No playable female characters in the Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes

The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes has no female option for selecting character. To defend this decision, Hirmasa Shikata leaks a bit of the storyline.

The newly anticipated hand-held installment in the Legend of Zelda franchise, Tri-Force Heroes, doesn't give the player a gender option citing story reasons.

Gender matters in this story

During an interview with the game director, Hiromasa Shikata, it was stated that this team based three-player Zelda game will not support the option of switching genders due to the storyline. IGN posed the question of playing as a woman in Tri-Force Heroes during E3 2015, and Shikata revealed some of the story in his explanation

The game's story begins in a kingdom in which the ruler calls for heroes to step forth onto a journey, and Link volunteers his efforts. Since Link is prominently a male character within the game, the option of gender switching isn't given as the story revolves around him

"The story calls for this sort of legend/prophecy where heroes will come together to help solve a problem,"

"And in that, they are male characters. So, because the game is set with that as the story background, you cannot choose a gender; you are a male character." - Hiromasa Shikata, E3 2015

This lack of gender options could rattle some feathers within the gaming community. There are, however, some feminine customization options within Tri-Force Heroes, which includes dressing Link in Princess Zelda's wardrobe. 

Shikata defended the new installment by identifying how many of their female employees are fond of the game already.

"I understand what you're saying, and just as general information, we do have a lot of female staff members who are playing this game and enjoying it,"

"It doesn't seem to be a big issue to them. They still are getting emotional investment in this game."

"[These aren't] the most masculine of guys in the world." - Hiromasa Shikata, E3 2015

Hopefully when Legend of Zelda: Tri-Force Heroes releases this fall on the Nintendo 3DS, many gamers can identify and also become "emotionally invested" in the game. If you're more interested in the new game, you can view my earlier article that gives a larger insight to the gameplay and specifics.

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Published Jul. 1st 2015
  • The Soapbox Lord
    Featured Contributor
    I am really curious if people in Japan get as riled up over this stuff as people in the US do.
  • GameSkinny Staff
    I wasn't anticipating a female character option for this game, but an excuse as weak as 'the game prophecy (which we sat around and made up) says it has to be dudes' is a worse excuse than Ubisoft saying a female assassin would have eaten up too much development time.
  • The Soapbox Lord
    Featured Contributor
    It's more legitimate than "women are too hard to animate" when there already are female characters in the game.

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