Koei Tecmo originally pitched new Hyrule Warriors Legends character Linkle to be Link’s sister or relative. However, she is not. IGN interviewed Eiji Aonuma to discuss the upcoming 3DS title, and he shed some light on the team’s thought process.
“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.”
— Eiji Aonuma
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