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During the 2014 E3 conference, Nintendo premiered footage of their upcoming "open world" Zelda title for the Wii U. The footage looked beautiful, exciting, and very, very intriguing. One big reason for this was the new look of Link, pictured above.

Some questioned if this was even Link - or actually Zelda in a Link-esque Hylian garb. Zelda series producer Eiji Aonuma threw gasoline on the fire by saying that they never explicitly stated that it was DEFINITELY Link in the trailer (he later backed off his comments somewhat, to clarify that he was kinda joking and Link definitely wasn't a woman).

So Link isn't Zelda. We can be reasonably sure of that. But still - Link looks far different than he ever has this time around. So what if he's Link...but not Link?

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One of the key components of the Zelda series is the Triforce - composed of three pieces that must exist in harmony with one another to ensure the safety of the realm of Hyrule: Power, Wisdom, and Courage. Traditionally, Link has held Courage, Zelda has held Wisdom, and Ganon has held Power. This is what happens when the Triforce is separated.

What if the Triforce was united in a single person?

That's what this new version of Link may be - a version of Link that mixes his essence with those of Zelda and Ganon. Yeah - the next Zelda game may have you be playing as Link, Zelda, and Ganon COMBINED.

And this isn't just fanwankery - there's legit evidence that this may be the case:

Notice the odd pattern on Link's arm-braces? We've seen those before...

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At the very least, we may be looking at a version of Link that was raised as a Gerudo.

 

Link has a ponytail. Neither Link nor Ganon has ever sported a ponytail before - but Zelda has.

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It's a subtle thing - and, sure, Zelda's never had that small of a ponytail before, but Link's hair has never had ANYTHING like that. It seems like a very conscious decision on the parts of the developers, meant to indicate something. Is that something that this character has some Zelda in him or her? Very possibly.

Of course, there's a good chance that this will just be another adventure where you play as boring ol' Link. Which is fine (the game looks fantastic), but it'd be nice if Nintendo tried something a little different this time around. Maybe it isn't a hybrid character who embodies all three aspects of the Triforce at once, but...that'd be fun, right?

Just as a refresher, here's the E3 trailer: