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Eiji Aonuma has recently brought up the topic of whether Zelda should be in a game of her own or not, which can been seen by the quote below:

The way we present Zelda is always a topic when we think about creating a game. Normally she would be kidnapped and someone would save her in the end. But this time (with Skyward Sword) we decided to give Zelda more personality and provide more information about her. Of course, in presenting the character in more detail, it can be questioned whether or not she should have her own game. Perhaps it is an idea we can think about in the future, but for now I do not know.

This would be an interesting idea. Zelda has not been the star in any first-party titles but some of you may remember the third-party CD-I adventure -- Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon -- that Zelda was the star. So we beg to ask -- do you think that Zelda should star in a game of her own?


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Thayde on 11/25/2015 10:39:00 PM

I think link and zelda should have a little romance for once, but if u make a game it could be of her questing and stuff that Zelda/Link shipper765 said. But link and zelda need to get serious, u should make a pg13 movie too

Thayde on 11/25/2015 10:35:00 PM

I would like to see a little romance between link and zelda but what if it was a story in the background of her quests and deeds while link was doing his stuff as a blacksmith or whatever

Link on 4/30/2015 5:43:00 AM


Zelda/Link shipper765 on 10/19/2013 9:13:00 AM

That would awesome! Even more so if she had a lot of badass moves, cool weapons such as crossbows and a hand cannon/gun type thing (My ideas is that it would be set around a time when gunpowder has been recently introduced to Hyrule). and put her in a sexy, fighting costume that shows her figure and good deal of skin; think the Gerudo, with a few modifications! But mostly, I would just like to see Zelda help herself for once! I believe in her, and I know she can do it!

jazzyJ on 6/15/2013 12:27:00 PM

Maybe like a ocarina of time reboot with a side quest of Zelda (like Arkham city with catwoman) during the 7 years Link is gone... that would be pretty cool..

jazzyJ on 6/15/2013 12:27:00 PM

Maybe like a ocarina of time reboot with a side quest of Zelda (like Arkham city with catwoman) during the 7 years Link is gone... that would be pretty cool..

:D on 1/12/2013 5:15:00 PM

Zelda is my favorite game character ever, but I think the LoZ series should just be a bout Link. It's a little too late to give Zelda her own game.

on 9/27/2012 6:45:00 PM

After "The Adventure of Link" there were two Zeldas right. What if they each said that they were the rightful ruler of Hyrule and there was a civil war where diffrent nobles took the side of one or the two Zeldas. It could sort of be like the War of the Roses. IDK could be interesting...

Unkown on 9/19/2012 12:26:00 AM

It would be great if Zelda had her own game. Why not have link caught and she has to go get her man back. Zelda was "Hidden" for seven years in the zelda ocarina of time. Where was she. If they made zelda ocarina of time were you play as her it would be a hell of a lot better.

EmmaButson on 9/13/2012 8:20:00 PM

Honestly... a game of the sheikah would be exceptionally good in my oppinion, there are enough loose ends about them and their connection to zelda that many newer ideas could be explored. I would prefer it be an add on to OoT and learn more about the legends passed down between the sheikah and the royal family, or even an explanation of how zelda was able to pass herself off as one so easily. Maybe nto a game based so much on brute fighting but on evading ganondorf and going through her own personal exploration. Obviously by the time we see her seven years later she is wiser mostly due to the triforce of wisdom) and a lot more sullen. Her family is obviously killed off and she is thrown from a comfortable childish caste life to being on the run. I would be very into a game that goes into that storyline. Link being a playable character or not.

Midnari on 9/12/2012 6:53:00 PM

Zelda CD-I. That game was a horrid, freak of nature. Zelda saving Link? Probably not going to happen because these games usually don't star (I say usually) the same version of Link and Zelda. Why would someone who is always the princess (Or Queen) save a random boy with no title? Murders happen all the time in a kingdom, as does Kidnappings. As for the whole 'It can be a Zelda game without Link.' If you're saying this because of Majora's Mask, Link's Awakening, Oracle of Seasons and Ages then you're a bit misinformed. The game might be titled 'Legend of Zelda' but if you played the games you'd already know that the key element to every Zelda game isn't the person in the title, but the person you play, you always play that lad in green. Period. Now, that's not to say it couldn't work but you'd have to have Link in the game, as a playable character, you'd have to be gentle with adding Zelda into the series as a badass character... She's a Princess, she really isn't -meant- to be badass if we're to be perfectly honest. Still, if you subtly put her into a game for use in a side quest (As you had to control Kafie in Majora's mask) then constantly push it... Though, I could see her getting her own DS game. That might be okay, less expensive if (It probably will) it falls flat.

randome dude243 on 9/5/2012 10:10:00 AM

zelda should be in a game i mean come on give her a chance and hopefully it wont end up awful as the old zelda games

Zelda on 8/26/2012 8:29:00 PM

she should star in a game

crappieman on 8/26/2012 9:31:00 AM

It could totally work besides if the games a flop im sure Nintendo would just make a amazing sequel

Gerudo Jailbreaker on 8/16/2012 7:47:00 PM

I think Zelda should have her own game on the Seven Slept Years (OoT). Zelda's role wouldn't be one necessarily of being a heroine, but of surviving. Basically, Zelda/Sheik would act with the Sheika as the resistance, not majorly glorified after the end of the struggle, but a needed part to facilitate the rise of the victor, in this case, Link. This would also allow for a multiplayer aspect, with Sheik leading a group of the Sheika, not needed to complete the game, but majorly helping.

Link on 8/6/2012 11:48:00 AM

I think Zelda should have her own game as it would bring something new to the Zelda series, she has proven herself to have good fighting skills,she can use magical powers and also weapons such as bows and arrows and swords. A 2-player game using both Link and Princess Zelda would be an idea or maybe a game where you can switch between them!

Dreamingflower on 8/5/2012 4:09:00 AM

All those ideas sound great I really love a Zelda game with Zelda as the heroine. She has enough guts to do it. Maybe a game were Link get's possessed and Zelda has to find a way how to get him back to normal. In MM Link an that Fierce deity mask maybe if he got possessed by that and Zelda has to find a way to help Link get rid of it. I always thought it would be awesome to fight against fierce Deity Link. he could be one heck of a boss.

on 8/4/2012 3:49:00 PM

How about multiplayer? I don't know how many times I've been playing Zelda and my friends want to play with me, so maybe instead of Zelda getting her own game, Zelda and link fight together to bring down the main antagonist? Like possibly a single player option and a co-op option that are two separate stories. Like th only way to complete puzzles and boss fights is to work together. Just my idea.

Genius on 8/3/2012 9:42:00 AM

not do make fans angry but i think no since it wont be like a zelda game i dont think it wuld be the same as all the other zelda games it wuld be a to big of a change like zelda can use magic but whitout a sword it just dosent work for a zelda game wuld be ok for the old zelda games but the graphics and 3D stuff it wuld look kinda wierd not saying i dont want a game where zelda is there star that wuld be cool but wuld it fit to be a zelda game?

Peter John on 8/2/2012 5:49:00 PM

Yes or at least be a co-star with link alowing you the ability to switch between sword and shield link and magic spell and maybe bow Zelda

awesome wasabi on 7/28/2012 11:38:00 PM

Zelda should have her own game... Yes, it may be crap, but something is better than nothing.

awesome wasabi on 7/28/2012 11:38:00 PM


wizard on 7/28/2012 1:23:00 AM

i believe zelda with her own game would be good as long as you do it right and not using that lame cartoon version but with a more twilight princess action. i do like the idea of bringing sheik into the mix of things.

Antonio on 7/28/2012 12:42:00 AM

Nintendo sucks ps3 FTW

KirikoAsakura on 7/23/2012 4:17:00 PM

This actually works into an idea that I had for a game! :D My basic idea was that the game has sort of three modes. The first two modes would be in Single Player where before the game begins, the player is prompted to choose to play as Link, or Zelda. Depending on which character you choose there would be small alterations to the story and dialogue to compensate for the gender and abilities of the chosen character, and the unchosen character would be an NPC ally throughout the game. Kind of like the gender choice for the Trainer in Gen. 3 Pokemon. This would result in having a plot having nothing to do with neither Zelda nor Link being the object of rescue in the game as they are together all throughout. Then there would be a Two Player Mode where two players can co-op, one playing as Link, the other as Zelda.

wha-what on 7/12/2012 3:47:00 AM

If Zelda had her own game, would it be titled "Link"? 0_o

PCS on 7/11/2012 9:44:00 PM

Zelda should rescue Link for once.

on 7/7/2012 2:30:00 AM

They should totally give her her own game. and talk more about sheik. and... ugh that would be amazing..

Rory on 7/2/2012 1:48:00 AM

I think it would be a good idea to let Zelda have a game! She had a sword in Twilight for a bit, and proved she could fight through Sheik. And I think it would be cool if she saved Link, maybe Link goes comatose after a fight with Ganon/Ghirahaim/Demise etc., and Zelda has to handle a new threat while trying to find a cure for Link, and at the very end Zelda is almost killed by the final boss and Link suddenly shows up after the healing was supposed to have failed and kills the boss. It'd be nice to see a almost dead struggle for Link, get a dramatic and emotional bit. (not like in OoT when Zelda screams every time you get hit.. that was annoying..) I think that'd be a epic game, though it probably would be a spinoff.

Unneeded on 6/25/2012 4:17:00 PM

That would be really cool. Hell, Zelda deserves her own game more than Peach. (And Peach got one.) I think the reason Peach got one is because her character isn't as developed as Zelda. All the I'm-just-a-useless-princess shit is pretty much useless. You can't beat the game without Sheik nor Tetra, plus she gives you those damn cool light arrows. (Ocarina of Time, Wind Waker, and Twilight Princess.)

Wind Waker Sucked on 6/23/2012 2:42:00 PM

One thing that Nintendo never thought about was the seven years in Ocarina of Time (my favorite game) that Link skips when he travels through time. I think this is a game where Princess Zelda could have a huge role when Link isn't there to help her. There could be another whole story to be told in the same Hyrule that many have went through before.

ITSASECRETTOEVERYBODY on 6/22/2012 12:53:00 PM

No. She's useless. That's why I keep having to save her sweet little "I'm too good for you" @$$. The only time any Zelda was at all decent at anything was being a ninja in Ocarina of Time. If her story would be told, it should be put in the hands of a studio more experienced in making stealth games.

somecrazyguy on 6/21/2012 8:46:00 PM

i dont think they should do this. the legend of "zelda" is about "link". wana know why? it actually has to do with the whole spirit of the hero thing. the whole point of skyward sword was to show that the "legend of zelda" story was about a hero. zelda is a reincarnation of a goddess in that story, a goddess who planned out the destruction of demise. this plan included a hero. but becuase humans in the zelda world are complete chickens when it comes to fighting monsters and such, she had to make sure this human hero would be brave enough, and take risks. to do that she reincarnated as zelda, and we all know what happened after that. basically, the after effect was that she used link to destroy demise. after this, this hero keeps on popping up saving and rescueing those who shared zelda's blood line. if link is no longer the protagonist, then the legend of zelda falls apart. i dont think it should be called "legend of link" becuase he is the protagonist. when they explained why link keeps popping up, and how he first came to be, they were in a sense saying "link IS the legend of zelda. the legend IS link, becuase zelda/hylia is the one that USED link to defeat demise" there is more i could say about this, but that would take wayyyyy too long. i dont mind how they did a zelda/link controls for spirit tracks, and would welcome something like that again, or perhaps, like someone else has suggested, after you beat the game as link, you play again to see zelda's side of the story. but to take link out of the protagonist position would ruin the game in my opinion, becuase they have gone now to the point of saying why link exists, and why the games are called the legend of zelda.

Fizz on 6/21/2012 5:02:00 PM

I always thought it would be interesting to be able to play as Zelda and Sheik, especially after their appearances in the Super Smash Bros. series. To people saying the CD-i games, they REALLY don't count.

njbluedemon on 6/19/2012 4:37:00 PM

Without a doubt they should make a game with Zelda as the star. With Link always the main character, it gets repetitive quickly. Zelda would add a fresh new light to the game, such as new skills and new tactics (remember she is also Sheik). I would buy it.

on 6/16/2012 8:10:00 AM

i think it's a good idea if you start out as link in ocarina of time but once you get to the temple of time zelda/sheik appears and holds the fort while you get older and there should be cutscenes later of link meeting up with zelda and you should switch roles through the important parts of the game like be link when he goes and defeats ganon but be zelda when link is just figuring out random clues of how to get to the next temple

evilgumball on 5/25/2012 4:33:00 PM

i say ya she should, and i see theres a few good ideals thats been thrown out there. but id like to sugguest making a game where maybe link and zelda can work together and maybe make it where the players can switch between the two to acomplish there objective what ever it may be. and Reposiric is right it would have to be a well thought out game and nintendo wont have much room for mistakes if they do give zelda her own game. but if they do make it id deffeinly check it out

Zelda on 5/22/2012 5:06:00 PM

If you NAME it "The Legend of Zelda" then OF COURSE Zelda should be the star of her own game instead of Link!! I have been wanting girls to get noticed for fighting or something! And trust me, I may be a girl, but I do NOT play pretty!

JM Mora on 5/20/2012 4:34:00 PM

The Unholy triforce, look it up, she has already had her own games

Get real. on 5/16/2012 7:33:00 PM

She already has a starring role as Sheikh in some game I keep forgetting.

Keenan Hatfield on 5/3/2012 9:43:00 PM

I feel as though the comments about Oot are all great ideas and would be great to put on a new version of Oot with Master quest and Call it princess' requiem. And incorpate a story wher she has to work to hide her training at first until the first meeting with link as sheik where it would be less Zelda and more sheik

BongaFish on 4/24/2012 11:54:00 AM

You could really come up with some imaginative gameplay ideas with the fact that she has both a "warlock-esque" Princess Zelda form as well as a "ninja-esque" Shiek form. It could be a combination of magical combat, physical combat and stealth. Makes more sense than Super Princess Peach, whose protagonist is a ditzy, idiotic princess who usually has zero initiative to defend herself, no less go defending Mario.

Mushi on 4/23/2012 9:27:00 PM

A zelda game where as combat you are Shiek, and in towns you are Zelda.

Lyrad Hylian on 4/23/2012 4:54:00 PM

ok A Zelda only or primary could be risky. But if it shows the proper respects to the princess and her hero it should at least be considered. Cucco 4 ss has a good idea but we can go further. At times in Oot Sheik could have been on your heals or paving the way, we see her helping you plenty of times with info. So I prupose a three stage game; zelda with Impa as a kid learning to fight and live as a guise male, her during the seven years slowing and resisting ganondorfs forces, then a guardian angel stage shadowing link and being the mostly unseen hand in his journeys with a few of your own along the way ending of course in her reveal as zelda and rescue by link.

James on 4/16/2012 12:52:00 PM

a lot of people are saying it's a bad idea but i agree with Cucco 4 SS, a game that focuses around what happened whilst like was frozen for 7 years in ocarina of time would be cool. Also, people have said without link then there is no legend of zelda but there has been multiple legend of zeldas where zelda hasn't even made an appearance so i don't think that is much of a reason against a zelda based game. I think it would be a good concept whether or not she is 'rescuing' link in the plot.

Andy on 3/3/2012 8:44:00 PM

I think it would work but would need to incoorporate link and Zelda. Like I think she would get kidnapped and Link would be saving her, but then you get to be Zelda deciding to step up and that she needs to save herself for once, duo she starts fighting her way out of her trap herself with Link slowly making his way to her where they meet and finally both escape through teaming and fighting together. It needs Sheik though. I can just imagine a cut-scene where you see Zelda weeping into her lap. Head in hands and then she is thinking and remembering about Link and her life and then she realises how bad Link must feel having to constantly save her and she stands up and fashions a home made Sheik costume, getting ready to kick ass while Link is off fighting everything on the way to her, she is slowly killing off people in her hideaway and planning an escape.

TheTomja on 11/11/2011 6:22:00 PM

Well, I think it could be possible, and the events of that game have already (kinda)been mentioned in the intro to Skyward Sword

Decimo anonimo on 11/10/2011 6:49:00 PM

Could be like in batman arkham city, with the catwoman side quests, that could be interesting and could help develope more abput the Zelda in the game and even part of the story

Fyrisvellir on 11/10/2011 6:37:00 PM

Maybe if Nintendo start doing DLC with the Wii U Zelda, we could get a secondary story for her like Ada Wong in the Separate Ways campaign of Resident Evil 4.

Reposiric on 11/10/2011 6:10:00 PM

I think it'd be an interesting idea, but too fragile to work with. Just one slip-up and us die-hard Zelda fans will rage in the streets and bitch constantly. However, I'd like to see a game featuring only Zelda. Perhaps a second story of something that took place while Link was in Termina in Majora's Mask. Since Link left, no one is left to protect Hyrule, so Zelda steps up to the new threat. She would have her soldiers at her disposal and everything...It could even have a secondary quest of what happened to the future Zelda after Ganondorf was banished to the Dark Realm. :D Fun ideas.

Jimiluis on 11/10/2011 5:27:00 PM

Her game will be named "The Legend of Link"

Twister92 on 11/10/2011 5:15:00 PM

I'm not inherently against the idea of Zelda having her own game. I would first at least try a Zelda game where you can play as either Link or Zelda, or have to alternate such as in Halo 2. Yes, I just committed the blasphemy of bringing XBOX games into the discussion. No, I am not a COD or Halo junkie. My reference to Halo 2 is just an example. On a side note, I also think that Waluigi, Daisy, and Toad from the Mario series should have their own games.

Fyrisvellir on 11/10/2011 3:08:00 PM

Of course there is; it's her legend. This sort of thing would be considered a spin-off, anyway. I mean, if Tingle deserved his own game (he did, it was pretty good in a weird way), then Zelda definitely does.

somecrazyguy on 11/10/2011 2:57:00 PM

im sorry but it doesnt work to have zelda in her own game with out link... the legend is about link and zelda constantly being reunited.... if there is no link, there is no legend of zelda...

Jmaster1324 on 11/10/2011 2:53:00 PM

Zelda haveing her own game. Thats the worst idea sense dare I say "SMB" movie or Pokemon Gens 3-5. Please nintedo lisen to us don't make another mistake

Justin on 11/10/2011 2:47:00 PM

Perhaps have Zelda saving LINK? Hrm? I don't know how it could be pulled off without any backlash from fans though....

Fyrisvellir on 11/10/2011 2:40:00 PM

@Cucco 4 SS That sounds awesome, yeah! Even just playing as Sheik for those seven years would be awesome.

Cucco 4 SS on 11/10/2011 2:23:00 PM

Heck yeah! They gave Princess Peach her own game, so why not Zelda? She coulu probobly use magic for attacking and be able the create shields and blades out of magic. Or even better, a game that explains what Zelda was doing during the seven years Link was frozen in time in OoT. Seeing more of Shiek in action would be nice, and would make a very unique gameplay.

Fyrisvellir on 11/10/2011 2:12:00 PM

That would be cool, provided they used the cute, bubbly Zelda of Skyward Sword. :D