Aonuma is a ruthless dictator D:It was originally a girl. I know because of my Uncle Jimtendo who works at Nintendo.
"Neiteio, my boy," he said, taking a drag on his bubble pipe, "I remember it like it was just yesterday. Aonuma-san realized his lead artist, Progressive Pete, had slipped a female Link into the game. Aonuma-san was outraged. 'How dare you?' he howled, slapping the artist. 'Link doesn't wear an apron! Link doesn't make sandwiches for his husband!' he cried, shooting the artist with a sawed-off shotgun. It was... a grisly scene."