Besides all the hype for Super Smash Bros, Nintendo's Hyrule Warriors had garnered a ton of attention from the gaming community during this week's E3 event. Many fans were excited to see just how Techmo Koei worked both an action-oriented and co-op elements into one of the most beloved franchises of all time.
Hyrule Warriors looks to bring everything one would expect from a solid Dynasty Warriors title: tons of hack & slash, with epic boss battles and some strategic elements. However, it's the Legend of Zelda makeover that seems to be the most interesting aspect, as Zelda titles are more about puzzle solving than brawling. Also, the two-player local co-op being featured is also extremely appealing, as only a few of their games include multiplayer at all. Hyrule Warriors is the opportunity to give fans a playground for Link and company to rampage on. The game will primarily feature:
- The delicate balance of the Triforce has been disrupted and Hyrule Kingdom is once again being torn apart by a dark power, this time led by Sorceress Cia.
- Heroic Link carves through a huge onslaught of enemies as he executes flashy moves with combat attacks. This also marks the first time that many other iconic characters from The Legend of Zelda franchise are playable for any length of time, including Princess Zelda, Impa and Midna.
- Protect and reclaim recognizable landmarks from multiple games in The Legend of Zelda series, including such classic areas like Hyrule Field and the Palace of Twilight.
- Push back armies of classic enemies from The Legend of Zelda, as well as powerful enemies making their debuts in Hyrule Warriors.
- Advance the story to unlock new playable characters, each with unique moves and weapon types. Collect Rupees and other useful items to upgrade weapons and craft badges, which players can use to bolster each warrior's abilities.
- Two warriors are better than one: Battle armies with a friend using local co-op mode, with one person playing on the TV and the other on the GamePad, providing each player with his or her own screen.
At Nintendo's E3 Treehouse Live event, they revealed some new playable characters, apart from the initially revealed Link and Impa: the legendary Princess Zelda herself, as well as the return of the Twilight Princess, Midna (making this her second appearance in the franchise, riding a shadow wolf again).
Hyrule Warriors is set to release on September 26th, 2014 for the Wii U.