Do you guys remember the first trailer for Breath of the Wild that was unveiled back in 2014? Do you remember that large amount of people who thought Link was female due to his pony tail and androgynous looks? Well, all that theorizing and speculation that was going on at that time was what eventually lead Hyrule Warriors producer, Yousuke Hayashi, to explore the idea of a female Link, ultimately leading to the creation of Linkle.

Based on a quote by Aonuma, it seems the decision was made quite randomly: “There was talk about the female Link and at the time we thought ‘Oh yeah, that might be fun’. In Mr. Hayashi’s mind, that idea cemented.”

In regards to the female Link speculation that was going on at the time, Aonuma clarified that his vague answers about Link back in 2014 weren’t intended to make people think that Link would be female, but it was rather because the game was in a very incomplete stage at the time. “My intention was to say ‘This isn’t done, and there may be changes coming to that’. I, in no way, had intention of leading people into believing Link was female.”

That confusion lead to so much speculation about a female Link up until the day before E3, so it looks like Aonuma needs to be a bit more careful with his wording next time in order to not create such a big confusion next time.

  • DimensionalRanger

    And thus a flame war raged on for two years…

  • Oscar Yasser Garcia Juallek

    This is hilarious for al the wrong reasons.
    I mean, the more this game unveils and Aonuma talks, the more evident it looks he never, ever had the intention of attempting the concept. It just shows how disconnected developers and fans can be.

    It also shows Linkle IS indeed kind of a joke/playful take on the idea. I mean, she’s somewhat heroic, certainly selfless and brave, willing to go out of her way to help the needed. She also stupid, self entitled, quite childish, and has the worse sense of orientation in Japanese media since Ryouga Hibiki from Ranma 1/2. To put a nail on the coffin, she’s let to live a lie all the way through…

    Actually that’s even more dangerous. It may trigger some people, and I’d be inclined to agree this time(some of those implications can be darn unfortunate under certain lights)

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