Here’s what Koei Tecmo said in their latest tweet: “Linkle (tentative name) was a rejected story character featured in the art book, but it looks like she got a quite lot of attention… maybe we should have included her in the main story…”
This is not the first time that the idea of a female depiction of Link has been brought up. Speaking with Edge magazine, Zelda series producer Eiji Aonuma commented on the fact that the Link shown in trailer for the new Legend of Zelda on Wii U looked somewhat effeminate.
Aonuma remarked, “Rather unexpectedly, after I mentioned that no one had explicitly said that it was Link [in the trailer], this speculation spread online and seems to have led to the idea that the main character will be a girl.”
He added, “However, this reaction from the fans is something I would like to take into consideration as we proceed with development—although that doesn’t mean that we are going to change the main character to a girl.”