Koei Tecmo Ponder If They Should Have Included Female Link In Hyrule Warriors

By Sato . August 28, 2014 . 8:15am

It’s already been two weeks since the release of Hyrule Warriors in Japan, and in addition to promptly fixing bugs and adding small updates, it looks like Koei Tecmo are staying close to the fan base on Twitter.


They recently shed a little light on a tentative female Link character—referred to as “Linkle”—that was included in the Hyrule Warriors artbook in Japan. You can see an image of her above.


Here’s what Koei Tecmo said in their latest tweet: “Linkle (tentative name) was a rejected story character featured in the art book, but it looks like she got a quite lot of attention… maybe we should have included her in the main story…


Note: Linkle’s description in the above image describes her as “The hero Link’s girl version. She was [originally] planned to be  Link’s younger sister.”


This is not the first time that the idea of a female depiction of Link has been brought up. Speaking with Edge magazine, Zelda series producer Eiji Aonuma commented on the fact that the Link shown in trailer for the new Legend of Zelda on Wii U looked somewhat effeminate.


Aonuma remarked, “Rather unexpectedly, after I mentioned that no one had explicitly said that it was Link [in the trailer], this speculation spread online and seems to have led to the idea that the main character will be a girl.”


He added, “However, this reaction from the fans is something I would like to take into consideration as we proceed with development—although that doesn’t mean that we are going to change the main character to a girl.”


Meanwhile, in a tweet prior to the one above, Koei Tecmo stated: “Hyrule Warriors is expected to get its 1.2.0 update on September 1. We’ll have a [more] major update for it sometime after, but what if (with a lot of emphasis on the ‘what if’) we said ‘a playable character will be added’. Who would you like to see?”


Hyrule Warriors is slated for release on September 19 in Europe and September 26 in North America for Wii U.


Image courtesy Inside Games.

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  • Janrabbit

    I so called this. WE WANT FEMALE LINK!

    • Stephen Mc Devitt

      Yes! What Janrabbit just said.

    • Land of Green Pasture

      now she will be addressed as…. ZELDA

  • Junko Enoshima

    I’d like a female link, but Linkle is really close to Tinkle.

    • Janrabbit


  • MrSirFeatherFang

    I shall claim her as mai imouto!!!

    Considering they got long(?) term plans for this, wouldn’t be unexpected to see her in the future. Other than that, artbook? I am interested *__*

  • Stephen Mc Devitt

    It would be really cool for a fun new story with Linkle, Groose and Tinkle. Which one would be the least effeminate?

    • Brimfyre


    • Steven Higgins

      Well Groose was the typical jock type so…

  • Slayven19

    That idea in the top right looks good. I guess it’d be a good idea to make her look a little bit different than link tho.

  • Zertan

    I would say go ahead but change the name. Linkle doesn’t sound right.
    I look up the thesaurus for link, and Copula sound closes to a name on there. or they can find another word in there and try to modify it to sound like a girls name.

    • Strawberry Starlet

      Name her Kink! Link with a K! GENIUS I TELL YOU.

      • Nope. Her name has to be Chain lol

      • ShawnOtakuSomething


    • Slickyslacker

      Well, “Copula” is way too close to another word…

      I agree, though, that “Linkle” would be a horrible name for a female Link incarnation.

  • Impressionnant


    inb4 “Why not?”

    • Frankie

      Exactly. Link is a huge character and making a female version just to have one is stupid. Making Link a female in the new game just to please everyone who wants more female characters would be a mistake. They are already doing that with Super Smash Bros.

      • NeptuniasBeard

        No, Link is multiple characters. They share a basic design, but they are each their own person (with some exceptions). So having a female Link wouldn’t be genderbending him at all. He’s already dead or was never even born. And what’s wrong with having a female Link “just because”? I think that’s the best reason to have any kind of character that deviates from the usual “straight white guy”. That means you made them on your own terms, not because people pressured you, and not because you want to make some kind of social point.

        • arkane9

          Good to see that there are others who get that Link is not one single character.

          Link is a name shared by many protagonists in the Zelda-series. That’s why a female protagonist for a Zelda game (that’s not Zelda herself) is possible, and not gender-bending.

  • This is awesome. Hopefully this will satisfy everyone =)

  • DudeJericho

    Oh man, could you imagine the hentai for that? Link boning his female self…


    • SaiyanJedi_Trunks

      O.O – I can’t unthink what I have thought.

      • DudeJericho

        Come to the dark side


    • Fen Y

      Already exists, alongside the delicious Shadow Link x Link doujinshi.

      Never underestimate porn :D

      • DudeJericho


  • brostar

    Look, I get it that there are some who want Link to remain the same.
    But I ask you, why not just have the option?
    let some guy/woman play as a Female Link while you play as your original Link.
    And don’t give me the “you wouldn’t do this with Mario” bullshit either.
    Link is multiple characters who just so happen to share the same design and lineage.
    Hell Wind Waker Link is a different Link to Skyward Sword Link.

  • Professor_Icepick

    Well, considering they’re already considering including some post-game content, I don’t see why not. I just hope that doesn’t effect the chances of Groose making it in as a DLC character.

  • Slickyslacker

    Maybe after Zelda U launches, and K-T (somehow) sees fit for another Hyrule Warriors – something they teased during at least one E3 livestream.

    No matter what Link ends up actually being in the final game, what Link looks like has already been revealed. Putting a female Link in the first Hyrule Warriors would have been largely a mistake, hence why they did away with the idea, In later games, however…

  • The Watcher

    It’s a spin off game so i don’t the harm in it.

  • I’m all for female Link, but not the one shown in the concept art. Looks like a dude to me.

  • celery

    “…but what if (with a lot of emphasis on the ‘what if’) we said ‘a playable character will be added’. Who would you like to see?”

    I’d honestly rather have representation from 2D Zelda games and Wind Waker than a “female Link.” My stance on if Link should be given a female option in the future is irrelevant here–what matters is that this would be another original character for the game. While I appreciate and understand why there are some original characters for Hyrule Warriors already, I’d much rather have existing characters (I mentioned 2D Zelda games and Wind Waker, but even more characters from the three universes they’re already pulling from would be welcome, too) be given their chance to shine before adding even more original characters.

  • I’m against the idea of a female Link. It seems like stupid way to appease a vocal minority. Link has become a character himself these past 25 years, no matter how much some people wanna use that flimsy as fuck, “Link is you” crap. If you want to make Zelda spin-off starring Zelda that’s fine. If you want to create a new I.P. with a female character that’s awesome, there’s no reason to gender bend him.

    • Fen Y

      The vocal minority seem to mostly be angry guys that can’t handle female characters, though. Even japanese gamers seem to disagree with you :>

      • Shade DMessiah

        Nobody sad we can’t handle female characters. In case you havent noticed, there are a heck of a lot of female Zelda characters.

        • harmonyworld

          yeah, but you don’t get to control many of them and play a full game as the female character.
          Link is always the guy on the box.

          • It’s pointless to make him a girl when we already have established females in the series. And who cares if you can only play as Link? The samething can be said about games that only allow the player to play as a female. In the case of HW, there are other playable characters on the cover.

          • Shade DMessiah

            Well i mean, Link is the main character. It doesn’t matter if you can’t play as them, that isn’t the point i was replying to. But anyways, this is one series. In general, i think we handle female characters quite well.

      • raygunner659

        Yeah I’m not even sure who the vocal minority is anymore. From the first post Arla is suggesting that female Link is appeasing a vocal minority, but you’re suggesting the opposite.

    • Agreed. Just give Zelda a female version of Link’s costume.

    • NeptuniasBeard

      But who said it would be just for the vocal minority? That just seems to be the assumption you came up with. Sure, the fan demand may have brought it to their attention, but ultimately it’s up to whether they feel it’s a good idea or not.

    • arkane9

      I want a female protagonist in the next Zelda game (that’s not Zelda herself) just because it hasn’t been done before, it’s possible since there’s usually a new protagonist for each Zelda game, and for the sake of variety. And when you create a new protagonist, like many Zelda games have, it’s not gender-bending, it’s just a new character.

  • Espoir

    Linkle? Seriously? Why not think of a better name than that.

    • Steven Higgins

      It was a tentative name, that means it’s subject to change

    • revenent hell

      Because they took away his dingle to make a Linkle.

      Personally I think “Link” fits either male or female sooooo

    • Aerii

      It probably sounds good in Japanese (Rinkuru) to Japanese people. Presumably if they localized it, they would change the name to something that sounds better to English speakers.

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    The name is awful..fanic writers made better names XD

  • DesmaX

    I do think it could work nice on the Zelda WiiU game, since it’s full open-world.

    But, introducing the female character in a musou spin-off would be weird. Maybe a DLC could be interessing, tho

  • Steven Higgins

    “Linkle” DOES look a lot like the Zelda U Link.

  • lackofstyle

    i say do it, while i agree that link is a character in his own right, he is more of a gender neutral character(like lightning), and see how the game, and the zelda series itself has a bunch of alternate timelines and reincarnation, its not much of a stretch that one of them could turn up female.

  • kisaragi

    link is not a male name, link is not even a name just keep it as link so the name will keep the same meaning and really people who would like a female link are not a “vocal minority” expecially considering how many girls like nintendo games i mean have you seen how much animal crossing new leaf sold? its a spin-off game anyway so i hope they do it

    • Huh. For all my excitement over a female Link, it never dawned on me that they don’t even need to change the name~.

      But, also a good point. Nintendo already had a fair female fanbase, and Animal Crossing NL not only helped draw in more, but made them more aware to them. They need to think about ways they can keep them attracted, because it’s smart to broaden your pool. (If they can actively try to attract casuals, I say they should try to cater to their female audience a bit more~.)

  • Colin Tosh

    I say add her as DLC. Those who don’t want her can just ignore her. I would love to see a gender flipped Link.

  • SaiyanJedi_Trunks

    I think the game is filled with more than enough female characters (many have said this and might be another reason why they declined to do it), but I would be open to them adding in a new character via DLC. For me, Link will always be the hero but why not a new heroine from another dimension?…just don’t name her Linkle!

  • Female Link? Sure
    Calling her, or anyone, “Linkle” = HEEEEELLLL NO.

    It would be very cool if they did a Legend of Zelda game with no Link sometime. Zelda always has secret identities as guys and tomboys – after Shiek and Tetra, she could certainly come up with an alternate identity as a Link in some future game. Finally make a game about Zelda.

    • Satori Satya

      But think of the possibilities.

      Maybe Tingle and Linkle get married and have a son named “Tinkle” who wets the bed.

  • Dizzy Gear

    I don’t see why not.

  • Snorlaxation

    Hated the potential name, but aside from that, to answer the question:

    “Yes, they should’ve.”
    More options is never a bad thing. And if you aren’t partial to her, no need to play as her.

    • HarakiriKami


      Rinkle in time

  • NeptuniasBeard

    Pardon my french, but I find the people who get all up and arms about this kind of thing to be way more annoying than the “social justice warriors” they claim to be defending us against. They lash out at anything that steps out of their usual demographic, and call it pandering. Look no further than Smash Bros. You got all these people whining how we have “too many womans fighters in our game” even though they are still noticeably outnumbered by male characters. It’s almost enough to make me sick.

    We might get a female Link, we might not. Does it truly matter either way? I said this in another comment below, but tossing in a female lead just to have a female lead, is literally the BEST reason to do so imo. This includes non-straight, non-white, non-christian leads as well. That means they’re their because the writers WANTED them to be, not because of societal pressures, or because they want to make some kind of social point. They just thought it would work best for the story they wanted to tell. I ain’t gonna beg for a female Link, but I sure as hell won’t complain or consider not buying the game, just because of it.

    And for the gods sake people, stop saying they’ll be “genderbending Link”. Any Zelda fan worth a damn knows that each new game has a new Link more often than not. You can’t genderbend someone that doesn’t exist.

    Sorry for the wall of text.

    • SaiyanJedi_Trunks

      Apology accepted.

      When have we ever had a christian lead? O.o

      Also, did people complain about the female characters in Smash? With so many characters, I love it.

      • NeptuniasBeard

        By that, I mean, if their religion is even mentioned, that it’s a non-conventional one. Like Buddhist, Hindu, or Musilim. Though games rarely even bring up the subject. I guess it was more about tv, books and junk.

        • Hero_ZaFakeo

          I still haven’t noticed the amount of Christian leads in the other things because it’s still generally kept unmentioned, atheistic, or non-Christian when I read something, but I do notice the references to Christanity that come up when someone wants to be generic and lazy which really saddens me as a Christian myself.

        • SaiyanJedi_Trunks

          Ok, because I find anything remotely “christian” is edited out of video games…especially if it is imported from Japan where it is seen as foreign to them. It has happened in Zelda games. And concerning “Muslim” specifically, the chant from the Fire Temple was removed in OoT due to it being Islamic in nature.

    • Fen Y

      Yes. I still don’t see why so many dudebros are utterly angry about the mere idea about a female *option*.

    • Satori Satya

      Y’know…. just live your life the way you want and don’t bother with how other people decide to live theirs.

      That’s the problem with either SJW or the ones who oppose them (or even the ones on the side-lines who are annoyed by both & get the vapors over them). They’re all too busy trying to tell people how to live their lives or behave.

      I’m telling you this to help you keep your sanity.

    • Good points.

      I don’t think there’s ever a (good) justification for that kind of opposition and no real reasoning behind it. But, people do stay true to their convictions, so it happens.

      I liked your wall of text~. >u<

    • Symbol de Au

      “too many womans fighters in our game”

      I’ve never seen that one..or maybe I just didn’t notice. Let me check an article where this stuff was brought up. Yeah…I went here:


      Ctrl-F-ed: Too, much, and many,

      There was no one who said anything close to that. Yeah, both sides can be annoying(you can call me annoying too if you want since I’ve made my comments before haha), but don’t make up reasons you think so. There are plenty legit ones. You should also keep in mind who started the annoying conversation in the first place. I honestly wish everyone would shut up, but I’m still talking so lawl.

  • raygunner659

    This whole female Link debacle is so confusing to me. It’s not like Link has been the same character every single game (well the exception is Phantom Hourglass as far as I know), so even if he goes beyond the ‘link’ between the player and the world/adventure to being his own character (for the player) doesn’t mean the next iteration of him is the exact same one. The character of Link is an embodiment of courage and heroism in-game and a player avatar outside the game. That should apply to any gender.

    • Shade DMessiah

      Yeah but he already has an established presence. Everyone knows link as that blond guy with the green garb (unless you think he’s zelda). Even in Smash Bros, Link is Link and not Linkette.
      EDIT: Oh and damn, i just remembered, the original Link is a guy. So i guess that’s a thing

      It’s not that nobody wants a female link because females are Bs or whatever it is those feminists think, it’s that Link is a nintendo character already made to be himself.

      To be honest, i love my female lead roles in games, and it’s come to the point where i wouldn’t even notice because it’s just that common now. I picked up Remember Me, enjoyed it one bit without caring about the gender. Same goes for things like some older REs, even saints row and stuff like that.

      • raygunner659

        Yeah, I’ve definitely had that thought before. The biggest is; if we had a female Link, then what would that mean for future iterations of Links in the game? If they returned to the idea of Link being a guy, then it’d seem like they were just flip-flopping on a female lead issue. If they didn’t, then the image of Link might become confused (which might not be bad, per se, but will definitely require a lot of understanding from the fanbase)

        I personally think anything is possible if the writing is done right, but I definitely see the counterargument. Just there is some (not here) outrage that I don’t feel is necessary. Of course, then I also realize you can’t please everyone, and some are just more passionate about their feelings than others.

        • Shade DMessiah

          Yeah this does come up as an issue. Maybe they could keep her as a side game only character. Better yet, if they want a female lead, i could always go for a literal Zelda game. Complete with Sheik transformations, magic, and ninja puzzles.

          • raygunner659

            Yeah, the only way I can think of including a female Link now and then returning to a male Link consistently is if they extend her adventure, like Wind Waker Link. Give her more depth of character in exchange for a less frequent turn as the reincarnation gender. Though that could still raise a lot of issues.

            A Zelda game would be interesting. I’d hope you would have to go about it much differently; it would be interesting to see Zelda’s progression to gaining the ability and physique for Shiek. Though that would probably also raise more issues among the more vocal crowd. Either way I’d like to see this series try new things, and I think both your ideas are very well worth considering.

    • Quan Chi

      And because of this, they should let them actually TALK instead of making dumb noises the whole time xD

      • raygunner659

        I’m not sure I follow. The only linking point seems to be:

        This whole Hyrulian-speak/actual voice acting debacle is so confusing to me. I personally think the mumbling noises are more of a world-building thing. They contribute to the fact that you’re in Hyrule now. It might even detract from the personality of the world. If you don’t mind me asking, why do you want them to speak?

        • Quan Chi

          The common argument I hear is “don’t give them voices, it will ruin everything!” This started before the timeline theories.

          Which ain’t true because none of the ppl are the same in each game. Why say the dumb noises are cool, but having full voices arent~

          Not to mention, nintendo hardly ever lets you skip the words in real zelda games. So it ends up being annoying and boring at the parts where you have to keep reading. If I wanted to read, I would get a book xD.

          And in Hyrule warriors, better hope your parents or girlfriend’s parents arent there. Because with all those grunts and hentai lady always in distress sounds, it sure did sound like a porno xD

          • raygunner659

            Okay, I suppose those are some valid arguments. Especially for someone who wants to play the game for a more cinematic experience (which is unfortunate for you considering Miyamoto’s latest interview ._.) That last one I can’t say I know what you’re referring to exactly, but I suppose it could be seen that way.

            The thing is I don’t think cinematic experiences are what Nintendo goes for in general. They want to get you in the game. I think Skyward Sword in particular was a bit too text-heavy in a lot of people’s opinion, but they are more or less working on returning the Wii U one to its roots.

            As for people being the same; like I said, it’s a world-building thing. Doesn’t have anything to do with whether it’s the same people or not; it’s the same world.

    • Shippoyasha

      The thing is that the reincarnation theory is basically fact now and the gender and general roles of the characters has stayed the same. Link, Zelda and Ganon has largely been mostly the same. Meaning there is a clear trend there.

      And I don’t think it makes sense to consider Link to be a blank slate when developers has still treated him to be a unique character, mute and all.

      • raygunner659

        I’ll refer you to my reply to Shade DMessiah and also add; to make Link a girl in another reincarnation would definitely open the door for more deviation in the trend which could end up taking the series in a whole new unforeseen direction, and I totally understand that fans of the series would rather any deviating ideas be in a separate IP. I just like entertaining the possibility

        • Shippoyasha

          Well, the thing really is that they have many ways of mixing it up though. They can always have new gameplay, new characters or even Zelda being the playable character. I don’t think it’s an absolute requirement to turn Link into female as the only avenue of mixing things up. And Nintendo certainly shouldn’t be pressured into it if they are set on Link being a male hero.

      • Scourge626

        Wasn’t Ganon a giant pig warlock a couple of times?

        • Shippoyasha

          Well, he is a sorcerer after all, though in some games he doesn’t bother using his powers to transform. He is supposed to be able to use his powers even before he got the Triforce piece.

          • Scourge626

            The Triforce piece boosts his powers, but the point is that Ganondorf has changed his form before. I think in Wind Waker at least his human form is his only form.

    • Too hard for some folks to wrap their mind around.

      • Shippoyasha

        I don’t think it has to do with not understanding, but disagreeing that Link’s gender needs to be fluid. Again, if Nintendo feels Link is a male character, it should be fine too. Bot to mention Linkle is specifically not meant to be a female Link. It’s kind of like the She Hulk.

        • Hehe, I wasn’t necessarily saying they couldn’t understand it, but I guess that’s what I implied.

          I think if Nintendo wants to keep Link male, fine. But if they want Link to be female sometimes, also fine.

          Making it a Hulk and She-Hulk scenario just seems silly to me though. It should either be that all of the Link’s, regardless of gender, are indeed their own separate character or that all of the Link’s with gender included are one character. It doesn’t suddenly need to be different being entirely just because gender gets thrown in. That seems especially goofy to me.

          • Shippoyasha

            I don’t disagree, though the thing with these elements is that genderbending or not, it’s still a bit of a shift for the types of characters. And people do have a bit of a nostalgia factor weighing in when it comes down to legacy game characters.

            I didn’t mean to say characters like She Hulk is bad at all. In fact, characters like She Hulk and Batgirl are some of my favorite characters in all comics.

          • The nostalgia Factor gets rather severe with gamers. It certainly would have held a lot of things back if devs always listened to their audience. . .

            And I know~. I wasn’t saying they’re bad either; but the context they can be used in is pointless or silly. She-Hulk is fantastic and not a bad idea. But the idea that a female variation of a specific character in a longer running narrative would be the equivalent of a possible reincarnation that is a different gender would be weird and silly~.

          • SaiyanJedi_Trunks

            I doubt that nostalgia would hold a lot of things back for developers. In fact, I feel that many gamers complain that developers do not listen to their audience. The bickering that Zelda fans do in itself is silly as an example.

          • Oh, not for the devs, but gamers I mean~. I’m so thankful that nostalgia doesn’t hold the devs back and that they don’t always listen to their fans.

            LoZ and Sonic are definitely two fandoms that are something of another world when it comes to bickering and being unable to agree on anything. (And potentially being upset over anything.)

          • SaiyanJedi_Trunks

            Yes, I agree. Developers need to develop what they feel like developing. Fan feedback is always welcome, but I love if a developer can be more of an artist (doing their vision) than an entertainer (simply doing what everyone else wants).

            As for you LoZ and Sonic fans…absolutely. The fanbase can be so polarized towards the creators and itself. Them and the Final Fantasy fandom ^_^

          • Shippoyasha

            Well, all that depends on how they will justify the gender shift in the lore I suppose. Especially when it seems they want to make a unified timeline theory happen in an official sense. And just making a gender change for the sake of gender change probably isn’t going to go over well. Either way, they can always have some kind of a female descendant or family member of Link’s immediate circle as well. They don’t have to specifically change his gender to have Linkle in there.

  • Pinkemon

    “Linkle (tentative name) was a rejected
    story character featured in the art book, but it looks like she got a
    quite lot of attention… maybe we should have included her in the main

    All I can really say to this is “Sure, why not?”

    I mean, it’s already doing weird dimension hopping stuff anyway so I don’t see why a female link would be out of place or anything.

    • HarakiriKami


      • Ruins72

        no it’s not

      • Skye Johnson

        What Ruins said. She is not. The Japanese you can read up there states she’s a “female version” of Link. And they wanted her nature/personality to be ‘little sister-like,’ but not Link’s daughter (or sister) specifically.

        Not that they couldn’t go that direction. But heyyy.

        • HarakiriKami

          Do me a favor, learn japanese and read whats on the script on that paper

  • lozffvii

    “We’ll have a [more] major update for it
    sometime after, but what if (with a lot of emphasis on the ‘what if’) we
    said ‘a playable character will be added’. Who would you like to see?”
    Anyone apart from ‘Linkle’. I’m not against the notion of a female Link, but I’d rather the concept be introduced in a main series game than a spin-off.
    I think either the Happy Mask Salesman or Skull Kid w/Majora’s Mask, just to give MM some more love rather than being referenced only.

  • Namuro

    Sure! It’d be cool if they can add her in. Make her like an alternate version of Link from a parallel universe or something. Should be quite interesting.

    • HarakiriKami

      But she’s his daughter

      • Namuro

        The scan says “Linkle: The hero Link’s female version. We were thinking of making her, like, Link’s sister or something.”

        There’s no official biography, and more importantly, she was scrapped (just for now, hopefully). So, if they decide to bring her back, they can give her a new identity. In which my idea is that of a parallel version of Link.

        • Tarkovsky

          You are right, it says that she was supposed to be Link’s lil sis which I don’t mind one bit to be honest. I’m fine as long as the characters are their own entities. Linkle being Linkle and Link being Link.

  • Kaihedgie

    I…want this >:

  • Tarkovsky

    I had already made my opinions known about this matter in a previous article, specifically the one where Aonuma commented on, and I do not wish to repeat myself. With regards to this, I’m okay with it because she has her own name and design which means she is her own character. I would only be against it if female Link was just some shoehorn gender bend in a character creation screen like Skyrim where her name would still be Link. In this case, Linkle is Linkle and Link is Link. As long the differences are made clear then there should be no problem. That way, both characters are their own entity and Link would still maintain his iconic status. The last thing I want is people arguing over Link’s gender in the future.

    • BalmungX

      This,she isn’t Link,she is her own character,people should understand this, she would like Sakura to Ryu in SF

  • HarakiriKami

    But that’s his daughter

    There’s a Cia x Link Daughter, a Zelda x Link daughter and a Lana X Link daughter in that very image you put up there

    • Tarkovsky

      I’m pretty sure it says Linkle is Link’s little sister if she existed.

      • Skye Johnson

        From my study of Japanese, it reads more along the lines of “She was created/conceptualized for the purpose of being a little sister-like Link.” As in, existed and conceptualized for that purpose to be a ‘little sister-like’ sort of character. Not Link’s little sister specifically (though they might have had that kind of relationship interaction in HW when they meet each other as fellow Heros of Time.) Goodness, that sentence sounds awkward. More like “Created to be a little-sister like Link.” more than serves.


        妹的 = little sister-like の = a possessive kind of particle 存在 = existence

        Link’s Little Sister-Like Existence. Which sounds really awkward.

    • Aunna Terrell

      “The art book explicitly states that the character was ‘devised as being sister-like’ (note that the text actually says, 妹的 or ‘imouto teki,’ which means ‘little sister-like.’)”
      (Unfortunately, that quote is taken from a Kotaku article. But others have shared similar translations.)

      • Tarkovsky

        From what I could make out, the full sentence is

        This means that they were thinking that Linkle would be Link’s little sister if she existed.

        Edit: to be a little more literal, it says they were thinking that Linkle could serve as a little sister like entity/existence to Link.

        • Scourge626

          I had a friend who tried deciphering that text with a dictionary in hand. Even he came to the conclusion that it said, “sister-like”, character.

  • harmonyworld

    Would be nice if a legend of zelda actually let you BE zelda the whole game.
    Is that too much to ask??
    I would buy the crap out of that!

    • HarakiriKami

      You’d probably be playing as shiek instead.

      TLOZ is about where Zelda’s Wisdom guides you the player. Lol.

      • harmonyworld

        yeah, but I don’t see zelda swinging about a sword through out an entire game.
        I mean being able to follow her around and play as her through the whole game.
        She always just a side character.
        Also Majora’s mask the old thing you see zelda do is teach you a song, and sure, the songs are an important key point to the game, but you don’t get to play as her.
        I think it’d be neat to have her as her own warrior and not as a masked ninja character, which don’t get me wrong, is still friggin’ awesome.
        Hyrule warriors has her own sword and magic and move set and it’s like…that’s potential for her own game.
        Where the legend of zelda is about how zelda is the heroine of the story, not a side character.

    • Reiswindy

      You can find that game on CD-i……

  • Godman

    Sure I’ll support it; Link doesn’t have to be male Skyward Sword is proof enough for that
    and Hyrule Warriors would be a great way to showcase female Link

  • Kelechuckuw K.c.W

    I hope more males make it in when they start doing more Dlc as they stated I have no issue with this, hell they can make the female one links sister for this series and have both of them there that way at least won ‘t that kind of harem thing .

    Hell they can name her Linka like the character character from captain
    planet for all I care cause their parents thought it sounded cute for
    some reason to have their twins named similarly . It’s not like this hasn’t been doe before there that anime Hikaru no Go ad there was child female friend(yeah I know child hood friend ) with the named Hikari cause their parents were buddies and they named them similarly so it’s not like it’s unheard of with some stuff..

    • Tarkovsky

      It actually does say that Linkle was supposed to be Link’s lil sis if she existed.

      • Kelechuckuw K.c.W

        well the names odder then Linka , but ether way they should just do the sister thing. cause this kinda thing “to flip flop on” is weird to us hearing it.. Like that weird thing where certain fans of the ME series fought over both version’s commander shepards. There’s Room for both in my opinion . and people love the old male Link keep him and add her. there’s no point to this with “there has to be one or the other talk.”

        I see others in other forum’s become annoyed with this kind of talk from the creators. on wanting to switch/replace main characters like Link. seriously option 3/C is the best option. There’s Room for both.

      • Skye Johnson

        Actually, that’s not exactly what was said. They called her a ‘female version’ of Link who was designed to be a ‘sister-like’ character. But not a ‘sister’ specifically. Though that angle could certainly work as a storyline.

  • Quan Chi

    Why not just Saria? Basically the same thing.

  • Shippoyasha

    I think they should wait until a character is established first, because I think they would want to establish the character in a canonical game (or a core Zelda title if this game is canonical) first.

    Also, the character really was never designed to be ‘female Link’ but her own character. It looks like Nintendo doesn’t want this game to put in a brand new character except for Cia.

    I can understand people wanting the character. On the otherhand, I respect Nintendo’s decision if Link is a male character definitively. There is nothing wrong with that.

    • Milewide

      I’d love to see Linkle as a silent heroine in a dating sim.

      • SaiyanJedi_Trunks

        Sometimes you say the greatest things! :)

  • darryl scott

    everyone can get mad when i say this,

    • Shade DMessiah

      Kirby’s a dude ._.

    • Jettythesunfish

      Kirby is actually gender neutral in Japan.

  • RagingTiger44

    I say do it. I am biased because rule 63 is a guilty pleasure of mine.

    • Zak Ledward

      *Raises hand too*

  • MinakoArisato

    I would welcome that very much!

  • I love it when companies do this ‘Oh hey, this was popular actually…maybe we should have done that too’. Still funny to me XD

    • LegacyOfWu .

      Since we live in the age of DLC, developers could use this very thing to add value to a game, rather than what we are traditionally getting, which is content that feels like it could/should have been in the game from the beginning. Listening to feedback and gauging fan reactions and giving players what they want is what I – and I’m sure many others – envisioned when DLC was first conceived.

  • Reiswindy

    If she becomes her own character apart from Link, then I’m all in. Would really like to see both fighting side by side….

    • Shade DMessiah

      As long as she isn’t Link, she can have all the games she wants :p

  • Kornelious

    HELL YES! She looks awesome! She reminds me of Elf from Dragons
    Crown, with the shorts, the long boots, the green hood…. the
    arrows…. the blonde hair……I’m sure it’s just a coincidence though, she still looks awesome! :D

    Also I sure hope we get that cool Limited Edition for the west X( (Kept getting marked as spam for this line for some reason so I had to change it -_-)

  • ivanchu77

    Yes please, i would love if they included a female Link

  • Zak Ledward

    Would play. DLC? Would buy. Nothing could stop me from getting Linkle if she got released

  • Yan Zhao

    Might as well throw Linkle as a DLC then.

  • aizen310

    Look! It’s the elf girl from Dragon’s Crown!

  • Kai2591

    Female Link and Male Zelda lulz.

    • jugss

      Don’t forget female Ganon. Legend of Zeldo!!

      • Kai2591

        Haha Zeldo such a lame name.

  • Tom_Phoenix

    My stance regarding a “female Link” remains the same as it was when Aonuma brought up the idea. The series already has an established female character players could play as…Zelda. Consider this, I really do not see any value in a gender-swapped Link, especially considering Zelda herself has been far too neglected in this regard.

    Having said that, I’m not opposed to there being a character that is like a female Link. But as some other members have already mentioned, I would prefer this to be a standalone character rather than just a female version of Link himself.

    Actually, speaking of which, Link’s little sister Aryll hasn’t showed up in any Zelda game aside from Wind Waker. Maybe a future game in the series could feature an older version of her that is trying to follow in her big brother’s footsteps.

    • KoRLumen

      Honestly, I think Hyrule Warriors is the only game where Fem Link would have worked, since it’s pulling in all kinds of “worlds.” It wouldn’t be too farfetched to say that one of the “worlds” that got involved had a female Link instead of a male.

      Also, fem Link is hella cute.

    • Adrian Duran

      A female Link isn’t the same as Zelda

      that being said, I can’t imagine a female Link being that different from a male Link

    • Kaetsu

      Female Link should really just be Aryll.

    • wererat42

      Link is meant to be the player’s avatar. It’s in his freaking name – he’s the player’s link to the game. So playing as Zelda, who would have an established personality and motivations, would be different from playing Link or a female version of the character.

      I saw go for it. Make Linkle (Linka would be better in my opinion) Link’s sister. Hell, they could even add co-op. Kids are all about the co-op these days.

    • Codi Schumacher

      Or better yet how about we let the Legend of Zelda games live up to the name for once we have Zelda herself be the playable character she could be a spellcaster type

      • Tom_Phoenix

        …Um, that’s pretty much what I said in my post.

    • David García Abril

      Let’s be clear: no one is asking for a female Link out of some sort of unattended desire from the fan base, female or otherwise, or because they genuinely think the franchise would be better for it.

      It’s been demanded because in the last few years the representation of female characters in video games has become a hot topic, for good reason.

      People demand a female Link because they think that would be a massive step forward for gender equality in the medium. A step that wouldn’t be as big if they made Zelda playable, or even the protagonist, or created a separate character.

      Anything less than gender-swapping Link would undermine the message of “Female players are equal to male players”.

      Now, I think that’s a misguided way of looking at things, not to mention that it would suck balls for fans of Zelda the character. But you can argue that things change.

  • AndyLC

    “Koei Tecmo rubs hands together at potential profits of female Link DLC in current feminist debate games journalism environment”

    • It’s a brilliant idea, really.

      Doesn’t hurt that LoZ does have a sizable, female fanbase anyway. If I were to liken it to Free!; Linkle could be Gou and Link and Darunia could be Haruka and Rin~. She’s a great self-insert to play as while watching the ships we know we all want~.

  • Scourge626

    The storyline for, “Hyrule Warriors”, does involve pulling people from various timelines. And, as this game is non-canon, adding a female Link to this game wouldn’t alter the main story in anyway nor should it upset those that don’t want a female Link due to the aforementioned reason. So go for it. But also try to add more male characters. Preferably ones that aren’t…eccentric as some of the villains are.

    • Princess_Eevee9

      What’s wrong with being eccentric?

      • Scourge626

        The Zelda villains that are eccentric creep me the fuck out.

        • Princess_Eevee9

          True they are creepy.

  • Ultimaniacx4

    This game has enough female characters without turning the male MAIN CHARACTER into one.

    • Skode

      For once a statement like that actually holds true haha, there aint many games where i can say that.

    • Kaetsu

      It’s Link’s ultimate harem.

    • Codi Schumacher

      no way we need all the females we can get as long as they arnt just cheap knockoffs of the originals.

  • Afternoon Intergalactic

    When I was a youngin’, I considered Zelda as the “female version” of Link anyway. Just give her a green tunic and everyone can go back to being friends again.

    • vanishmantle

      That is what blows my mind. We n3ed to chang the genders of everyone but here we have a perfectly female protag that could be used. However no one wants to play as zelda… makes no sense to me.

    • People don’t like that though. Apparently it’s not imaginative enough to just put a tunic on Zelda. Or at least, that was what was said against some artists’ interpretation.

      I say make Link a girl and make Zelda the protagonist~!

  • MaidKillua

    I definitely want Linkle. How could anyone be opposed after seeing the concept art?

  • FivePointedTheStar

    Linkle? Did Tingle have a child?

    • Codi Schumacher

      Dont give them any ideas for it :(

    • I was about to say…

    • Alexander Marquis Starkey

      She was going to be Link’s sister.

  • YESSSS! Add Linkle! Clearly they wanted to, so they just oughta! ♥U♥

    I am interested in what other characters may appear though, but yes, Linkle~. Please. vuv

    • LegacyOfWu .

      The name is quite cute, too. Having Link keep his traditional grunts and yells for this game certainly works in favor of implementing her. Can’t imagine getting a woman to do the same would cost them much.

      • It’s kind of silly, but it is cute to me. It has a quirky charm to it, for me. >u<

        I agree~. It shouldn't be that bad to hire someone to handle her sfx either~.

  • Kristoffer Brandberg

    Gimme the Linkle~

  • wahyudil

    I want Linkle … her as Link’s little sister will be better

  • WatchGintama

    Link’s imouto? Would buy.

    dat zettai ryouiki.

  • Richard N

    At the rate the gaming community is going so far, I would advise against a female Link. Or else people will start sending death threats to Linkle forcing her out of her home and hacking her twitter account.

    • colorblindnightmare

      Awww. Dude.

    • Symbol de Au

      LOL. Are you talking about Zoe?

      EDIT: Alright, delete my comments for being “rude” or something but you don’t have to delete the comment that just says Zoe was never really hacked. Haha but it was useless anyway huh?

      • Richard N

        She was never hacked? Good to hear.

        What about all the death threats and sexual harassing, did that never happen either?

        • Symbol de Au

          It all happened exactly the way you thought it did. Keep to that.

  • Warboss Aohd

    alright, just don’t give her a miniskirt.

  • Codi Schumacher

    Female Link umm let me see here……………..HELL NO!!!!
    Now if they want to make an original female lead character for the Zelda franchise ok but not just another clone like they did with Fox and Falco on smash bros

    • T-X

      You know Link is just a random kid with the will of courage, right? That means anyone can be the next “Link” regardless of gender. He’s not a reincarnated goddess or anything like Zelda, but even that shouldn’t stop Nintendo with experimenting with gender as long as the gameplay is good.

  • Ixbran
    • Göran Isacson

      Honestly, a Batreaux dual-wielding the scythes he’s actually got up on his wall would be kind of badass. Would be a neat twist if it turns out he’s actually a bad-ass super demon, the only one strong enough to actually break through the clouds and fly up to where the humans were… but once he got there he just started liking them so much he decided he wanted to be one.

      • Ixbran

        I never played SS, but after reading about his character, I really like his personality and design. I figured they could take what they did with Ruto and the Zora scale, enabling her water manipulation, and apply it to Batreaux using the Firesheild Earrings. Giving him access to flame manipulation, creating burning tornadoes with his wings and stuff.

        • Göran Isacson

          Aah, that’s one cool angle I didn’t take into consideration. I guess I went with the melee-stuff mostly becaue it would be a neat contrast to his pleasant and peaceful demeanour- seeing a guy who’s usually nice tear it up with his bare hands would be amusing to me. Fire magic would work too though, what with him actually being a demon and all.

  • Jettythesunfish

    I find nothing wrong with this. With how Link works as a character, there could easily be a female incarnation of the Hero of Time.

    “Linkle” is a questionable name, but at least it doesn’t sound as generic as others I’ve heard.

    • Symbol de Au

      The Hero of Time is dead. He’s a Stalfos now. Everybody will become a Stalfos. Everybody, Stalfos.

  • Snugnya

    Does everything have to have a vagina in it?

    • Why not~?

      • Snugnya

        You answer my question with a question? Everything doesn’t need a vagina in the same way everything doesn’t need a dick. All said everyone wants a vagina lately- but a vagina doesn’t make a game good. Good gameplay makes a game good.

        • Zero_Destiny

          That’s all fine and good, and certainly a game being judged by its inherit value as a game itself, is important too.

          But bringing that up now like you did just side lines an issue that many lately have felt is worth talking about. I cannot give you a clear answer as to why now of all times, but this issue is here, and it won’t just go away with the swipe of a hand. There are some serious evaluations that we ourselves will probably have to make now and in the near future, especially if we truly want to make it so games are art.

          Whether or not you really want to be part of that is up to you, but to just dismiss it isn’t right, and robs many of their voices. If people don’t feel comfortable, or if people feel degraded, and hurt, they deserve to speak up.

          If you want to throw your thoughts in the ring, then do it respectfully as an equal, not as an instigator, or a wise cracker. Take that as your final and last warning now.

          Also, out of curiosity I did a little looksie as well, and I found it pretty interesting that this account just so happens to share the same IP as another account I recently had to give the same talk to, but decided not to ban. It was created pretty soon after said talk too. Oh man, pretty crazy world, eh?

          • Snugnya

            You take video games a little too seriously. If people are offended by something that doesn’t give them some inherent right to anything nor does being uncomfortable. A certain Stephen Fry quote comes to mind.

            But I don’t mean to sound like a douchey mcronald if that’s what you’re worried about. It’s this avatar that makes things hard. I should probably get one with a more serious expression because Kuroneko’s face looks a little too smug here. The quality isn’t that great either come to think of it. It looks better on Google+ because on google+ it’s a gif and not a still image.

            Yeah I’m also Pauldotexe remember?. I can’t decide which name I like better. What do you think? Is Snug too annoying to pronounce? I’m also considering a firs name with Hekireki as the last name but that might sound a little too silly. Hekireki means Thunderclap btw. Or at least it probably does.

          • Zero_Destiny

            I try to put my own ideals aside, trust me. However, I do take my job seriously. And my job sees it that I help to keep the community safe, welcoming, and on topic instead of getting dragged down into whatever drama du jour that’s going around.

            That was your final warning, for whatever name you may wish to call yourself. If you can’t show the proper respect to the community, or even the proper respect to puchinri of all people, then that’s that, you’ll be seeking greener pastures.

          • Snugnya

            I am being serious. I honestly don’t see what your problem is with me. I treated her the way I’d treat any man.

          • Zero_Destiny

            You treat men pretty poorly too then, it seems, especially with some of the more obtuse things that we had to delete that you said about women. The circular arguments are getting old though, and the feign to ignorance is boring now. I gave you two strikes. Banned.

          • Symbol de Au

            “feign to ignorance”

            I honestly didn’t get it either. If we’re talking inflammatory Puchinri once called people ignorant without even reading the article. Plus she doesn’t seem offended by him.


            Oh well he’s banned. He made me laugh a few times. Will miss.

            EDIT: Actually you deleted his Game Theory reference about the fake boobs so I’m going to say that you just read with the wrong tone. Hahaha. Kind of makes the joke funnier to be honest. Oh well, if something made you angry it’s ok to get rid of it when/if you can.

          • I didn’t call people ignorant, I said there was ignorance occurring. Even people that are not ignorant can show moments of ignorance (I certainly do, and I’d like to think of myself as educated, intelligent and open-minded).

            I also did not need to read the article to call out some of those comments for what they were. x’D

            I did not get offended by him this time, but he had a knack for being very inflammatory (aside from flat-out rude). If it was going to escalate (which is high probability) then what transpired is for the best.

          • Symbol de Au

            Its still inflammatory considering it made me angry at the time. Fair enough though. There’s a clear difference in how you guys treat inflammatory comments in defense of something and inflammatory comments in opposition.

          • Snugnya

            And to be honest I’ll probably have a different name in a month or less. I’m terrible at sticking with online identities because I can’t for the life of me make up my mind. Where did you get zero destiny? Is it like saying you don’t have a destiny? Is it a reference ot a song like “Destined for Nothing” ?

        • I think it’s a knack we share, but to your credit, at least you followed up with a statement. x’D

          I agree with that, but the majority already has a dick anyway, so I don’t think some vagina (or both) is going to topple the balance~.

          Even though I agree (gameplay is always the heart anyway, but a lot of things can save subpar gameplay), having what you like in a game can also help your feelings toward it.

  • .:Raphællius:.

    Hell!! This is such a great idea! :)
    They should start working on a brand new spin off game!
    Staring Linkle, the young heroine that needs to save Prince Zeldo
    out of the hands of the evil and treacherous thief Ganonia. Who’s in?
    I’ll start a kickstarter… :P

  • Nessz

    Since this is a Spin-off and non-canon, why not? It should be very interesting.

  • Göran Isacson

    As far as what characters I’d like- Groose or Nabooru. That’s all, mang. That’s all.

    Linka can be there too I guess but first Groose or Nabooru.

    • T-X

      I was disappointed that Nabooru wasn’t added in the main game. Wasted a slot on that random harem filler mage girl -___-

      • Alexander Marquis Starkey

        Plot relevant character takes priority…and Nabooru isn’t exactly one of the more popular characters, since the Gerudo haven’t been around since OoT.

        • Göran Isacson

          Which kinda makes me wonder why that is the case. I mean, one of the portable games had them in it, they were in Majoras Mask, Wind Waker had the Gerudo’s situation in the desert turn out to be one of Ganondorf’s primary motivations… but then, nothing. Even if the Zora and the Gorons stay in TP, the Gerudo’s are nowhere to be seen? Makes you wonder if the Hylians started a war against them and drove them out or something.

        • T-X

          Yet they have been around since then…. and what do you mean not popular?? Fricken Ganondorf-DORF is in the game, this ruins all kinds of lore. Also Saria. They already revealed that content was being held back when they decided not to add Linka/le/whatever. I’m hoping for DLC at least then.

      • Göran Isacson

        You and me both, man. It would have been cool to have all the sages represented, but Lana went and stole what could have been an awesome weapon for Saria, and Nabooru just seems to be miss non-existent.

  • Ms_Fortune

    Why does everything need to be about gender lately…

    • Symbol de Au

      Because all anyone cares about is sex.

    • Snugnya

      Because women really really really care about the fact that they’re women for some reason.

      • Only as much as men care that they’re men. x’D
        Well, and to be fair, some people of certain genders care and some don’t.

        • Snugnya

          I don’t care that I’m a man. I think I’d rather be a pretty young woman in a miniskirt. Preferably with small shoulders. I love small shoulders.

          • You’re one of a kind then, lol. That’s not a bad preference to have though~.

          • vanishmantle

            I know right.

    • Because it’s relevant to the identity of a lot of people and is a huge part of our place in the world, even when we don’t acknowledge/pay attention to it?

      I don’t mind, as long as people aren’t trying to be obtuse or obnoxious about it.

      • Ms_Fortune

        An androgynous looking elf from a 25 year old franchise is important to people’s gender identity?

        Do you not realize how utterly insane that sounds?

        • Anything can be important if you’re putting time and money into it, and time spent with it can help form gender identity.

    • Noelemahc

      Because in the olden games Link was sufficiently gender-neutral-looking to be acceptable as a protagonist for girls to play as and not feel wronged, but in the era of ultra-HD-3D-CG he’s too masculine to fit that role anymore?

      • Symbol de Au

        Hahahahaha. Good theory.

      • But he’s not a bald space marine yet, so at least he’s not hypermasculine. But give Nintendo time. I’m sure they’ll get desperate. . .

      • Ms_Fortune

        Link always looked like a man and was referred to as such, he had his role and Zelda had hers. I am a woman and played all those games, I never felt wronged, if you’re looking for some silly sense of gender identity in a game, you have issues.

        I guess the better question would be, why Link? Let’s make Mario a girl, hell let’s make all those old school protagonists women.

        I really don’t understand why Link is the key figure in this dumb argument

  • Conner Fox

    while the idea of female link is interesting she never did appear so the character would be out of place just like the original characters are. the legend of zelda is a big franchise i’m sure they should be able to get real characters

  • PoweredByHentai

    I’m not opposed to having a female Link as a playable character. I’ve actually been wondering when they would ever get around to adding or using a female Link.

    • Snugnya

      Huh really? I don’t know tloz isn’t known for mixing things up.

    • Vash bane

      they could have gone the sister route because in one of the games I hear he had a sister. since I’m not into the Zelda franchise like others I’m not really bothered by a F.link I find the idea interesting specially because in the older games people used to think he was she XD

      to tell the truth it wouldn’t make much difference specially with the new Zelda game..because again people thought he was female again XDD

      • PoweredByHentai

        Huh, I’ve never confused Link’s gender but that might be because I’ve played Zelda 2 before.

  • Justin Graham

    If they add her as DLC or as part of an expansion, that would be awesome.

  • Kayriss Wins

    Yuri Fangirl voice: Female link… she’s so cool~! ❤

  • T-X

    Can we get a Zeldo and Ganan also? I like the idea of a gender-swap of the Zelda franchise.

  • _ZERO_

    Nintendo recognizes Link for his own character too. And The Legend of Zelda is Link’s story. Just like Super Mario is Mario’s and Metroid is Samus’s.
    We don’t need to go taking characters and genderbending them just cause–“oh it’ll be interesting!” Or “I can’t relate to this character cause we’re not same ‘gender’.” if you feel you can’t relate to this particular character then it’s ‘your problem’ for having a lack of imagination to adapt, and to understand the character you’re playing as.
    So what if other companies does it, it’s their choice. Nintendo doesn’t have to be doing what everyone else is doing.

    KT just needs to focus on characters who already exist in Zelda. We have lots of females (and males which I wouldn’t mind seeing more of to be honest. ) in the Zelda that’ll be a WAY better choice too.

    • Alexander Marquis Starkey

      Actually this character concept was originally conceived as Link’s sister, not as a genderflip.

  • Alexander Marquis Starkey

    Someone tell the article writer to edit in the fact that “Linkle” was a concept for Link’s sister and not a girl Link.

  • Sylveria Shini

    As much as I’d like the idea of a female version of Link or a female relative of link.. I’d rather see Cia be playable.

    • Vash bane

      I thought the main bad guys were already confirmed?

  • Vash bane

    oh ho gfaqs is going to have a field day with this info lol
    (theres this guy that’s been trolling there lately and he does by…you guessed by baiting people in with female link)

  • Nel Arrancar

    Linkara <—- a better name ^_^

    • AkuLord3

      Doesn’t look like comic book reviewer at all. How can she proclaim her manhood!

      • Nel Arrancar

        i know i was joking. But can you imagine his reaction if that was the case?

  • J_Joestar

    I’m sure it would have helped Japanese sales if she were in the game.

    • AkuLord3

      It would not…

      • J_Joestar

        i dunno, Japan likes its genderbending and Imoutos…

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