It’s no secret that Zelda fans have wanted to play a whole (good) game as Princess Zelda for decades now. So when Nintendo’s E3 Direct ended with the sight of Link and Zelda traveling together — not to mention Zelda’s new, adventure-friendly hairstyle — fans immediately started speculating if we could finally play as her throughout Breath of the Wild‘s sequel.
Is Aonuma hiding something about Zelda?
This should have been a very easy thing to confirm or deny immediately. If Zelda wasn’t playable, Nintendo would likely say so immediately. But as it turns out, getting a straight answer has proven extremely difficult to do.
First, IGN asked Director Eiji Aonuma if Zelda would be playable as a co-op character, specifically noting how Link and Zelda are traveling together. Aonuma didn’t deny this. He only said, “It’s kind of interesting that you bring that up, because in Breath of the Wild, you see Zelda and Link together often too, so to go straight into the thought of co-op is very interesting to me.”
Alright, so that was a very awkward non-answer. So that’s it? Well, Kotaku asked him the same thing. Here’s the response:
“A lot of people have been asking that, and so I want to ask you, why do people think that?”
Kotaku reasonably responded that it’s a popular request and the princess is no longer trapped at the end of Breath of the Wild. However, Aonuma only got more suspicious. He simply laughed and said, “I see, but I can’t tell you.”
What in the world, Aonuma? This question is so simple, and you’re making yourself look so suspicious. Is Zelda really playable, or are you messing with our heads?
But Aonuma’s trolled us before
If you all remember the initial reveal trailer for Breath of the Wild, Link was shown off in his new tunic and hairstyle fighting a Guardian. At the time, speculation went wild if Link was really a girl or if that was Link at all. At the time, Aonuma merely said, “No one explicitly said that that was Link.”
So honestly, we can’t be sure if there’s a secret to be kept or if Aonuma is messing with us again. I really don’t like your games, Aonuma. I will wait until I hear the full truth from you.