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in the wake of all that arguing over what gender link should be, how about they make a zelda game where link's gender is never referenced/stated anywhere in canon and it can be whatever the player wants, i'm sure that would make everyone happy and definitely not lead to mass outrage and a thousand endless fandom debates.
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ToddNTheShiningSword Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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Actually, I think that WOULD lead to mass outrage and endless fandom debates! :XD: 
Because a lot of people are made uncomfortable, one way or another, by any human- real or fake- where you can never tell what gender they are. But Zelda seems to be going that direction with different characters that have weird appearances that make you wonder things about them. :)
Like you answered below, an option would be better than ambiguity. 
Another thing that would work though (theoretically, based on canon): Most people don't know this, but Link and Zelda are actually recurring characters, in history, NOT the same actual people in every game! The same Link and Zelda do appear in more than one game several times, but they're almost like the Avatar or something in that they're different people getting into the roles as time passes. So since Link usually isn't actually the same person in each game... they could just go and make a female Link!
The only problem with that is that most people don't realize that every time you play a Zelda game, it's usually a different person... and that would create a shock.
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ControlAltEevee Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Honestly tho. It would be kinda cool if the new Link was a girl.
But here's an idea:
Being able to choose link's gender, and the story/dialogue could change depending on what gender you chose.
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aquanut Featured By Owner Edited Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There was apparently unused concept art for a female character based on Link included in the Hyrule Warriors artbook, so it may not be that farfetched to think they might do that someday. (And the concept art looks very nice, though it's hard to make out the details of the outfit.)

Yeah, a gender option (with little impact on gameplay aside from switched pronouns) would probably be the most effective route for them to take if they choose to address the issue.
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ControlAltEevee Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
And we all know this would be really cool. Add a new layer of personalisation.
(Though would Fe!Link be rescuing Zelda still?)
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Hour27 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
But for reals yeah, Nintendo really, and I mean REALLY needs to make gender an optional. I'd have THAT much more respect for Shigero Miyamoto if he made that happen.
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Hour27 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
If that's the case, then may I be the first Female Link please?!?!!?! My boobs are too big though...darn. >_<
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diskfire Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014
Nice one.
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Dead-Richtofen Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014
What I'm kinda hoping for is the option to choose either Link or Zelda as the main character. Or perhaps a gender option for Link, where there will be no significant game-play differences depending on the gender. Somewhat like Skyrim. Gender really doesn't matter other than a couple of things people in the world will say.
And this is an extremely nice picture. Can't wait for this game.
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aquanut Featured By Owner Edited Jul 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, I'm glad you like the picture! I'm really excited for it too. I'd definitely get behind an option to choose between playing as Link or Zelda; it would be great to see the princess have a more active role in the series.

A gender option with no significant gameplay differences is admittedly probably the most sensible way to go if they decide to cater to players who care about this. With a character who's been established as male for so long, it would seem a bit like cheating to use the exact same character model and expect everyone to be satisfied with the new female character.
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wavepaint Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow,colours is amazing *___*
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