Female Link May Appear In Hyrule Warriors For 3DS - Rumor

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Female Link May Appear In Hyrule Warriors For 3DS - Rumor

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A bow featured in the leaked Hyrule Warriors for 3DS trailer might imply that Linkle, the female "sister-like" Link, is making an official appearance.

The Legend of Zelda may have one of the most convoluted timelines in all of gaming, but some things never change - there's always a Link, a Princess, and identical weapons that barely change from game to game. But now that screenshots for a leaked Hyrule Warriors 3DS port are online, rumors are spreading about a fairly unique change: Letting Link be a woman. Or to be more specific, reintroducing Linkle, the female version of Link who was almost included in Hyrule Warriors' Wii U release.

Linkle first appeared in the Hyrule Warrior art book, where she carried a red and silver bow. The text explained that Linkle would have been a "little sister-like" Link - potentially a sibling from one of Zelda's timelines - but she wasn't included in the finished game. Skip ahead to present day, just after the Hyrule Warriors 3DS trailer was leaked, and that exact same bow is tucked into the final character screen.

Now in fairness, since Linkle herself isn't in the trailer or screenshots, her 3DS debut is just a rumor. But her inclusion would be a promising addition to Hyrule Warriors that helps it stand out from the Wii u original. It would also be the first official in-game appearance of a female Link, a pretty significant milestone despite being a non-canonical Zelda title.

Whatever the case may be, Nintendo will likely have official comments to Linkle and Hyrule Warriors for 3DS at E3.

Source: Eurogamer

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if she is in the 3DS version I hope her name is changed to Aryll and not Linkle which sounds totally stupid

Almost certain this was news about 6 months back. But hey, if female Link is real, cool.

Is it bad im more excited that Tetra is playable?

Great news tho I havnt gotten a new game on my 3ds in a while

Shiftygiant:
Almost certain this was news about 6 months back. But hey, if female Link is real, cool.

We first heard about this character a while back, but this is the first hint that she might make it into the 3DS version.

I think this'd be a good thing, personally. We've been clamoring for this for a while, this might lead to a main series game with a female Link, maybe this will lead into that.

Hey, another selling point. Now I just have to scrounge up the cash for a 3DS. Here's hoping she's one of the characters you can add the the WiiU version.

(Why are warriors games system sellers for me? It makes no sense.)

So if they're just gender-swapping Link does that mean that there could also be a male Zelda?

I don't expect them to be mainstays though, or that they'll even get a few side games. The series drops and re-uses characters all the time, and most are retired. It would be kind of cool if they were, though.

Just to point this out, this whole thing stems from a weapon flashed in a trailer for the game and an absurd level of conjecture, to the point that it makes Game Theory's conspiracy laded concepts appear sane. It's on par to the rumors that Nintendo was teasing Mario and Peach getting married because of a game shot of Mario kneeling before Peach and she's wearing a ring, ignoring the fact that the ring is simply part of her Smash 4 design and the picture was just showing off what can be done in the game if you're creative enough. Whole lot of conjecture and assumptions based around the flimsiest of evidence.

If it happens great, but if it doesn't, don't run around screaming "Nintendo lied to us" when the only lying being done is occuring in your own minds.

$5 says that certain group of critics are going to call this 'pandering' and 'Ms. Man-ing'

I'm still bitter they didn't include Onyx and Veran(?) from the oracle games

Also Linkle should be name Aryll if she's going to be Link's little sister

Leonardo Huizar:
$5 says that certain group of critics are going to call this 'pandering' and 'Ms. Man-ing'

But it is pandering. The whole freaking game is pandering and fanservice (mostly tasteful if you ask me). Did you even play the game?

And I'm one of the people who have a problem with this. 80% of the freaking roaster are female character. Is it really necessary to fuck up an existing character and genderswap him? No amount of "it's not Link, it's his sister" won't make this any better since it's obviously Link genderswapped.

BiH-Kira:

Leonardo Huizar:
$5 says that certain group of critics are going to call this 'pandering' and 'Ms. Man-ing'

But it is pandering. The whole freaking game is pandering and fanservice (mostly tasteful if you ask me). Did you even play the game?

And I'm one of the people who have a problem with this. 80% of the freaking roaster are female character. Is it really necessary to fuck up an existing character and genderswap him? No amount of "it's not Link, it's his sister" won't make this any better since it's obviously Link genderswapped.

How exactly does it 'fuck up an exisiting character'? In what way does it ruin Link?

Leonardo Huizar:
$5 says that certain group of critics are going to call this 'pandering' and 'Ms. Man-ing'

The trope is called, Ms. Male Character, according to a 'certain' individual.

BiH-Kira:

Leonardo Huizar:
$5 says that certain group of critics are going to call this 'pandering' and 'Ms. Man-ing'

But it is pandering. The whole freaking game is pandering and fanservice (mostly tasteful if you ask me). Did you even play the game?

And I'm one of the people who have a problem with this. 80% of the freaking roaster are female character. Is it really necessary to fuck up an existing character and genderswap him? No amount of "it's not Link, it's his sister" won't make this any better since it's obviously Link genderswapped.

I don't think this is about getting another female, I think it is about the big is link a girl this time thing that happened with the newest zelda reveal trailer. Nintendo became aware that a gender swapped link was something their fans wanted, so they put it in a side game to test the idea out.

The male to female ratio has nothing to do with it.

Secondhand Revenant:

BiH-Kira:

Leonardo Huizar:
$5 says that certain group of critics are going to call this 'pandering' and 'Ms. Man-ing'

But it is pandering. The whole freaking game is pandering and fanservice (mostly tasteful if you ask me). Did you even play the game?

And I'm one of the people who have a problem with this. 80% of the freaking roaster are female character. Is it really necessary to fuck up an existing character and genderswap him? No amount of "it's not Link, it's his sister" won't make this any better since it's obviously Link genderswapped.

How exactly does it 'fuck up an exisiting character'? In what way does it ruin Link?

It stops being Link? How does it not fuck up a character to just gender swap him/her?

I can see this happening since HW isn't really canon AFAIK. (You can bet though, someone figured out a few good spots in the time line trident to fit it.) Although, would there really be much of a difference between the two (except fem Link is rockin' what appears to be zettai ryouiki in that concept art)?

Really for the main series, I'd rather see Link captured (Mah boi!) or corrupted before he could get the Triforce of Courage, and Zelda is the hero that has to rescue him and stop [insert whatever blight currently threatens Hyrule here].

GZGoten:
if she is in the 3DS version I hope her name is changed to Aryll and not Linkle which sounds totally stupid

Yes, please change the name at least in the localized releases. Linkle sounds like a toddler trying to say the phrase "taking a leak."

BiH-Kira:

Secondhand Revenant:

BiH-Kira:
But it is pandering. The whole freaking game is pandering and fanservice (mostly tasteful if you ask me). Did you even play the game?

And I'm one of the people who have a problem with this. 80% of the freaking roaster are female character. Is it really necessary to fuck up an existing character and genderswap him? No amount of "it's not Link, it's his sister" won't make this any better since it's obviously Link genderswapped.

How exactly does it 'fuck up an exisiting character'? In what way does it ruin Link?

It stops being Link? How does it not fuck up a character to just gender swap him/her?

That's not how it works. See by default things do not just fuck up a character. You have to, y'know, actually have a reason aside from 'because'? That's like asserting that new shoes would fuck Link up then asking how it doesn't when someone asks how it does. By default it doesn't.

It's just a new Link.

BiH-Kira:
And I'm one of the people who have a problem with this. 80% of the freaking roaster are female character. Is it really necessary to fuck up an existing character and genderswap him? No amount of "it's not Link, it's his sister" won't make this any better since it's obviously Link genderswapped.

a gender swap Link won't ruin the character
Linkle/Aryll having the same fighting style or looking an awful lot like her brother that comes from the same mom and dad isn't that rare.

Remember this is a fusion of different Zelda universes and timelines, so it could easily be explained as in her world she inherited the Triforce of Courage from the previous hero and everyone else in her world is normal, Ganondorf is the king of the Gerudo and Zelda is the queen/princess of Hyrule. The triforce simply chose someone else from the hero's descendants

The 3DS version better not get features and characters not in the WiiU title. I'll be so mad. But... Hyrule Warriors is so fun, it may be worth buying to have on the go anyway. We'll see what happens I guess.

I don't like it.

If this Link gets a good enough reception then Nintendo may decide to allow you to chose between a male and a female Link and that may decrease the possibility of a playable Zelda in a main Zelda game.

Meh, I'd like to actually see a Legend of ZELDA game be about Zelda. I don't really care if they gender swap Link, but give the character who's name is the actual title of the franchise, her own story/game. Where she get's to go do some interesting stuff, not as a side character in Link's story, but her own story. I mean come on, she's one of the bearer's a Triforce, she's hardly a placeholder in their reality.

BiH-Kira:

Leonardo Huizar:
$5 says that certain group of critics are going to call this 'pandering' and 'Ms. Man-ing'

But it is pandering. The whole freaking game is pandering and fanservice (mostly tasteful if you ask me). Did you even play the game?

And I'm one of the people who have a problem with this. 80% of the freaking roaster are female character. Is it really necessary to fuck up an existing character and genderswap him? No amount of "it's not Link, it's his sister" won't make this any better since it's obviously Link genderswapped.

They're removing Male Link from the game now?

Meh, female Link? Who cares? She's still gonna be a mute, possibly savant-like person who wears a tunic long enough to be considered a skirt of sorts and leggings that sometimes breaks people's property looking for loose change and a bunch of dungeon-crawling. Pretty much the only thing that changes is the number of polygons and extra letters needed for text boxes.

Still holding out hope for a real Zelda-focused game that isn't a piece of crap. Or even a Midna-focused one. Those are the ones that actually have personality beyond basic hero traits in that world as main characters. But hey, until the timeline showed up, I always assumed it was the same bedtime story being told with different details depending on the culture telling it, so what do I know.

GZGoten:

BiH-Kira:
And I'm one of the people who have a problem with this. 80% of the freaking roaster are female character. Is it really necessary to fuck up an existing character and genderswap him? No amount of "it's not Link, it's his sister" won't make this any better since it's obviously Link genderswapped.

a gender swap Link won't ruin the character
Linkle/Aryll having the same fighting style or looking an awful lot like her brother that comes from the same mom and dad isn't that rare.

Remember this is a fusion of different Zelda universes and timelines, so it could easily be explained as in her world she inherited the Triforce of Courage from the previous hero and everyone else in her world is normal, Ganondorf is the king of the Gerudo and Zelda is the queen/princess of Hyrule. The triforce simply chose someone else from the hero's descendants

I do agree that it doesn't ruin the character, mostly because Link really doesn't have a huge amount of character to begin with outside of Twilight Princess, parts of LTTP, and a part of Skyward Sword.

However, it's been a big thing that the hero having descendents is not really important, as it's more the soul of the hero than the blood of the hero that determines if Courage hits them. But if she has roughly the same fighting style and design, exactly what's the point in a game solely designed around spectacle over story? Seems alot like just copy-pasting. Another thing would be that every timeline they've pulled from has had an actual game with the character in it so far. With obviously the exception being the "story" of the base game.

GZGoten:
if she is in the 3DS version I hope her name is changed to Aryll and not Linkle which sounds totally stupid

Isn't "Link's" name always just what you the player set it as at the begging of the game? I didn't think the name was actually officially canon, except maybe for the first two games.

Happyninja42:
Meh, I'd like to actually see a Legend of ZELDA game be about Zelda. I don't really care if they gender swap Link, but give the character who's name is the actual title of the franchise, her own story/game. Where she get's to go do some interesting stuff, not as a side character in Link's story, but her own story. I mean come on, she's one of the bearer's a Triforce, she's hardly a placeholder in their reality.

Except she's alot more than a placeholder most of the time...Link goes nowhere without her, he doesn't beat Ganon without her, he has literally no idea what's going on outside of what he sees, and has no comprehension of it because he's most often a country nobody for all intents and purposes.

Zelda holds countries together, leads her people/crew/etc. to safety while fighting a/the big bad who vastly overpowers her and Link when they're alone. She holds the Triforce of Wisdom and understands the world and has the love and admiration of anyone she has authority over, and even Ganon respects her enough with his Power to not do much more than kidnap her.

Sure, you can say she's a side character in Link's story, but so is nearly everyone else, even Ganon's honestly just a side character with a nebulous existence most of the time. The real characters in Link's story are the enemies he encounters, the puzzles he solves, and the places he explores. Because it's HIS story, the LoZ title is about Link yes, but he's just the vehicle, Zelda's the driver of prophecy.

Redryhno:
I do agree that it doesn't ruin the character, mostly because Link really doesn't have a huge amount of character to begin with outside of Twilight Princess, parts of LTTP, and a part of Skyward Sword.

However, it's been a big thing that the hero having descendents is not really important, as it's more the soul of the hero than the blood of the hero that determines if Courage hits them. But if she has roughly the same fighting style and design, exactly what's the point in a game solely designed around spectacle over story? Seems alot like just copy-pasting. Another thing would be that every timeline they've pulled from has had an actual game with the character in it so far. With obviously the exception being the "story" of the base game.

what you say about copy pasting is true which is why I hope that this is in fact Aryll and not fem-Link for the simple reason that like you said anyone can inherit the triforce of courage so blood isn't even a requirement. Aryll/Linkle could have a similar fighting style but with some subtle differences, it shouldn't be to drastic of a change since she still would wield the Master Sword and there's not many ways you can wield a long sword. Maybe she can use a sword and crossbow combination and not have a shield

as for the every character having their own game... Lana and Cia don't have a game so...

Olas:

GZGoten:
if she is in the 3DS version I hope her name is changed to Aryll and not Linkle which sounds totally stupid

Isn't "Link's" name always just what you the player set it as at the begging of the game? I didn't think the name was actually officially canon, except maybe for the first two games.

Link has always been Link. In the games, the cartoon, the comic, the manga and in Hyrule Historia, that's his official name, that a lot of people change his name to P3N15-Breath, yes that's true but it doesn't change the fact that according to the official story his name is Link

GZGoten:

Redryhno:
I do agree that it doesn't ruin the character, mostly because Link really doesn't have a huge amount of character to begin with outside of Twilight Princess, parts of LTTP, and a part of Skyward Sword.

However, it's been a big thing that the hero having descendents is not really important, as it's more the soul of the hero than the blood of the hero that determines if Courage hits them. But if she has roughly the same fighting style and design, exactly what's the point in a game solely designed around spectacle over story? Seems alot like just copy-pasting. Another thing would be that every timeline they've pulled from has had an actual game with the character in it so far. With obviously the exception being the "story" of the base game.

as for the every character having their own game... Lana and Cia don't have a game so...

Sorta why I have the bolded part in there....

They had to justify the parallel universes somehow, and there's not a huge amount of established lore that does that, so it's kinda required for them to make something up there to have an in-universe reason to allow it to happen.

Though it wouldn't really be a female Link; the name given was "Linkle" and was created to be like a little sister to Link, kind of like a more assertive Aryll from Wind Waker. The rumor came about because the HW: 3DS trailer showed a crossbow that had no character attached to it on the splash page. Said crossbow was a dead ringer for the one Linkle has in concept art. If she shows up they'll probably put something in saying she's Link's little sister.

BiH-Kira:

Leonardo Huizar:
$5 says that certain group of critics are going to call this 'pandering' and 'Ms. Man-ing'

But it is pandering. The whole freaking game is pandering and fanservice (mostly tasteful if you ask me). Did you even play the game?

And I'm one of the people who have a problem with this. 80% of the freaking roaster are female character. Is it really necessary to fuck up an existing character and genderswap him? No amount of "it's not Link, it's his sister" won't make this any better since it's obviously Link genderswapped.

80%?
Female: Impa, Shiek, Lana, Zelda, Ruto, Agatha, Midna, Twilight Midna, Fi, Cia, Tetra.
Male: Link, Ganondorf, Darunia, Zant, Ghirahim, Volga, Wizzro, Young Link, Tingle, Ganon, King o' Hyrule.

80% women, right there. "Roughly equal gender breakdown" is just too many women. God, why are all these SJWs erasing men from existence.

Hairless Mammoth:
I can see this happening since HW isn't really canon AFAIK. (You can bet though, someone figured out a few good spots in the time line trident to fit it.)

Actually, HW could easily take place sometime after Twilight Princess. Looking at the games featured, it's Skyward Sword, Ocarina of Time, and Twilight Princes, which all happen on the same timeline, or time trident as you put it. Had Wind Waker or Link to the Past been featured, then it be pretty hard to justify. Which I guess just happened since Tetra and the King are in it now.

Then again, this is a spin off that just throws all sense of continuity out the window. Trying to find a place to put it is beyond silly. :P

BiH-Kira:
But it is pandering.

May I ask how you define "pandering," BiH-Kira? I ask because a lot of people seem to think it means "giving something to people who aren't me," and I think given that climate, it's best to be sure what exactly people are being accused of.

Woulda gotten the game with or without the potential female link. I'd certainly appreciate the addition, but I'm not getting my hopes up. Oh, the King is supposed to be in, too IIRC.
I just hope it's not too gutted from the Wii U version. I travel a lot, and I need my Koei fix, damnit!

Yay for the character, boo for the name.

Somthing like Terah, Mari, Erin, Isa, or Zizi would be better than Linkle. Mostly because it is barely different from Link, and also rhymes with tinkle, and we already have Tingle.

Honestly, link was just two less testicles away from being a girl anyway. Soft features, long hair, hung out with faeries, even had the skirt thing going. Not a huge ground shattering change. Nobody need be upset.

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