In Nintendo’s Hyrule Warriors press kit for E3 2014, the box art for the highly anticipated Zelda spin-off from Tecmo Koei was released. There are a few interesting tidbits from the newly released artwork on the box. Link dons both the Master Sword and Hylian Shield, something not present in the gameplay thus far;  a brand new character is shown clad in a purple top and wielding a shield and red book of some sort; and an ever-mysterious Nintendo Network logo shown at the top of the box. While this suggests that at some point in the game Link will gain the Master Sword and Hylian Shield, who is this new character? Is the Nintendo Network logo due to previously reported DLC, or will there be online multiplayer of some sort?

There are so many questions still to be answered, but rest assured we will find out by the time the game is released on September 26 in North America and August 14 in Japan!


  • Nicholas Barraza

    Link is a beast!

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  • Guest

    Who the blue hair female character?

    • Jolle31

      I think she is Nayru from Oracle of Ages.

      • Art1st4786

        I think she might actually be Cia before her corruption. If you look at the fringe of her hair, then compare it to what hair you’re able to see outside of Cia’s mask, they match. That’s just my observation, though.

        • craZ

          She never wore much, did she? It’s the only reason I’m not getting this game. And the Great Fairy’s lack of wear.

          • VladNorris

            You don’t buy a game if people don’t wear certain amounts of clothing?
            You’re missing a shitload of good games, some of them not even fanservicy or sexist.

          • QueenxLink

            Well that’s a very stupid reason to not get a game. What someone does or doesn’t wear shouldn’t limit you from playing amazing games. In this world nowadays, you have to deal with things like that. Especially lack of clothing. It’s not like she’s going to be completely nude.

        • Jude Mathis

          Hey, I just read your comment after I posted my thoughts and I completely agree with you! It actually confirms my observations even more now that I know that somebody else saw the same things I saw! =D

        • Pedro Vasconcelos

          Maybe even after! Somehow she could break free of her corruption in the middle of the game to reveal the true evil (probably Ganondorf), not an uncommon plot twist.

    • Fizz

      Pretty sure it’s Hyrule Warriors’s representation of Navi. If you look at her belt in official art, it bears a striking resemblance to a blue guardian fairy.

      • JaidynReiman

        I’ve always liked the idea of seeing fairies take on a full-sized human form. I’d really like this. I doubt its the case but it’d be neat.

  • Damn. That box art looks sick! I can’t wait to have this on my shelf!

  • CLopez63

    The Nintendo Network logo means nothing. Its on every single Wii U game box because of Miiverse.

    • Ryan Haney

      That’s what I was thinking.

  • DragonsGrace

    Absolutely gorgeous, coincidentally it’s one of the first box arts with Princess Zelda holding a weapon looking battle ready (unless of course you count the euro art on the special edition of Windwaker or Tetra on the HD Wii U version.) Also I’m sure the purists are happy to once again see a left handed Link once again, although the trailer showed a dominant right hand when raining arrows.

    • Calvin Armstrong

      Im nearly sure link has always been a right handed archer but left handed swordsman

      • Drathalx

        nope you pull the string with your dominant hand. he holds the bow with his right and pulls the string with his left.

        • DarkIllusionist

          The whole reason Link Displays the ambidextrous trait at all was because in A Link to the Past, to save money and time, any time Link went to swing his sword, his shield would always face Death Mountain. It may not be the first time in the game this has occurred (Meaning it could have shown up before ALTTP), but Link will always be Ambidextrous. He sometimes does with his right what he can’t with his left and vice verse. So if you think about it Link was never really Left handed and never really Right handed if you think about it. In my honest Opinion, I think Link is better for that trait only because it allows him so much more freedom, when they animate him because he’s not tied to a dominate hand. He’s my hero because of that, because I am Ambidextrous.

  • Ryan Haney

    The grey-haired girl is awful young to have gone grey. She must’ve had a real scare as a child. Other than her hair, she looks like she could be an Oregon cheerleader, which is a good thing, if you aren’t familiar with US university sports.

    • doubleO7

      Looks like an very light shade of blue to me.

    • QueenxLink

      Since when have you seen a Japanese game in which every single character has natural colored hair?

  • Set

    I anyone else hyped knowing the Zelda is carrying a Lightsaber? xD

    • JaidynReiman

      Its a rapier, she’s just using magic to make it glow. 😛

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  • Jude Mathis

    In my opinion, I think that girl on the cover’s actually Cia! If you look at the accessories around her arms and legs, they look pretty similar to the ones on Cia’s outfit. They both also have feathers incorporated with their costumes. Finally, if you compare both of their hairstyles, it’s exactly the same color and length. Try imagining Cia without her helmet on and it should be pretty easy to see the girl on the cover. I’d guess that you can probably unlock her as a playable character after you defeat Cia and help her turn back to normal or something like that.