It's no secret that The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is one of the most anticipated games coming out this year, and game-hungry Wii owners should be more than satisfied with the game's contents. While players get ready to suit up as the green-suited hero one more time in an attempt to thwart the evils in the land of Hyrule, it comes into question just why the series is called 'The Legend of Zelda' when the stories follow Link. This is a great question, and it's one that The Legend of Zelda's lead designer, Eiji Aonuma, recently explained to fans — all while discussing the possibility of a Zelda spin-off.
According to Aonuma, Zelda's character is a topic that the team behind the games always discusses prior to beginning development of a game, but they've decided to change things up in Skyward Sword. He admits that they've given Zelda more personality and background information this time around, and now that Zelda has been given a little more character he discusses whether or not the Princess may appear in her own game.
“The way we present Zelda is always a topic when we think about creating a game. Normally she would be kidnapped and someone would save her in the end. But this time (with Skyward Sword) we decided to give Zelda more personality and provide more information about her. Of course, in presenting the character in more detail, it can be questioned whether or not she should have her own game. Perhaps it is an idea we can think about in the future, but for now I do not know.”
It would be interesting to see whether or not Nintendo will pursue the opportunity to give Zelda her dues, but if it does actually happen (which it may never) then we really couldn't see a reason why it wouldn't be an enjoyable game.
Obviously there are some risks when considering a spin-off for the damsel in distress (see Super Princess Peach), but if The Legend of Zelda's Tingle can get his own spin-off then why can't the princess that the entire series is actually named after. If Zelda has taught us anything it's that she can certainly hold her own in combat with help from her alter ego Sheik, so her own game has the potential to work quite well.
Hopefully this is a path that Nintendo decides to take with a Zelda-focused title. It should also be said that we want this game almost as much as we want that glorious limited edition Legend of Zelda 3DS bundle to become available in North America, but for the time being anyway, it just doesn't seem to be. In the meantime fans are likely quite content with brandishing the Master Sword with the series' main mute protagonist Link for the foreseeable future.
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Source: Nintendo Everything