Linkle: Meet Nintendo’s Gender Bent Legend of Zelda Heroine

Linkle will make her debut in next year’s Hyrule Warriors Legends

Nintendo today revealed the design for Linkle, a gender-bent take on the company’s iconic Legend of Zelda hero. You can check out the first images of Linkle in the gallery viewer below alongside other playable characters like Tetra, Toon Link and the King of Hyrule from The Wind Waker!

Linkle will make her debut in the company’s upcoming Hyrule Warriors Legends. The game hits Nintendo 3DS March 25, 2016 with the following official synopsis:

Cut down entire legions of enemies using over-the-top powerful Dynasty Warriors-style moves as Hyrule Warriors comes to the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. In the portable version, experience new story elements and playable characters from by The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker game such as Tetra, King of Hyrule and more. Additional new features, such as the ability to switch between different characters on the fly, allow you to strategically position characters and defeat foes in all-new ways like never before.

New character switching feature lets you change characters on the fly. For the first time in the series, play as fan-favorite characters like Tetra and King of Hyrule. Battle the fiercest enemies from The Legend of Zelda across Hyrule’s most famous locales. Advance the story to unlock new playable characters, each with unique moves and weapon types. Collect Rupees and other useful items to upgrade weapons and craft badges, which players can use to bolster each warrior’s abilities.

Linkle’s backstory has not yet been revealed, so it remains to be seen exactly how she will end up connecting to existing Zelda lore. Where do you think her origins will lie? Share your speculation in the comments below!

The recent increase in gender bent protagonists was recently a topic of conversation on’s own weekly chat series, Most Craved. Click here to check out the full episode.