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Japanese gaming mag from 1986 mistakenly depicted Link as a woman

Long before there was Linkle...

When it comes to the official Legend of Zelda games and promotional materials, the closest we ever got to a female version of Link was Linkle in Hyrule Warriors Legends. When you take a look at third party depictions, an interesting piece of art popped up all the way back in 1986.

Japanese magazine Shonen Captain featured the above artwork for the original Legend of Zelda. This art was created by the magazine's staff, and apparently the people in charge believed Link to be a woman in the game. As a matter of fact, the magazine's feature on The Legend of Zelda is chock-full of female Link depictions!

If only we could track down some of the magazine's staff to see how this mistake came about. I'm sure this feature lead to quite a few confused players when they fired up The Legend of Zelda for the first time!

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D'aww, she's cute! In a super 80's anime kind of way. Reminds me a bit of Lum.

D'aww, she's cute! In a super 80's anime kind of way. Reminds me a bit of Lum.

I kinda see it too. Lum is such a bae.

That's Rumiko Takahashi's influence from that era. She's probably one of the most famous mangaka (and my personal favourite).

Oh, definitely. That kind of poofy hair and those calves are undeniably Takahashian. But I really like the softer edges to her style, and I wouldn't mind seeing a game or something go for that kind of deliberately retro style.

diddykong
Tue Apr 02 19 02:14am
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What if Zelda was a girl?

Never woulda guessed that Zelda Rule 63 art was that old.

Lmao you can see her panty in the bottom right corner pic.
This story isn't as progressive as it seems, better stick to Linkle :p

That's such an ignorant way to look at things, also implying Linkle is more progressive despite having a personality more in line with generic anime is a sign of poor taste in media.

frist of all how dare yo u

There's no "mistake" about this. The thigh-length tunic with no pants, cuffed boots, and yellow-rimmed hat only exist in character art, all of which depicts him as masculine enough that there should be no room for doubt. The editors of this magazine actively decided to depict Link as a cute girl.

Awwww yeah. That's what I'm talkin' about.

Some people have speculated that its meant to be a selfinsert for the magazine dressed as Link...which would explain why the clothes are on model but then things like the hair and eye colors are way off. Either way Link is a boy and I'm glad that its staying that way.

And this will fuel the "Link should be a girl" people for another decade.

What a doll. Sure would like to play as her over the other link.

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