Maybe Link doesn't need to be a young boy.
The father of one little girl decided he'd change the gender of one of Nintendo's most iconic characters so he hacked The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker. While playing the 2003 Gamecube title with his daughter Maya, Mike Hoye had been reading the game's text to her, switching the pronouns to match her gender.
Tiring of that, Hoye went one better and actually wrote scripts that switched all gendered pronouns in the game from male to female. In the blog post where he explains how he did it, Hoye explains that access to the infamous Dolphin emulator and some programming knowledge are required to pull off the feat. He poignantly lays out his motivation here: