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12 Aug 2014 15:04

ridleysaria wrote:I doubt Nintendo would ever make a Zelda game where Link dies.


The WW, MM (is up in air), in ST, Zelda technically dies, in TP it is confirmed by Nintendo the skeleton warrior that teaches you moves is the Hero of Time.

But yeah I know what you mean, but is a very bold in any medium killing you protagonist.
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12 Aug 2014 15:13

Vonter wrote:
ridleysaria wrote:I doubt Nintendo would ever make a Zelda game where Link dies.


The WW, MM (is up in air), in ST, Zelda technically dies, in TP it is confirmed by Nintendo the skeleton warrior that teaches you moves is the Hero of Time.

But yeah I know what you mean, but is a very bold in any medium killing you protagonist.


None of those characters overtly died in those games though. All of that is fan speculation, vague events that could be interpreted in different ways, or in Zelda's case she didn't die.

Nintendo isn't the kind of company that kills their protagonists (other than in your standard Game Over events). The most extreme they ever get involves the death of villains. I hate to use the word never because that implies a very long time but Nintendo will never kill their heroes.
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12 Aug 2014 16:29

ridleysaria wrote:
Vonter wrote:
ridleysaria wrote:I doubt Nintendo would ever make a Zelda game where Link dies.


The WW, MM (is up in air), in ST, Zelda technically dies, in TP it is confirmed by Nintendo the skeleton warrior that teaches you moves is the Hero of Time.

But yeah I know what you mean, but is a very bold in any medium killing you protagonist.


None of those characters overtly died in those games though. All of that is fan speculation, vague events that could be interpreted in different ways, or in Zelda's case she didn't die.

Nintendo isn't the kind of company that kills their protagonists (other than in your standard Game Over events). The most extreme they ever get involves the death of villains. I hate to use the word never because that implies a very long time but Nintendo will never kill their heroes.


Still it was completely off the wall that event in Super Paper Mario. I suppose it was flipside version of heaven and hell but still very odd seeing biblical and religious elements in a Mario game.

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Peach committing the original sin.
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12 Aug 2014 17:37

HylianHeroLOZ wrote:As much as many want a female link I still don't care for the idea. Like others have said just give Zelda and some of the other female characters a starring role, no reason to Genderswap (does link even work as a girls name?). All this is gonna lead to far more hentai link artwork, yeah don't kid yourself you know it will especially as fast as the internet works. If they want to do a reincarnation of the hero as a female just make it a new character.


I fail to see the negative side, honestly...
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12 Aug 2014 17:57

oh well, lack of a female Link is balanced out by the HALF A DOZEN OTHER FEMALE CHARACTERS. Plus a female Link doesn't actually do that much despite what some may argue. At the very least we might have something saved for the sequel.
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12 Aug 2014 18:34

Senario wrote:I'm not a big fan of Female link considering all of the good character development between Zelda and Link in Skyward sword. Actually gave me a good reason as to why Link would go on this quest besides "oh well uh save the world she's the princess" stuff. If Link was a girl we would be going back to "oh save the world because she is the princess and stuff" instead of relatively good character development of Skyward Sword for a Zelda game. And if Zelda is Male that would make NO sense, in the Zelda canon all hyrule princesses are named Zelda after one of the earlier Princesses. Why would the rule suddenly change when it has survived all three timelines of the Hero of time.

If anything just make a spinoff with another character like Zelda or a completely different character. It is way too much trouble. I'm thinking sort of like a "Majora's Mask" type game in the sense where it has little connection to regular Hyrule.

And yes, that character is "Link".



Not necessarily. I see no reason why a FemLink couldn't start the game off as childhood friends with Zelda a la Skyward Sword, become friends with her at some point or; better yet, gradually throughout the game (assuming the series continues to evolve to be more character driven) or, like others have mentioned, be sisters with Zelda. Both ideas would certainly give Link more motivation than "Well, if I have to...."

You're right that Zelda can't be male due to established canon; however, this doesn't mean Link can't be female since Link isn't confined to any royal naming conventions with "Link" being a spiritual descendant.

BTW, I'm not exactly begging for a girl Link. I'd much rather have your idea of a character based spinoff title honestly. That sounds a lot cooler to me just from the different gameplay possibilities and alternate stories. I just see no reason why it couldn't work. I also kinda like playing devil's advocate sometimes (:
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12 Aug 2014 18:55

I love how one of the major arguments against a female Link is that there will be more hentai. Trust and believe there's an exorbitant amount of that already, including rule 63.

Don't ask how I know this, I just know. o_o;
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12 Aug 2014 19:01

The name say's 'Linkuru'.
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12 Aug 2014 19:25

mock turtle wrote:I love how one of the major arguments against a female Link is that there will be more hentai. Trust and believe there's an exorbitant amount of that already, including rule 63.

Don't ask how I know this, I just know. o_o;


What I love is the subtle jabs at lesbians by completely discounting that it's even possible in the world of Zelda that two women could fall in love...
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12 Aug 2014 19:42

I would rather see Zelda as the main playable character before a female Link.
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12 Aug 2014 21:02

ThePrototypeMan wrote:
Yeah, but why change it?


Why not? Like you said, it doesn't change anything, so there should be no harm done in making him a girl.

Not that I really care tbh. Personally, I'd rather a female Ganondorf.
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12 Aug 2014 21:08

this fills me with hope

...and some other emotions that are weird and deeply confusing.
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12 Aug 2014 21:27

a better closer version is here:

http://layiko.tumblr.com/image/94565757133

The girl is named "Linkle" and she's described as Link's daughter. Due to timeline shenanigans my guess is one era might have been the future where one of the character's was Link's daughter. She was essentially a Zelda version of Lucina.
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12 Aug 2014 21:35

mock turtle wrote:I love how one of the major arguments against a female Link is that there will be more hentai. Trust and believe there's an exorbitant amount of that already, including rule 63.

I mention it once and its a major argument? I just said it was something we dont need more of (im fully aware of how many there are already) that would come from it, not that it was the biggest thing that would be against it.
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12 Aug 2014 21:48

Aiddon wrote:oh well, lack of a female Link is balanced out by the HALF A DOZEN OTHER FEMALE CHARACTERS. Plus a female Link doesn't actually do that much despite what some may argue. At the very least we might have something saved for the sequel.


A female Link would help Nintendo connect closer with its female fans of the Zelda series. I've talked to plenty of women who love LoZ, and they pretend Link is a woman until they reach parts where they say "little boy" when a NPC is talking to Link - it pulls them out of submersion and kills the mood. I don't see anything wrong with allowing the player to choose Link's gender. It would be similar to Fire Emblem which asks you to choose the gender of the avatar. Link is just an avatar for the game, it's supposed to represent yourself in the game world. Even adding slightly differing stories depending on the gender choice, like FE.

I like the idea, and the way Eiji has been talking, that could be what they are thinking about, and it could explain this mentioning of a female Link in several places as a trial balloon to gauge fan reaction.
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12 Aug 2014 22:28

AadmM wrote:They should start by giving us the option to gender-swap Link in Smash. XD



........Why?

Should they also let us gender swap Samus? Or Peach? Or Mario? Or Rosalina? Or Roy? Or every gender specific character?

Sorry....I just think most people play these games because they want to play the characters as they know and love them. I don't really see much value in being able to swap a characters gender. For a Mii or a Villager, that's one thing...they're faceless avatars. But while Link has never had much character development....he's still Link. He's iconic.

@elements187

While I'm sure you're right about some of the girls you've talked to, by and large, I happen to know of a lot of girls who love the Zelda series, and don't seem very bothered at all that the main character is a male. I think they love the series because of it's open adventure and puzzle elements. I'm sure some would love it even more if they could "identify" with the character being female. But I mean, me personally, I don't think Metroid has ever been any less amazing, just because I can't "identify" with Samus being a woman.
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12 Aug 2014 22:44

It seems more obvious by the day that Nintendo is trying to cort young girls to the systems, as it's an untapped market that no one else is marketing towards. There is a lot of hesitation behind Nintendo making Link a girl, but it's probably going to happen, maybe not with Zelda U, but the next Console Zelda game.

Now, if only they had a female Space hero that they didn't horribly butcher during their last game.
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12 Aug 2014 22:58

Aiddon wrote:a better closer version is here:

http://layiko.tumblr.com/image/94565757133

The girl is named "Linkle" and she's described as Link's daughter. Due to timeline shenanigans my guess is one era might have been the future where one of the character's was Link's daughter. She was essentially a Zelda version of Lucina.

If that character is Link's daughter and I can still play as Link that would be amazing. They would be seperate characters and one is the "Legendary Hero" link. And you don't sacrifice his character to place a girl in his position and slap the name link on her. It avoids all of the problems I have with arbitrarily making Link a girl because it now is a different character.
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12 Aug 2014 22:58

KingBroly wrote:It seems more obvious by the day that Nintendo is trying to cort young girls to the systems, as it's an untapped market that no one else is marketing towards. There is a lot of hesitation behind Nintendo making Link a girl, but it's probably going to happen, maybe not with Zelda U, but the next Console Zelda game.

Now, if only they had a female Space hero that they didn't horribly butcher during their last game.


Come to think of it you're right. They indeed had a marketing campaign aimed to that demographic a while back.

I suppose Rosalina is taking Samus's spotlight right now, I mean she is in 3D World, Mario Kart, now in Smash and she's from space and a princess.
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12 Aug 2014 23:09

@KingBrolyThat's true. Nearly every Nintendo game since Pikmin 3 has had a female character (Brittany, Wonder Pink, Peach/Rosalina, Dixie Kong, Splatoon's squid girls, etc.), so a female Link at this point wouldn't surprise me.

Also, the idea of "Linkle" as Link's daughter sounds REALLY interesting. With this game's time travel elements and Zelda/Link romance being played up, it would be really cool to see. And it reminds me a bit of FEA.
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12 Aug 2014 23:10

Mochlum wrote:@KingBrolyThat's true. Nearly every Nintendo game since Pikmin 3 has had a female character (Brittany, Wonder Pink, Peach/Rosalina, Dixie Kong, Splatoon's squid girls, etc.), so a female Link at this point wouldn't surprise me.

Also, the idea of "Linkle" as Link's daughter sounds REALLY interesting. With this game's time travel elements and Zelda/Link romance being played up, it would be really cool to see. And it reminds me a bit of FEA.


It'll also has been clever to name her Aryll. I mean, I don't see how that has to stay in one continuity.
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12 Aug 2014 23:10

MegaShock100 wrote:Why not? Like you said, it doesn't change anything, so there should be no harm done in making him a girl.

Not that I really care tbh. Personally, I'd rather a female Ganondorf.

If there's been something established, and people want to change it, your best reason shouldn't be 'why not' since that only shows how trivial it really is

I mean, I don't understand why everyone is so obsessed with making Link female. Why not make a playable Zelda game instead? And hell, make it one like Majora's Mask or Link's Awakening that doesn't involve the triforce. It doesn't mess with any established motiffs in Zelda around the hero of time and etc., so they'd be free to do pretty much anything with Zelda and her adventure without worrying about 'muh lore'.
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13 Aug 2014 07:00

Devil_Rising wrote:
@elements187

While I'm sure you're right about some of the girls you've talked to, by and large, I happen to know of a lot of girls who love the Zelda series, and don't seem very bothered at all that the main character is a male. I think they love the series because of it's open adventure and puzzle elements. I'm sure some would love it even more if they could "identify" with the character being female. But I mean, me personally, I don't think Metroid has ever been any less amazing, just because I can't "identify" with Samus being a woman.


And I have no problem playing Bayonetta or Metroid either, but women are wired differently then men and seek an emotional connection for just about everything in life. I never said the women I talked to can't play Zelda, they love the series and won't be missing Hyrule Warriors or Zelda Wii U.

As several posters have mentioned previously adding a gender choice wouldn't affect anyone's experience in playing the new Zelda, so why not be more inclusive? If Link is just an avatar, then it shouldn't matter having a choice in the beginning of the game like Fire Emblem, Mass Effect, Pokemon.
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13 Aug 2014 13:18

Devil_Rising wrote:
........Why?

Should they also let us gender swap Samus? Or Peach? Or Mario? Or Rosalina? Or Roy? Or every gender specific character?

Sorry....I just think most people play these games because they want to play the characters as they know and love them. I don't really see much value in being able to swap a characters gender. For a Mii or a Villager, that's one thing...they're faceless avatars. But while Link has never had much character development....he's still Link. He's iconic.


That and it's kind of insulting. Putting in genderswap doesn't make the game more progressive or inclusive just like how putting a tone slider in a game doesn't make it more racially diverse. It's a copout.
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13 Aug 2014 18:53

Aiddon wrote:
Devil_Rising wrote:
........Why?

Should they also let us gender swap Samus? Or Peach? Or Mario? Or Rosalina? Or Roy? Or every gender specific character?

Sorry....I just think most people play these games because they want to play the characters as they know and love them. I don't really see much value in being able to swap a characters gender. For a Mii or a Villager, that's one thing...they're faceless avatars. But while Link has never had much character development....he's still Link. He's iconic.


That and it's kind of insulting. Putting in genderswap doesn't make the game more progressive or inclusive just like how putting a tone slider in a game doesn't make it more racially diverse. It's a copout.


A genderswap story on the other hand... [hard to make since you need pants when you're not intending to do a comedy with a theme like that]

What not just add the possibility of a furry zelda and a doubutsumimi starfox (animal eared people). :p

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