The announcement of Linkle coming to Hyrule Warriors Legends has sparked a lot of interest in the character, and an IGN interview with Zelda series producer Eiji Aonuma and Koei Tecmo producer Yosuke Hayashi has revealed that she was originally proposed as Link’s sister.
In IGN’s interview, Eiji Aonuma had this to say about how Linkle was originally pitched by Koei Tecmo:
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.
Furthermore, the subject of Linkle being a female Link was talked about as Yosuke Hayashi described the character:
“Linkle is a young woman who lives in a small village in Hyrule and cares for Cuccos. She has aspired to be a hero since she was little, and believes that the compass she received from her grandmother, which has been passed down for generations, is the symbol that proves it.”
The end of the interview also brought up the interesting question of whether we could see Linkle in another Zelda game in the future – perhaps even a main series title? Aonuma seems open to the idea:
“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. It may feel a little different from other titles in the franchise, but she doesn’t feel out of place at all in the world of the Zelda games. I’m sure we will keep her in mind when thinking about future titles.”
The development of Linkle as a character should be fascinating to follow. Would you like to see Linkle in more Zelda games? Do you like the idea of her being related to Link, or a female Link? Let us know in the comments!