Shortly after Zelda Wii U was shown off on Tuesday, Eiji Aonuma made a quick comment regarding the character featured in the trailer, noting that “no one explicitly said that was Link.” This has led to many fans speculating that this could be Link’s child, an unnamed female character, or even Zelda herself.

As it turns out, Mr. Aonuma was just trolling the fans. Head inside for the full interview!

“It’s a rumour,” Aonuma said with a chuckle when I asked him about the speculation buzzing around online.

“Actually that comment I made jokingly,” he said. “It’s not that I said that it wasn’t Link. It’s that I never said that it was Link. It’s not really the same thing, but I can understand how it could be taken that way.”

“It seems like it has kind of taken off where people are saying ‘oh it’s a female character’ and it just kind of grew. But my intent in saying that was humour. You know, you have to show Link when you create a trailer for a Zelda announcement.”

“I don’t want people to get hung up on the way Link looks because ultimately Link represents the player in the game,” he said.

“I don’t want to define him so much that it becomes limiting to the players. I want players to focus on other parts of the trailer and not specifically on the character because the character Link represents, again, the player.”

Although I am glad that the issue was put to rest before the end of E3, the prospect of playing as — or at least seeing — such a radically different incarnation of Zelda sounded exciting. Granted, the titular character may still break from tradition, but the idea of a Sheik-but-not-quite-Sheik-type character sounded particularly interesting.

What about you, though? Are you glad to hear that Link is, well, Link? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below!