This has been a question asked by thousands of Zelda fans, should Link speak in future games or even a possible movie? There have actually been a few occasions in games such as “The Adventure of Link” and the unofficial CDi titles in which he did in fact speak. In Zelda II, it was only small dialogue in text forms in which he would state, “I found a mirror under this table” and while reading a sign in old Kasuto town stating “strange, it seems deserted.” He had an actual voice actor in one of the CDi Zelda titles throughout the entire game. Here are some clips from the game Faces of Evil, please note that this game is unofficial.
Many of you would also remember how Link speaks in the classic Legend of Zelda cartoons. I for one am alright with Link having a voice in the cartoons, it brought out Link’s personality and made the series enjoyable to watch. If you are curious about the voice acting done in the cartoons, watch this small clip below.
But besides all of that, Link has always been known to be the silent type in all the video games. Even the creator Shigeru Miyamoto has stated, he wants the player to feel as if they are Link themselves in the game, part of the reason they named him Link, for players to link to the game. So how would that be done in a movie? Should we keep Link silent in a sense that the viewers feel themselves as Link as they watch the movie. However it would be pretty hard to pull it off when Link goes and speaks with townspeople for help and hints on what to do next. There is always the option of treating Link as a deaf mute in which he has to acquire and present messages to everyone in the game. But I feel Link would need some sort of personality and I truly think he would need a very good voice actor for the job.
I really do not think if Link spoke in a live action flick then his persona of being Link would be taken away. What are your thoughts on the matter? This topic is an open discussion article for everyone!