Zelda's Story In Breath of the Wild Is Powerful, But Also A Bummer

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Breath of the Wild makes you care about Zelda by making her pain palpable. By that measure, Zelda’s journey is a good story that accomplishes what it sets out to do. At the same time, the tale at the heart of the game compounds an ongoing frustration felt by some fans: Zelda isn’t allowed to be the kind of hero Link is. (SPOILERS AHEAD!)

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In the latest episode of the Favecast, Gita Jackson and I dive deep into Breath of the Wild’s memories and examine what role Zelda plays in Nintendo’s open-world masterpiece. We both found Breath of the Wild to be deeply affecting, yet were bummed out at the way it makes Zelda into a proverbial ghost in a game that is ostensibly about her empowerment. Perhaps the game captures Zelda’s conundrum a little too well? It’s a complex topic! Our discussion begins around the 1 minute and 25 second mark, if you want to jump straight to it. We discuss story elements of the game, so be warned.


Around the 33:40 mark, we talk about how conflicted we are about Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, what Pokémon probably taste like, and the strange things AC villagers ask for in-game.

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To me it’s just more of a trade off. While Zelda actually has character growth and starts to feel like a real person in BotW (i wouldn’t go as far as relatable), Link is as always deprived of any personality. While he is clearly the hero, he is just that: the courageous swordsman with the blade that seals the darkness.

So i think it’s kinda unfair seeing Link as the one in favor of the narration. They are both just half the characters they could be.