We won't be able to change Link's name. This is an interesting change as it is Nintendo solidifying the idea that link is his own character and at this point not purely a blank slate. Personally I like this.
What do you guys think of this?
We've known this the second that we heard voice acting (E3 2016). I don't have a problem with it. I like being able to name him but I also really like the idea of him being his own character; characters are much more interesting than blank slates.
I'm kind of saddened by this. It was so much fun naming link something inappropriate just because of the added humor when his name gets used, though it was usually later playthroughs that I'd do it. I typically used my name or a variation of it during a first playthrough just so that I would be part of the story. I'm a little disappointed that I won't be able to play as myself in the game.
Though, Link has been his own man for a while now, so it makes sense in its own way.
Link has always been a character and even more so in recent times. I have no problem not being able to name him, especially so since the reason they have had to do this is almost certainly due to the inclusion of voice acting. Voice acting is something I have wanted for so long and is something that will increase immersion and bring the story telling up to a greater level than ever, therefore it is a small price to pay not being able to name Link.
I never named Link anything other than Link, so it doesn't really matter to me. I was never against being able to name your save file though, I'm sure we'll still be able to do that. But Link is Link. He has always been Link. He has always been a character to me, never a blank slate. He always dressed the same, looked the same, sounded the same. Now finally, that all comes together.
I am OK with this decision. I usually named my character Link, but recently have been having more fun with coming up with unique names for different incarnations of the green guy. That is just a hobby, though, so I'm OK with this game not having that option. Especially considering the difficulty the voice actors would have with unique names for every hero. Link deserves a game where everybody gets to know his real name.