Right-handed Link Rides Again in Skyward SwordBy Jared Newman
Call it a sign of the (motion-controlled) times. Link, the iconic protagonist in The Legend of Zelda series, is historically a lefty, but not so in The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. Over at Kotaku, Stephen Totilo noticed that Link’s become quite proficient wielding a sword with his right hand. This isn’t the first Zelda game where Link goes righty — the same was true in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess.
There’s a perfectly good explanation here: Because these Wii games use motion control, with the player holding the Wii remote like a sword, it makes sense for Link to hold his weapon in the same hand as the majority of players. That Nintendo went back to left-handed Link in 2009′s Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks for Nintendo DS proves that the company hasn’t lost sight of the character’s roots. It’s just a bummer for lefties. Finally, here’s a character they can really identify with, motion control and all, but they’re forced to become ambidextrous so as not to piss off the righties. It’s a sad story that I’d probably care more about if I wasn’t in the majority. [via Kotaku]