Hyrule Warriors (Working Title) Announced for Wii U

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

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Hyrule Warriors (Working Title) | oprainfall

Starting off with a bang in this morning’s Nintendo Direct, Satoru Iwata revealed a new crossover title that will be coming to the Wii U. Tentatively titled Hyrule Warriors, the game mixes aspects of The Legend of Zelda franchise with that of Tecmo Koei’s Warriors franchise. While this is an all-new game for the console, Iwata noted to fans that this is not the upcoming core Zelda title we’ve been hearing hints about since earlier in the year — and even assumed would be coming since the announcement of the Wii U.

This isn’t the first crossover that Nintendo has been a part of. Heck, this isn’t even the first crossover Nintendo has been a part of that was announced this year. As you might remember, a crossover between the Atlus franchise Shin Megami Tensei and Nintendo franchise Fire Emblem will be coming in the near future.

Hyrule Warriors (Working Title) will be coming in 2014 to all regions. Stay tuned for more information about the game as it is revealed. For now, check out the teaser trailer for the game. Also, be sure to check out our Nintendo Direct recap to see what else was announced.

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  • Vinicius

    I’ve mentioned before, on every gaming site I visit, how excited I am for this. Recently playing Samurai Warriors 3 on Wii and really enjoying it, just hope they bring something like the Murasame Castle mode but using a Zelda game as a template. As for other charachters I expect Sheik to be playable, along with other Links(hero’s shade and WOlf Link, please), Ganon, Tetra and Girahim, and maybe some Fire Emblem Charachters.

  • Coarse

    Not really a fan of Dynasty Warriors. If you’ve played one, you’ve played ’em all. Hope they mix this game up with some exploration and other traditional Zelda elements.

  • zeezee

    This is idiotic and most certainly will be cancelled. I can’t even imagine how someone at Nintendo thought that this was a sensible idea.

    • Hyrule Warriors is as idiotic as Link’s Crossbow Training but this last was released.

    • zeezee

      That one was a pretty bad idea too. 😀

      Normally, we pretend that game doesn’t exist.

    • Frimelda

      I doubt it will be cancelled given how wishy washy the feedback is for this game.

      I do agree however that a Musou Zelda game isn’t really something the franchise wants to work towards, as it loses what makes the series so unique.

    • Brandon Schoreit

      its a spin off game you twat didnt you watch nintendo direct?

    • Frimelda

      No need to call me a twat for having an opinion, but if you want to talk like that, I guess mongs like you think that being reasonable is out of their IQ.

      Yes I did actually, doesn’t change my perfectly reasonable opinion, since…after all, I did NOT call anyone who loves it, did I?

  • What a nice surprise! 😀 It is pretty badass and I love it. I litteraly enjoyed the “rage against the Bokoblins” at the end of Skyward Sword and it would be a real pleasure to do it again on Wii U.

    As for game design I find that graphisms are rather nice. Places make me think to the best game ever Ocarina of Time so it is nice too.

    However the most intersting thing in this announcement is not the game itself but what it could be revealed about the next Zelda. For sure “Hyrule Warriors” is not “Zelda Wii U” but I think it definitely reveals some “Zelda Wii U” elements. What makes me think of it is that “Hyrule Warrior” graphisms are brand new Zelda graphisms. My theory is that Hyrule Warriors is a kind of Link’s Crossbow Training for Wii U. I mean that it is a Zelda spin-off which takes place in the world of a Zelda game related to the game console. Wii game “Link’s Crossbow Training” took place in the Twilight Princess (Zelda Wii game) world with some Twilight princess objects. As for Wii U there are two known main Zelda games: the Wind Waker HD and “Zelda Wii U”. Hyrule Warrior is definitely not related to the Wind Waker HD so the underlying game for HW has to be… “Zelda Wii U”!

    As a result, I am practically sure that the HW graphisms and places are also “Zelda Wii U” ‘s. The good news is for places. There is lots of OoT reminders so it indicates that it will not be a cartoon Wind Waker-like (or Skyward Sword-like) Zelda but a realistic OoT-like (or Twilight Princess-like) Zelda with realistic graphisms. Places make me think of OoT so I think it will take place after OoT events, in a devastated Hyrule ruled by Ganondorf (or Demise or Vaati or another bad guy). The real bad news is for graphisms. They are OK for a minor game like “Hyrule Warrior” but definitely not for a major and ambitious game like “Zelda Wii U”. Wii U will always have worse realistic graphisms than XB1 and PS4 but it is not a reason to avoid them on Wii U, especially in this kind of game. Please Nintendo show us what the Wii U is really capable of with “Zelda Wii U”.

  • Thanatos2k

    So the whole point of Dynasty Warriors is that there’s like a hundred different characters to use.

    So we have Link and….uh…………um……

    • Coarse

      Zelda, Ganondorf, Sheik, Impa, Dark Link, Oni Link, Demise, Girahim, Midna, Vaati, Ralph, Maple, Groose, Skull Kid, the Sages, Darmani, Mikau, Deku Scrub…

      Kind of hard to reconcile them all with the timeline, but there’s plenty of warriors in the Zelda universe.

    • Thanatos2k

      How many of those are actual warriors and not joke characters?

  • Brodie Dayton-Mills

    Never played any of the Warriors games, but this looks really cool. This will obviously be the most combat-heavy Zelda so it seems like a good place for the badass Link from the Skyward Sword manga in Hyrule Historia to make his game debut.

  • Axle_Magnum

    Thankfully this’ll be noncanon, as too many people would be too pissy about it.