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Zelda producer says Link may never talk

Do you find it annoying that you've never heard Link talk in a Legend of Zelda game? Or do you appreciate that Nintendo has never ruined the classic character by associating him with a clueless voice actor? If you're on the latter side, you and production head Eiji Aonuma have something in common.

When Sonic the Hedgehog started talking like he was hyped up on vicodin, a little something inside all of us died. So we can definitely understand when Aonuma said, in a Nintendo Power article, that he didn't want to ruin the magic and mystery of Link's persona.


Above: If we were in this position, we'd shout "Oh s***!" But Link is so much cooler than us 

"Personally, I don't want to have Link speak in the game. We haven't had him talk at all up to this point. It's part of the series history. It would just, to me, break the image of Link to have him speak," he said.

It's a bold move. After all, the modern lazy gamer today expects to not have to do any work. They don't have to figure out tough puzzles (that's what the Internet is for), they download cheats, and their attention can only be held so long when it comes to reading in-game dialogue.

Nintendo has become legendary for its "less is more" approach to voice acting. In a world where you also have games with hundreds of hours of recorded dialogue, literally enough to fill up an entire season of a TV show, there are Wii titles out there that literally just have a few "it'sa me!" and "yipee!" sound bytes. And yet LINK [] Charles Martinet probably makes more than a lot of the other video game voice actors out there.


Above: Charles Martinet, voice of Mario. Never has a voice actor become so famous for saying so little 

Aonuma said that he also doesn't really want other voice acting in the upcoming The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, because it would be too weird if everyone else talked but Link didn't.

Unfortunately we were unable to figure out who the guy is who makes Link's grunting noises in Super Smash Bros to comment on this story.

Source: Destructoid 

Aug 13, 2010

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42 comments

  • poothurdur32 - December 28, 2010 4:23 a.m.

    Wow. Link doesn't NEED a voice actor to talk: just give him a text box for god's sake! Oh, and, while you're at it, give us multiple speech options and story arcs... HELL YEAH!!
  • Celest - August 16, 2010 12:15 p.m.

    zelda would lose awesome points if he were to ever have a voice... that'd be like casting some well known actor as sephiroth or squall in a live action final fantasy movie... the fabric of space and time would shatter should that ever happen xD link, sephiroth, and squall are just too epic.
  • nai1210 - August 16, 2010 7:45 a.m.

    If they where to give the characters and Link voices,I wouldn't want it in English or Japanese but a made up language similar in idea to the Elfin characters in Lord of the rings movies,but would prefer it to remain the way it is.
  • RebornKusabi - August 16, 2010 1:07 a.m.

    I think I'm going to play devils advocate here and say that Link SHOULD talk. My reason for that is exactly as said in the article, in today's new wave of video gamers, younger gamers prefer not to read while playing a game when other games that are just as good have a talking lead. Even ol' faceless Master Chief has a voice... in fact, if this next game fails (please don't... I love this series and I cannot wait for the remake of Ocarina of Time on 3DS) than I can garuntee that this game series will go the way of Metroid: Other M and have a previously non-talking lead start talking. Besides the name of the article is a bit of a misnomer. Link HAS talked, it's just only been when he's getting his ass handed to him by that ****ing AWESOME Dark Link in that awful shitty Water Temple that took up all of his time and made me frustrated... I mean, made him frustrated >_>
  • 247wkman - August 15, 2010 10:41 p.m.

    link no talk-got it.....can he at least have his own speach bubbles?
  • UDNTNOME - August 15, 2010 3:38 p.m.

    @D0CCON Imagine a world where zelda heroes existed, made for the Phillips bluray-i of course
  • Shake - August 15, 2010 3:24 p.m.

    Couldn't find Link's voice? You guys must not have tried very hard! It's Akira Sasanuma, IMDB does games too! ;) http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1416909/
  • gazer89 - August 15, 2010 1:40 p.m.

    There's the infamous "Come on!" in Windwaker, but that's part of the grunt/action noises really.
  • ChipTheExecutioner - August 15, 2010 8:04 a.m.

    Link shouldn't speak ever but... there's no reason the other characters can't be voiced, it worked in Half Life 2
  • Celest - August 15, 2010 3:59 a.m.

    i like link only being able to shout "nyah!!!!!" :) gives my friends and i something to laugh about when one of us randomly shouts it! :D
  • Camoxide - August 15, 2010 12:20 a.m.

    I think the voice of Jak would suit him
  • RedOutlive10 - August 14, 2010 10:39 p.m.

    I don't like how Nintendo changed Link in one thing though: being right handed now.
  • Hotdiddykong - August 14, 2010 10:11 p.m.

    Never talked, never will, everyone's okay with that, all we need is grunts no talk
  • bjt2012 - August 14, 2010 8:34 p.m.

    I could have gone for some Nolan North as Link...
  • D0CCON - August 14, 2010 8:17 p.m.

    I'm fine with that. Remember when Sonic opened his mouth for the first time? His career has never been good since (although I did kinda like Sonic Heroes).
  • lovinmyps3 - August 14, 2010 7:58 p.m.

    I like that Link doesn't talk. Best that he just sticks with "Hyahhh!!"
  • Pocotron - August 14, 2010 4:52 p.m.

    They did it sucessfully with Jak in Jak II. But they only waited til the sequel, and not the twentieth game...
  • LarzimusPrime - August 14, 2010 3:12 p.m.

    LINK HAS SPOKE BEFORE!!! It was in an Old game named Link and the Many Faces of Evil (Or something like that) Nintendo have never classed it as an actual entry to the Zelda series and it wasnt actually created by Nintendo, but Link talked in it!!! He had a Surfer Dude accent and had some memorable quotes as 'Hold Down to make me do a duckwalk, cool huh'!
  • ihopethisisnotantistasblood - August 14, 2010 3:12 p.m.

    this is great :)
  • masterGG - August 14, 2010 2:48 p.m.

    I don't want Link to talk either but I wonder about the other characters. I'd like them to talk but only if I have an option to choose the japanese voices. And for those who want to know Link's 'voice actor' in TP and Brawl is Akira Sasanuma.

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