Not the types to be left out of the spotlight, Usurper King Zant and Demon Lord Ghirahim have been announced as playable characters for Hyrule Warriors in the recent Nintendo Direct.

Zant, the crazed boss character from Twilight Princess, enters the thick of the battleground wielding his scimitars. In addition, he also uses his ability to use Twili magic to conjure a variety of objects to attack enemies, as well as being able to increase his own size to monstrous proportions.

“Tricky moves are definitely Zant’s specialty,” says Yosuke Hayashi, the producer of Hyrule Warriors.

Ghirahim, the flamboyant villain from Skyward Sword, also enters the battlefield, bringing a Demon Blade similar to the one used in his boss battle encounters. In combat, he uses a variety of sword techniques, as well as magic that sends enemies flying into the air. The footage also teased that his ability to change into his final form will also be used in combat.

You can watch the entire Nintendo Direct below, with Zant appearing at the 10:37 mark and Ghirahim at 11:18.

  • Ryan Haney

    I don’t like playing as bad guys all that often, but I glad these made it into the game.

  • Merylas

    Glad that these two and Ganondorf are in. The only others I kinda hope get in are Vaati and possibly Onox & Veran from Oracle Games. Glad we get a chance at what we already have though. 🙂

    • Soeroah

      I so wanted Nayru to be a playable character with time-based attacks. SO wanted it.

  • Trinosaur

    Ghirahim may be the only reason I’d want to play this game. Unless they add Groose, then I will be utterly convinced.

  • Christopher Walker

    Would love to see Nabooru as well ^_^

  • Talmor

    Ghirahim is going to be playable!? *hides* My imagination keeps bringing up a character select screen and Ghirahim says, “Treat me gently…or I’ll make you go deaf on the sound of your own screams!”

    He scares me.