Remember when Eiji Aonuma teased that the character seen in the Wii U Zelda trailer wasn't necessarily Link? My oh my, Stephen Fry, it seems like the Zelda mastermind may have been joking around. We all may have gone a little too crazy with theories this time, folks.
That is Link in the trailer premiered during the Nintendo Digital Event, and it is not a female version of the hero. When asked about rumors of the character's identity being someone other than Link, Eiji Aonuma was quick to chuckle and dismiss his initial comment as a joke.
"It's a rumour. Actually that comment I made jokingly. 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. 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." — Eiji Aonuma
I guess its time to stop the theorizing, folks. Link is back for Zelda on Wii U, and he's here to stay.