I like her but there is something that bugs me about reactions to the character. I'll try not to rant, though. There are criticisms that Linkle isn't good enough because it isn't actually Link being female. I am sorry but I can't agree with those.
I don't believe that slapping boobs on Link is the best way to approach this. Why? because there isn't much of a point. It will change as much as Link's hair changes between games. It adds nothing
to the character or the game you are playing. Even if every Link is different in most games it doesn't matter because they all act the same. Therefore they share the same identity.
"BUT WAIT" You say. "WHY CAN'T WE HAVE A FEMALE LINK?! Or a female character to play as?"
As a female player/gamer I want to play as a female character in mainstream Zelda games, believe me. But making Link female isn't the best way to go at it. We are looking at this from the wrong angle.
Instead of a female Link, wouldn't it be better to play as a female character with her own identity? Instead of being a clone of an already established character?
This is the main reason I am willing to give Linkle a chance. Yes, she dresses up similar to Link but Linkle seems to have her own identity. The developers are at least trying not to make her piggyback off Link as a character completely. In fact all, if not, most games that let you chose between male or female have both genders feel like separate characters. Think about that for a second.
But then again, maybe I am rambling without thinking again. I don't know anymore. I just believe that simply changing Link's gender without much else does more harm than good. Let's forget about a character's gender for a second and analyze what actually makes them interesting. Or not. I don't know. Maybe I am going about this all wrong since a person's gender is also part of an identity, but that's all the more reason to make a separate female character or allow gamers to play as an established female character like Zelda or Malon. The Mario franchise did this with Peach and Rosalina, after all.
But then again, maybe I am wrong. IDK. I do know that I will like to see something like this again:
I believe this game let people play as one of two separate characters. One male and one female. I would prefer that Nintendo brought this back somehow. The technology will be different but still. I do know that Triforce heroes had something going to it.