#4-3: Zelda & Sheik
Series: The Legend of Zelda
Debut: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Premise: The Legend of Sheik
Complex Says: Okay, maybe we just want more Ocarina of Time in some way. What else can Nintendo give us when it comes to The Legend of Zelda though? With the present Zelda timeline given to us by Nintendo, we have scenarios that make Link a child, an adult, and/or deceased. Story arches were created following the Ocarina of Time thanks to Zelda.
Ocarina of Time version Zelda holds immense weight in (literally) the entire series since her decisions result in our favorite Zelda game storylines like A Link to the Past and Wind Waker. Zelda is a much different princess than Peach in that she protects the kingdom as the leader of the sages, and as Sheik in OoT where she gives guidance and direction to Link. Though this may sound blasphemous, we wouldn’t mind giving Link a game off to let Zelda run the show.
The three story paths following OoT each deserve its own game or one game with several endings. We see a story where Zelda, as Sheik, looks for a way to save Hyrule from a new villain but is forced to either go back in time to suffer under Ganon’s rule and wait for a new hero (the path after Link’s death that leads to Link to the Past), or flood Hyrule (the path after Link defeats Ganondorf that leads to Wind Waker,). We wouldn’t expect a good ending. That’s what Link is here for.