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A Great Warrior In The Zelda Universe!
Experience a new ‘battle action game,’ born from a collaboration between the puzzle-solving adventure game series “The Legend of Zelda” from Nintendo and the “Dynasty Warriors” series from Tecmo Koei.
Starting with Link, players will be able to experience the game as numerous Zelda series characters, set on familiar Zelda series locations.
Link Makes Light Work Of Adversity!
Enjoy action not seen in most Zelda series’ games as Link takes down large groups of enemies in Dynasty Warriors series’ tradition as a “Great Warrior.”
Of course, the gameplay retains the Warriors series’ trademark simplicity and intuitiveness of controls, so anyone can enjoy taking down enemies as Link.
Play As Many Characters
Various characters from the Zelda series will be playable! Find your favourite and use them to fight the hordes!
Many characters and weapons from the Zelda franchise will appear as playable. The game is yours to play as you wish, being beautifully and refreshingly presented using Wii U’s graphics.
Combining The Best Parts of Zelda & Dynasty Warriors
We used Zelda series systems such as hearts for health and the magic gauge, coupled with the playstyle of items use to take down bosses, and re-arranged them in a “Warriors” context along with the music and sound effects that are traditional to the series.
It’s a new world born from a combination of Zelda and Dynasty Warriors.
The Triforce, composed of the sacred symbols of Courage, Wisdom, and Power, will grant the wish of all who touch it. Many battles between good and evil have been fought for its sake through the ages.
When Hyrule was in danger of falling into the hands of evil, a hero wearing a green tunic appeared to strike down the ambitions of evil powers. To ensure the evil would never return, he broke the evil’s spirit into four pieces, sending three pieces off into the depths of time, and sealed the fourth piece at the entrance to the Temple with the Master Sword.
For generations since then, at the edge of Hyrule, a sorceress has watched over the equilibrium between the Triforce’s three symbols, Courage, Wisdom, Power, using a crystal, looking for any sign of a disturbance; however…
Link, The Hero
Link is an exceptionally strong soldier in the Royal Army of Hyrule. The power of the Triforce of Courage hides within. He is a kind individual who can speak with fairies and he has within him a strong sense of justice that makes him firmly stands his ground against evil, even if stronger than he is.
He mostly uses a nimble battle style that relies on footwork to mess with his opponents. In this game, he can make use of various weapons, but his main weapon will always be a speed-type sword.
Impa, Commanding Officer of the Hyrule Imperial Guard
Impa is the commanding officer of the Hyrule Imperial Guard. She is the attendant and vassal of the Princess Zelda. Leader of a family charged with supporting Hyrule’s royal family from the shadows, she cares not for herself, and works exhaustively for the family and the Princess.
Starting from pulling out her long sword back-handed, she disposes of her enemies with exact precision in quick, feverish successive blows. She is a sword master, with precise movements and footwork.
Cia, The Black Witch
An evil witch, who had her good soul chased out of her by dark forces. She has a strong sense of self, clearly states her desires, and possesses a provocative and aggressive personality.
She wants to make the whole world hers, but especially she wants to make Link hers.
Wizro, The Dark Sorcerer
A ring that increased its power over many centuries by luring in numerous owners and absorbing their powers, Wizro was reborn as a sorcerer with Cia’s dark magic. It has pledged allegiance to Cia, who is effectively its mother; however, it has a tendency to follow those in power due to its many past experiences.
Wizro will attack with magic pulses like bullets, or with magic from up above.
Valga, The Incandescent Evil Warrior
Valga is a close associate of Cia’s. He traded his good soul for incredible strength in a deal with her. Differing from Wizro, Valga will face you head on like a true soldier, believing he can win. He looks for strong opponents and ‘heats up’ any battle he is in.
With his lance, reminiscent of a dragon’s claw, and a bellowing war cry, he will come at you with heavy blows repeatedly.
Parting words from Famitsu’s interview of the three main developers on the game:
General producer Hisashi Koinuma:
We plan on having Hyrule Warriors’ first playable demo at E3 this year. With E3 being the opener, we’ll be releasing more and more new information afterwards, so please look forward to it!
Hyrule Warriors producer Yosuke Hayashi:
After watching the trailer that will be shown at E3, it would make us happy to know that you guys will get a better idea of what we’re trying to do. We’ll sequentially reveal the other playable characters, so don’t miss it!
Zelda series producer Eiji Aonuma:
I believe it’s safe to say that this title was born as one of the answers from thinking of a new The Legend of Zelda game. By all means, we’d love to have as many people possible enjoy this game.
Hyrule Warriors official Japanese website Introduction and Character information translation courtesy of StreetsAhead (@Sab_Mas),
pictures round-up from Hyrule Warriors’s official Japanese website, 4Gamer, and Playeressence,
developer parting words from Siliconera.
…Wanna play? Buy a Wii U.
And if you’ve already got yours, click on Hyrule Warriors for everything you need to know about the game. 😀