Link Turned Female by Father for Daughter

SetterwindNovember 11th, 2012 by Setterwind

Zelda has always been a family friendly type of game. It is a great way to bring families together while playing. One particular father wanted his daughter to know that girls can also be heroes. Some games give the option of playing as a girl or boy, however, Zelda games only have the option of naming our own characters.

After verbally reading the game’s story to his daughter and changing all of the “he’s” to “she’s” and so on, he wanted to take it a few steps further. This dedicated, and smart, father hacked The Wind Waker to change the words to fit to a girl player. In his weblog, he goes into detail telling how he did it using the Dolphin emulator along with some technical know-how to pull it off.

Take the jump to read a few words from him!


“You can pick your character’s name, of course—I always stick with Link, being a traditionalist—but all of the dialog insists that Link is a boy, and there’s apparently nothing to be done about it.

Well, there wasn’t anything to be done about it, certainly not anything easy, but as you might imagine I’m not having my daughter growing up thinking girls don’t get to be the hero and rescue their little brothers.”

This father is very clever in coming up with this idea. While I could not even begin to know how to do this kind of thing, it would definitely be something that I would want done for my child, if I had one. Equality in gender is a very important thing and should not be underestimated to any extent. Is the father’s hack something that you would have thought necessary? Is it overkill? Let us know in the comments!

Source: Kotaku


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  • Linkfan99

    *GOSH, GUYS, the PRONOUNS in a video game mean so much that they can alter my daughter’s life! I MUST CHANGE THEM.*

  • http://www.facebook.com/wade.langner Wade Langner

    I think it’s a bit overkill. If you want a heroine, play Tomb Raider, or Metroid, or Portal 2, or Perfect Dark, etc…. Don’t turn Link into a girl

  • Hylia

    This reminds of me of
    “What if Zelda was a girl?”

  • Lady Midna

    I think that this was very very sweet for him to do.
    to bad i can’t hack or i would make ZELDA THE GIRL IN THE GAME (just for the first time zelda fans to know;))play as LINK THE BOY IN THE GAME(for first time zelda fans agian heh heh)
    and LINK play ZELDA
    imagine link in a dress and zelda in a boy outfit. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  • Waker of Winds

    Man… you are a great dad!

  • your mother larry

    This is going to confuse the kid once she finds out link is actually a boy. lololol “BUT DAD YOU TOLD ME LINK WAS A GIIIIIRRRRLLL NOW MY DREAMS ARE CRUSHED!”

  • ProtoManis#1

    Based on many of the posts here I would be curious to see the reaction if it had been an african american father who turned Link african american for his son.

  • Hylia

    What if Link WAS reincarnated as a girl, and Zelda as a boy?

  • http://www.facebook.com/wade.langner Wade Langner

    So changing the “he”s to “she”s is supposed to make her believe that Link is a girl…. Now, if she’s too young (like at the age where kids just believe everything they’re told, whether it’s actually even true or not) to even become suspicious and think Link looks more like a guy, isn’t she a bit young to even be playing more complex, adventure kinda game that doesn’t really hold the player’s hand?

  • Legend of Zelda

    I think he just wants to keep his daughter from falling in love with Link!

  • http://www.facebook.com/herroimalamp Jake Vendt

    if you want to teach your children that women can be heroes too, just play metroid! stop sterilizing everything….

  • http://www.facebook.com/wade.langner Wade Langner

    While it was very nice of him to do that for his daughter, I don’t see why he thinks she would enjoy the game any less just because the protagonist is male. If you can’t enjoy a game just because the protagonist is the opposite gender, then you’re ultimately missing the point of the expeience. I’m a guy and I very much enjoy games like Portal, Metroid, and Perfect Dark. It’s just that some female protagonists aren’t very believable because of being overdone and kinda slutty. The same goes for some male protagonists, like the ones who are just all too macho and cocky. I think more protagonists should be like Nintendo characters. They have their strengths, but they have their flaws and weaknesses as well.

  • Zelda is the Bomb!!!

    Maybe Nintendoshould make a game where Zelda saves Link where you play as Zelda :3 And it’ll be made by the same ppl as Paper Mario!!!!

  • poetwithadayjob

    Maybe that father should spend less time wasted on changing pronouns to an avatar that is still (abeit effeminate) boy, and spend that time actually with his daughter. Heroes are made by circumstance, and they all have a hero. If this dad wanted his daughter to believe superheroes, maybe he should be one.