Between The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Tears of the Kingdom, we’ve seen a considerable evolution for numerous longtime franchise characters. That definitely includes Zelda herself, who received more screen time and story attention than ever before.

In an interview with Nintendo Dream magazine, Tears of the Kingdom director Hidemaro Fujibayashi spoke up about the game’s portrayal of Zelda. Those who’ve played the game know that Zelda plays an incredibly important role in this story, and she also harnesses immense power. According to Fujibayashi, this version of Zelda could be one of the most powerful the franchise has seen.

She might be one of the more powerful Princess Zeldas in history. Princess Zelda’s story in Breath of the Wild was about overcoming a hurdle and maturing, while in Tears of the Kingdom, she is thinking about what to do in this world after her kingdom was destroyed; deep down, she wonders if the Kingdom of Hyrule should even be revived in the first place. At this point, this event led to her going back to the past, and seeing the age of her ancestors founding their kingdom. Princess Zelda’s father was a strict man, and she wasn’t able to learn from her mother as she passed away so soon. But in the past, she meets a kind father figure, and an experienced mother figure. I think the Dragon Tear cutscenes show how she learns a lot from them, and grows as a result. She faces off against Ganondorf much later, and is shown to be in control of her powers. I think if you rewatch all the Dragon Tear cutscenes in order after beating the game, you’ll be able to see her steadily grow.

[Tears of the Kingdom director Hidemaro Fujibayashi]

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