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Everything we know about Hyrule Warriors

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Hyrule Warriros is the biggest release this summer for Nintendo and they’ve maintained the hype by slowly trickling information through Famitsu interviews, pages, and even a special Nintendo Direct dedicated to the game last night. It’s nice to see Nintendo get the marketing for a game so right, but it also means there’s tons of information about the game scattered around everywhere. So here’s a definitive guide to everything we know about Hyrule Warriors so far.

Quick Info

What is Hyrule Warriors?

Hyrule Warriors is an upcoming hack and slash video game featuring characters from The Legend of Zelda series, but with combat elements from Koei Tecmo’s Dynasty Warriors series. The game is a collaboration between the two companies and is developed by Omega Force and Team Ninja, exclusively for Wii U.

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Fans of the Dynasty Warriors will be able to experience familiar combat with a fresh new setting, while fans of The Legend of Zelda series will experience familiar characters and items in an entirely new combat setting. For a better understanding of the mechanics of the game, check out this trailer Nintendo released for the game at E3 this year.

Who is the main character of the game?

Because of the style of Dynasty Warriors, there is no main character. You can choose to play as Link, but several other characters are available to play as well, some being unlocked from the start, while others will be encountered as the game progresses. The game features characters from several different Legend of Zelda games, including characters we haven’t been able to play as before. Here’s a short list:

Each of these characters aside from Ganondorf has had a trailer released showcasing their special weapons and abilities. The characters are designed to feel differently, so if you don’t like the way a particular character feels when you play it, you can swap out to a different character in order to complete the challenges.

Is this game part of the Legend of Zelda timeline?

No. Producer Eiji Aonuma has confirmed that this game is not part of The Legend of Zelda’s official timeline that has been established over several games. While the game does not have a specific place in the timeline of the Zelda franchise, it does feature several characters and items from numerous games across the series, all compiled into one game. Aonuma described Hyrule Warriors as The Avengers of the Legend of Zelda series.

So what’s the story?

According to legend, a hero wearing a green tunic fought the forces of evil that sought the Triforce, a powerful relic with the power to do great harm. This hero broke Triforce into four pieces, sending three pieces into space-time, while the fourth guarded the entrance to the Temple with the Master Sword. The sorceress Cia was charged with maintaining this balance of the Triforce.

However, Cia becomes infatuated with a Hyrulean soldier named Link and becomes extremely jealous of Zelda. This jealousy and resentment corrupts Cia, meaning Link must fight against the corruption of the once guardian of the Triforce in order to find Zelda.

How are the items used?

Items in the game should be very familiar to Legend of Zelda players, with common items such as swords, bombs, and the hookshot all making an appearance. Characters have special weapons of their own that feature signature moves, called special abilities that can be activated by focusing energy. Filling up the magic meter means once the magic is unleashed by pressing the R button, players will have their attacks enhanced according to the weapon they’re wielding at the time.

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Chests are scattered throughout the battlefield, so players will have to search around in order to discover them all. These chests contain things like new weapons, pieces of heart to increase your health, or other new items to help you on your adventure.

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Because Hyrule Warriors is such a big release for Nintendo, there has been a huge marketing push to make sure fans of The Legend of Zelda series are excited about its release. A Nintendo Direct last night showcased Ganondorf as a playable character, as well as several new costumes available through things like pre-ordering and registering your game on Club Nintendo.

If you’re interested in all the character trailers released so far for the game, be sure and check out this playlist that Koei Tecmo have released on YouTube. The trailers are in Japanese mostly, but they do a good job of showcasing the items and characters and what you can expect from each of them in terms of gameplay.

Will there be special editions and bundles?

Right now it’s only confirmed that Europe will receive a special edition of the Hyrule Warriors game. This includes the game and the scarf that was detailed for the Japanese version of the game. No details about the North American version of the game have been released yet, but we expect to see more information about this release as we get closer to the September 26 release date.

As for whether or not Nintendo will produce a Wii U SKU with the game bundled, it’s doubtful this will be available outside of Japan. Despite the huge following that the Legend of Zelda series has in the rest of the world, the game is molded after Dynasty Warriors gameplay with a Zelda skin, so it’s likely this will be a game and special edition release only, with no console SKU attached.

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  • andrewjcole

    This is nice, Ashley! Learned some things from this since I was away from Wii U Daily.

    • http://about.me/overlordror Ashley King

      Thanks! I hope it helps out multiple people, since coverage of the game has been so spread out.

  • Ducked

    I really do want this game, but I just don’t want to pay the full $60. I’m already buying Super Smash Bros Wii U, Kingdom Hearts 2.5 ReMix, and a PlayStation 4. If it were $40 I’d probably buy it, otherwise it looks like I’ll be passing. 2015 looks to be the biggest year in gaming ever.

    • http://about.me/overlordror Ashley King

      It’s possible retailers will have a sale on the game by the holidays since it is coming out in September.

      • Ducked

        I hope so, I’m guessing Black Friday would be the best bet.

    • Jon Turner

      I DO hope this game succeeds so that thirds will see that their games CAN sell on WiiU.

      • FutureFox

        Third-party has pretty much made up their mind since Wii launched. Nintendo is effectively on their own.

        • Jon Turner

          Well I don’t believe that and I refuse to.

          • redd214

            Believing it or not doesn’t really matter honestly. Look at the last year or so and look at the upcoming releases for the fall/winter. Expecting strong third party support anytime in the near future on the wii u is just delusional.

          • Jon Turner

            Call me delusional all you wish but I expect things will get better next year. Maybe not Sony/MS level, but still better than what we’re getting now, and please don’t try to discourage me.

    • Dallas Gooch

      Mario Kart 8 was $50 on amazon and $60 everywhere else. They might do that with this game too.

  • Kobe

    Link is still the main character.

  • Arale Norimaki

    I hope we will get some online feature However I don’t think as of know there will be any online? What do you guys think?

    • Petri

      They really should implement online coop.
      It is rather silly that they are not doing so.

  • Adrian

    Am i the only loz fan that is completely uninterested in this game?

    • Thomas Vienna

      I’m getting it just because I am a fan, but I am not nearly as excited as your average Zelda fan. I suppose I’m happy that a Zelda game is getting such a drastic change in gameplay, but I’m not entirely happy with the way that they are doing it.

      • Dallas Gooch

        Well it’s not supposed to be a Main Zelda title at all. It’s a spin off that is not under any timeline. Nintendo isn’t putting any resources into this game at all, This is all Tecmo-Koei. Anouma is still working full time on his next Zelda title.

    • Galanosgladius

      This game isn’t really geared towards Legend of Zelda fans, so it makes sense you aren’t too excited about it. Most people who consider this the next Zelda game are highly underwhelmed, but those who see it as the unique crossover that it is will be looking forward to it.

    • firedragonsage88

      That’s understandable if you’re really looking for a Zelda game. Personally, I’m a big fan of Dynasty Warriors and an even bigger fan of LoZ. So, combining the two will be an awesome experience for me.

  • Rinslowe

    Nice article.

  • Petri

    This game will hold me until Bayonetta 2.
    Then the rest of the generation is smooth sailing, with some sweet games coming out next year, like X, Legend of Zelda, Splatoon and Devils Third.

  • Justin Ordoñez

    Personally, I think the game is under-priced, as I think a lot of the Wii U games are. I got 3D World and MK8 for $60.00/each, but based on my usage, each was worth $100.00 to me easily. HW felt like a small game to me but the ND shows that it is a huge world, lots of game play options, and a neat adventure mode. Seems like a hack and slash dream world to me, if you’re down for that. This game is worth more than $60.00 to me.

    I know I’ll get flamed for this, but I feel these bigger releases need higher price points or else we will probably see the diversity and availability dwindle in the coming years. I’m already dreading seeing Zelda U at $60.00. You look at the hype for that game, it’s worth $100.00 without a doubt. People would complain about the cost but people are cheap and they complain about having to pay for stuff (that they buy anyway) all the time.

    • Thomas Vienna

      I wouldn’t buy them at $100.00. Games are expensive as they are. I wouldn’t be able to buy as many per year if they were each $100.

      • Fenberry24

        Here in New Zealand most next gen and wii u games retail for between $95-$129. If it were pure exchange rate from US dollars to New Zealand dollars a $60 game would be around $70 here by the current rates. Sadly it’d expensive to be a gamer here…

    • Petri

      Well, I might be just crazy person, but I’m buying Bayonetta 2 twice.
      The game will offer me a lot more than what I pay for it.
      But the real reason is, because I want that game to be available for me on instant and I also want the box of the game and discs.
      So practically, I’m paying 120€ for the game.

      But hype should not be a deciding factor of price.
      Watch dogs would have been about 3 times too expensive for its worth.
      Well, it already is, but you get the point.

  • anthony optimo

    From the videos I’ve seen, none of the enemies attack. Where is the challenge? The enemies just stand there and wait to get destroyed, I think I may pass on this game…

    • Petri

      If its anything like Warriors Orochi (Dynasty Warriors spin off like Hyrule Warriors),
      you get occasionally hit by grunts on Normal, almost never on Easy, and on Hard they start being a threat.
      But the real threat on the battlefield is the enemy officers.
      I just hope those haven’t been replaced with these bosses that are on this game.
      If not, then the bosses make just nice addition to the game.

      • Galanosgladius

        It looks like Certain enemies such as stalfos will take the place of the officers, and the bosses are just a cool addition.

    • J_Joestar

      demonstration videos are probably all set to easy on 1-2star maps so the grunts will barely attack.

    • Dallas Gooch

      The character videos and playable demos were all set on easy. On harder difficulties the grunts become a nightmare cuz they do alot of damage if your character isn’t a decent level. Besides the whole point of the Warriors games is the officers being the main challenge and controlling the battlefield and keeping your allies alive. If every single little enemy was harder on the easiest difficulty then this game would be impossible later on. And like others are saying it seems like Poe’s, Stalfos, Lizalfos, Darknuts, Redeads, etc will be the generic officers. Along with the bad guys who are the named generals.

  • Dimitri Soto

    watching this just makes me want a Zelda fighting game with awesome mechanics

  • Assassinated23

    Uh, since when has the TRIforce been FOUR pieces? As far as I know, the middle triangle has always been empty.

    • firedragonsage88

      That’s what I’m wondering about. I hope they don’t make it a tetraforce. That’s what it sounds like though, unless he broke one of the pieces in half.

  • Jason

    Destiny September 9th, Hyrule Warriors September 26th, then Smash Bros 3DS October 3rd… what a great way to get through the college semester.

  • chemtale

    i dont know how ill feel about hack and slash on the wii u. i dont know about anyone else. but because of the right buttons/joystick placement. i always seem to hit the wrong buttons. thumb is not use to going down to press buttons. anyone else have this problem. (and i love hack/slash games)

  • Alex Klingel

    Oohhh, the Triforce is 3 pieces, not 4

  • Epicstuf

    Powerglove as a secret weapon.

  • Matthew Sizemore

    This game is much more in depth than I ever thought it would or could be. Wii U is blowing the competitors out of the water. If it don’t end up outselling the PS4 and Xbox One I’ll really be shocked because they offer nothing when compared to the Wii U.

  • Sharkus

    Wasn’t there supposed to be a direct today?