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Zelda is No Longer Royalty in Skyward Sword

Posted by James Newton


It's only fitting for a legend to be based on a princess, but one of the most famous faces in Nintendo royalty is about to lose her crown, as Eiji Aonuma has revealed that Zelda is no longer a princess in Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. So what is Link's relationship with his long time collaborative partner? Aonuma says:

She's a childhood friend, but she goes away in the midst of the game and it's Link's job to search for her.

She may not wear the crown, but she'll still play a major role in the game's story, as Aonuma explains:

This game's plot is something like a school drama, you could say. The flying sequence at the E3 demo is Link competing against his classmates. One of them looks kind of a like a bad guy, as you saw, and he shows up in other ways in the game too, since he has a major thing for Zelda.

Check out the game's E3 trailer below and ruminate about Zelda's lack of royal connections in the comments further down.

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default12345 said:

It's good to see Nintendo changing things up, maybe in the next Mario game Luigi can be a shark?



Rapadash6 said:

No doubt this will be a memorable Zelda adventure and the more I hear about it the more I feel like this will truly be a much more refreshing take on the series. Can't wait! It'd sure be nice to have some other Wii games to play in the meantime though. >



KaiserGX said:

It was kinda expected for me since this is the prequel to Ocarina of Time.



tommm said:




Tasuki said:

I wish that they would do a spin off series with the Sheik character from OoT.



warioswoods said:

I might be imagining things, but it seems as if the design of Link's face (and eyes in particular) has been significantly improved as of E3; in the prior trailers, particularly GDC, I thought his eyes looked very dark and odd, and his expression un-Link-like. Now it looks perfectly normal. I'm still not a huge fan of Zelda's design, though, nor do I care for this villain.

Well, excuuuse me... classmate.



Blaze said:

Hmmm, interesting. I suppose Zelda not wearing a crown hardly changes the story-line massively, although, it does upset the flow of the timeline.



bezerker99 said:

The creature @1:17 in the YouTube vid has GOT to be the coolest new character in the Zelda universe!!!!!



Raylax said:

"This game's plot is something like a school drama"

I demand twee, narmy pop songs throughout. Also a love triangle involving Zelda, Tingle and Link.



Supervada said:

All I could say that I glad that Link finally wear pants with his hero clothes. I know he cold in those snow



grumblebuzzz said:

Not diggin the "school drama" thing. I'm wayyyy too old to care about high school dances and puppy love.



J-Forest-Esq said:

A school drama...I hope Aonuma wasn't being too literal. Still, non-princesses are people too, although I'm wary of both her and Link's character design.



KaiserGX said:

If it's the story of the first Zelda, I except her to sleep at the end of the game. THE LEGEND OF ZELDA.



charly_rozen said:

Just when something interesting going to happen... Eiji Aonuma tell us. Thanks for spoil me that ¬_¬



Tasuki said:

I actually like it. From the video it looks like a cross of Twilight Princess and Windwaker graphic wise. It doesnt look like South Park like everything did in Windwaker. Now if they did Windwaker to like this graphic wise I probably would have been able to play it.

I cant wait for this one but first I need to play Twilight Princess.



FonistofCruxis said:

If Link is a teen in the skyward sword which is chronologically the first game in the series, then how is he just a young boy in other Zelda games like OOT, Majora's mask etc?



Meta-Rift said:

@mariofanatic128: It's possible that Minish Cap takes place first, but no one really knows. Reoccurring characters like Link and Zelda are reincarnated in most of the games, so this isn't the same Link as the one in Ocarina of Time, Wind Waker, Twilight Princess, etc.



Bensei said:

I don't know why everyone fusses about the new Zelda. The OT Zelda is fine, but I think changes now and then shouldn't be a mess. It's not the same Link and Zelda in every game (should be clear since WW, was in the games since Zelda II), so why should they always look the same?

The new Zelda remembers me a bit of the ALttP Zelda.



Rockmirth said:

just dont make an oot kind of story
(sheik shows up mid game and then later turns out to be a princess)



kkslider5552000 said:

So does that mean Link will have to save Zelda by passing the 6 temples of classes? The Science Temple, The English Literature Temple, The Algebra Temple, The PE Temple, the History Temple and the Final Exam Temple! And then Ganondorf will be revealed to be the principal for no reason.



Bass_X0 said:

I bet that Zelda is discovered to actually be a Princess before the game is over.



Gamesake said:

@Sushi No, no, no. The love triangle will involve Zelda, Link, and the Skyward Sword girl. After they save Zelda, Link will realize the girl of his dreams was right in front of him all this time. Also after Zelda's rescue, instead of returning to Skyloft, the native Hylians make her their prom queen.



Nintendophile said:

It's interesting news, but it's not the first time they've had a "Zelda" that wasn't a princess. Tetra in "Wind Waker" was a pirate, though she WAS a descendent of the princess Zelda, so I guess technically she still had royal blood in her.



DarkLloyd said:

"6. KaiserGX"

that may be true but that doesnt mean there werent any other zeldas before oot

ugh i was this close to confusing my self with the timeline again lol



Punny said:

Maybe near the end of the game, she will become royal. Even if Zelda's not a princess anymore, Skyward Sword will still be a great game.



Dodger said:

Nice to have this confirmed. I figured this already. I have a feeling this is going to cover the Hyrule Civil War mentioned in OoT.. I don't claim to be an expert/fanboy/whatever you want to call them but given what I've seen from the trailers, it seems to fit in with many things mentioned in OoT and TP. If the King of Hyrule hasn't unified Hyrule yet then how would Zelda be a princess? Looking forward to "Holiday Season 2011"



wes008 said:

Am I the only one who likes the new Zelda design? I don't like, however, how she's not the princess anymore. Kinda disrupts the storyline.



MeloMan said:

Guess this will state how she got to be princess Zelda... maybe even how Hyrule became an actual kingdom under rule. Forget Skies of Arcadia, this LoZ x Baten Kaitos



Link-Hero said:

When I first saw her in the E3 2011 trailer, I somehow knew that was Zelda. It must of been the looks or something.



Gamesake said:

@MeloMan Let's hope it doesn't feel too much like Arcadia or Baten Kaitos, or else we'll all be wondering why Nintendo decided to give this game the Zelda name.



Chris720 said:

The first Zelda in the timeline? Now where to put OoT since most people classify that as the starting point... back to the drawing board on that then.

However, could this well be just a spin-off away from the timeline?



MeloMan said:

@ 52 The only known split is the Wind Waker and Twilight Princess timelines thus far... I was hoping Aonuma was going to resolve that, but instead he introduced a prequel to what was supposed to be the prequel of all prequels, The Imprisoning War er, OoT.



jerryo said:

"a school drama" ?!?! was that translated correctly???
we're doomed!

i LOVE the new art style! it simply looks fantastic! and i was convinced by the demo too, but this school drama thing is scary...

well she obviously was zelda.. did so many of you really not figure it out??? if anyone is still wondering you know what you are she does look like a princess no matter what they say she is.. and ofc.. she looks exactly like zelda from a link to the past anyway... only with less gold ofc.. damn that pic didn't seem so big on that page..



AlbertoC said:

Color me suprised. I don't know if i like knowing this without having played it. (Feels just like a spoiler to me)



RedBlueSpot said:

Classmate? NICE! It's time we should see some smootching between Link and Zelda? I mean, if I went throught 10 dungeons, collected various items and defeated alot of bosses, for my classmate sake, I would aleast expect a hug. Well, that's just me. I don't know about you guys.



melvin2898 said:

A friend gets lost? I could care less. That's how I feel in a video game and real life.



melvin2898 said:

A friend gets lost? I could care less. That's how I feel in a video game and real life.



MasterGraveheart said:


Well, I guess there had ot be ONE way to make a commoner like Link get to hook up with Princess... er... with Zelda. ^^;

Then again, PRINCESS Zelda had no problems being the childhood friend to the Link from Minnish Cap. Of course, he was related to their royal blacksmith... man... my head hurts... I want that Zelda Timeline! lol



grumblebuzzz said:

Sadly, even though im an enormous fan of the series and even have the Sheikah eye symbol tattooed on my wrist to prove it, my excitement for this game has kind of evaporated. For one, its coming to a system that's pretty much dead and now the reveal of this teen-centric story arc has me rolling my eyes. I really hope they pull out some super amazing surprises to change my mind and make me NEED this new Zelda like I did every other game in the main series but as things stand now, I could just as easily skip it.



TKOWL said:

I like this new Zelda design. She's no longer just some emo woman who just looks at everything happening and is overshadowed by every other person in the universe: she's revitalizing her role that she took in the Minish Cap: a childhood friend that you truly feel attached to and is the reason for your adventure.



NintyMan said:

Not surprising for me, since the recent Nintendo Power I got yesterday hinted that Zelda's role would be different this time around. Still, I'm glad that they've shaken things up. You're not alone, wes008, I sort of like her design too. Makes you wonder though if that new villain (whose name is Lord Ghirahim) is related to Ganondorf. Then again, since Skyward Sword would have to be the first chronological Zelda game, could the demonic pig Ganon appear?



C-195 said:

This isn't a suprise for me either, I heard about the ' Zelda isn't a princess in this game' thing on Good Game.
Bet she'll become royalty by the end of the game though.



kevohki said:

They said they drew a lot of inspiration from Majora's Mask when developing the characters that interact with you in the sky city. GOOD. That makes me believe this will be far better than Twilight Princess.



edcomics said:

GOOD. I'm not reading the spoilers. All I have to say is that I've grown sick and tired of the same old same old Zelda story. It's about time they tried something different. In fact, I would totally be in favor of a Legends of Hyrule series, rather than the repetitive Legend of Zelda. That world has grown so much, there are better stories to be told than "Links saves Princess Zelda... again..."



Number_6 said:

@ #33:

Thanks a f&$*^g lot! I'm just about 1/2 way through my first play-through of OOT. I guess I know who to expect pretty damn shortly,



SilverBaretta said:

So, no one else noticed that the villain-esque guy at the end of the trailer looks a LOT like Vaati?



DarkLloyd said:

so what im getting is skyward sword, a link to the past then oot O.o
or is it OOT then a link to the past

sjfijsfjsjfjejfjefjwejfjoe ugh im so confuzzled here



Henmii said:

I don't like the sound of School drama, but in the end I guess the story will click. One things for sure: It's good that Zelda doesn't start out as a princess. This story will tell how Zelda came to be in Hyrule. Something different for once!



zeeroid said:

I think it's interesting that they're taking the story and setting in a unique direction. Twilight Princess was a fantastic game, but people rightfully complained that it didn't do enough to differentiate itself from Ocarina of Time. Skyward Sword seems like it will be the biggest departure from the Zelda norm yet, and personally, I'm all for it!



zionich said:

It wouldn't surprise me if this tells why Zelda will always be the princess and Link will always be the hero.



Meta-Rift said:

@xDemon720x: This doesn't really change anything, we still don't know if Skyward Sword takes place before or after Minish Cap. It's not going to shatter any timeline theories, either, because we already know it comes before OoT.

@SilverBaretta: My first reaction was actually "Vaati's back!" At first I was disappointed to find out he's not Vaati, but after seeing the demo footage from this E3, I'm convinced that Ghirahim will be the best villain in the series.



bro2dragons said:

There has to be a reason why all the princesses are named Zelda, and it had to come during/before the dawn of Hyrule. I expected this, and seeing her design from the trailer, I never thought for a minute she would be a princess. At least, not at the games opening...



Capt_N said:

KaiserGX:"If it's the story of the first Zelda, I except her to sleep at the end of the game. THE LEGEND OF ZELDA."

Exactly. B/c Zelda 2''s storyline explains this, unless Nintendo is retconning this portion of the story. However, just b/c it is known to be before OoT, doesn't mean it is the first in the chronology.



SanderEvers said:

I'm happy she's in it at all..

The game is set BEFORE OoT (and maybe even before Zelda 1). So how could she be a princess?

Also, remember The Wind Waker? Yes, Tetra is princess Zelda. But we don't know this at the begin of the game.

In the end we still have to save the girl, since it's her story (hence the big Zelda on the box)



Teh-Ray said:


Actually, if I recall correctly, in Zelda II, the Princess Zelda is put under a curse that was caused by her bratty brother. Feeling ashamed, he called for every newborn princess to be named "Zelda".

"A long time ago the Prince of Hyrule had tried to obtain the Triforce, but Zelda refused to tell him the location of it. In order to extract the information from her, he brought in a Magician to interrogate her. Unable to find out any information, the wizard cast a sleeping spell on her, which also resulted in his own death. The prince, being unable to reverse the spell, had his sister placed in the castle tower, in the hope that she would one day be awakened. He decreed that all females born to the royal family from that point on would be named Zelda, in remembrance of this tragedy."
From this page:

In other news, we got motion controls, and now this story is probably going to be another thing people will whine about. Personally, I'm all for it, though it all comes down to how great the gameplay will be, which I know it will be!



JimLad said:

She's also no longer pretty, might be the first Zelda I'm not attracted to.
Nice twist though, I like it.



StarDust4Ever said:

Zelda's not a princess?

People, please realize that this is coming from the same company who purported in Super Mario Sunshine that Peach was Bowser Jr's mama!



Sakura_Moonlight2421 said:

>_> The "School drama" thing killed the buzz of me getting it.....I went through school drama more than once. I don't need it to be reflected in a game series I love.

@88 - 0-0 What!! Peach = Bowser Jr's mother!! Where the hell have I been...oh right I didn't play Sunshine.



Markystal said:

I actually kind of like this new angle. Either way Zelda's design in this game would make me chase after her on a life threatening journey any day! mean come on, just look at that smile.



Traxx said:

A man with a life and job wont even discuss about this matter. Except: there are the funny Nintendo-noses again (looking at Zelda...). And Link still has a rat-face.



Bassman_Q said:

Wait that girl is ZELDA!? I thought it was Skyward Sword's equivalent to OoT's Saria and TP's Ilia (ie just a childhood friend, not Zelda herself). Well, the statement that it'll have school drama seems like an awful idea to me. We've seen that scenario HUNDREDS of times in games, movies, and books before. And yeah, the fact that Zelda is kidnaped is getting old for me too. Hope the story has more dramatic twists and such, kinda like how Twilight Princess's narrative was presented ('Tis why TP's story is my favorite out of the Zelda's even though it was, at its core, a very similar scenario to OoT).



bozo_sawborg said:

Hmmm, Zeldas a bit "older" looking then her appearance in OoT to be considered "prequal" does she not? Not that it matters, just saying...

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