Greenie, give me your rant about why nintendo never goes for the explicit zelink ending (explicit as them holding hands or kissing, not something nsfw)
Alrighty then. HERE I GO! THIS is going to be LONG. LOL
I believe it’s because Nintendo (and by Nintendo I mean Miyamoto and Aonuma, after all they kinda have the last say in the LoZ games LOL) are fully convinced that it’s us, the players, that join the dots, which is why they don’t feel the need to go all the way.
Not to mention, that they’re old conservative japanese men and like to keep romance… more like in the background/shadows (???) and focus more on the gameplay and stuff. I mean, after all, the games are not romance oriented specifically.
BUT! they have included moments between this two.
We know something happened at the end of Link’s Adventure behind that curtain
And Zelda (at the end of oracle of ages) gave Link a kiss. A kiss that both of them quite enjoyed.
*with hearts and all hahaha so cute!*
With recent games, for example skyward sword, Aonuma expressed his doubts in regards of this scene:
At first he wasn’t so sure, but after some talks, he decided that it was ok to include it. I remember him saying something along the lines “are we really taking this lovey-dovey route for this game”? and at the end, he was truly happy that they included this scene in the game (and I’m sure zelink fans around the world also felt the same way).
We all know how this game ends. Zelda asking Link what he wants to do and he just smiles at her. I think it’s obvious which was his answer hehe… After all, he fought with his life, in order to be with her again. My take is that Nintendo felt they’ve done enough for us to understand, that they went from best friends to lovers.
Also, in other games such a Spirit Tracks and Phantom Hourglass, their interactions are quite adorable. Personally, I LOVE Spirit Tracks. You can be with Zelda for almost 99% of the game…. and you really get to know her. You can also control her (and she’s a badass with that Phantom armor!)
But, what I love the most is how innocent and pure their bond is. Once Zelda regains her body, she hugs Link and his reaction is so adorable ;A;
He blushes hehe (he also blushed when he first met her btw).
And once they defeated the baddies., they hold hands while watching Anjean go to heaven. In fact, the camera makes a close up of their hands:
A part of me, feels that Nintendo’s intention is to keep it fresh. Like, the implications that there’s something going on between them are there. They exist. Link and Zelda are not a crack pairing. Nintendo has provided enough canon material in the games for us, like I mentioned earlier, to join the dots.
For example, in Skyward Sword and if you explore Link’s room and check his desk you’ll notice that he sculpts wooden statures. He has one unfinished bird on his desk with a hammer and chisel and a couple statues on his furniture. And also, if you go to Zelda’s room you’ll notice that SHE’S the only character he has given his work to, because she has a statue of a loftwing in her room. There are no other characters in the game that have this statues. I even visited everyone is Skyloft to be sure.
That’s Nintendo’s subtle way of telling us that there’s something special going on between them.
Do I want to see them kiss? HEL YEAH I DO!!!, but I would lie if I said that I do not appreciate details such as this one, that strengthen their relationship.
t’s just like Zelda’s diary in breath of the wild. To be honest, at first I felt dissapointed that Link was so serious all the time. But after reading her diary and watching all the memories in order… I felt that I finally was able to understand his character a bit more, thanks to what she said about him.
He isn’t a guy whose gonna blush over something. He’s pretty good at hidding his emotions because, people always had high expectations of him… So, the only way he found to keep people happy, was by keeping all his fears to himself. In fact, it’s pretty interesting what the stupid guy whose wandering outside Gerudo town tells you (after you get the sand and snow boots from him). He says that Link is a cold and calcuating person and he adds, that he’s also actually quite strong. I couldn’t agree more with that guy.
I mean, being LIKE THAT is pretty much what saved both him and Zelda from Calamity Ganon first attack. He didn’t let the sorrow of the death of his friend (Daruk, Mipha, Urbosa and Revali) get the best of him…. Or to watch Hyrule’s Kingdom get destroyed in a blink of an eye.
His main focus was to protect what’s important for him to the point of giving his life… And he did. He died protecting her.
And what truly touches my heart is that, he always believed in her. Even when they were running away from all those guardians, his top priority was to keep her safe. He never saw her just as a “weapon” to seal Ganon away (kinda like the King did)… He always saw her as what she was. Even Impa tells us that, Link became Zelda’s comfort during the times she wasn’t capable of using her power.
So… In conclusion. Even if I’m dying to see a kiss between them… A wedding and for them to give me granchildren (LOL)… I’m happy with what we have of them. They’re not the typical ship and for me, that’s what makes them so special.
Hopefully we’ll see them kiss again ;A; Nintendo plz understand
I’ve owned this manga for almost a decade, and managed to translate only one page from this book (the waterfall page…
(I believe he’s admiring the waterfall and trying to figure out what it’s called, but gives up on trying to figure it out? I could be wrong though. It’s been years.)
Edit: I should clarify that I didn’t translate this waterfall page by myself. I had help when I was younger, so I have no clue what the other pages are talking about. Only through the visuals can I get some kind of idea what it’s about. If anyone is interested in translating these, Id be more than happy to provide any scans of the book.
Look, I’m a wilderness guy. Put me in an old forest of ancient trees covered in moss, and I’m about as happy as it gets. My favorite moments even in games are spent wandering around in the spaces between civilization. So when I say that this mockup is the one I’m most excited about so far, it means something!
It’s also the one that has possibly taken me the longest, and has been a huge struggle. (Fountains are freaking impossible!) But I couldn’t be more happy with this–it’s starting to feel like a game.
A few towns are planned for The Waking Cloak, each with a different aesthetic, but this is a piece of the main one (as of yet unnamed). Between talking to townsfolk, shopping, getting amulets appraised, being summoned by the mayor/king, and exploring nooks and crannies, you’ll probably spend a fair bit of time here!
Finally, here’s a gif of me flailing around and trying a bunch of different stuff as I developed the look and feel. I spent a horrifying amount of time working on that wall.
While I enjoyed Oracle of Ages/Seasons, Link’s Awakening DX was the first Zelda game that I ever owned (although I had played some of the earlier games at friends’ houses) so it has a lot of nostalgia for me. The Mario cameos and surreal ending really stood out to me.