In addition to the new characters and weapons seen in the latest round of screenshots for Hyrule Warriors, we also get a look at new stages and gameplay options. These screenshots were published on the game’s official Japanese website, and offer us a beautiful look at several Skyward Sword-based locations in the upcoming game. Other screens reveal what shopping between battles will be like, as well as how to level up and strengthen your characters. A host of official art has also been posted.
The recent scans from Famitsu, where the screens were first released, have been translated by Nintendo Everything. The translations offer detailed explanations of several of the screens, which are included below.
Two new Skyward Sword stages arrive: Skyloft and the Sealed Grounds.
The Skyloft stage will include the Statue of the Goddess, where Link meets Fi. It appears to also include various other islands in the sky, like Pumpkin Island. Levias, the giant flying whale, also soars around the stage, though it’s not yet clear if he’ll have a significant role to play.
Second on the list of new stages is the Sealed Grounds. It seems to contain an expansive Sealed Temple, as well as at least part of Faron Woods. It is here that Link and Fi encounter The Imprisoned. The stage also contains a catapult that launches giant bombs.
These images show us what Hyrule Warriors will be like between battles. The Nintendo Everything translation gave a host of details explaining what we are seeing here.
The stage select screen will give you the option to select the difficulty before engaging. After selecting a stage, you will get to pick one of the allowed playable characters, and then select a primary weapon for that player.
The select menu will also show you if there are Heart Pieces or other collectables that can be found on each stage. Some collectibles can only be found by certain playable characters, however.
After a campaign is complete, you can review your collected items. Monsters will drop spoils when defeated, as well as Rupees. Different monsters drop different items. Each item can be used as raw materials to craft special badges between stages.
Before selecting a stage, you have the option to go shopping at the Bazaar. The Bazaar will include at least four areas to spend your Rupees: the Badge Market, the Training Dojo, the Apothecary, and the Smithy. The Famitsu translations also suggest that there is a “junk shop” area in addition that will be revealed later.
Badges, when crafted with raw materials, unlock powers and other features that make the game easier. Badges cost Rupees to forge, however. Badges are also arranged in a “tree” of sorts, suggesting that some badges must be crafted before others.
Rupees can also be spent at the Training Dojo. While characters will level up in normal gameplay, the process can be quickened at the Dojo. With increased levels come increased attack power.
At the Apothecary, Link, Zelda and friends can pony up some cash to buy special potions. Each potion will have different effects, but expect more than the standard health and magic potions. Each potion is one serving.
To wrap things up, we have a look at the promotional artwork for Fi, Ghirahim, The Imprisoned, the Ball and Chain and the Wind Waker.