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.

[Bonnie Jean Wilbur]

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.

[Bonnie Jean Wilbur]

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2y ago

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?

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