While we have now confirmed that it is in fact Link in the trailer for Zelda Wii U, in an interview with IGN, Eiji Aonuma talked about the possibility of having Zelda as a protagonist in the franchise. He stated that while it is an idea that he is interested in, there’s something very special about the series being called The Legend of Zelda but not featuring Zelda as the main character in the game. He also stated that if Zelda were to be a the main playable character, the title of the game may require a change from The Legend of Zelda to something else.
“It’s called ‘Legend of Zelda’ but Zelda is not the main character”
“I’m interested in seeing something like that (Zelda as the heroine), but I think one of the charm points of this particular franchise is that fact that it’s called ‘Legend of Zelda’ but Zelda is not the main character,” Aonuma says. “She’s not the protagonist. But if you ask me what that is, I don’t know. I can’t really explain it. Maybe if she’s the main character, then maybe the title needs to change.”
Last year we talked about the possibility of seeing Zelda as a playable character in a Zelda game. Clearly that has caught Nintendo’s eye. Would you like to see Zelda as the protagonist in a future Zelda installment?