After 30 years, Nintendo fans want Zelda to be the star of a Legend of Zelda game - so much so, a team of modders are trying to make this happen within Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
We've seen plenty of Breath of the Wild mods before - it's become a hobby for some, as the game's Wii U build has been hacked onto PC and repeatedly edited. But this one's a bit more involved - and there's a clear aim behind it.
Right now, Zelda is a playable character - she's been given a character model, can equip costumes which have also been hand-designed and has a new set of fan-recorded voices. It's been going down well online:
There are truly next-level modders who are working on making Zelda a fully-playable character in Breath of the Wild, with all the clothing, voices, and whatnot?a really impressive endeavour. I REALLY WISH IT WERE AN OFFICIAL OPTION BECAUSE IT'S BADASS. ? https://t.co/UL4AIV2c2h pic.twitter.com/ky2WmULgIX— Maxime Lebled (@MaxLebled) May 7, 2018
Here's how Zelda's new model sounds, as recorded by fans:
Here's Zelda's Gerudo costume, as an example of how each of Link's designs are being reworked by hand:
Finally, here's over an hour of gameplay showing off various costumes and areas of the game, explored as Zelda:
The closest we've ever gotten to (officially) playing as Zelda is in spin-off titles such as Hyrule Warriors and Super Smash Bros (or as a Phantom in Spirit Tracks). Isn't it time that changed, Nintendo?