- Oct 25, 2017
This is kind of a false equivalence for a couple of reasons; the first being that Master Chief and Kratos aren't expressly designed as "avatars" the same way Link is. The fact that - up until Breath of the Wild - you were able to name him, meant that you were supposed to project onto him, and his character in the game was traditionally a blank slate with not much character, outside of games like Wind Waker. Because of that, it should come as no surprise that people have been wanting a female version of the character for the longest time.
Then there's also the other point that Zelda has almost always been the more interesting "character" in this series, and has been depicted multiple times as a capable person who's able to hold her own, so people naturally expect there to eventually be a game where she gets to be the one to do the adventuring. If Princess Peach can be playable in Mario games, I see no reason why Zelda can't get the spotlight, if only for once. The time seems perfect for it, because Breath of the Wild is now less concerned with making Link an avatar for the player and more his own autonomous character.