One of the more interesting things to come of the upcoming port Hyrule Warriors Legends, is the arrival of a character called Linkle. Who many are describing as the true “Female Link”, as she looks like the female version of the legendary character Link.
According to an interview from IGN, Koei Tecmo actually originally pitched Linkle as a family member of Link. But this was rejected, and soon changed, as Zelda Producer Eiji Aonuma notes:
“Koei Tecmo first proposed the Linkle character as Link’s little sister for the Wii U version of Hyrule Warriors. However, we felt this conflicted with the concept of Aryll from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, the only character we had ever had appear as Link’s sister, so we decided not to include that version. In Hyrule Warriors Legends, though, the proposal was to include Linkle not as Link’s sister, but as a girl with heroic aspirations. This was a totally new and unique background for the franchise, and we thought she would add to the game’s diversity, so we decided to include her in this game.”
As for one of the big factors of Linkle being put into the game, it was all about the fans:
“We had a great response from fans, especially outside of Japan, who saw Linkle in the Hyrule Warriors premium-box booklet and wanted her to be included in the game. Seeing that reaction, Hayashi-san and I talked it over and decided that we would definitely like to include her in the next title. I’m really glad we got the chance to do that with Hyrule Warriors Legends.”
Hyrule Warriors released March 26th, 2015, on 3DS.