A new character named Linkle is joining the cast of Hyrule Warriors Legends, as announced in the recent Nintendo Direct, and the internet went wild to see what is essentially a female version of Link (though Nintendo hasn’t yet discussed her story) take the Hylian spotlight in an official Nintendo game.

This was one of our talking points on
this week’s episode of Nintendo Week, our Nintendo-themed podcast here at Gamnesia. Check out the discussion video above for our full thoughts on Linkle’s introduction, or keep reading for a brief, brief summary.

Alex calls back
Aonuma’s words from some time ago, where he said Hyrule Warriors can effectively act as a testing ground for the idea of playable female characters in future Zelda games. While Tri Force Heroes kept form with male heroes, we know that Zelda U caused a massive stir of question about Link’s sex—and the public reaction to Linkle (both when scrapped plans for her inclusion were discovered in the original Hyrule Warriors, and again when she was revealed for Legends) may well be seen by Aonuma as a sign that the series could benefit from a choose-your-gender option.

Many fans have spent years asking for such a feature, and with Linkle on the horizon, Nintendo may be close to giving
Zelda a true female counterpart for Link. It all depends how they see the success of Hyrule Warriors and its newest leading lady.

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Colin McIsaac
I first played Donkey Kong Country before even turning three years old, and have since grown into an avid gamer and passionate Nintendo fan. I started working at Zelda Informer in August 2012, and helped found Gamnesia, which launched on February 1, 2013. Outside of the journalism game, I'm an invested musician who loves arranging music from video games and other media. If you care to follow my endeavors, you can check out my channel here: http://youtube.com/user/pokemoneinstein I was rummaging through some things a while back and found my first grade report card. My teacher said, "Oddly enough, Colin doesn't like to write unless it's about computers or computer-type games. In his journal he likes to write about what level he is on in 'Mario Land,' but he doesn't often write about much else." I was pretty amused, given where I am today. Also I have a dog, and he's a pretty cool guy. I don't care for elephants much. I suppose they're okay. You've read plenty now; carry on.

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