Linkle  Tagged Articles RSS Feed | Linkle  RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network Female Link denied by Nintendo in newest Zelda game Tue, 14 Jun 2016 12:12:55 -0400 TheSmartestMoron

During an interview with GameSpot, it was revealed that there would be no option to have a female Link in Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The staff had thought about the idea, but stated how difficult it was, and opted to try and make Zelda the star instead. That idea was also shot down when they realized they had no idea as to what to have Link do, as he is often the one fighting and traveling in place of Zelda.

They also brought up the Tri-Force, though didn't go into great detail as to how that proved to be an obstacle as well, or how it determined things like gender. These details, however, can be traced back to Skyward Sword with Link's origin -- though the manga gives more information as well.

There has been a mixed reaction from fans online, as some are against it (or at least the reasoning behind it):

While others don't care much about the news:

There had been speculation for a female Link for a lot of time since the first trailer for the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and the way Link looked made fans speculate if this could star a female Link. Fans were on board with this concept, and there was positive reception with Linkle due to her similarities to Link. In fact, Linkle was being considered for future projects. But apparently not for this one.

Linkle considered for future Legend of Zelda projects Tue, 08 Dec 2015 19:26:30 -0500 David Fisher

Eiji Aonuma was recently interviewed by IGN about Linkle's inclusion in Hyrule Warriors Legends. In that interview, Aonuma talked about the process of adding Linkle to the game, since she was originally longlisted for the Wii U version of the game.

What is most interesting about the interview, however, is Linkle's role in Hyrule Warriors Legends. According to Aonuma, Linkle isn't the female version of Link, nor is she Link's sister. In fact, Linkle isn't related to Link at all.

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.


The interview continued to go on about Linkle's personality and how it will play out in the game. Whereas Link's story was all about the heroic adventure we already know, Linkle's is a bit more... misguided to say the least.

According to Aonuma, Linkle has aspired to be a hero ever since she was a child, and that the compass given to her by her grandmother is a symbol of her potential. She is also a cheerful and kind-hearted person who strives to help those in need. After hearing that Hyrule Castle is under attack, Linkle decides to head out to stop the crisis. However, Linkle's sense of direction is fairly poor - hence the compass necklace - and as a result she winds up in various locations prior to arriving at Hyrule Castle.

This certainly seems like a more interesting story than the original Hyrule Warriors plot, and misadventures are certain to come about. However, the second interview segment becomes much more interesting as Aonuma begins discussing Linkle's future in The Legend of Zelda series.

"I'm sure we will keep her in mind when thinking about future titles."

- Aounuma,via e-mail to IGN

Aounuma told IGN in their e-mail interview that he was given a chance to give feedback on the Linkle design. However, he gives the credit of Linkle's crossbow-focused gameplay solely to Koei Tecmo. While he seems uncertain about whether or not Linkle will reappear in future Legend of Zelda titles, he does admit that she doesn't feel out of place in the game's world, even if she doesn't exactly fit into the series as a whole.

Linkle's dual-crossbow combat system is unlike that which we have seen from other characters so far. How effective her combat style will be when the game is finally released remains to be seen...

Linkle will make her first appearance in Hyrule Warriors Legends, which launches internationally on March 25, 2016.

Linkle gets combat trailer for Hyrule Warriors Legends Fri, 04 Dec 2015 09:04:00 -0500 tobes325

Koei Tecmo has released another character trailer for Hyrule Warriors Legends, and it is perhaps one of the most interesting of the new additions!

Get comfortable and watch Linkle take on a horde of enemies.

If you've been following the game, you'll already know Ganondorf was the latest character to show off his new weapon. Linkle seems to do a devastating amount of damage to a lot of enemies at one time. Towards the end of the trailer, you can see her special move featuring a gigantic bomb!

She uses a couple of crossbows and can use these in both close range and long range fashion, and she could give Link a run for his money. She is looking powerful.

There has not really been any new details regarding her backstory, but the pendant around her neck is probably quite important. European fans can receive a replica if they purchase the special edition of the game when it is released on March 25th next year with the North American release being the same day. Japanese gamers are fortunate enough to get the game a couple of months earlier on January 21st.

Has this got you excited to play Linkle? What are your thoughts on the inclusion of her in the game? As always let me know in the comments below!

All Nintendo Direct (11/12) annoucements Sat, 14 Nov 2015 13:53:10 -0500 Lad Johnson


Did you hear the news you were hoping for? Did anything blow your mind, foregoing your imagination. Let us know in the comments; and remember today several pieces of Nintendo history were made.


Super Smash Bros


For some this is the biggest piece of NEWS this year. Fans of Final Fantasy and Smash Bros will be pleased that one of the most requested characters has been announced. Cloud Strife is here with his buster sword and a new stage in tow. There are no dates on when he will be available, but we were told to expect news in early December. Have fun playing matches to the classic Final Fantasy theme song that will also be included.

The Wii U has not been totally abandoned by third party developers. There are still quite a few games coming to the console.

Hive Jump- Q1 2016


Kerbal Space Program- Q1 2016


Mighty No. 9- 2/9/2016


Lego Marvels Avengers- 1/26/2016


Terarria 4/12/2016




Dragon Quest: VII & VIII


Both games were announced and are set to release next year.


Hyrule Warriors: Legends 


Another bevy of good news; Hyrule Warriors: Legends gives us much to look forward too. A new original character was announced; a girl named Linkle that uses double crossbows. She is the first female version of Link. The release date was announced as March 25, 2016. You will also get a new home menu theme for your 3DS when you purchase the game.


Pokemon: Blue, Red, and Yellow


We were all blindsided by this one. All three of the first generation Pokemon games are coming to the eshop. The games will be true to their original versions sans one feature; players no longer need a link cable to trade Pokemon. You can now use wifi to trade and battle with your friends. These release the same day as the originals did twenty years ago -- February 27, 2016.


MegaMan: Legacy Collection


A collection of the first six MegaMan games; this title offers a lot of content for fans to collect in game. The game will have exclusive challenges that can only be accessed using a MegaMan amiibo. On that note there was also a new gold colored Megaman amiibo announced. It can only be obtained by purchasing a copy of the game's collector's edition. The game is available February 23, 2016.


Final Fantasy: Fates


Fans already knew the game would be releasing in two parts simultaneously. But today all the options for obtaining all three games was revealed. After completing one of the two launch games players will be given the choice to purchase the other game as half price. There is also a bundle available, as well a collectors edition that comes with an art-book and carrying pouch for your DS. This is available for $79.99. Other DLC maps are also planned for the games.


Final Fantasy Explorers


This game was initially released in Japan last December and has received a few updates since. The North American version of the game will gave players access to all of the game's released DLC free of charge. There is also a collectors edition releasing. It will include the game, an art-book, a CD sampler. and exclusive quests. Pick this up on January 26, 2016


Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam 


A release date of January 22, 2016 was announced. If you love Mario RPG's then you need this title. New battle cards with effects to help you get past tricky levels and challenges were revealed. You can use your amiibo to create character cards which are more powerful than battle cards. Mario party amiibos will be compatible with this tittle.


Pokken Tournament


The fighting game everyone is waiting for received some new footage. It was also revealed how players would be able to access the Shadow Mewtwo character that leaked a while back. If your copy is from the first production run; players will receive a special card that allows them to use the character immediately. If not, players can complete a few things in game and use him later. The game releases Spring 2016 for Wii U.


StarFox Zero


Starfox Zero was finally given a new release date. After being pushed back from this holiday season, the game is now slated to release April 22, 2016. Mark your calendars now, people.




Of course these popular little trinkets were center stage. Almost every game had a mention of them. We also received a release date for some of the Animal crossing and the Lucas figures -- January 22nd


There are also four great new games coming to the Nintendo eShop. Nintendo is obviously eyeing its casual gamer market.

  • Typo Man-November 19th
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  • Fast Racing Neo-December
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  • Steam World Heist-December
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  • Pokemon Picross-December
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Nintendo Badge Arcade


A free to start title, this game gives you badges to customize your 3DS home screen. Collect the badges using a claw game. Players can pay to receive more chances to collect the badges. Some badges will be limited edition, so make sure you check back often if this is something you are interested in.


Xenoblade Chronicles X


For those waiting on a new Metroid or Legend of Zelda game this is the best Nintendo is offering; an open world space adventure that will release on December 4th. If buying the game physically, there are four packs that can be pre-installed to allow the player to load up the game faster. It is recommended to download the first pack at the least.


Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash


An all-new move was revealed for this game. Performing a jump smash will allow players to jump up and attack the ball before it has had a chance to bounce on their side. This will add a new layer of strategy to matches. Knock your opponent off balance then use the jump smash from the designated point to perform an ultra smash.


There are also mega battles where Toad will add mega Mushrooms to the match to make characters larger; how exciting? Add in amiibos to use as a partner in online and expedition matches.


Animal Crossing amiibo Festival


This game will initially launch packaged with two amiibos and will be the only way to acquire the Isabelle and Digby amiibos. Digby will be even more exclusive as he is only available with the launch copy of the game. Some of the games puzzles and game modes were also showcased. 


Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon


This game will release on November 20th and feature every single known Pokemon.  The new connection orb will allow you to send and receive rescue requests. The game will also come with a free theme for your 3DS.




Nintendo has done well keeping this seasons sleeper hit stocked with new content. This was the largest update to a previously released game announced.

  • 80 pieces of new gear and outfits
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  • 27 new weapon
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  • New maps- Both have features that will have you changing your strategy as the match progresses.
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    • Museum d' alfonsino
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    • Mahi-Mahi Resort 
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  • New updates through July
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  • New matchmaking
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  • No additional charge
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  • New website to track stats
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  • A Nintendo treehouse tournament is also planned for next year. There are also player tournament modes in development.
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Super Mario Maker


A new portal site was announced that will allow you to search for particular levels on your PC or mobile device. Search for the type of level you wish to play or bookmark one you find while browsing. 


The Legend of Zelda Tri-Force Heroes.


A free update is being developed that will add the Den of Trials areas. Unlike normal dungeons where there might be 4 challenges, these levels will have an overwhelming amount at 30 plus! Did we mention that you and your team must defeat every single enemy in a stage to move on to the next one. But don't be discouraged; the den has checkpoints littered throughout to help you make it a little further.


New outfits are also planned: Linebeck's Uniform, which will let you see inside of chest before opening them, and The Fierce Deity Armor, which will make your sword fire off beams in four different directions.


These are both free updates that will release on December 2nd.


Zelda Wii U


New gameplay footage for this tittle was shown after the reveal of Twilight Princes HD. The new WolfLink amiibo will have an effect when used with this game.


The release window was not updated and the game is still slated for a Wii U release sometime in 2016.


The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD


After a weeks of speculation and rumor, Twilight  Princess HD received an official announcement. The first announcement of the event included enhanced visuals, a new wolf Link amiibo, and other enhanced features. This will be a fun experience even for those who have played this classic a few times. The game will also be compatible with other amiibos from the smash series. Twilight Princess HD releases March 4th 2016. Preorder now to receive the official soundtrack for free.


Did you miss the Nintendo Direct event? Here's a recap of all that was announced earlier this week. Everything Nintendo has planned through early 2016 now has a release date. If you're a Nintendo fan, there is much to celebrate.

Linkle, the female Link, finally set to debut in Hyrule Warriors Legends Fri, 13 Nov 2015 04:48:22 -0500 Gabriella Graham

Nintendo Direct's broadcast officially confirms the rumors: Link's female incarnation, Linkle, is coming to Hyrule Warriors Legends. She'll be joining four other newbies to the Hyrule Warriors scene, but as the only original character amongst them.

From rumors to reality

Over a year ago, fans discovered some exciting photos in a Hyrule Warriors art book. The book contained character designs, including one original character on a page titled "previously unseen rejected characters." This initial discovery of Linkle first uncovered her name, but not her exact relation to the game. 

Fans theorized that Link had gained a younger sister based off the inclusion of the character 妹 (or imouto) in the art supplement. Fortunately, game developer Koei Tecmo never set out to change the game's lore. Can you imagine the fan rage? I shudder at the thought. No, it's much more likely Linkle was intended as "sister-like."

Linkle returned to front-page news when fans spotted a small hint earlier this month in a leaked Hyrule Warriors Legends trailer. The heroine's red and silver bow popped up in the final character screen right beside Tetra's face, and players jumped on the connection with squeals of delight and hopeful expectations.

And those players were spot-on

Nintendo Direct revealed Linkle amongst four other characters new to Hyrule Warriors for the 3DS installment. The game also introduces Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker characters Toon Link, Tetra, and The King of Hyrule. Skull Kid from Majora's Mask joins in with a touch a mischief and villainy.

Nintendo of America's Bill Trinnen describes Linkle's fighting style as energetic. She's a dual crossbow-wielding hunter from a small village filled with cuckoos. Given the finicky and troublesome nature of those birds, it's no wonder she'd need a healthy dose of her own energy to keep up. The reveal included a sneak peek of one of Linkle's signature attacks, a spinning kick reminiscent of Link's Spin Attack.

Check out Linkle in action in the video below.

Hyrule Warriors Legends releases for Nintendo 3DS on March 25th, 2016. 

How do you feel about these character additions? Are you pumped to see how Linkle stands up against hordes of enemies? Do you think Nintendo will ever release a male version of Zelda to match Linkle's gender-bending? Discuss!