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Nintendo Has Explained Why You Can’t Play As A Woman In Zelda: Tri Force Heroes

IGN has quizzed the developers behind The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes and have asked them the all-important question as to why you can’t play as a female in the game. To be fair IGN couldn’t really get a straight answer out of the team, other than they have female developers helping out on the title and the fact that you can’t play as a female hasn’t been an issue with them. Here’s what was said.

IGN: So earlier, I brought up the similarities in the approach. The outfits remind me of gear-driven games like Monster Hunter and MMOs. Part of what ties into equipment-driven games is a player has a choice between choosing a male or female. I’m curious if, in this game, players will have a choice between a male avatar or a female avatar, especially since the story doesn’t seem tied to a specific gender?

Hiromasa Shikata: 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.

IGN: I guess I wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t express some slight disappointment with that, especially because there is a Zelda outfit Link wears in the game. It just feels like it’s one step closer to giving the Zelda series’ female audience the chance to explore that universe from another perspective.

Shikata: 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.

115 comments

    1. IGN is now a cancerous feminist shithole, huh?
      Well thats not surprising I guess, I stopped going to IGN many years ago.

      1. Agreed. Who the fuck cares if Link is always male. What’s next, a female Mario.

        So apparently with IGN’s logic, Nintendo should release a Metroid game with a male protagonist instead of Samus. Oh wait……………….

        1. That’s not their logic at all. You know, the fact that you have to lie to make an argument proves you probably have a pretty shitty argument.

          1. Where was I lying? Mario has always been male, Link has always been male, and Samus has always been female.

            Take your political agendas elsewhere.

  1. Whatever, I know some girls who play LoZ because they think link is hot. That’s just a bonus for them though.

  2. I’d say he’s right, but then again they’re all Link, it would’ve been nice to have other characters who’d be the heroes.
    … Unless there’s some bullshit in-game reason as to why Link divided by 3 this time. I think they just with the lazy route and because Link is very recognizable.

  3. Is this really something to feel a “slight disappointment”? I’m sure I’m way off base, but does EVERY game NEED multiple gender options for characters?

  4. I never got this issue, some games ur woman , sometimes ur man. Devil May Cry ur badass guy, bayonetta ur badass gal. Both are loved my male, and female

      1. Exactly, but go propose we make Samus male and wait for these social justice hypocrites to chew your head off.

    1. Except in DMC 2, 3SE, & 4SE there’s not just Dante/Nero/Virgil, you can also play as badass female characters too. Not the best of examples.

    1. I don’t think it’s necessarily the same thing, seeing as women are under represented as well as misrepresented in games, however, I feel like their complaints towards this game are invalid. I mean, I don’t feel like it’s that important whether you’re a male or female in this game, it’s more about solving puzzles and having fun with your friends, than it is about gander representation.

      1. Also, what the fuck is gender representation? Is it that idiotic feminist idea that men always talk in favor men and women always talk in favor of women?
        Then I guess they’re dying to have Sarah Palin talk abortion instead of Obama.

    2. Actually these are two completely different comparisons. Samus is a well established character. She is a single character on a single story line, on a single universe and point in time.
      Link, on the other hand, is not always the same person. He is an incarnation that reborns on different times, on different forms and on different places. He has been transformed into a wolf, a bunny, goron, zora, deku… he has been a kid, a teenager and adult, all in different games.
      You see, “Male Samus” doesn’t make sense because there’s only 1 Samus. Female Link makes sense because there are multiple Links in different universes/time lines. Female Link is more like Female Spider Man. Not the same person, but the same icon/character with the same powers, but on a different story.

      1. This is by far the best argument I have read. At first I was thinking as everyone else here, “what a nonsense”, but you have a good point. And I would go even further and say that it is good that we don’t have this female option in a spin off like this, a female link could enrich the game in uncountable ways, it surely deserves a main game.

        1. Link is a reincarnation of the hero of legend, the boy that will save the world, should it ever fall into chaos. He isn’t one person like Samus, or the same person like Mario, but he is a boy, whether he is a kid or a teen, and yes he has transformed into various forms, but from that state and has always remained a boy. Zelda has always been a princess, just as she was Tetra and Shiek. And both are Hylians, or descendants of them. The legend would be different. In a game like this one, I must agree that it simply shouldn’t be an issue at all though I do see where it could be the one where it is most possible. Link, Zelda, Ganondorf, and Impa should retain their entities. Also Ganon is fully aware of his existence throughout all of the Zelda universe.

          1. Thank you for keeping the discussion in a good level, Meister. Indeed you too have a point, so that I stay in between. In fact the reincarnation is always on a boy, but I surely wouldn’t mind if one day we have a girl in the history (of course that I am presuming a good history in which this choice would feel natural). I also don’t mind if Link keeps being a boy forever, if that’s what the creators want. I don’t think that a gender discussion should be taken too far in games like this, where we have consolidated characters. To force a female Link would be similar to oblige writers to change their main characters to women, if they are men, or vice-versa.

    1. I didn’t know you could play as a bundle of sticks :0. Man, fire emblem fates is really letting you get ahead of the times.

  5. No voice chat, so this game is going to be shit. Have fun getting everyone to figure out how to do a frustrating puzzle without, communicating with them.

    1. Yeah, because suddenly voice chat would make it better. If i went online with you and muted you, what would change?

    2. have fun with your 4 year olds telling you that they know how they know the game works when they clearly dont. we live in an age of technology where everyone has a phone, not only that but skype. i dont know about you, but whenever i hear anyone aside from my friends talk in games, their usually dicks, so seriously, cut the voice chat crap. dark souls doesnt have it, it has coop. OH SHIT ITS BAD

    3. Right now they emoticon which can help point people to the right direction. If the game is design well enough VC is not necessary, if the communication works well enough

  6. Yes because we must force developers to add female characters in all the time and NOT allow them to have the freedom to do whatever they want with the game…. This is why the industry is going down the shitter..

  7. Why does everything have to be politically correct. Fucking guy from ign needs to be bitch slapped…

    Why isnt a girl a playable character in triforce hereos? Because the developers of the game made male protagonists. End of story. Now fuck off.

  8. Some people are too sensitive and make big deals out of things that are not big deals. Gender equality doesn’t mean EVERY game has to have options for both genders. If a game developer chooses a male lead, it’s their artistic choice. If a developer chooses a female lead, it’s again their choice. You can’t/shouldn’t force it. You run the risk of games having more shoe horned content that doesn’t truly contribute to the game because it’s shoe horned in for the sake of ‘political correctness’. Some artists think it’s best to have a male lead for their game and other artists think a female lead is best for their particular game. It’s not necessarily sexist.

  9. “…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…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.”

    So now they’re sexist AND calling Link gay. Great…

    1. Faggots burn in hell…Americia is on the fast track to hell for legal faggot marrige….mark my words boy..

    2. Sexist for respecting a legacy character? Then lets make Samus and Lara Croft men, let’s see how long before the bitching starts.
      Also, “not being the most masculine guy” does not mean gay, gay men can be masculine and effeminate men can be straight; but thanks of that magnificent glimpse into the workings of your bigoted mind.

      1. This article just gives bitch company IGN and you punk loosers someting to bitch about lol

      2. Link has the option of wearing a dress FFS.
        It’s a rare occurrence tho I agree BUT to be politically correct I’ll just say he’s referring to him being less ‘macho’. Happy?
        To further along the topic has there been any other major fictional hero that has been LGBT other than Dumbledore?

  10. I thought there were female heroes in this one. Why would they have “Link” cross-dressing instead of just offering a female variant.

    For a Zelda game where you are playing as Link (a Link/hero of time, at least) they can stick to the usual appearance, and I think they should. For a game like this, however, I feel like players should be able to choose gender and skin tone. These are just generic “heroes”, dressed as all Zelda heroes are. Customization would be welcome.

    1. So you can’t play it unless the character represents your personal biological characteristics?
      For the people who keep claiming that genders and races are just social constructs and that they don’t matter they sure seem to cling to them the most.

  11. Sometimes I wish the developers just wouldn’t answer questions like this.

    It’s a simple (non-Warriors) multiplayer Zelda game… you’re going to play as Link. That pretty much goes without saying. While it’d be cool to play as Linkle or somebody at some point, this really isn’t a surprise, and I don’t get why anybody makes a big deal about it.

    1. It’s a big deal because it is a symptom of an underlying problem: Hypocritical social justice warriors bullying developers to do their bidding.
      Changing the gender of a character may seem unimportant when thinking of it passingly, but unless it means drastically altering the gameplay there’s no point to doing it other than pushing political agendas, and that’s something we don’t need more of in gaming.
      If we give them this next it will be Sarkeesian’s bullshit about talking instead of fighting, and then we’re going to see the industry burn to ashes.

      1. Oh please, don’t turn this around. 95% of games have their main character as a straight white guy and you’re going to whine about everyone else being big babies and having political agendas? You throw a fit when someone points out this fact that all the games cater directly towards YOU and that maybe it’s time to showcase something else for a change. You’re the one with a political agenda telling everyone who isn’t identical to you to be quiet otherwise the idustry will “burn to ashes”. Drama queen.

  12. Translation “STFU and play the game.” The Zelda franchise does not need social justice warriors.

      1. Oh silly me. I didn’t know I had been categorized. Thank God had you to tell me what and who I am.

  13. Resources are everywhere, if these people want female playable characters they can make their own, trying to co-opt legacy characters to further their agenda is lazy and stupid.
    Just suggest we change Samus for a man (Something I don’t want either), and see how they get.
    I don’t mind genderswapping for amusement or art, but leave your fucking politics where they belong.

    1. It’s not the people asking for diversity who made it political. It was political to begin with. You’re going to pretend that when almost every single game is led by a white guy is just a coincidence? Get real. That’s what is political here.

  14. The IGN staffer was asking a loaded, West-centric question, and it went totally over the devs’ heads. Gamergate is just alien bat shit to Japanese culture.

  15. I don’t think the game ABSOLUTELY SHOULD give the choice of using a female character, but his argument doesn’t make any sense at all for me. The characters could easily be replaced with another options. You could have 1 Link and 2 other different characters from the Zelda universe, but with the same skills. The only way I see his argument making sense is if in the end the 3 characters are the same person, which is pretty much what happens on the 4 swords (and I bet this is the great “plot twist” of this game, lol).
    Also, if they decide to include Zelda dress as an option, OF COURSE people will ask about the option of playing as a female in there.

  16. the game is zelda, you play as LINK. its always been that way. the game would lose its charm if you gave another protaganist centre stage.

    1. Don’t you find it a weird coincidence that almost every single game you play as a straight white guy? Is that what it takes for a game to have charm?

      1. I guess you would like to see a faggot or a dyke or a negro link or mario thats fucking sick u bastard

        1. Notice how all the racists and homophobic commenters are on your side? Geeeeee, I wonder why…

  17. The only people who whine “who cares? this is so stupid” are the people who are constantly represented in movies and games. If the main characters weren’t 95% straight white men like they are now, they same people would be whining “what about meeeeeee?”

    It’s the same people who act like it’s just a coincidence that ever single one of our presidents except one has been a white man.

    You are hypocrites, plain and simple.

    1. White people made this country son thats why…we cant help the devil voted in a purlp lipped negro who got faggots marrige rights son.

    2. Fuck that shit talk, I’m not being represented and I couldn’t care less.

      There are games starring male protagonists and there are games starring female protagonists, Zelda is the former. Unless they come up with a good reason to switch Link’s gender other than please you shitty SJWs, lol no, do not even try.

    3. You sound an awful lot like that Anita Sarkeesian woman. Ignoring all the movies & games that actually have non white males as the lead characters to support your viewpoint.

      Change takes time. It doesn’t happen over night. We’ve had a black president for nearly 8 years now, as you mentioned. Does it suck it that it took over 40 years for it to finally happen? Yes. But we should be thankful it finally happened even if it should have happened sooner. Better late than never, as the saying goes. And soon, we might be getting our first female president, if she has plans for the country that most of us like. She shouldn’t get voted into office just because she’s a woman, though. But seeing as how she might be going up against Donald Trump if the nutters in the Republican party get their way, I think she has this in the bag.

      1. The woman president is pro human baby murdering pro faggot marrige anti christ so you right she will probally win america is trash americia used to be a good country years ago son….look up son the day if Jesus return is near.

        1. When he does return, I hope it involves spartan kicking people like you into the Bottomless Pit. Take your hate mongering somewhere else, kid.

        2. Actually read what Jesus says. He preaches forgiveness, not hate, and you got a whole lot of hate, “son.” I pity you.

  18. Link is a already establish character he will always be male as zelda will always be female want to play as a girl ? fine ask for a game that you either play as a new character or use zelda no need to ruin link.

  19. These people that do interviews are gonna fuck us over. When they start asking devs stupid questions like this, especially devs from a company not versed in western culture, they’re gonna make the devs think that this is how we feel in the west, this is what we want. I don’t need an explanation for shit like this. It shouldn’t matter. Stop trying to push this feminist shit & just let the creators model their characters how they want. After 25yrs of link being a male, you JUST fucking decided this shit was a problem?

  20. Come on IGN, don’t go feminazi on me now.

    Maybe IGN should calm down with a cold glass of…water…

    1. Next nintendo will be wanting you to play as a bi racial transgender faggot Go Nintendo

  21. If only one of them is the real Link, why are there two others that look exactly like him? Was this generation of the hero born as triplets or something?

  22. Usa is tring yo push to faggot agenda on Nintendo nintendo has already put dykes and butfubkers in Fire Emblem Fates its the Homo egenda to expose our kids to satan at a early age the end times

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