Character Spotlight - Breath of the Wild's Princess Zelda
The newest game in the Legend of Zelda series has a lot of things going for it, from its epic landscape to its art style and soundtrack. One of the best parts of the game is the Captured Memories that serve as cutscenes but more importantly, they tell Breath of the Wild's story (or at least a substantial portion of it). These memories chronicle Link's memories of Zelda and their time together before the tragic events of the game.
Personally, I believe that this is the most character development we have seen with Princess Zelda. Her character arc is deep and we get to see a lot of different layers that we honestly haven't seen in any of the previous entries in the series. It's important to note that this incarnation of the Princess is not a fighter in the typical sense of the word. She does, however, spend her time doing research and other scholarly pursuits. This brings her into conflict with her father, the King as it is stated at points that her power of sealing is the key to stopping the inevitable return of Calamity Ganon. This leads to one of the more heartbreaking memories in the game. When her power does finally reveal itself, we're able to see how powerful she actually is, although that power does come at a high price.
For those that say but she's still a Princess that needs to be saved by a male protagonist, I have this to say to you. Please play the game before you open your mouth. Princess Zelda in this game not only stops Calamity Ganon from completely destroying Hyrule upon his return she holds him at bay continuously for 100 years. 100 FRICKIN YEARS!!! Some of you can't hold a conversation for 10 minutes, just saying. All jokes aside, the ability for her to do that shows just how powerful she is and when you realize that she goes to do this with literally no training, it's amazing that she was able to hold out as long as she does.
And then there's Link. Princess Zelda and Link's interactions are interesting in that they grow over time. Looking at the memories in order it is obvious to see that she doesn't to much care for her appointed knight. There are reasons for this and those reasons are actually brought to light in her diary which can be found in Hyrule Castle in the game. Watching the captured memories and reading her diary shows how their relationship grows. Yes, Link is her appointed knight which means he is basically her bodyguard but through the course of the memories, they actually become friends. In fact, it is revealed that he actually talks to her and that he is pretty much quiet with everyone else. Even going as far as to give a reason for why he acts that way. Let's be honest anyone that can make Link talk is a feat in and of itself.
I know there are a lot of fans that feel a certain way about the series. I would love to one day see Zelda take a role where the players get to play as her. While I can see that happening at some point in the future. I do love what Nintendo did here with this installment. Her character being fleshed out and given layers and dimension was awesome and I look forward to what the team comes out with next. Hope you all enjoyed the post. Let me know your thoughts if you've played the game. Would you like to see Zelda take a more active approach? Are you fine with the game as it is? Let's talk about it in the comments. As always thanks for reading and see you guys on the next post.
Zelda's Diary Vid
All Captured Memories
Images via Nintendo Switch ScreenShare