Nintendo’s newly announced Zelda game is different. It looks different, it has slightly different design goals. The main character, whoever he or she is, looks a little different and immediately after Zelda’s reveal the speculation began.
Is Link a girl in the new Zelda? Is the main character even Link? The man behind the game, Eiji Aonuma even contributed to the furore by insinuating that the character shown in the trailer wasn’t even Link. But now he’s clearing things up.
In an interview with MMGN he confirmed that, firstly, the character shown was Link and, secondly, all-but confirmed he was male.
“Actually that comment I made jokingly,” he said. “It’s not that I said that it wasn’t Link. It’s that I never said that it was Link. It’s not really the same thing, but I can understand how it could be taken that way.
“It seems like it has kind of taken off where people are saying ‘oh it’s a female character’ and it just kind of grew. But my intent in saying that [was humour]. You know, you have to show Link when you create a trailer for a Zelda announcement.”
Head to MMGN to get Aonumu’s interesting take on the rumours. Worth reading. It seems Aonuma is developing a Kojima-esque ability to troll his fanbase.
That said, I would probably be slightly disappointed if Link turned out to be a male character. I have no problem with it, but a female Link would have signalled that this Zelda game would be completely different. It would be a revolutionary change. It would certainly get me more interested in the game.
Not that I’m not already interested! It’s Zelda for god’s sake!