Hyrule Warriors earned praise for various factors when it arrived on Wii U, with one being the diversity of the playable cast. It was a significant diversion for the series as players were able to play as villains such as Ganondorf, alongside other familiar characters like Princess Zelda and Impa; outside of Super Smash Bros. a number of characters had been resolutely non-playable.
The recent reveal of Linkle for Hyrule Warriors Legends certainly got fans chatting. Some conversations focused on gender, with the character's name and green garb prompting plenty of debate, some of which branded her as 'female Link'. That's not really the case considering the fact she has her own storyline in the game, but nevertheless her design and crossbow weapons certainly caught the eye.
Though created for the spin-off games - new characters in the 3DS entry will be transferrable to the Wii U game - series producer Eiji Aonuma has now spoken to IGN of the character potentially having a role in future games. Aonuma-san has been involved in overseeing the Koei Tecmo action game, and clearly supports Linkle's design and weapon choice.
I'm sure we will keep her in mind when thinking about future titles.
I had a chance to give feedback on Linkle during development, but the satisfying action of using a crossbow, which we developed for the spinoff title Link's Crossbow Training, was implemented this time completely by Koei Tecmo.
It may feel a little different from other titles in the franchise, but she doesn't feel out of place at all in the world of the Zelda games.
We recently wrote about Linkle and some related thoughts on protagonists for future Zelda titles, even if we feel the name itself is a tad clunky.
Would you like Linkle, and perhaps fellow Hyrule Warriors newbie Lana, to feature in future games, or should these characters simply remain part of the spin-off's world? Let us know in the comments.