- Oct 10, 2008
You all know Zelda, right? If not, I have no idea how you found this webpage. Well, this is simply Nintendo's favored style for portraying incarnations of Zelda younger than the one we currently have in Smash. With that established, let's jump straight into. . .
~The Arguing~I'm sure someone will come around to challenge me on this before long, but I think Toon Zelda is a very likely (DLC!) newcomer for SSB4. When people list possible Zelda characters, big Groose v Ghirahim arguments come up, and nobody goes home happy. Toon Zelda is almost always written off, but I think she's quite possibly the most qualified candidate among all Zelda characters. (Heck, there are already some empty files in Brawl with her name on them, so she's definitely been on somebody's mind) To argue against a few imaginary attackers. . .
1) But we already have Zelda! Why would Sakurai include another one?
We also already had Link, and Sakurai decided to bring in a second one. I'm not sure of his exact logic, but if I had to guess I would say that he wants to include both the older, more popular version of Link, and a younger incarnation, as Link actually appears as a youngster far more often than not. Whatever his reasoning, he thinks it's important to have both an older and a younger version of Link. And I think that same logic could easily be extended to Zelda; after all, she's in much the same situation as Link, since the two are always the same age. I won't claim to know exactly what Sakurai thinks about the Zelda franchise, but Toon Link opens the door to Toon Zelda.
2) Grrrr. I hate clones!
I don't really get this. Just because a character is cloned doesn't mean they have no gameplay differences. There used to be a big argument about Toon Sheik and Toon Zelda's down special, but that's woefully out of date.
3) But I love me some Heavyweight Male Antagonists! If we get another toon character, it should be Ganondorf!
No, not really. Toon Ganondorf is not substantially different from Ganondorf. Yes, I realize his moveset could be made different, especially with swords, but whereas Toon Link and Toon Zelda represent those younger versions of the characters we get all the time, Toon Ganondorf is still pretty much the same guy. Also, Zelda is probably seen as more of a key player by Sakurai, who always adds the villain last. Zelda came before Ganondorf in Melee, and I doubt Sakurai's priorities have changed all that much since.
So yes, let us all rejoice in the knowledge that a short big-headed Zelda could coming to a Smash game near you. Or shout at me about clones being lame or Groose being awesome or something. Suit yourself, I'm easy.