Prior to the spectacular unveiling of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and its secret-filled trailer, there was a lot of talk (see "rumors") centered around Link and the possibility of seeing his female counterpart, Linkle, become a playable character in this Wii U and NX exclusive. However, those rumors have been put to rest by Eiji Aonuma, the series' producer.
In a translated interview with Gamespot, Aonuma discussed how Nintendo approached the idea of including a female character:
"So yes, there were rumors like that, and we did discuss as a staff as to what would be possible if we took that route."
Zelda Could Have Been The Lead in Breath of the Wind
Aonuma made it clear that the team "thought about it" and actually entertained the notion of making Princess Zelda the star of Breath of the Wind:
"[If] we're going to have a female protagonist it's simpler to have Princess Zelda as the main character."
However, the idea was ultimately rejected, because according to Aonuma "...if we have princess Zelda as the main character who fights, then what is Link going to do? Taking into account that, and also the idea of the balance of the Triforce, we thought it best to come back to this [original] makeup." According to this response, by making Zelda the lead in Breath of the Wind it would have come at the cost of Link's identity. "What was he going to do?" Really, Nintendo?
Additionally, this doesn't really clear up why the game couldn't simply include Linkle as a playable option from the outset.
When a female version of Link already exists within the lore of The Legend of Zelda it seems odd that Nintendo have come up with such bizarre reasoning for not including her. Also, would it really have upset the "balance of the Triforce" if I had the option of playing as Zelda in [The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild](tag:2725625)? I mean, this isn't a valid reason:
"The Triforce is made up of Princess Zelda, Ganon and Link. Princess Zelda is obviously female. If we made Link a female we thought that would mess with the balance of the Triforce. That’s why we decided not to do it."
"Everyone knows you can't have two females in a triangle! DUH!" I think Nintendo is afraid to admit that they simply didn't want to do it and these excuses are frankly embarrassing. Queue sad Link: