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Ragnarok

Ragnarok

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Ragnarok

#1

Ragnarok commented on The Hyrule Warriors Artbook Catches The Eye Wi...:

@Yorumi You're right that Link has never really had consistent artwork, with only slight changes made to his appearances. Yet all of these changes have been really minor when it comes to his appearance, and you can still tell from looking at the art that it's the Nintendo character Link from the Legend of Zelda series.

@gage_wolf I don't think you get what I am saying. Yes, it would make sense within the lore which is what I said, but when it comes to the real world, and looking at it from the franchise/IP perspective, it would not make sense for Nintendo, a company that cares a lot about character recognition to take that risk and change what has been Link for 28 years. Within the lore yeah it could happen, but I see absolutely no reason to change his gender when it's has been consistent for so long, especially if a female Link plays exactly the same as a male one.

Link, to Nintendo and in the real world, is an established character and is the face of the Zelda series. So making such a change would be the same as changing the gender of other characters in their series to them. Whether it makes sense within the lore does not matter.

And then there is the chance of pissing off the fanbase with the change. Many fans, both male and female would be pissed off if his gender was flipped, and it's just another issue Nintendo would rather avoid.

And the amount of female protagonists featured in adventure games in the industry is not really something Nintendo cares that much about. It will only happen if there is a valid reason gameplay wise for it, and if the game plays exactly the same then what was the point of changing the character at all? What does a female Link add to the gameplay if the game plays exactly the same? If it adds nothing gameplay wise then it would just be making a statement, and Nintendo is not interested in making statements like that. Thinking about all that, from a business standpoint I don't see why such a change would be necessary.

Again, I am not arguing about whether it would make sense within the lore (I even agreed that it could happen). Hopefully I've been more clear about what I am trying to say here.

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#2

Ragnarok commented on The Hyrule Warriors Artbook Catches The Eye Wi...:

Yes, within the Zelda lore it would make sense that one incarnation of Link could appear female. But in the real world, and looking at it from a franchise perspective, Link is an established character and it would make absolutely no sense to drastically change what has been Link for over 28 years. Every Link design shares common features that make up the character Link, one of them being his gender being consistently male for years. Link is THE FACE OF THE ZELDA SERIES, and is one of Nintendo's biggest characters and changing his gender would be the same as changing Mario to a female or changing Samus to a male for Nintendo. It doesn't matter whether it would make sense in the lore.

Timeline only exists because Nintendo wanted to link all the games together in some way while still reusing the same heroes and villains in the franchise (like reusing Mario Luigi, Peach, Bowser etc), so one way to do this is bring in "reincarnation" into the lore of series. It's just a convenient way of being able to retell the same damn story with each new game, where Link and Zelda team up to beat Ganon/Ganondorf.

Ragnarok

#3

Ragnarok commented on Nintendo Download: 29th September 2011 (Europe):

Overall a good week for Nintendo downloads (trailers are great, Four Swords is a good time killer while I don't even need to explain Mario Land 2).

Here's hoping we get more weeks like this one in the future. I would love for Nintendo to release a 3D Land Demo (as well as other demo's) sometime in October, and we all know Wario Land is coming sometime soon.

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#7

Ragnarok commented on UK 3DS High Street Price Drop Round-Up:

Don't know how I should feel now. I payed £196 for it with Zelda on amazon. I guess the 20 games make up for it, considering how Nintendo prices it's virtual console games.