Silent protagonists were once widespread, but as voice acting technology improves, they've become increasingly rarer in AAA games. Excluding occasional grunts and shouts (and the infamous, non-canon, Phillips-developed CD-i Zelda games), Legend of Zelda protagonist Link has remained silent over the years.
Many longtime fans of the series are happy with this and feel that it's a key part of Link's character, but there are plenty of other fans who would like to see a fully voice-acted Zelda game. As series producer, the idea of giving Link a voice is a subject that's often on Eiji Aonuma's mind, but he hasn't come to a definitive decision.
"We've had a lot of requests from fans to hear [Link's] voice, and while in some ways I do feel that it could be good to have a game where he speaks, part of me also feels that that air of proud independence he has because he doesn't speak is a precious part of the individuality of his character. I want to think long and hard about whether changing that would be for the better or not before I make any decision." — Eiji Aonuma
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