouldHaveYelledUiiW  +   860d ago
I always thought it would be a good addition to add strategy and military decisions into LoZ via Zelda.
-She is a princess in charge of armies.

Maybe something akin to a very watered down Fire Emblem- and you have to set units to guard the castle for a certain amount of time.

Or maybe Zelda's decisions could make slight changes to Link's quest. Maybe a different cut scene or meeting Gannon (or Enemies) at different locations.

Or maybe you could use Zelda's resources to make one of the many areas you have to go to easier to navigate. Let it be up to the player to decide which.
The_Truth_24_7  +   860d ago
Have her useless like the girl in Ico and you to escort her through Hyrule holding her hand or she will wander off and get lost because she had ADD.
Concertoine  +   860d ago
How about take a break from zelda (the character), since the most abscract and interesting zelda games story-wise dont have her in them. Or reboot the series and give it a cohesive storyline :P
MidnytRain  +   860d ago
Saying the title doesn't need to be the character is slightly irrelevant. The main thing here is that the title of the game is indeed a character, but not the MAIN character. It's kind of weird when you think about it. It'd be like calling all the Mario games "Luigi" or "Peach" even though those characters appear far less than the main character.
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Inception  +   860d ago
Isn't Zelda already had a bigger role, if not as important as Link?

In Zelda OoT, the adult princess Zelda grew up as a ninja...j/k :P . I mean as a mysterious Sheik, the adult Zelda guided and protect Link from the shadows. Link, and even Ganondorf, doesn't know that the mysterious Sheik is the adult princess Zelda, until Zelda revealed herself to Link. If not guided by Zelda, i don't know if Link can survive and awakening the fifth sage. And i loved that Zelda because she looks cool when playing her role as the mysterious Sheik.

But Zelda as a damsel in distress isn't bad too. Because we need a hero that have an ultimate purpose to do a journey / something good. In fact, Zelda as a damsel in distress inspired many games, like ICO, The shadow of the Collossus, or Dokuro. Imagine, what if princess Yorda can handle herself even she's weak and maybe blind. Can we got an interesting story or gameplay mechanic when Ico must hold Yorda hand to escape the castle?
Sigh  +   860d ago
If ya asked me, make one Zelda title featuring, of course, Zelda herself, and go back from the ocarina of time timeline. Wanna play as Sheik! :)

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