As summer draws closer, more and more rumors about Nintendo's 2016 plans continue to hit the Web, some more credible than others.
The latest rumors revolve around Nintendo's upcoming Legend of Zelda game for the Wii U ... and the NX, if the rumors are to be believed. However, it's not the news that the latest entry will arrive on Nintendo's new console that's surprising. We've heard that before in multiple rumors over the past few months, making it seem like a sure bet. The real shocker is that, for the first time ever, Legend of Zelda may let players choose between playing a male or female version of Link.
It would certainly make sense. When Nintendo first unveiled Legend of Zelda Wii U (the game still doesn't have an official title), the idea that Link might be a girl in the upcoming game became a popular fan theory, albeit one that was dispelled by Nintendo.
However, the introduction of the character Linkle to the Hryule Warriors spin-off series shows that Nintendo is open to having a female version of Link. It seems plausible that Nintendo may have seen the overwhelming (and mostly positive) fan reaction to the idea of a female Link and decided it would be a good idea to give players a choice in the matter. After all, Link is a silent protagonist to begin with. Swapping his gender does little to change the game itself, especially since Link is technically a different hero in nearly every Zelda adventure.
The rumors don't stop there either. In what would be another first for the series, it's rumored that the game will feature voice acting for the majority of the characters in the game, minus Link of course. While Zelda characters have had various "voices" for a long time now (in the form of keywords or sounds), a fully-voice acted cast would definitely be new.
Rumor #3: There is voice acting for most of the characters...except Link.
— Emily Rogers (@ArcadeGirl64) April 8, 2016
Each piece of information comes from Emily Rogers, an insider who is no stranger to leaking various Nintendo rumors. Sometimes, she's been right, sometimes, she's been wrong, but her latest rumors sound plausible if nothing else. As always, take these rumors with a pinch of salt.