The developers behind the long running, hack and slash series Dynasty Warrriors, have put a Nintendo spin on their much loved franchise.
Hyrule Warriors will place Link against legions of familiar enemies all in memorable Legend of Zelda surroundings.
Link will do battle in areas such as the Hyrule Fields, Hyrule Castle and the Palace of Twilight.
The enemies you destroy will drop Rupees for you to collect, which you will be able to use to upgrade your weapons and also create badges, which you can use to enhance your abilities.
2 Player support has also been confirmed, meaning that a second player can join forces with Link playing as characters such as Princess Zelda, Midna and Impa. The 2 player support will also let one player use the Gamepad screen and the second player using the TV, so that local co-operative players will have their own screens to use.
Although the game is not counted towards Legend of Zelda canon, which might quell any angry fans, the story line involves Sorceress Cia leading an army across the kingdom of Hyrule, disrupting the balance of the Triforce.
The big question is whether Hyrule Warriors can appease Zelda fans who are often very precious about the game. The other factor is whether the game will have the same quality that is often associated with Zelda titles. Dynasty Warriors’ hay day was very much when the PS2 was at its peak. Since then, at least for western audiences, the game hasn’t translated or held the same charm. Whilst certain series evolve over the years, Dynasty Warriors has relied heavily on what originally made it great, but this hasn’t been to the franchises detriment. Churning out the same game without adapting to a modern audience has seen Dynasty Warriors slide down the UK charts at rapid pace. However, perhaps it is this incorporation of Link and Co that are the first signs that the franchise is prepared to make changes going forward, even if it is just appears to be a glorified re-skin.
Hyrule Warriors will be released on Wii U on September 26th.
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