A lot of fans want Link to speak in future Zelda games, but a lot of others want him to stay a silent protagonist. Eiji Aonuma spoke up about the issue, and he seems about as divided as the fanbase. He says in some ways he thinks it would be good, but he fears Link could lose some of his individuality.
This was one of the talking points on last week's episode of Nintendo Week, our Nintendo-themed podcast here at Gamnesia. Check out the discussion video above for our full thoughts on the 3DS' upcoming games, or keep reading for a brief, brief summary.
I believe that Zelda should turn away from emphasizing nuances storylines as much as it has in the last few games, thereby diminishing the need for Link to speak—but if they want to keep pushing story as a main focus in the series, then they need to accept that Link deserves a voice. Alex takes it a step further to say that Nintendo's going to have to make a decision about voice acting in the series in a broader direction before they can have a substantial discussion about whether Link should speak. Ben points out that games like Fallout and Dark Souls feature silent protagonists in a fully voice-acted world, so it's entirely possible that the Zelda series can embrace voice acting in a game before we revisit the discussion about Link himself.
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