Zelda voice actress from the CD-i games impressed with Breath of the Wild, would love to voice Zelda again
A chance for redemption?
You probably don’t recognize the name Bonnie Jean Wilbur, but she holds a very important place in Nintendo history. She was the very first actress to voice Zelda in a Legend of Zelda game. Bonnie provided the voice for Zelda in both Link: The Faces of Evil and Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon, two Legend of Zelda games developed for the Philips CD-i.
In an interview with Samuel Clemens of GamesReviews, we get to hear a bit more from Bonnie Jean Wilbur on a number of topics. Surprisingly, she’s not really a gamer and has never even seen either Zelda CD-i games in their finished state. That said, Zelda: Breath of the Wild did make it into her orbit, and she was quite impressed.
I’m not a gamer, and I never owned a Nintendo console. I occasionally get mail requesting autographs, which kind of gives me an idea of whether people like the video games. I never followed the franchise, but my niece does. She has a Nintendo Switch actually. I watched her play a recent Zelda game, and it was just beautiful. The advancements in technology are just amazing. I was impressed with the detail and colors of the graphics, and it peaked my interest.
While Bonnie Jean Wilbur may not be a gamer and hasn’t had any connections to The Legend of Zelda since the CD-i, Bonnie certainly has interest in returning to the franchise.
I would (return to voice Zelda, if asked) I love doing theater, but voice acting is more lucrative. We were contacted by someone who is doing a homage to the CD-I series, and he asked us if we wanted to reprise our roles. It’s not affiliated with Nintendo. We agreed to it, so that should be interesting.
Y'know, I've often wondered what it'd be like to take the CD-i settings and characters and put them into a more "proper" Zelda game. Especially since as of those unofficial ports a few months back, people who've played them said they weren't bad (aside from the ridiculous cutscenes), just sorta... ehh?