Of all the news coming from today’s Nintendo Direct, I’d have to say that the collaboration between Nintendo and Koei Tecmo has got me the most excited. The unofficially titled Hyrule Warriors throws the hero of time Link into battle against hordes and hordes of Hyrule’s enemies, Dynasty Warriors style.
Say what you will about the Dynasty Warriors (Musou) series of games, I love the fact that it has been unapologetic and honest about what it intends to be. A guilty pleasure hack-n-slash that makes history and fables into the stuff of boyish comic books complete with physics defying combos, fan serviced characters and ridiculous guitar solos. Mixing in The Legend of Zelda just makes all the more delicious a treat.
While it certainly isn’t the first outing for the two Japanese developers (Koei Tecmo studio Team Ninja developed the poorly received Metroid: Other M), this seems to be more in Koei Tecmo’s wheelhouse. Especially considering The Legend of Zelda producer/director Eiji Aonuma is on board, then Link should certainly get the attention he deserves in this spin-off.
I hope the game features more than just Link (and/or Toon Link). I hope they include Zelda/Shiek, Wolf Link or even Ganon. As much as I enjoy the idea of Hyrule Warriors, the thing that I love the most about any Dynasty Warriors game is at least a little bit of variety.
Hyrule Warriors is expected out on the Nintendo Wii U sometime in 2014.