I’m looking forward to Hyrule Warriors. I really am. But somewhere along the line it became clear that the title is more akin to a Zelda fan’s wildest fantasy than something resembling an actual Legend of Zelda videogame. With the recent announcement of Ganondorf as a playable character, I’d say that identity is pretty much sealed.
It’s not a bad thing, though. The game’s unique blend of Dynasty Warriors and Zelda is sure to be a blast, and Ganon looks as hilariously brutal to play as any of the other announced characters thus far (Midna is still my favorite). You can check out the new trailer at the top of this post, or the entire Direct here.
Despite the game’s “Zelda All-Stars” vibe, there was something else announced as well — a new “Adventure Mode.” In this mode, players will traverse a map resembling that of the original Legend of Zelda on NES, with each point on the map containing a stage the player must complete. As you advance, characters and weapons for use in that mode are unlocked. It certainly sounds interesting, and will make for a nice deviation from game’s main event.
The Direct also revealed some new locales, including Skyloft from Skyward Sword, Lake Hylia from Ocarina of Time, and Twilight Field from Twilight Princess. Offline co-op was reiterated, as was the lack of online play, though personally I don’t find the latter to be all that much of an issue with this game. That said, not everyone will agree.
Hyrule Warriors hits the Wii U September 26th, so you won’t have to wait long to live this bizarre Zelda fantasy.