When Shigeru Miyamoto, Creator of the series, explained the inspiration for 'Link' from the critically acclaimed "The Legend of Zelda" series in a recent interview. The creative process behind the series' sword-weilding hero has been unveiled to the public for the first time ever. Remember to keep everything in mind as the remake of 'The Wind Waker' is scheduled to hit Wii U consoles in the Fall.
Miyamoto explained that Nintendo wanted to create a hero that resembled an elf and would be easily recognized by a sword and shield. Miyamoto was a Disney fan and the idea popped up to share similarities with Peter Pan, who also wears a green tunic. It's interesting because the resemblance is striking. Even though they look very similar, both stories are extremely different from one another.
Every single player who has ever played a Zelda game knows about the Triforce. It's in every single Zelda game and represents the series as whole. Miyamoto also explained that while developing the first Zelda game that was released in 1986, they originally wanted the Triforce to be comprised of computer chips instead of 3 triangles. It's extremely strange to imagine that the Triforce could've been something entirely different. This could possibly be used in the next original Zelda game for the Wii U and is expected to be in stores sometime before 2016.
Besides explaining the Design inspiration and Triforce history, Miyamoto finally explained how Link received the name he has. At the same time they were considering the Triforce to be a collection of computer chips, Nintendo was also considering of making the first game feature Link travel from the past and present at any moment in time. This wasn't used in the first game, but was implemented in a few later titles in the series. He would basically be the "Link" between time periods. As mentioned earlier, the next Zelda game won't be finished any time soon, so in the mean time, you can play the HD remake of 'The Wind Waker' for the Wii U this fall.