The Legend of Zelda series has told many tales revolving around Link and the various enemies he's faced. While my personal favorite is Skull Kid from The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, Ganondorf is perhaps one of the most famous villains in gaming history. From his contorted features in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, to his more refined evil facial hair in Hyrule Warriors, Ganondorf has been a worthy adversary for Link.
But we don't really know all that much about him. We've heard the classic, "I'm Gandondorf! And soon I will rule the world!" spiel, but that doesn't give us insight into where he came from, who he is, or why he's doing any of this. Well, if there was one image that perfectly captures our desire for a fleshed out villain in The Legend of Zelda, it's this one.
Does The Legend of Zelda (Wii U) Need A Ganondorf Origin Story?
The above image, under the heading "ゼルダの伝説３０周年イラスト" or "The Legend of Zelda 30th anniversary illustrations" is courtesy of Ag+ on Pixiv and we are all amazed. This remarkable piece of fan art has captivated the minds of Zelda fans the world over. As The80sWereCool on reddit put it, "This is definitely one of those "I didn't realize I needed this until just now" things."
Imagine being able to emotionally invest in the narrative of Ganondorf and explore his past. We could gain insight into why he is the way he is and perhaps the entirety of The Legend of Zelda series would be changed because of it. Imagine if Nintendo could make us sympathise with Ganondorf in Ocarina of Time - it'd change everything!
Eiji Aonuma Wants the Zelda Wii U Hyrule to be "A setting no Ooe has ever imagined before". We know very little about The Legend of Zelda Wii U or its setting. Perhaps it's set in an alternative timeline, perhaps it's a direct sequel to a previous game, or it's a prequel. We're not even familiar with the antagonist of this game - anything could be possible.
Though we may have never thought of a Ganondorf origin story before, is it really something that we actually need? Perhaps this villain is better off as a caricature of video game villains. Perhaps it's better that we simply see him as an evil creature bent on taking over the world. Personally, I'm one who likes to relate to a villain, but maybe that's not what The Legend of Zelda or Zelda WIi U really needs. What do you guys think? Let us know in the comments below!