My assumptions were wrong! I’m a bit surprised at that seeing as, even with how little we knew yesterday (mostly the misleading lanyard), you’ll remain playing as the only antagonist you’ve ever truly got to control in a Zelda game – Link. Eiji Aonuma explains
“We thought about it, and decided that if we’re going to have a female protagonist, it’s simpler to have Princess Zelda as the main character.”
“…if we have Princess Zelda as the main character who fights, then what is Link going to do? Taking into account that, and also the idea of the balance of the Triforce, we thought it best to come back to this [original] makeup.”
So there’s no Linkle and no plans on making Zelda the protagonist any time soon, but that leads us to question, who the hell is that opposite of Link the lanyard if not Linkle or Princess Zelda?
As if we don’t have enough questions for Nintendo, here’s something even better. Why are they making him right handed again (he began wielding his sword in his left hand in the Wii version of The Twilight Princess)? More for Aonuma to explain,
“In terms of right-handedness of things, when we think about which hand Link is going to use, we think about the control scheme. With the gamepad, the buttons you’ll be using to swing the sword are on the right side, and thus he’s right-handed.”
Though I might understand why they did it, this annoys the hell out of me on a personal level, being left handed myself. I get it, humans are predominantly right handed, but for us gamers who’ve grown up with Link since the first Legend of Zelda, Link being left handed has all but been seared into our souls. Zelda has always been one of my favorite franchises. Because not only are they great adventure games, but for once, there was a left handed protagonist! I know it might not make much sense, but that’s how I’ve always felt.
I guess now I’ll have to convince myself that he went through a horrible accident, as I did, that forced him to switch weapon hands for more control. It’s just going to be hard without a foreseeable backstory behind it.