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