When Nintendo first introduced Zelda: Tri Force Heroes at E3 earlier this year I thought it looked like a pretty awesome game where myself and two of my friends could play together as little Links. Others however wondered why you can’t play as a girl in the game, naturally.
Now however, we have answers as to why Nintendo has omitted ladies from their upcoming puzzling adventure and in short, it’s because legend calls for three male heroes, or something.
Speaking to IGN Zelda: Tri Force Heroes director Hiromasa Shikata said:
I’m going to tell you a little bit about the story quickly and we’ll circle around, here. There’s this kingdom, an event happens, and the king needs heroes. So, he puts out a call for heroes to gather and one of those is this guy Link. He sees this audition, basically, ‘Heroes needed; apply here.’ And, that’s the start of his adventure.
The story calls for this sort of legend/prophecy where heroes will come together to help solve a problem. And in that, they are male characters. So, because the game is set with that as the story background, you cannot choose a gender; you are a male character.
When disappointment was expressed by IGN that, despite the three Links being able to dress up as Zelda, there was still no Zelda or female character in the game, Shikata replied:
Understood. I understand what you’re saying, and just as general information, we do have a lot of female staff members who are playing this game and enjoying it. It doesn’t seem to be a big issue to them. They still are getting emotional investment in this game. And to be honest, Link isn’t the most masculine of guys in the world, depending on how you want to project yourself into the character.
Read into that what you will. But the crux of it is, there are no females, the story has three Links, and they can dress up as Princess Zelda if they really want to.
The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes launches on 3DS later this year.