Hyrule Warriors had designs for a female Link

Could we choose our hero's genders for the next Zelda?

While The Legend of Zelda protagonist Link has always been a male character, Nintendo - or possibly Koei - toyed with the idea of a female variation of the Hero of Time in developing Hyrule Warriors.

This potential character design was revealed in scans of the game's Japanese art book (thanks, GoNintendo).

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Linkle.

The label next to this lady Link labels the character "Rinkuru," which Kotaku suggests would be translated to "Linkle" in English.

Kotaku also noted that this lady Link appears in a page labelled "previously unseen rejected characters," and she's described as a "girl version of hero Link." The art book said that she was "devised as being sister-like" - specifically like a little sister, as younger and older siblings have different words in Japanese. It's a fun language.

It's unclear if "Linkle" will actually be in Hyrule Warriors, but she represents a willingness on Nintendo's part to explore a different gender for Link, so perhaps the next proper Zelda adventure will give players a choice between male or female Hylian heroes.

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Further variations of Link.

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