Nintendo has detailed the online features Hyrule Warriors will include when the game ships on September 26, but an online co-op mode is not among the features listed.
Nintendo’s Japanese website (and a translation posted by GoNintendo) says that by connecting Hyrule Warriors to the Internet, players can download additional content, post to Miiverse, and partake in an adventure mode. We currently don’t have details regarding the adventure mode.
While we know the game will include local co-op between two players by utilizing both a TV and the GamePad, an online version would be extremely welcomed. Unfortunately, the game’s official Japanese Twitter account confirmed that online co-op will not be supported.
The news might be a disappointment to some, especially in light of Nintendo’s efforts to bring online multiplayer to games like Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros. However, the announcement is consistent with the game’s description on Nintendo’s official website, where it emphasizes that the co-op mode is only a local feature.
“Two warriors are better than one: Battle armies with a friend using local co-op mode, with one person playing on the TV and the other on the GamePad, providing each player with his or her own screen.”
That’s that then. Those wanting online multiplayer in a Zelda game may have more luck with The Legend of Zelda‘s main installment on Wii U coming next year, which Eiji Aonuma has teased might be “more than a single-player experience.”