|Developer(s)|| Omega Force|
Koei Tecmo (Japan)
|Designer(s)|| Hisashi Koinuma|
Supervised by Eiji Aonuma
|Release date|| September 26, 2014|
August 14, 2014
September 19, 2014
September 20, 2014
|Genre(s)||Hack and Slash|
|Modes||Single Player, Multiplayer|
|Platform(s)|| Wii U
Hyrule Warriors is a Legend of Zelda spin-off game for the Wii U that was released on the 19th of September 2014, the 20th of September 2014, the 26th of September 2014 and the 14th of August 2014 in Europe, Australia, North America and Japan respectively. It combines the world of The Legend of Zelda with the action of Koei Tecmo's Dynasty Warriors series and is being developed by Nintendo and Koei Tecmo.
Long ago, Ganondorf was defeated and his soul splintered into four fragments. Three of them were were sealed in different moments in time, while the fourth was trapped by the Master Sword. But Ganondorf plots his resurrection through Cia, a sorceress who protects the balance of the Triforce while maintaining neutrality. Cia becomes fascinated with the spirit of the Hero of Legend, with her amorous feelings for the hero providing Ganondorf an opportunity to purge her inner light. As a result, Cia becomes consumed in her desires, opening the Gate of Souls, a portal to different time-space realities of Hyrule, to amass an army of monsters. Seeking to unite the Triforce and conquer Hyrule, she uses her subordinates Volga and Wizzro to wage war against Princess Zelda and the Hyrulian army.
As Cia's forces attack Hyrule Castle, Link, a Hyrulian soldier-in-training, rushes out to aid the other troops, discovering he possesses the Triforce of Courage. However, the castle is taken and Princess Zelda is unaccounted for in the aftermath, so the Hyrulian general Impa asks Link to aid her in finding the princess. While still searching, Link and Impa meet Sheik, a Sheikah warrior who claims to know Zelda's whereabouts, and Lana, a white sorceress from the same clan as Cia. The group heads to the Valley of Seers hoping to close the Gate of Souls, but Cia traps Link and Sheik, who is revealed as the bearer of the Triforce of Wisdom. Cia steals both Triforce pieces, combining them with her own Triforce of Power, and uses the completed Triforce to open portals in time and space to the resting places of Ganondorf's spirit fragments.
To restore Hyrule to normal, Link, Impa, and Lana each lead their own campaign to drive out Cia's armies and close the Gates of Souls in each era. Along the way, they are aided by each time period's native heroes, including Darunia and Princess Ruto from Ocarina of Time, Agitha and Midna from Twilight Princess, and Fi from Skyward Sword. During this time, Sheik reveals herself to be Princess Zelda in disguise, and Lana explains that she and Cia were once the same person, with Lana embodying the light Ganondorf purged from Cia's heart. Meanwhile, three of Ganondorf's spirit fragments are released, allowing for his body to be resurrected. No longer needing Cia, he attempts to take the Triforce, but Cia sends Link and Zelda's pieces back to their owners and uses her own piece to lock Ganondorf away.
After retrieving the Master Sword, Link prepares to confront Cia, with the Sword's power strengthened by his bonds of friendship. He defeats her and she fades away, with Lana inheriting her piece of the Triforce. Using the completed Triforce's power, the time-displaced heroes are sent back to their own periods and Hyrule is restored to normal, with Lana closing the Gate of Souls. However, due to the Master Sword's removal, the last of Ganondorf's spirit fragments is released, and Ganondorf is fully resurrected, summoning Ghirahim and Zant from across time and space. With their combined efforts, Ganondorf manages to retake all three Triforce pieces from their bearers, using it to strengthen his army and take over Hyrule Castle. However, Lana summons the heroes from Hyrule's history, and the combined group of heroes defeat Ghirahim and Zant before venturing towards Ganon's Tower. Link manages to defeat Ganondorf, but he uses the Triforce to transform himself into Ganon. With the help of Zelda's Light Arrows, Link defeats Ganon, and the heroes use the Triforce to seal him away once more. The heroes of the past are returned, Lana resumes watching over the Triforce in Cia's place, and Link and Zelda return the Master Sword to its pedestal to prevent Ganondorf's escape.
The gameplay is very similar to Koei Tecmo's Dynasty Warriors series of video games, but instead uses the setting and characters from Nintendo's Zelda series. As such, it is the most combat-intensive Zelda game thus far, with hordes of enemies on the screen at once.
The player controls various characters throughout the game, beginning with Link before unlocking the likes of Princess Zelda, Impa and Lana, and others, through story as well as Adventure Mode progression.
Though there is less of an emphasis on exploration and puzzles and more on combat compared to other Zelda series games, characters can still use common items from prior games in the series, such as Swords, Bombs and the Hookshot. These items can serve as weapons, and can uncover secrets on the map or allow Warrior characters access to previously unreachable areas and shortcuts. Many of the Warriors' signature moves appear in the new combat system, such as Link's Spin Attack, which takes the form of a Musou Attack - one of the trademarks of Dynasty Warriors and called a Special Technique in Hyrule Warriors, with each character able to use his or her particular Special Technique after filling a yellow bar.
Another special usable technique is called "Focus Energy". By filling up the green Magic Bar at the top-left of the screen and then pressing the R button, the Warrior will enter "Focus Energy", enhancing their attack and attributes - similar to the Fury Gauge in Dynasty Warriors: Strikeforce. During Focus Energy, characters also gain temporarily access to an even more powerful Special Technique.
Discovering new items and opening Chests is also present in the game; Various chests are scattered across the battlefield, some of which are hidden under boulders or in secret areas. They can contain new items for characters to use, Heart Containers and Pieces of Heart to increase their health, or other various items like Sealed Weapons.
Most of the hordes of enemies are weaker enemies like Bokoblins and often appear alongside greater foes such as King Dodongo, encouraging players to think tactically. Warrior characters also fight alongside regular Soldiers and other playable characters, and the game will alert if an ally requires assistance. The game also features multiple locations throughout Hyrule that function as battlefields.
Warriors can collect Rupees and materials to upgrade weapons and craft badges, which can then be used to upgrade each character's abilities. There are multiple weapon types, such as Link's Hylian Sword move set which is oriented around speed, and heavier weapon types that rely on power. Each weapon type has its own move set, and contains several individual weapons; Link can use the Knight's Sword, the White Sword, or the Magical Sword as part of his Hylian Sword move set. Individual weapons have their own stats and skills, which can be transferred onto another weapon of the same type for a certain Rupee cost, provided the recipient weapon has empty skill slots; however, doing so will sacrifice the source weapon.
Free Mode allows you to replay any mission with any unlocked character.
Adventure Mode is an alternative gameplay mode, which takes the form of a grid in the shape of the overworld from the original The Legend of Zelda. Each block in the grid represents a mission, like defeating a certain number of enemies under a specific time limit. Completing missions with a specified rank unlocks the squares that would be accessible from that location in The Legend of Zelda, although some also require the path to be found using Search Items like the Raft. Special exploration items like the Compass, Candle, or Bombs, can be used to unlock additional rewards in certain squares of the grid, which will appear as completion or A-rank awards alongside the previous ones. If network access or the Master Quest rules are active, the mission could be temporarily replaced with a new mission that will give unique rewards, such as upgrades for the DLC characters or rare drops for Link. Many new characters and special weapons can only be unlocked via Adventure Mode.
The game also features a local co-op mode. In co-op, one player uses the GamePad as their screen. The Wii U Pro Controller and Wii Remote with Nunchuk control styles are available options for both multiplayer and single player. In single-player, the GamePad functions as a battle status log sub-menu, akin to how it was used in The Wind Waker HD.
Heroes will accompany the player as allies on the map.
- The Hero, Link: A strong young soldier in Hyrule's Army, who possesses the Triforce of Courage. He is kind, can speak with fairies, and has a strong sense of justice. His main fighting style revolves around swordplay with a sword and shield, but he can also use fast magical weapons like the Magic Rod, as well as heavy weapons like the Ball and Chain. He can even have the Great Fairy carry him around in a bottle and attack for him. Through DLC, he can also mount Epona and fight on horseback.
- Princess of Hyrule, Zelda: The princess of Hyrule, who leads her army against Cia's. She is very dignified and beautiful. She uses a rapier and a bow in battle as well as having a unique mechanic where she summons orbs of light in order to enhance her attacks, but can also use the Baton, which lets her use music as a weapon.
- The White Sorceress, Lana: A sorceress with a deep knowledge of spells, monsters, and using spells on monsters. Lana and Cia have an unspoken hostility, even beyond the normal anger that war brings out. Lana is fiercely determined to put a halt to Cia's plans, even at the cost of her own life or happiness. Her default weapon is a book which gives her the ability to form barriers which, when shattered, can cause immense damage to enemies. Her second style is a spear allowing her to access the power of the Great Deku Tree. She can also summons things like Cuccos to use as weapons with her Summoning Gate.
- Hyrulean General, Impa: Attendant and vassal of Zelda. She is the leader of a family charged with supporting Hyrule's royal family from the shadows, and is immensely loyal to Zelda. She fights with a giant longsword, which she uses back-handed. Her fighting style consists of quick and precise attacks as well manipulating water to take the shape of weapons. Her second style uses a naginata and allows her to manipulate fire.
- Sheikah Warrior, Sheik: An individual of questionable origin, Sheik is revealed to Link and Impa during a time of great need. Though quiet and betraying very little emotion, Sheik never-the-less finds ways to make a lasting impact on fellow warriors with a very distinct way with words. Introduced as a Sheikah, Sheik is ready and able to assist Hyrule's efforts, even if Impa is highly skeptical.
- Goron Chief, Darunia: Leader of the Gorons, Darunia is an extremely powerful force, even within his tribe. And just like all Gorons, his rock-like body makes him tough to mess with. While he can sometimes be very stubborn, he does so out of love for his Goron brothers. Darunia swings around the Hammer like it weighs nothing at all, even though it weighs a ton!
- Zora Princess, Ruto: A bit of a tomboy, Ruto is the princess of the Zoras. She may come off as a snooty, spoiled brat, and she is, but Ruto is also quite refined and dedicated to her cause. She does what she has to in order to protect those she loves most, and that certainly includes her future husband, Link (it’s complicated). Using the Zora Scale, she can summon giant waves that crash into enemies as well as create bubbles of water that she can swim through.
- Twilight Princess, Midna: The Twilight Princess, who has wandered away from her family for unknown reasons. Although she is smart and kind, she has a tendency to look down on others and get into trouble because of her sharp tongue. She was turned into her current form by Cia, and thus seeks to return to her normal form. In battle, she uses magic and can summon Twilit wolves in order to ride or use as attack beasts.
- Princess...of Insects?, Agitha: The self-proclaimed princess of the insect kingdom. Agitha keeps a bright smile on at all times and looks at the world through a sweeter lens than her allies. But just because she's so cheery doesn't excuse her from battle! Her parasol is her standard weapon, though her real strength resides in the bugs she summons forth in times of need.
- The Goddess Sword, Fi: The spirit of the Goddess Sword sealed inside the Statue of the Goddess in Skyloft. With extensive knowledge and a highly analytical mind, Fi thinks things through logically and offers advice and wisdom to whoever holds the sword. Her body is made of a blue, metal-like material. Fi floats and moves in the air, and transforms into a sword to attack.
Enemy characters that function the same way as heroes, having a presence on the battlefield.
- The Dark Sorceress, Cia: The Sorceress that was once tasked with maintaining the balance of the Triforce. Her jealousy of Link and Zelda causes her heart to be consumed by a dark force. She wields the Scepter.
- Dragon Knight, Volga: A warrior that traded his soul to obtain great power from Cia. He wields the Dragon Spear.
- Twisted Wizard, Wizzro: The spirit of a cursed ring, given form by Cia. He wields a Ring.
- Usurper King, Zant: An evil Twili who covets the Twilight throne. He wields Scimitars.
- Demon Lord, Ghirahim: The Demon Lord who tried to resurrect his master; the sealed leader of demons. He wields a Demon Blade.
- The Demon King, Ganondorf: The evil being that was sealed away in four pieces. He wields Great Swords. He is responsible for Cia's corruption and is the true main antagonist.
Multiple playable characters besides Link are available - some for the very first time and each with unique moves. Each playable character can also use up to 6 different weapon types. They are unlocked as the player progresses through Legend Mode and Adventure Mode, and some are available as downloadable content.
Listed below the character are the weapons they can wield and the element attribute of the weapon, along with their method of obtaining.
|Hylian Sword: Light||Giant Blade: Water||Harp: Lightning||Book of Sorcery: Lightning||Rapier: Light|
|Magic Rod: Fire||Naginata: Fire||Spear: Water||Baton: Lightning|
|Great Fairy: Water||Summoning Gate: Fire|
|Master Sword: Light|
|Great Swords: Darkness||Hammer: Fire||Zora Scale: Water||Parasol: Light||Shackle: Darkness|
|Scimitar: Darkness||Goddess Blade: Light||Demon Blade: Darkness||Scepter: Darkness||Dragon Spear: Fire|
* - Downloadable content
Hyrule Warriors was announced on December 18, 2013, on a Nintendo Direct. The game was announced as a collaboration with Koei Tecmo. As such, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata stated that the game would not be the next main series installment of The Legend of Zelda series, but rather a spinoff from the Dynasty Warriors series. The game, however, was produced by long-time Zelda developer Eiji Aonuma.
Eiji Aonuma has stated that Hyrule Warriors exists as a "separate dimension" and is not part of the main series. However, he goes on to suggest that while the game does not slot into any particular part of the timeline, it has links to different periods of the timeline, and that characters have been "brought together". He said that he had been thinking of it as being similar to The Avengers.
Two limited editions of the game were released in Japan. The premium box edition included a copy of the game, an art book, a Triforce table clock, and the Courage and Wisdom DLC costumes set. The treasure box edition, exclusive to Amazon Japan and GAMECITY, also included the extras from the premium box, plus the Power DLC costumes set, a scarf like the one used by Link in the game, a Treasure Chest replica with sound, and a set of five postcards featuring Link, Impa, Zelda, Lana, and Ganondorf.
A limited edition including a copy of the game and the scarf was also released in North America and Europe. The North American version is an exclusive to the Nintendo World Store.
On August 27, 2014 a patch was announced for the Japanese version. In addition to bug fixes, a Challenge Mode was added, any song unlocked is now available as background music in a level, and the Wooden Sword from The Legend of Zelda is one of the variations of Link's Hylian Sword.
The patch was released in Japan on September 1, 2014 and at launch internationally.
During the 2014 Tokyo Games Show, a new patch was announced that adds Cia, Volga, and Wizzro as playable characters. The patch was released in Japan on October 1, and on October 16 internationally.
Downloadable Content for alternative costumes is available through various means. In North America, three alternative costumes for Link and Princess Zelda each are available as a pre-order bonus from retailers, and will eventually be released separately as paid DLC. These costumes come in the form of Link and Princess Zelda's Ocarina of Time, Twilight Princess, and Skyward Sword attire. Ocarina of Time and Twilight Princess-themed costumes are available for Ganondorf through a Club Nintendo promotion between September 26 and October 23, 2014. In order to receive the DLC, Club Nintendo members must register their copies of Hyrule Warriors within that time.
On August 14, 2014, downloadable content including new characters, weapons, and scenarios were announced for eventual release.
More information of downloadable content was given later at Tokyo Games Show, where it was confirmed that 4 paid DLC packs were coming. First, the Master Quest Pack, releasing on October 1, 2014 in Japan and on October 16 in Europe and North America. Then, there's the Twilight Princess Pack, releasing sometime in November in Japan and Europe and December for North American players. Thirdly, there's the Majora's Mask Pack, releasing in January 2015 in Japan and Europe and February 2015 in North America. Finally, the Ganon Pack will be released in February (in Japan and Europe) and March 2015 as the Boss Pack in North America. Pre-ordering the DLC packs will immediately unlock Dark Link as an alternate costume for Link.
- Official North American Website
- Official European Website (UK version)
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- New 'Zelda' Game Coming To Wii U: 'Hyrule Warriors' Release Date In 2014 Or 2015?, International Business Times.
- "Within the Zelda canon, there is the timeline, but there has always been the sense of the main story and kind of a side story. Like, Majora's Mask might be considered part of that, though it does exist as part of the timeline. With Hyrule Warriors, there is a link between the two, but it exists as a separate dimension, so it doesn't exist as part of the main canon." — Eiji Aonuma Addresses Hyrule Warriors’ Place In The Zelda Timeline, Game Informer.
- "The universe of Hyrule Warriors really is sort of a different universe and it is connected to the timeline of the Zelda series, but it is connected to several different games throughout the series. [...] We really don't want to put it in the timeline because it has links to the different parts of the timeline." — Eiji Aonuma Addresses Hyrule Warriors’ Place In The Zelda Timeline, Game Informer.
- "Each of the characters has their own timeline, so there shouldn't be any crossover there, but maybe they've been brought together as part of that story?" — Eiji Aonuma Addresses Hyrule Warriors’ Place In The Zelda Timeline, Game Informer.
- "Lately I have been thinking of it similar to The Avengers." — Eiji Aonuma Addresses Hyrule Warriors’ Place In The Zelda Timeline, Game Informer.
- "1/2 It’s time to fight! On 9/26 this exclusive #HyruleWarriors bundle goes on sale at 8am only at #NintendoWorld!" — Nintendo World Store, , Twitter, published September 9, 2014, retrieved September 9, 2014.
- "Here’s a nice offer involving a (usually) not-so-nice guy: if you buy Hyrule Warriors for Wii U and register the game with Club Nintendo between 9/26/14 and 10/23/14, you can receive a free download code for the Demon King Costume Set DLC: two costumes for Ganondorf that you can use in-game." — Nintendo, Club Nintendo will help you outfit Ganondorf with free DLC, Nintendo.com, published Aug. 4, 2014, retrieved Aug. 8, 2014.
- Nintendo Everything, Hyrule Warriors will be supported with more characters, weapons, and scenarios, NintendoEverything.com, published Aug. 14, 2014.
- Nintendo Everything, Hyrule Warriors – first screenshots of the new playable characters, DLC details, NintendoEverything.com, published 18 September 2014.
- Eiji Aonuma, Announcement by Eiji Aonuma, Miiverse, published 26 September 2014.
|Names in Other Regions|
|Japanese||ゼルダ 無双 (Zeruda Musō)||Zelda Unrivaled|