Considering how her name is in the title of one of gaming's most venerable series, Princess Zelda has had surprisingly little time in the dungeon-clearing spotlight. And that goes for Nintendo Switch super-hit Breath of the Wild, too. Well, one group of ambitious modders have decided to give her the proper heroine makeover she deserves: say hello to The Zelda Conversion.
The 20-strong team of modders has been hard at work bringing the titular character to the forefront of the series' biggest title to date. An unfinished character model - which was discovered deep in the game's code - was used as a base for her build, with the team constructing everything from new dialogue and armour to adjusting the score and adding an appropriate title screen.
One of the main fans behind the project, a modder by the name of Ainz, recently spoke to Kotaku about the project, and revealed how the team has swelled to help support what's become a huge undertaking:
“I started looking at ways in which we could enhance the mod. Which meant giving Zelda appropriate dialogue, changing music and other tweaks to improve the game. In doing so I invited multiple people to help make this a reality and after certain members joined, left and numerous other events we’ve reached the stage where we’ve made considerable gains in the project.”
Ainz confirms the group hopes to have The Zelda Conversion ready for Wii U and CEMU emulator at a later date, although he has teased this could be sooner rather than later: “We plan on having an initial release really soon so it’s a bit of a secret.”
Let us know what you make of the project in the comments section below. Which character do you prefer in the lead of the series? Zelda or Link? Let us know in the comments below...
I applaud the effort and all the work that must have gone into this, but other than that: no, just no...
Will she be sniffing Link's bum?
Wait. So Zelda sets off to save Zelda?? That's sooo... mind bending!
Reminds me of Skyward Sword when you can see Zelda's Adventure in the credits.
This would be a good DLC (or a new game), where you play Zelda in Hyrule before the Calamity.
That’s really cool, but just wait until Nintendo hears about this... lol
Considering Peach got her own game...
I mean they could even call the spin off The Legend Of Link
I got used to this in about 5 seconds, it's not like she hasn't shown how badass she is in canon, I'm totally down with Nintendo doing this in the next one.
I prefer the Linkle mod!
Looks really cool
@Fuz We have some story elements we plan on using, nothing too outlandish but within the scope of what we think the Gerudo would act like.
But why would I want to play with Zelda? What benefit has it and is she rescuing herself from Ganon?🤔
It's reasons like this, not piracy which I use exploits on my consoles for. The collective fanbase, coders and modders come up with some unbelievably great stuff. All hail freedom.
I'm amazed we have yet to get a game with her as the main protagonist. Her name is in the title and she's clearly proven she can be a bad ass ( OoT as Sheik). It seems like a no brainer to do at some point.
A journey to save yourself? Now it gets much deeper!
Wait. The green guy was not Zelda all the time !?!?!!?
Eh. While I’d take her over genderfluid ponytail Link, it’s not worth the risk of bricking my console. Hard pass.
@MoonKnight7 reminds me of the luigi saving luigi From Mario Galaxy
Now where are ye hacker haters? This wouldn't have been possible without hacking the Wii U
After this, I can see everyone turning their focus to Samus being a female and something being done about that.
Ridiculous world we live in that people have to change things like this to make someone happy.
I never want to see zelda as the playable character INSTEAD of link. I’m ok with her having her own game,or even an option to play as her if the story warrents it(OOT shiek could have her own playable story), just don’t change true legend of zelda games to make the 1% happy.
When is master chief going to become a chick? I won’t play halo anymore since it’s sexist that master chief isn’t mistress chief. Give me a break world.
@Donutman Crazy world where people want to make other people happy...
@Donutman Its just a mod. You're thinking way too deep into it.
@NYCallday I don’t think I am the one thinking too much into it when I am not the one who demanded Nintendo make link a girl, nor am I working in creating this mod. The ones who are expecting companies to do this are the ones thinking too much.
@Chandlero not everyone is going to be happy with every decision a company makes. It seems like most people are unhappy with most decisions nintendo makes anyways.
Love it! This game needed playable Zelda instead of a motorcycle. Don't get me wrong, the motorcycle is fun, but Zelda needs some time to shine. Was very much looking forward to her being in apart of the game and she...isnt.
@MisterKorman wrong is changing a story to accommodate things like this.
As someone said earlier, is zelda going to rescue herself? How is she going to get into gerudo town? Just walk in or is she going to have to track down female clothes?
When metroid prime 4 gets officially revealed and Samus is still a girl, there will be unhappy people wanting to option to pick her gender.
@MisterKorman still took a lot less time then whoever is making mods or changing stories like this.
@Donutman Nintendo didn't make Link a girl in Botw. So I really don't get what the problem is? That some people online wanted that? Why do you care about what other people want who cares. Eat a Donut, man, and relax its all good.
@Fuz we don't plan on making the story "wild" (lame pun intended) but just that it makes sense with Zelda instead of Link. Stretch goals once the tools release will allow us to replace cutscenes with in-game scenes which will allow us to recreate practically everything but in a continuity that makes sense.
@Donutman I would personally hate if someone tried to make a "male Samus", but this is different. We're Zelda fans that like the character Zelda and want the opportunity to play as her, we also plan on changing the story to accommodate those changes.
It's up to Nintendo, but personally I'd welcome [a] Zelda getting her own game again, this time a first-party one. But then again, I'm biased towards female protagonist in adventure stories since childhood. XD
@Donutman Making Master Chief and Samus the opposite sex is not the same or has absolutely nothing to do with making Zelda possibly the playable in a Legend of ZELDA game.
Oh, I hope Pat Summersett does a full VO! The forums would be golden!
Meh, doesn't fit with the story though, so I couldn't enjoy it.
This is incredibly impressive. And totally wonderful.
@Donutman Dude, it's just a mod. Chill out.
@MoonKnight7: We've had multiple Links, so multiple Zeldas doesn't seem too outlandish. I wonder if it involved a certain sword or a parallel timeline?
This seems like a lot of work to force something onto a game. I think it would be interesting for Nintendo to tell a story with Zelda as the protagonist, but not so keen on someone else trying to shoehorn that story onto Breath of the Wild. The story of Zelda there is pretty powerful on it's own: a princess shoehorned into what her father sees her traditional role while ignoring her natural abilities that could have saved the kingdom had they been fostered. Just like in all the Zelda's Link is little more than a tool manipulated by Zelda to defeat Ganon.
I would rather see Nintendo work to make a narrative that makes Zelda one of the protagonists. Let the player play both Link and Zelda's story. Intersect the plot so that both are each looking for something needed to confront the newest form of Ganon (perhaps the arrows of light, a restoration of the Goddesses, or a reuniting of the peoples for Zelda, vs a lost Master Sword, defeat the X number of ganon's generals for Link). If you really want to score points, throw in a third Linkle quest where she cluelessly bumbles around and inadvertently helps the other two.
I dunno, a Zelda mod over Link is impressive and all for the sole purpose of it being a Zelda mod, but I'd be lying to myself if I said I don't have mixed feelings about tweaking the core story elements to accompany this Zelda mod over Link.
I understand that Zelda having a spotlight of her own is much needed, but altering the whole story layout and framework for Zelda in BoTW seems a little overzealous and unnecessary for just a mod. I mean if its not broke why fix it?
These mods are really cool and clearly a lot of effort and talent went into making them, but I can't help feeling they are kind of disrespectful to the source material and its creators.
As powerful as she is (at least in my hands) in Smash, I would love it if an official Zelda game had the titular character at least playable. I used to dream about a Zelda co-op since I first played the original as a ten-year-old.
I would love to at least try the mod, but I'd prefer a game built from the ground up around the concept.
@Darknyht Having a game where you can play the same endgame quest from two different perspectives would be really neat. Maybe take it a step further to add a bit of conflict and have Link and Zelda approach how to defeat Ganon (or whomever the antagonist is) from completely different ideologies. What would those be? I don't have a clue. Maybe Link ,being the traditional hero archetype, wants to go in and defeat the threat with as minimal collateral damage as possible to the kingdom and its people. But Zelda, being a royal and having to make a decision based on the good of Hyrule, is trying to find a weapon or solution that may involve sacrificing lives
she could hurt someone with that braid.
@Ainz Keep up the good work. Someone would have to be very simple minded not to be able to come up with a playable Zelda scenario in BotW. Link was in that water recovering for 100 years, so there's that. Zelda is a powerful enough sorceress, for lack of a better term, that she could trap Ganon in a bubble for 100 years, or split herself in 2, or use her Astral form and physical form, or a past or future Zelda could arrive to help while the current one holds Ganon, and those are just off the top of my head, not even approaching Dr. Who territory yet.
And I don't even understand why anyone would bring up the girl Link stuff, what does that have to do with snything?
So have fun and keep at it, and keep one eye open for the Nintendo ninjas, can never be too careful.
I'd still like to one day see a major LoZ spinoff that tells the story of the first Princess Zelda (with her, obviously, as the playable character throughout) or if that's too much given the convoluted backstory of the series, go the direction recent Assassin's Creed games have gone and make a narrative where it makes sense to have the game playable from the two different perspectives. As somebody mentioned, OoT would've been perfect for that, no reason they can't make a future Zelda game where it makes sense. Also it would keep most people happy. Those who want Link get that, those of us who have wanted to see Zelda get some time to shine get that and the people who debate forever about playable male or female leads get both.
I could go with a Zelda StoryLine before the Calamity happens. This would be a interesting idea to go with.
But can she be topless?
She says last time it took you 100 hours to rescue me this time don't bother i rescue myself lol.
Eh I have no interest in ever playing as Zelda. Just want a girl Link.
Does this mean I can create a thread in the forum sections about this or other modding??
what's wrong with her hair when she had the hood on?
@Ainz When I saw your name in the article as Ainz I was almost sure of the reference; seeing your avatar just finalized that
This looks nice, though if I was to play a Zelda with Zelda, I'd expect sword n' shield to be replaced with sword n' spell. And being able to order Link around instead of having to be the one ordered around for once
In short Zelda should feel different from Link not just from looks standpoint. She's the Wise one, not the Courageous one.
@Benjamin heh yeah I'm an Overlord fan, I'm also an editor for the fan translation too.
@Ainz Anime, manga, or light novel editor? Just finished reading the stuff that's out so far for volume 13.
@Donutman What's the issue? Some people personally just prefer to play as a female character, myself included.
@Benjamin Light Novel, I'm the same Ainz in the Discord server if you're in that.
@Ainz ...there's a Discord server?
Welp, off I go to investigate!
I would love to see Zelda herself as the protagonist of an "LoZ" game, I think it would do great, provided it was made great like most LoZ games
I found Super Princess Peach a fun and enjoyable game also
GENIUS. PURE GENIUS.
Just wow, BOTW looks stunning in 1080p+.
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