Nintendo Reveals Official Female Link, and She's Coming to Hyrule Warriors

Now you can really confuse your friends who don't realize that Zelda is the princess.

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Zelda and Impa are no longer the only major female protagonists in the Zelda canon--there's now a female Link.

Dubbed Linkle, the character first came about as a concept for Hyrule Warriors, as revealed in the developer's artbook. While she wasn't used at the time, during a Nintendo Direct today Nintendo confirmed that she will in fact be a playable character in the 3DS version of Hyrule Warriors: Hyrule Warriors Legends.

Image credit Siliconera.com
Image credit Siliconera.com

Unlike the traditional Link character, Linkle's primary weapon is a crossbow. And in place of a spinning sword attack, she uses what Nintendo of America's Bill Trinnen described in the Nintendo Direct as a "spinning kick attack."

Linkle will joins a cast of other characters being added to this version of the game from The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker.

While no mention was made of Linkle crossing over to other Zelda titles, like the upcoming Zelda Wii U, franchise director Eiji Aonuma confirmed back at E3 2014 that the Link in that game is male.

Hyrule Warriors Legends will make its way to 3DS on March 25, 2016.

You can read all of the news and announcements from today's Nintendo Direct right here.

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CyberEarth

Linkle is a terrible name.

Next up, we'll have male Zeldo in drag.

The proper way to handle this would have been to release a new Zelda game, have the character (Link) shrouded in a bit of mystery, and reveal at the end Link was female (ala Samus/Metroid). And for God's sakes - not named Linkle.

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Ben1in

It's sad how so many people doesn't listen to what official sources say. Besides, she's not canon. She's for Hyrule Warriors only, and that's a spin-off.

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ShadoVvlite

This isn't a female version of link..... It's just another character that's suppose to represent a female that is like link. Her bio states her being a sister-like character towards link.

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msdrakegx

I'm not really against this, I'm just kind of disappointed by the way it's been handled. I would've liked to see a brand new Legend of Zelda with a female Link rather than just adding her on as a sort of side character in a spinoff Zelda title. I never really saw the need for Link to always be male, all of the different Links aren't actually the same person anyways.

Actually, now that I think about it, I would rather they add some character depth and coolness to Zelda rather than just gender swapping Link. I wouldn't even be against a major Zelda title featuring Zelda as the main character.

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Wilson09

@msdrakegx: Honestly I think Nintendo might be purposely lying about Link being male in Zelda Wii U. The trailers have Link in a hood looking unusually feminine (at least to some people that's what it looks like), and Linkle's reveal further rouses my suspicions.

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BlueFlameBat

@Wilson09: That wouldn't bother me too much, but I'd much rather have a gender selection option that just make Link female.

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Pharoah_ramy

@msdrakegx: I agreed with your First Argument, and i am completely with you on the Linkle game, that would be incredible and an interesting story and interpretation of Link. But The Zelda game and depth in-character. I dont believe Nintendo should do that, since she is basically like a Peach and shouldnt be touched.

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King_Wii

I think it's great. I only hope that she continues to be a playable character in future Zelda releases. If they're serious they should include her as an option in all upcoming Zelda games to solidify her as a true female version of Link. When I was playing on my Gameboy back in the 90's I always thought Link looked like he could go either way so I agree why some people are asking "why"? I'm just happy that developers are getting more diverse in giving players options to express themselves. It's neat, it doesn't hurt the franchise and for many it won't help it but it makes me like Legend of Zelda even more.

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Revelation34

So will she rescue a prince named Zeldo?

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BlueFlameBat

@Revelation34: Maybe.

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Kisaka

Wow, Linkle? That's a really awful name.

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Chipp

So Linkle will rescue the Bro in Distress?

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BlueFlameBat

@Chipp: Maybe.

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Grim_Jackal

It will never cease to amaze me how a simple gender swap can generate so much fear and anger and confusion.

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Ben1in

@Grim_Jackal: It's Link, what'd you expect? He's supposed to be man forever.

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Tony56723

@Grim_Jackal: You can say that again.

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______

Wait.. the original Link was a guy? Well I never...

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GamerOuTLaWzz

WHY DOES THIS EVEN HAVE TO EXIST?????????

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Tony56723

@gameroutlawzz: Why do you seem upset by this?

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@tony56723: She has no boobs.

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Tony56723

@Benny_a: Lol

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Chaos_Dante_456

@gameroutlawzz: I kind of wonder the same thing. It's not that big of a deal to me/ but what is the purpose in making a female Link?

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Tony56723

@Chaos_Dante_456: It's just a gender swap, not the first time in history a character like this has existed

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ValwinZ

@Chaos_Dante_456 she is not link

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He/she hardly even look any different, what's the point really?

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Silverline62

inb4: Linkle's Crossbow Training for Wii U.

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gamingnerd121

Facepalms are simply not enough for this announcement.

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D-Slayer

WHOO lookin forward to this one

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nurnberg

Stupid. I hope you SJW crybabies are happy.

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Wilson09

@nurnberg: They actually complained about it IIRC

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Tony56723

@nurnberg: Yeah because gender swaps have never occurred ever before, must be the SJWs

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Jasurim

Eh, I wouldn't be against it. Link is rarely ever the exact same person anyway, so it would be plausible.

That name though...it's a little hard to take seriously lol.

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xbr85

Nooooo, don't open the door!

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BlueFlameBat

@xbr85: ???

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Grim_Jackal

Awesome! No reason why the Hero can't be reborn in another form. Should make for more interesting story-telling down the road.

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GamerOuTLaWzz

@Grim_Jackal: F off the story telling, these games are about a vast,immersive open world filled with dungeons/puzzles/secrets and where the HERO OF TIME has to save the PRINCESS from Gannondorf, theres not a single Fng reason for this stupid female iteration to exist.

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BlueFlameBat

@gameroutlawzz: Now who's overreacting?

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Grim_Jackal

@gameroutlawzz: Why can't the hero be a young woman that saves the princess, or a prince? Why does this one particular change in a game that has played around with the same theme countless times make you so angry. I think it would be great.

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Tony56723

@gameroutlawzz: Psst...the hero of time was only playable in two games...

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Alexk91

@gameroutlawzz: Yeah!! Screw everyone that wants to play as a woman! Nintendo should cater to me, and only me, and video games are all about me, and the world revolves around me, and I hate women because they aren't me, and it's all me, me, me and me!!!!!

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Revelation34

@Alexk91: The SWJ has been sighted.

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DrunkenPunk800

I see Nintendo are getting into the "What if Zelda was a girl?" meme....

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Chaos_Dante_456

@DrunkenPunk800: ...but Zelda is a girl

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Rot8er_ConeX

@Chaos_Dante_456: The meme makes fun of people who call Link by the name Zelda because he's the protagonist of the series.

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jlenoconel

I'm fine with them having a female Link, but this still reeks of kowtowing to feminists.

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Kisaka

@jlenoconel: More like pandering to the genderswap fetishists.

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Tony56723

@jlenoconel: I highly doubt that it has to do with feminists

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fluffy_kins

Ha haaaa! Nintendo is getting tired of all the backlash and now they're trolling everyone

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OldDirtyCR

The funniest thing here is that you people think Japan gives two shits about Western morals and Western societal issues. Nintendo doesn't know or care about the "feminism war" going on in English speaking forums. This character is completely typical for what Japan is used to. We can see that by the usage of the words "Imouto-teki" or, little sister like to describe her. Plus it's relatively common to have characters get their gender reversed in anime and other Japanese media.

Once again, the world does not revolve around Western social issues. Japan doesn't care about pleasing Western feminists or anyone else. We are essentially importing their culture when it comes to video games, it's foolish to think otherwise.

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jlenoconel

@OldDirtyCR: I'm glad.