No Princess Zelda in Hyrule Warriors

During E3, Ben Salter was lucky enough to get an interview with Tecmo Koei producer Hisashi Koinuma and development producer Yosuke Hayashi, as well as The Legend of Zelda series producer Eiji Aonuma from Nintendo.

From their discussion one specific part of the interview really stuck with me, about the how they turned Princess Zelda into Queen Zelda.

Mr. Salter: Can you tell me about the relationship between Link and Zelda in Hyrule Warriors?
Mr. Hayashi: In Hyrule Warriors Princess Zelda is actually Queen Zelda. She has an army, as a Queen would, and Link is a trainee, but as the story unfolds the relationship between the two greatly changes.

Mr. Salter: We’re seeing Zelda take a stronger heroine role as Queen and as a playable character in Hyrule Warriors. Will that lead to her having a more prominent role in future Zelda and related games?
Mr. Aonuma: With regard to Princess Zelda and her position in each story, we always position her where it’s best suited for that story or theme. We always try to achieve her best position within the story with each game or iteration. Just because she’s one way in one game, it doesn’t mean she’ll be the same way in the next game. We definitely change how Zelda is used and position her where it’s best for the experience. That’s as Queen and one of the playable characters in Hyrule Warriors.

Read the full interview over at

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