Nintendo has revealed Linkle, a new female Link due to make her debut in next year's Hyrule Warriors: Legends.

Linkle is described by Nintendo as "a girl who lives in a small village filled with Cuccos", and who dresses in a green, hooded tunic similar to that of male Link.

But while Linkle has only been confirmed to appear in Hyrule: Warriors Legends, speculation has now turned to whether she could make an appearance in next year's Legend of Zelda Wii U.

There have long been whispers of a female Link appearing in the upcoming title, something addressed by series creator Eiji Aonuma all the way back in June 2014 after he "jokingly" suggested that the lead character may not be the Link players expect.

"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."

He continued: "I don't want people to get hung up on the way Link looks because ultimately Link represents the player in the game.

"I don't want to define him so much that it becomes limiting to the players. I want players to focus on other parts of the trailer and not specifically on the character because the character Link represents, again, the player."

Linkle

Hyrule Warriors: Legends releases on Nintendo 3DS on March 25. The Legend of Zelda Wii U, meanwhile, is due for release later in 2016.

Source: Nintendo