Whether you’re a hardcore gamer, a casual gamer, simply spend some time on the internet or just have at least some pop culture knowledge, it’s very unlikely that you haven’t heard of the Legend of Zelda. The title is classic, and is viewed by a great majority as one of the greatest games out there.
But there’s one problem that has always been bugging Zelda fans as much as it bothers Doctor Who fans when you call The Doctor “Doctor Who” – calling Link Zelda. As confusing as the previous sentence was, just like the main character in Doctor Who actually goes by The Doctor, with Doctor Who being just the name of the show (and a plot point later on), the main character in the Legend of Zelda is actually named Link.
Zelda is actually the princess Link keeps saving, so this is one of the reasons people keep mixing up their names. The other reason would be that people completely unfamiliar with the franchise might very well assume that Link is in fact a girl, and that he is in fact the titular Zelda.
And this brings us to today’s topic. People have been rooting for a long time for Nintendo to introduce a female playable character in the Zelda series, something which was in a way accomplished in Hyrule Warriors Legends. Still, as it is not a main continuity Zelda title (and what is, these days?), fans were disappointed.
But finally, many fans might actually get what they’ve been asking for, as Nintendo might have Linkle playable in the next Zelda title. Well, Nintendo kind of just said that they’ll consider it, but according to sources like Nintendo blogger Emily Rogers, you might in fact be able to choose between a male and a female playable character in the next Zelda.
Eiji Aonuma, series producer for the Legend of Zelda, had this to say about keeping Linkle (the female character) in the series:
I’m sure we will keep her in mind when thinking about future titles. I had a chance to give feedback on Linkle during development, but the satisfying action of using a crossbow, which we developed for the spin-off title Link’s Crossbow Training, was implemented this time completely by Koei Tecmo.
But with E3 2016 only a couple of months away, we’ll most likely not hear anything more about the title until then. Still, the conference should be exciting enough, as among the interesting presentations that will end up being as miserable as Watch Dogs or Assassin’s Creed, there ought to be at least some titles worth our time. Until then, all we have are rumors.