All in all, I think it’s fair to say the Zelda fanbase is rather hyped for Breath of the Wild, with a hugely enthusiastic general response to the new gameplay features and focus on freedom. Nintendo has committed one highly blasphemous design choice though — prepare yourself for this — Link is right-handed again.

I know. Just breathe.

So why is Link a righty? In Skyward Sword it was because most players would wield the Wii Remote in their right hand. This time, series producer Eiji Aonuma told IGN editor Jose Otero it was again down to the hardware design.

There you have it! A pretty straightforward answer really, though not one I imagine will go down well with some of the more diehard fans. Prepare for the pitchforks, Mr. Aonuma.

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  • Shona

    Yeah I don’t buy it. The attack buttons have almost always been on the right.

  • Slappy

    I don’t buy it either. Twilight Princess and Windwaker had left handed Links. It’s a weak excuse.

  • Right, or left handed, nowhere in the franchise was it ever stated that reincarnation of Link had to be left handed…

    Personally I’d prefer left handed due to the roots of the games, but for me, it’s by far not a deal breaker, especially with everything else Breath of the Wild brings to the table 🙂

    • TheShadowHatter

      pretty much this. with reincarnation many things about Link are possible, such as him being right handed, or even being a girl.

      my issue is how Aonuma gives us some strange and weak replies when all he has to say is “because I wanted to do it” or something.

  • greenlink

    Maybe he’s right handed because this is the reincarnation of Skyward Sword Link who is also right handed?

    • Nathan Pandora

      the problem with that is SS Link is the reincarnation start
      so technically all them are SS Link reincarnations
      but this does mean the first Link was right handed.
      so it could be future Links had the rare left handed gene

  • Sean McCluskey

    It’s really really not a big deal. I hope fans don’t blow this too out of proportion.
    “oh god a minor aesthetic change that wont impact gameplay at all YOUVE RUINED ZELDA NINTENDO!!!!”

  • Andrew Defty

    Not many left handed people for the motion capture maybe?
    I don’t know?
    But I don’t care either, I just want to play it! 🙂

  • DimensionalRanger

    Make up your mind, fandom, do you want link to be female, to be lefthanded, to be both, to be none at all? XD

    • Balthor

      They want Link to be an ambidextrous transsexual that is also non-existent and talks without a voice (but doesn’t grunt)

  • Marandahir

    Meh. They could have at least given us a choice.

  • YordleJay

    NO NO NO NO ;-; STOP RUINING MY CHILDHOOD HERO I MISS MY LEFT HANDED HERO. It’s a huge reason he’s one of my favorite characters because he’s one of the few that’s left handed like me

    • YordleJay

      AND YES I AM TAKING A 2 YEAR OLD FIT OVER THIS!

    • TheShadowHatter

      are you seriously throwing a childish temper tantrum over what hand Link uses to hold a sword.

      please tell me you’re making a joke or something, even if this joke isn’t funny, I’ll take it as long as you’re not being serious right now.

      or at least tell me you’re 12 years old and I’ll accept that too.

      • YordleJay

        Yes I am. idgaf what you think that’s a huge reason lil me liked him and what started me on my zelda love journey

        • TheShadowHatter

          lol because of which hand he uses to beat it with….WOW

  • TheShadowHatter

    It’s annoying how Aonuma has dumb responses to simple questions.

    “why no female link?”

    his answer: “because what would zelda do?”

    what he SHOULD have said: “because I wanted to keep Link male”

    “why is he right handed?”

    his answer: “because the controls lol”

    what he SHOULD have said: “because there are multiple incarnations of the hero, so this one is right handed. DEAL WITH IT”

    honestly I don’t understand Aonuma one bit, and it can get frustrating at times.

  • JasonBall

    What button raises the shield?

  • F-Lambda

    Technically, Link has always been right-handed; he just happened to use his sword in his left hand.

    How can you tell he’s right-handed? Well, let’s look at his first 3d game, Ocarina of Time. Link holds his bow with his left hand, and draws with his right (same with the slingshot); that’s how right-handed people hold a bow. For deku nuts, he throws them with his right arm, like a right-handed pitcher. Continuing the baseball comparison, let’s look at the 2-handed weapons: deku stick, Bergeron sword, and Megaton hammer. He grips these all left hand on bottom, right hand on top, just like a righty at bat.

    Pretty much the only things he does left-handed are wield the Master sword/Kokiri sword and, for some reason, the boomerang. Why? Perhaps it’s because that’s the hand the Triforce mark appears. Perhaps not, and he’s just ambidextrous. Either way, he’s never been truly left-handed.