One of Link’s defining characteristics is the fact that he seemingly doesn’t speak a word. Sure, Link gives off his classic grunts and screams, but he never utters a coherent phrase or sentence. Or so it would seem. Contrary to popular belief, Link actually does speak a few times throughout the series — and no, I’m not talking about the CD-i games either. The popular GameTrailers’ series Pop Facts has a new video out that analyzes two cases in which Link speaks throughout the Zelda series.
The first instance is a bit controversial. In the video, there are two times during Zelda II in which a dialogue box pops up with the personal pronoun “I”, which seemingly refers to Link mentioning that he has discovered something. Clearly this means that Link is speaking, right? Well, not necessarily. One should note that the personal pronoun only appears in the North American release of the game, and the first-person dialogue is not utilized in the Japanese version of the game. And who’s to say that there isn’t someone hiding under who gives Link the items, and is referring to themselves instead? It’s likely not plausible, but it can’t be ruled out either.
The second instance is perhaps more commonly known by fans of the series. In The Wind Waker, whenever Link calls a companion to come to him, he yells out the phrase “Come on!” While it is only two words, it is the first time without a doubt that Link has spoken. That small bit of dialogue fits the situations and expressive nature of The Wind Waker, and it’s appropriate that Link was given a phrase to speak, albeit a short one.
So there you have it. Link does speak in the Zelda series, though it’s very uncommon and it seems that Nintendo is intent on keeping him as a silent protagonist. Will Nintendo change their tune for Zelda on the Wii U? Only time will tell.