The Zelda man himself, Eiji Aonuma, wants you to know that just because Zelda was crying in the dramatic trailer for Breath of the Wild, doesn’t make her weak. He asks fans to “not read too much into just that one scene from the trailer, and to please play the game and appreciate Zelda as she is in all her aspects.” In this interview with Eurogamer , Aonuma also talks about having a female protagonist, and making sure the game came out in time for the Switch launch.
Towards the end of the live Switch presentation, we were treated with one of the best Zelda trailers of all time. There’s a pivotal point in the trailer that shows a Princess Zelda sobbing into Link’s arms. There were people who thought that this scene shows that Zelda will be a more unique character than ever before; while others proposed the thought that Zelda would be made to look weak and incapable of taking care of herself in Breath of the Wild.
Aonuma has explained to Eurogamer that Zelda “is very complex and multi-faceted, and it’s not as if she’s crying all the time in the game [laughs], so I would ask fans not to read too much into just that one scene from the trailer, and to please play the game and appreciate Zelda as she is in all her aspects.
“Regarding how Princess Zelda is portrayed in the trailer, obviously everyone has their own ideas of exactly how they would expect a female character to act or behave. What I would particularly like to emphasize is that the scene of her crying in the trailer is just one scene from the game – within the trailer itself it forms a dramatic high point, but that shouldn’t be taken too much out of context.”
When asked about the idea of making Zelda the main protagonist in BotW, he responded with – ” …Link has always been portrayed as a male character as the protagonist of the games… we did discuss in the team about whether or not we should have a female protagonist. I spoke to Mr Miyamoto about it and the whole team talked about it, but in the end, it just didn’t happen.”
“So looking to the future, talking about the possibility of having a playable female protagonist, I’d say yes, it’s a possibility.”
It was super important for Mr. Aonuma to hit that deadline for the Nintendo Switch launch. The team knew about the Switch way ahead of time so they didn’t stress too much about hitting their mark.
“So that deadline was something we knew about from a while ago, and knew we’d be able to hit that deadline. In terms of the importance of having it at launch… my boss is Mr Koizumi who’s the main producer of the Nintendo Switch (hardware) so for me personally it was very important!”
Look forward to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild once it launches on March 3rd for the Switch and Wii U. There’s a Master Edition for the game that might still be available for pre-order.