Mike Hoye‘s daughter Maya loves Windwaker, and while the game lets you name your hero, Link always remains male. While Mike read the title cards to his daughter as they played together, he would always need to change the pronouns in his narration, so that the hero that Maya was playing was a girl just like her. Says Mike,
It’s annoying and awkward, to put it mildly, having to do gender-translation on the fly when Maya asks me to read what it says on the screen. You can pick your character’s name, of course – I always stick with Link, being a traditionalist – but all of the dialog insists that Link is a boy, and there’s apparently nothing to be done about it.
Well, there wasn’t anything to be done about it, certainly not anything easy, but as you might imagine I’m not having my daughter growing up thinking girls don’t get to be the hero and rescue their little brothers.
So what did he do? He made a mod that switches all male pronouns referring to Link to female. You can now play as a girl Link! Awesome. You can download the mod here, but be aware it’s not very user friendly.