Aonuma has been teasing the gaming community over the past few days with what we saw in the Zelda Wii U trailer. He even went as far as to say that the character in the trailer may not be Link. Well, it appears that Aonuma was simply having some fun with all the online rumors and speculation. Talking to MMGN, Aonuma humorously responded to speculation that the character wasn’t Link in the trailer. “It’s a rumour,” he said.
Aonuma states that he made the comment in a joking manner, and that his words were (understandably) taken out of context. “It’s not that I said that it wasn’t Link,” Aonuma said. “It’s that I never said that it was Link. It’s not really the same thing, but I can understand how it could be taken that way.”
Aonuma maintains that his remark was intended to be taken with humor, and that his remark was prompted by speculation that the character in the trailer was female. Being a trailer for a main Zelda game, the producer felt that “you have to show Link when you create a trailer for a Zelda announcement.”
In the end, Aonuma doesn’t want people to get hung up on how Link looks. He states that in the end, Link is supposed to represent the player. Furthermore, Aonuma doesn’t want to define Link’s features because “it becomes limiting to the players.” He wants players to focus on other aspects of the trailer rather than Link, and he makes it clear again that Link is supposed to be an extension and representation of the player.
You can read all of Aonuma’s comments and thoughts at MMGN.