Nintendo has the official press release for Hyrule Warriors, detailing many of the reveals that Famitsu spilled last week. We still don't have an official US release date (Japan is getting the game August 14th) but there are a few intriguing bits of info. Apparently Impa, last of the Sheikah tribe and Princess Zelda's personal bodyguard, will be playable.
Impa has played numerous roles and has appeared in various forms throughout the Zelda timeline, including a wise old woman, but in Hyrule Warriors it looks like she'll be the younger, ass-kicking-er version we saw in Ocarina of Time and Skyward Sword. I'm still keeping an open mind on this game as it shows Nintendo is venturing out of their comfort zone and working with other developers.
REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Hyrule Warriors, the imaginative upcoming game for the Wii U console, combines the action-packed game play of Tecmo Koei??s Dynasty Warriors series with the iconic characters and worlds from The Legend of Zelda series. In addition to the focused action game play of leading one soldier against a massive horde of enemies, the Dynasty Warriors series is also known for its epic storyline. In this game, players control Link as he faces a powerful new enemy ?? the evil sorceress Cia ?? and her army to rescue the captive Princess Zelda. For the first time ever, Princess Zelda??s loyal Hyrulean Captain Impa makes her debut as a playable character. Impa equips a huge sword and can perform powerful combos to defeat enemies. Many other surprising playable characters make appearances in Hyrule Warriors, and each playable character will have signature weapons and action animations.
Hyrule Warriors, the imaginative upcoming game for the Wii U console, combines the action-packed game play of Tecmo Koei's Dynasty Warriors series with the iconic characters and worlds from The Legend of Zelda series. (Photo: Business Wire)
The first stage of the game takes place in Hyrule Field, a location that will be very familiar to fans of The Legend of Zelda series. The game-play structure of most of the stages bears a close resemblance to the Dynasty Warrior games, so Hyrule Warriors is a game that can truly be enjoyed by fans of both The Legend of Zelda and the Dynasty Warrior series. Players must defend or reclaim areas by fighting against hordes of enemies and using different types of flashy and powerful moves. Players will encounter new enemies such as Sorceress Cia, but some familiar enemies like Bokoblins and Lizalfos from The Legend of Zelda series will also appear in the game.
For more information about Hyrule Warriors, visit http://www.zelda.com/hyrule-warriors.