North American site

The flood of Hyrule Warriors news continues today as Nintendo reveals hordes of new information on the upcoming Zelda spinoff game. For the first time, however, official news comes to us in English as Nintendo of America opened a webpage for Hyrule Warriors on their site. This comes just one day after the Japanese site was launched.

The site includes a new screenshot of Link in action, using a powerful magical attack to send Bokoblins flying (above). Also on the site is a first-look at the North American version of the game’s logo on a temporary box cover.

The page has this to say about the upcoming Wii U game:

“Cut down entire legions of enemies as Link, Impa and other Legend of Zelda characters using over-the-top powerful Dynasty-Warriors-style moves. This tour de force through the beloved locales of Hyrule will have you battling the fiercest enemies in Zelda history. Think tactically and conquer missions in the most efficient way you can to save Hyrule!”

In addition, there are new gameplay details on the site that went out via press release today. Link must advance the storyline to access new playable characters, weapons and moves. As in every Zelda game, Link can also collect Rupees he finds throughout the game. With them, Link can craft badges, although it is unknown what these badges will do.

Also, it appears that officially the sorceress is known as Cia, not “Shia” as fan translations labelled her yesterday.

Skyloft art

On their Facebook page today, Nintendo also shared images of the game, including one interesting piece of artwork. It appears to show Skyloft from Skyward Sword over a battlefield beside Hyrule Castle. If you look closely, you can see the Statue of the Goddess on the far right island and Loftwings flying around the islets. Although there is no official word from Nintendo, this may be a teaser for a Skyloft stage in the game.

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This would call into question the game’s placement in the Zelda timeline though, since Skyloft’s Goddess statue was returned to the surface before Hyrule Castle was built. It could be that Hyrule Warriors doesn’t canonically fit into the Zelda timeline however: Satoru Iwata did stress that this was not the next core installment in the Zelda series back when the game was announced last December.

Oddly, this image was taken down from the Facebook page hours after going up, but it can still be found around the web.

New screens

Lastly, new screenshots have cropped up on the web. As seen on Japanese site 4Gamer, the screens appear to show cel-shaded panels that may tell the backstory of the game, similar to the introductory sequences in Wind Waker or Skyward Sword. Check them out below:

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Stay tuned to Zelda Universe as we bring you all the updates on Hyrule Warriors!

 

  • Nathanael Noll

    Is dis gonna tie in with the Zelda Cannon, or is it just makin’ things up?

    • Jeff Griffith

      no, it’s an off game, it only has features from the canon

      • Cap’n Linebeck

        i used to be as sure about that as you are, but with all the recent news and Aonuma’s involvement i’m honestly not sure anymore

        • JaidynReiman

          I’ve always been assured it was canon until that screenshot… then I realized that the sky looked like a time-space rift had opened up, and if you think about it that way it makes perfect sense (plus recall that Skyloft was right in the center of the skies of what would later become Hyrule; if it were to fall years into the future or through a portal into the future, it would fall on top of or right in front of Hyrule Castle).

    • KMS

      If it were to, this would be about Hylia’s chosen hero. That incarnation of Link looks almost exactly like the one in the game. In Skyward Sword, it is revealed that Impa was alive when Hylia created Skyloft, so this must be the same Impa. But Link dies at the end of the manga, so it’s an ending scene? It is likely that the object Shia uses at one point is the mirror of twilight, which has been around since ancient times, and was used to banish the Interlopers, who could be Demise’s army. Also, the wind waker looking illustration could depict the bound chest hero after the events of Skyward Sword. This most likely answers Ken’s question above.

      • Darkot

        This would be a cool explanation. But sadly, I don’t think that can be the case, considering that Zelda exists in this game. Canonically, her first appearance is in Skyward Sword. Her only previous incarnation to that would be Hylia, and they can’t exist at the same time under normal means, since they’re the same entity.
        Otherwise, your theory would make a lot of sense. It would explain why Link is a soldier, since Hylia’s chosen hero was as well. And why the goddess statue is in the air still (though, wasn’t the statue created by the people of Skyloft, after the war?…).
        But, like I said before, this idea unfortunately falls apart with Princess Zelda’s existence. That only leaves the possibility of the game being post-Skyward Sword/Hyrule Historia Manga, since that’s when the royal bloodline begins.
        However, this could POSSIBLY be Skyward Sword Zelda and Link, after they leave Skyloft and establish Hyrule Kingdom. Especially considering that the Wind Waker looking illustration of Zelda looks an awful lot like her from Skyward Sword. That would explain her appearance, and the existence of the kingdom/bloodline. However, this too falls short of being possible, because (SPOILER ALERT FOR SKYWARD SWORD) Impa’s still alive/young. Unless it’s a later incarnation of Impa, which isn’t totally impossible. But, that still doesn’t explain why the goddess statue is back in the air. Maybe Shia lifted it back up again? I don’t know..I have a hard time believing that this will be canon, considering that these theories get so convoluted in order to fit the lore.

        • JaidynReiman

          I think this proves the game is non-canon UNLESS that portal in the sky is a space-time rift, which would actually make perfect sense in the context of the game and would allow them to introduce characters from a variety of games and still make it canon.

          Being a spinoff doesn’t automatically make it non-canon.

          • Anthony Moseley

            I guess we won’t know for sure until Aonuma gives some sort of official info.

          • Ryan Haynes

            does this mean my dream of Dissidia: The Legend of Zelda is finally coming true? 😀

          • JaidynReiman

            Not exactly, this isn’t a Zelda fighting game, its a Zelda hack and slash. It will have tons of playable Zelda characters but you’ll also be fighting tons of generic enemies as well at the same time.

          • Ryan Haynes

            I meant that as “Throwing the characters of all the Zelda Generations/Timelines together and making a game of it”.

    • CEObrainz

      Zelda Expanded Universe. That’s what we could call all games that are not part of the core franchise but somehow fit into timeline. If the story doesn’t fit however then it’s simply a spin-off and nothing more.

  • Ken Byrne

    It most likely takes place during the war before Skyward Sword? :p This is most likely the final stage, where Link in the manga seperates Skyloft from the ground, the one in the back of the Hyrule Historia. He more than likely gets a new scarf near the end or it was a coloration change. :p

    • lawzo

      could not be, the hyrule castle is there, in the manga of historia, hyrule castle dint exist yet, my theory is that when link goes to the past on skyward sword to defeat demise he failed miserably and demise took control of every, there for you can see skyloft falling down in the screens shots.

      • CEObrainz

        I don’t think Anouma is willing to create another branch in the timeline to fit this game, it would just piss many people off and be off for a game that’s considered a spin off.

        • heroofmasks

          i wouldnt mind if they put this in its own timeline branch along with hopefully sequals of this game this game war doesnt rep a single war in the timeline they said ss was and is gonna be the first zelda game so before is out plus there wasnt a castle until after ss the war before mc had a diffrent hero not link the war before oot cant have happen you cant have 2 links alive at the same time in the same timeline branch and oot link was a baby so his father couldnt be link the and most of the other wars were about ganondorf claiming the triforce or the twili being captured by the light spirits and sent to the twili realm i can still see this game being a prequal to a unannounced accual zelda game tho a war we never heard about thats if its still canon

          • CEObrainz

            Please use punctuation, that’s really hard to read otherwise…

          • heroofmasks

            ill use what ever i darn well please

          • CEObrainz

            Fair enough, just don’t expect me to read your posts then.

      • JaidynReiman

        Its not a branch, either the game is outright non-canon or Skyloft is falling through a space-time rift, which makes more logical sense.

      • Anthony Moseley

        Well, considering that we know all manga is non-canon, this game could easily override it. Of course, I don’t think the game takes place before SS, just saying that it COULD.

        • JaidynReiman

          Actually the original Skyward Sword game more directly indicates that Hyrule Castle and the Hyrulean Royal Family didn’t exist before SS either, that came after SS. The manga actually does have a castle in it which might indicate Hyrule Castle was a town to protect civilians from demons and later was turned into Hyrule Castle following SS (but again, Hyrulean Royal Family didn’t exist pre-SS, they directly worshipped Hylia, Hylia’s descendants became the Hyrulean Royal Family).

          But either way Hyrule Field looks like a cross between TP and OOT. I think Skyloft is falling through a time-space rift.

  • Darkot

    Honestly, it is going to bother me a little if they mess up the lore…I know it’s a side game, and I’m not looking for much story wise from it, since it’s dynasty warriors style (though, I’ve been very excited for the combat and exploration aspect). But at the very least, I don’t want them to mess with the already established stuff. That’s the kind of thing that would end up putting me off of the game. The second I read “skyloft artwork revealed”, I had a bad feeling. I realized partway through reading, that Skyloft technically COULD make a reappearance without breaking cannon. I mean, nothing happened to it. But there’s no way the goddess statue can be in the air at the same time that Hyrule Castle exists, unless it was sent Skyward again somehow. Which, wouldn’t be a horrible explanation. But I doubt they’ll have any reason for it, if them taking that artwork down wasn’t because they caught the error.
    Other than that though, all cool news. REALLY awesome that you get to play as Impa in this! That’s something the main series hasn’t even managed yet. A female protagonist (not counting the CDI’s..). All of the new screenshots look awesome too. The Volvagia themed villain looks interesting! I like that little throw back. And I REALLY hope that the treasure chest box set comes to North America. I’d buy that the second it was announced.

    • JaidynReiman

      Look at the sky, though. Honestly, I think its a space-time rift. Which would be a perfectly reasonable explanation for bringing in characters from throughout the entire series and reference numerous things in the series, and it could still be a canon game (its not the next main Zelda game, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be canon).

  • True Davad

    This website looks more like an extension of Nintendo’s website than an actual official website for the game. It looks nothing like the Japanese site. I actually want it to be non-canon because I don’t like the idea of Impa being a GIANT sword wielder when the mainstream appearances show a short sword on her back, classic ninja abilities, and force field powers in her one actual fight seen. I do hope they fit in characters from, different games though. I want to see Vaati for example. He did win the Sword Fighting tournament in Minich Cap without giving himself away as a sorcerer, so he can probably use a sword in addition to magic.

    • JaidynReiman

      We’ve never actually seen Impa truly fighting, and she’s only vaguely hinted at ninja-like abilities at any point. Also, one common trait a lot of people forget about ninjas? They are often trained to be able to use anything as a weapon. Plus characters in this game will be able to use a large variety of weapons anyway.

      As far as Impa using a force field, she does in fact create some sort of runic energy field on the ground in several screenshots. She could easily have a forcefield ability as well.

      This “website” isn’t a true official website, though. Its just a web page. There will likely be an official western website created at a later point.

      • True Davad

        Her MAIN weapon in this game is a Giant Sword. She has a short sword/long dagger on her back in Ocarina of Time. She should use something like that.

    • JaidynReiman

      Oh and also don’t forget characters aren’t the same every game. One Impa could be a ninja and another wielding a large sword. Link is widely known to be a jack of all trades, even though he usually wields a sword by default, he always packs a whole arsenal of items.

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  • Joana Cartageno

    This opinion may be unpopular, but I didn’t like Skyward Sword at all. I consider myself a big Zelda fan, but I just couldn’t understand why did Nintendo chose to continue with Skyward after making such a masterpiece as Twilight Princess was. They took nothing from Twilight, nor character, nor the artistics, nor the universe. And I found that as a huge mistake. When I first played Twilight Princess (And I bought the Wii ONLY to do so), I thought they had finally found the artistics that suit perfectly the entire Zelda concept. I liked the posibilities of gameplay (the way you had to learn techniques with your sword), the enemies were lot of fun and the story was indeed interesting. Not to mention Midna – a character that I happily accepted to replace Princess Zelda (as main character).

    Skyward Sword takes place in a world that’s not Hyrule.
    You’re not a Hylian, nor a Kokiri -you’re just… somebody else.
    You do not wield the Master Sword.
    Navi (and any other kind of fairy) does not exist.
    Zelda is not a Princess.
    And you do not ride Epona.

    Was it even a Zelda game? Let’s make it clear: they kept the DEKU BABAS and they didn’t keep Epona?? And, as if it was not enough… they’re willing to repeat some of those mistakes??
    I truly believe Nintendo’s gone mad.

    They should follow the path Ocarina and Twilight drew. And stop trying to create new alternative-nonsense universes all the time. I want to ride Epona through the biggest Hyrule field ever. I want to battle, among with a huge army. I want to experience the ultimate war for Hyrule,Zelda and the Triforce. I want to see the Zoras, and the Gorons. I want to see the Kokiris and of course, I want Link to be a Hylian. I want him to be the LEGEND he is supposed to be.

    Of course, these are only the thoughts of a stubborn Zelda Fan, nothing else. Anybody agree?

    • JaidynReiman

      I liked Skyward Sword. But I far preferred TP. Frankly I think they’ll go back to the OOT/TP formula. They just need to add more to do in Hyrule Field, perhaps add some open world elements and have random event occurrences happen at certain points.

      • heroofmasks

        nah to me tp is the weakest zelda game mida wasnt helpful at all she was more of a burden she didnt even care for most of the game and the over world was very huge with very little to do couple golden bugs here couple of heart pieces there and a few poes there it was to big and boring to go through all the time tp is not a bad game its just they coulda put more though into how big to make the overworld and to ad more stuff to do in it

    • Anthony Moseley

      I liked Skyward Sword in the sense that I enjoyed learning the origins of the Master Sword (and *spoiler* you DO wield the Master Sword later in the game) and how Hyrule came to be, but I think they could have done a lot more with the story, particularly when it came to races. The Gorons were just kinda there, and we never really got a sense of why or where they came from. The Kikwis, while admittedly cute, served no purpose that Kokiri couldn’t have served, therein raising even more questions than answering them, namely what happened to the Kikwis? The Paralla are most likely ancestors of the Zora, so I have no problem there, but they too served little purpose. Then….the robots. So, what, was Hyrule some kind of advanced culture before Demise destroyed most of it? Again, more questions and less answers. Also, what happened to the Mogma after SS?

      However, I do feel that Skyward Sword has to be my least favorite console Zelda game. The lack of exploration and the way the game felt a bit too linear just really made the game feel less Zelda-ish compared to previous titles. The controls, while fine for the most part, do get a bit wonky at times, especially during sword combat (there were many times I would try to get Link to swing his sword one way and then he would instead swing it the other way, particularly against those damned Dinofos), oh and flying that damn bird was almost impossible to get the hang of. It’s a good game, mainly because it seems almost impossible to make a bad Zelda game (and no, don’t bring up those CD-i games), but it definitely wasn’t the epic game that I have come to expect from the Zelda franchise.

      • Ryan Haynes

        It’s pretty clear that to Minish evolved into the Kokiri & since SS Takes place before MC they couldn’t have included either. The Kikwi & Mogma probably evolved into something we wouldn’t expect them to, like how the Zora’s evolved into the Rito despite being sea dwelling creatures.

        • heroofmasks

          nah the kiwis evolve into kokiris the minish were sadly a 1 game thing like some races nintendo makes and the fish guys cant remember how there named turned into zoras

          • Ryan Haynes

            You have your theory, I have mine.
            I just find the idea of the Minish evolving much more plausible.

          • heroofmasks

            not really you forget 1 thing the picori came from the sky between ss and mc kiwis have always lived in the forests

          • Ryan Haynes

            So? The Kikwi are nowhere to be seen in MC, and the Minish already have more similarities to the Kokiri. Picori even sounds similar to Kokiri. Why does it matter that the Minish came from somewhere else?

          • heroofmasks

            ofcourse the kiwis are no were to be seen there turning into kokiris the picoris/minish are still there making iteams but they didnt turn into kokiris otherwise they woulda turned into minish way before then they also camed from a diffrent realm in the skies

          • Ryan Haynes

            What? I don’t even…

            If the Kikwi turned into Kokiri before MC, then why are there no Kokiri in MC?
            And I already said: “Why does it matter that the Minish came from somewhere else?” That doesn’t mean that they can’t evolve.

      • Joana Cartageno

        Oh well. You made lots of sense. I couldn’t finish Skyward Sword, it just disappointed me too much. I haven’t played every single Zelda game (shame on me!), but I did play many of them and I have to point you just summed up all my reasons to dislike SS so much: it wasn’t Zelda-ish. It was too linear (you fell from a hole in the coulds to a exact location, you couldn’t mess around and explore).
        Now, it’s only few month before we can experience Hyrule Warriors, and, eventhough it’s presented just as a war game, I’m expecting it anxiously. It’s a big shame here in my country (Argentina) there’re almost no Zelda fans and the Wii U is not even for sale yet… I hope this will change before September 26th hahaha.
        Thanks for the answer and for clarifying some of my opinions.

  • Talmor

    Skyloft looks like it’s about to crash land on what I assume to Castle Town down there.

    The cell-shaded panels are really pretty. The differences from the usual appearance of WW/PH/ST artwork is really rather eye-catching.

  • Blake Gunn

    Guys get hyrule historia. in the manga at the back it shows Hyrule was there before skyloft. Link died defending it then stabbed the master sword into the ground and created skyloft. That screenshot mustve been near the end where Link dies…

    • Ryan Haynes

      But we don’t know if the manga is even canon or not…

      • heroofmasks

        mangas are barely is even canon plus nintendo stated ss will be the first in the timeline link in ss is the first link

        • Ryan Haynes

          Iwata also stated that it’s still possible for a game to take place before SS.

  • Nore Bonomis

    sigh. nintendo :/ where is the real zelda game? Is this the bs that we’re going to get? Good. #anotherreasonnottobuyawiiu

    • JaidynReiman

      Its been confirmed the next main Zelda game will be shown at E3. In fact, it was far enough along last year that they considered showing it then.