In the Hyrule Warriors Direct that Nintendo streamed this evening, Yosuke Hayashi, the producer of Hyrule Warriors, detailed a new Adventure Mode featured in the game.
Adventure Mode starts out looking like the original The Legend of Zelda by using the same text intro. It won’t fool anyone since Ganon’s name is actually spelled correctly, but it’s a nice touch.
The retro theme doesn’t stop there. The map is set up like a grid and each square on the grid is its own stage. The stage looks like a spot on the grid of the first Zelda, where you’re given victory conditions (such as defeating a certain number of enemies within a certain time limit). Once you start the battle, the game moves to the standard Hyrule Warriors gameplay where you need to try to meet these conditions. If you’re successful, the adjacent spaces on the grid are unlocked allowing you to explore further. On certain maps, you can use the Search command and use items to find hidden secrets just like in most Zelda games.
With continued success, you can get rare rewards like new weapons and items such as heart pieces. New playable characters can be unlocked as you progress, and there are certain weapons that can only be found in Adventure Mode.
So, is anyone else hyped for Hyrule Warriors? Let us know in the comments below. The game comes out exclusively for the Wii U in Europe on September 19 and in North America on Spetember 26. The game is available for pre-order from Amazon.