Link has always been a silent protagonist in the Zelda games and there has always been debate about giving him a real voice. On one hand, the character acts as a sort of avatar for the gamer, an empty vessel that allows one to assume the role of the hero and be that much more immersed in the adventure. On the other hand, the Zelda series' more story driven focus within the Nintendo canon could certainly benefit from its star having more of an increased involvement in progressing the plot. Whichever side you fall on, it still hasn't happened yet, but recent comments from the series' producer suggest that may not always be the case.
Eiji Aonuma recently interviewed with GamesMaster, and one of the topics covered was whether or not Link should have a voice. Aonuma seems very torn over the decision; he sees potential in having a game where Link talks, but also feels that he would lose "proud independence" in the process. Here's the full quote:
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.
What do you think? Would you like Link to speak in a future Zelda game? Do you think it would be to the character's benefit? Share your thoughts in the comments below.