The Legend of Zelda franchise is famous for its trio of characters that are routinely reincarnated in every installment — Ganon, Link, and Zelda. Princess Zelda has been the titular character for nearly every installment of the franchise, being present in at least name if not in person. This post is about a special Breath of the Wild mod that has been created by talented coders that place Zelda as the main hero of the story rather than a passive role.
While Link is the hero of the series, Princess (or Queen, depending on the game) Zelda is arguably the most important character. She is the driving force behind both Link’s and Ganon’s actions, with her power being Link’s strength and Ganon’s weakness simultaneously. Zelda plays a more passive role in some games while other games portray her as more active, such as Ocarina of Time when she dons her Sheik disguise or Skyward Sword as she goes on her own journey to discover the power of the goddess blood running through her veins.
With Breath of the Wild, Zelda is sealed away with Calamity Ganon, using the last of her powers to keep him contained until Link can appear to slay him. A couple of modders — WilianZilv and Skriller, and later Ainz — got the idea to mod the Wii U version of Breath of the Wild in order to be able to play as Zelda in Link’s usual role. The team has since grown to be more than 20 people, a team that was dedicated to enhancing the mod — giving Zelda appropriate dialogue, music changes, new outfits — rather than just allowing players to switch character models. The mod, and all of its enhancements, were made with a Wii U copy of the game, and the modders have a discord channel to discuss updates and future features of the mod.
Various videos on YouTube have shown this mod in action. Seeing this mod begs the question: would you play a Legend of Zelda game as the titular character herself? Link is a huge part of the franchise, but I think it would be interesting to play as Princess Zelda — or Sheik or Tetra or another of her aliases — and fully explore her potential with her magic abilities. She was always a favorite when she showed up in the Super Smash Bros. franchise!