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The Legend of Zelda's producer discusses why the game can't have a female hero

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What would Link do? asks Aonuma

Before The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild made its debut at E3 this week, there was a large rumbling online that players would be given the option to play as a female character. The game's producer, Eiji Aonuma, told GameSpot that while they had those conversations as a team about how they could possibly incorporate a female character, they ultimately decided it didn't make sense to do so.

Aonuma expanded by saying that if they were going to make a female character the main in Breath of the Wild, it would make more sense to just have Zelda act as the main character. When asked why Nintendo didn't just do that, Aonuma responded by asking what a certain other popular Legend of Zelda character would do.

"...if we have princess Zelda as the main character who fights, then what is Link going to do," Aonuma asked.

Aonuma continued by saying that after taking that little problem into account, they decided to return to the original makeup of the game, which focuses on Link.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be released in March 2017 on both the Wii U and Nintendo's new console, the NX.