Chin Soon Sun (AKA Insp. Chin), the Community Manager for Tecmo Koei, uploaded this video to his personal blog earlier today. If you’re a fan of Nintendo or the Warriors franchise
The first question that comes to mind is whether or not this will be an original story. Judging by Link’s appearance, I’d guess Tecmo Koei is being given permission to come up with their own ‘Legend of Zelda’ story. Am I worried? Not really. While I doubt it will be of the caliber of previous Zelda games like Ocarina of Time, I imagine it will be more than simply “Link has to defeat Ganon because he’s kidnapped Zelda”. From the trailer, we see allied soldiers, so maybe the plot involves a massive invasion of Hyrule. Either way, I can’t wait for more details.
The second question, and probably the most important question, considering this is a Warriors game, aside from Link, is what other playable characters will there be. Zelda herself is a given, but what about other ‘Legend of Zelda’ characters from previous games? Sheik would be welcome additions, as well as Impa, Darunia, Ruto and Nabooru (others characters from Ocarina of Time). The ‘Legend of Zelda’ franchise is filled with memorable characters, both good and evil, that would be perfect for a Warriors game. I’d also expect guest characters to make an appearance in this game. I can easily imagine playing as Mario or Zhao Yun. Once again, I can’t wait for more details.
Finally, as a fan of the Warriors franchise, does this game make the Wii U a must-have? We’ll have to wait and see, but, having been on the fence on whether to buy the console or not, this may be the game that forces my hand. Tecmo Koei is one of the few third-party developers that has been fairly consistent in its support for Nintendo’s latest console. I’d imagine, if this game is successful, we’d see future Warriors titles, including exclusives, end up on the Wii U. That’s something worth considering next time you’re in the market for a console.
In any event, I’m pretty excited after watching this trailer. Hyrule Warriors is definitely a Warriors title I’ll be looking forward to.