The Legend of Zelda is one of gamings most iconic and popular franchises. Going back over 30 years, the series has seen consoles and handhelds come and go, yet continues to remains relevant today. Yet, while the title cites Zelda, this isn’t the protagonist we play as, despite some people understandably getting this wrong still. The blond haired, green tunic wearing hero Link is the character that you play throughout the franchise. While he has seen many different design changes, he has always retained similar features for his iconic look and the epic adventures he experiences.
Now, he may not be a favourite character of mine because of his cracking personality and depth, he doesn’t ever really have these. But his legacy and impact on the video game medium is extensive. The story of the hero saving the world from an impeding doom or darkness is nothing new, however, the world, music and usually unique, thrilling dungeons help make this stand out from other games. As mentioned earlier, Link has gone through many iterations of his design over the decades, and for me personally, the Wind Waker and Twilight Princess games and character designs are the best. They are polar opposites to each other, yet have their own strengths that set them apart from all the rest.
Toon Link is adorable, hilarious and shows so much expression in his little face than any other version. You easily get a sense of how he feels despite his lack of voice or dialogue. The fact that despite all the backlash the game and aesthetic received at launch, that it is now regarded as one of the best among countless people, speaks volumes. Don’t even get me started on how an emotional wreck I was when seeing your Grandma all ill and upset from her grandchildren being away.
Twilight Princess Link takes on a more realistic tone than its predecessors and benefits greatly from it, in my opinion. It had the best story and characters of any Legend of Zelda game and Midna (already mentioned in an earlier post) was a standout aspect. It is also true that we see the most personality out of Link than we ever have before. Although Link may not be one of gaming’s most memorable and iconic characters because he is funny, engaging or has much of a personality. He is the face of one of the most celebrated franchises in gaming, whose impact cannot be overstated.
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