The internet is a great source for rumors, the latest of which have revolved around Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda Wii U. These rumors detail three specific updates for the highly anticipated sequel:
1. The next Legend of Zelda game will be arriving on Wii U as well as Nintendo's secret NX console. You'll be able to purchase it for both consoles on its release date, just like Twilight Princess.
2. Most of the characters in the next game will be voiced by voice actors. That means more than just guttural sounds, laughing or screaming, there will actually be dialogue. But not for Link - obviously!
3. You'll be able to play as a male or female version of Link for the entire campaign. The choice is up to you.
A Female Link For The Legend of Zelda Wii U Release Date?!
While players have been quite accepting of numbers 1 and 2, a few people have opposed the idea of one of gaming's most famous characters having a female version. Here are just a few comments that we uncovered on reddit:
- "Why would anyone want to change Link into a girl? That's really disrespectful to the artistic integrity of the game. I don't play Tomb Raider and cry, "Why can't she be a man!" Wtf?"
- "Yay more PC bullsh!t being rammed down our throat because of the feminazis and LBGT crowd. The whole point some of us play video games is to get a temp escape from reality."
- "I don't think there's anything wrong with giving players the option. Link's identity has been "the hero of time", and gender has never held precedence [...] What would swapping Link's gender disrupt?"
In case you haven't heard, there already is a female version of Link - Linkle is her name. She was unveiled in a magazine in 2014 as a character model that was rejected, but the version above comes from Hyrule Warriors Legends. Hyrule Warriors Legends was released in Japan on January 21, 2016. It will get its release date in North America on March 25, 2016, which will give us all the opportunity to play as Linkle for the first time.
She looks really awesome and has some fantastic variations on traditional Link's gameplay mechanics. But with this recent development in the Legend of Zelda lore, we don't see why The Legend of Zelda Wii U couldn't see her enter the series in a really big way! Imagine being able to play a console version of a Zelda game as Linkle! Surely it would give the open world title some additional replay-ability, especially if she possesses different abilities. Would it really impact the game at all if we had the choice at the outset of The Legend of Zelda Wii U to play as traditional Link or Linkle?