Could voice acting work in The Legend of Zelda series?
The potential use of voice acting for the Legend of Zelda franchise has always been an interesting topic of debate among many Zelda fans. Some think that the use of spoken dialogue could help make the stories more engaging, while others believe that it could take the charm away from the Hyrule inhabitants.
Should voice actors be brought in to give the characters more depth? Or would taking away the giggles, sighs, grunts, and emphasis on body language take away their respective personalities?
GameInformer’s Phil Kollar had the chance to ask two of the most important members of Zelda’s development team, producer Eiji Aonuma and Nintendo sound group manager Koji Kondo about the issue.
Where do these gentlemen stand? Well, Kondo said he thinks giving Link a voice would damage his connection to the player.
"The most important thing about the Zelda series is that the player becomes Link. One of the challenges with full voice is that if we’re trying to convey the player’s emotion through Link, but you hear Link talking in somebody else’s voice, that creates a disconnect between you and the role that you’re taking on."
What does Aonuma think? Well, he agrees that giving Link a voice would also be a bad idea. However, his reason is a bit different. He thinks that it would look just a little too strange if Link remained a silent protagonist, as everyone else became more vocal. However, he didn’t completely rule out the possibility of voice acting become a new staple for the series somewhere down the line.
"Of course, this was the first time we went with fully orchestrated songs in the game, and we’ve seen what that can do to help bring the world alive and make the game that much more fun. We’re continually looking at ways that we can evolve the series. We’re not confident that we can find the right balance with full voice, so we’ll see."
He also joked about how even if there were voiced actors brought in to fill the roles of these characters, they would have to be speak Hylian, which no gamer could possibly understand.
But all joking aside, it seems that we aren’t going to see (or hear in this instance) voice acting in a Zelda title any time soon. Which is too bad. I mean, I can’t see how giving an epic hero like Link a voice could be anything but a positive.
Yup. Nothing can possibly go wrong in that situation. Absolutely nothing….
OK. So, maybe that was a bad example. But surely if Link, Zelda, and the rest of Hyrule Kingdom were given speaking roles in an actual game made by developers that had Nintendo’s approval, then things would turn out better right?….Right?….Why isn’t anyone answering?
Sigh. On second thought, maybe the citizens of Hyrule were never meant to talk.
In all seriousness though, I don't see how Nintendo couldn't keep Link as the silent hero and have a talented voice cast fill the rest of the roles. Maybe they can make Link's voiceless tendencies a pivital plot point?
But hey, I can see why they wouldn't want to change an established winning formula. I mean if it aint broke, don't fix it, right?
That's all I have to say about this topic for today, as I must go, for it is time for DINNER!
What do you think about this g1s? Should Link be given the gift of speach?
Is reading the text of an NPC really that bad? I prefer them not having voices to be honest as I have to focus more on what they are saying. Overall it just sinks into my brain better as voiced dialogue can be forgettable.
Can we please stop trotting out the Zelda TV show as an example of "bad" voice acting. Seriously it's getting old.
As for voice acting in a Zelda game. I would welcome it... if I was confident that Nintendo was actually GOOD at dubbing.
Thus far I have yet to see a good example of decent dubbing in a Nintendo game, and unfortunately they're stubborn and pig-headed enough to ignore the logic of going out and hiring talented voice actors. Remember, this is the same company that made their localizing manager the voice of Princess Peach for the greater half of a DECADE simply because she worked at Nintendo.
No, I don't see voice acting becoming prominent in a Zelda game for a long time to come.
Everyone but Link should speak, it almost the law of the video game world, along with Mario and Kirby
Make eveyone eles but him talk, Problem solved. Frankhaggar away!!!
Link should keep silent as to keep him a character for the player to project themselves on, as for the Hylians I would like to see the text kept but with a Hylian language voice over to immerse into the world more
That would be kinda cool.
If you get a talented voice cast to do good voice acting for the game, it only helps. Anyone that disagrees with this is just plain wrong.
Why does Link need to talk? Why not have every character except Link have a voice? Dragon Quest VIII did it, and it worked out fine.
That reminded me of the Star Fox DS game (not the 3ds) that you could say some words, and then use it for the entire game "your voice" though, it sounded like this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wokGvDG4GtQ
I wouldn't mind voice acting for NPCs...but Link was meant to remain silent. It's just like Metroid...
Metroid Prime 3---Samus no talky---people loved it. Other M---Samus talked---people complained.
some games benefit from the main character talking, but the Zelda series is not one of them.
I can't wait for somebody to invent some sort of technology where the player gives a game a voice sample and the game can give your voice to the main character, even if it would just be for an occasional bit of jibberish or something.
I think it would be best if Link remained silent, but if the other people spoke Hylian Nintendo could make it work if they kept the body language. I t would also be a bonus if Hylian was actually a full language and not just Sims talk.
It could work but Nintendo need to find DAMN GOOD voice actors to make it happen.
I think Link should keep being quite.
Legend of Zelda series already had voice acting. There was just never any voiced dialogue
**** off with the voice acting!
I prefer it the way it is. Voice acting is for the lazy who don't want to read (not really but i'm sure there are people who think that way) if they are going to do it keep link silent. Look at Other M, they gave Samus a voice and she became a little bitch. Corruption had voice acting but kept Samus silent and it worked great.
I think voice acting could work if done right but Link should remain silent. He's one of the last great silent heroes. The player is supposed to invision themselves onto the character and giving him a voice would just seperate the player from him. Like I said though, voice acting could only work if handled with care. Remember how cheesy the voice acting was in Super Mario Sunshine. I'd also hate for the english dub track to sound too American. What accent would the characters have anyway? I always felt the Zelda series had a japanese anime quality to it (especially in the cel-shaded adventures) but I don't know about anyone else. This is just my opinion
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