As many of you probably saw earlier today, IGN did a brief interview with Eiji Aonuma regarding the upcoming release of Hyrule Warriors Legends. The topic of Linkle was brought up and Aonuma mentioned how there's a possibility that she'll show up in future main series Zelda games. Only time will tell, but it certainly sounds like this isn't the only time we'll be seeing Linkle.
IGN recently put up another part of the interview wherein they talk even more about the feminine Link character. Apparently, she started out as Link's sister, but this was changed when they realized that it would make her too similar to Aryll, Link's sister in The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. They opted to tweak Linkle's backstory and include her in the game in order to give it a bit more diversity:
Aonuma: 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.
Next, Aonuma brought up how positive fan response to the character led to her being included in the upcoming 3DS port. Though Linkle didn't make the cut the first time around, her concept art was included in the collector's edition art booklet and response on the internet to the art was positive enough that she was added in to Hyrule Warriors Legends.
Aonuma: We had a great response from fans, especially outside of Japan, who saw Linkle in the Hyrule Warriors premium-box booklet and wanted her to be included in the game. Seeing that reaction, Hayashi-san and I talked it over and decided that we would definitely like to include her in the next title. I'm really glad we got the chance to do that with Hyrule Warriors Legends.
What do you think? Are you glad that Linkle made the final cut? Do you think she would've better served as Link's sister? Share your thoughts in the comments below.