A Gamer's Thoughts - Princess Zelda




The Games
Since The Legend of Zelda just turned 30 recently, I thought it would be a good idea to take a quick look at the Princess herself and give my thoughts on this awesome character. Zelda is the beloved Princess of Hyrule and in each game in the series she is known for being wise beyond her years and loved by all. In the first few games I have to admit she was in the role of damsel in distress, as the  story mainly took a fairy tale type format. However, this changed immensely in the 98 video game release Ocarina of Time. In that game and the following console release titles she has grown to be much more than your typical Princess. While the vast majority of games do not allow the player to play as her she is always doing something to help in the background. In all honesty Link would never make it through the games without help from Zelda and playing through the games and paying attention to the story helps the player to see how important she is in the grand scheme of things.  While the roles she plays tend to vary with each incarnation one thing is always remains the same, do not underestimate the Princess of Hyrule.




The Character
Being that the Legend of Zelda series usually deals with reincarnations of their famous trio of main characters, its no surprise that Zelda, in each game feels different yet familiar. She is mostly depicted as strong willed, tough, kind, and wise beyond her years. Some games hint that she can also handle herself well in a fight. Nowhere was this on display better than in Hyrule Warriors. One of her greatest strengths is her magical prowess and her ability with the bow. Honestly, if you want to see a good iteration of how a fight with her would go then you really should check out the Hyrule Warriors game. Hopefully in future main line games Zelda herself will be playable. Going forward I think her character will continue to grow in amazing ways. Every game they have been able to add depth to her character in ways that are interesting and integral to the narrative of that particular game. I don't see that stopping any time soon. Really looking forward to the new Zelda game coming this year.




Popularity
Zelda is one of Nintendo's beloved characters. Not only is she the titular character of her own series but she also is a mainstay in Super Smash Bros as well as Hyrule Warriors. I often wonder if Nintendo made their own weapons based fighter would she be one of the main characters. I would say yes, especially since Hyrule Warriors was a success. This Princess is one tough lady and I look forward to seeing her continue to grow and be as awesomely badass as ever.





Hyrule Warriors Game Play



Images from Super Smash Bros and Hyrule Warriors
via Wii U Image Share