After the somewhat disappointing news of a lack of online co-op in Hyrule Warriors, we do now at least have some interesting details on how the online functionality works in Adventure Mode.

The latest issue of Game Informer includes an interview with Producer Yosuke Hayashi. “The Adventure Mode features a ‘Network Link’ feature.” he explains. “This allows you to add a ‘Link’ to your maps whose level is based on other users’ play data. If you come to this Link’s aid and fight alongside him, you’ll get access to special bonuses.”

It sounds like you will receive an AI-controlled Link based on someone else’s data, as well as some potential rewards — similar to how SpotPass is used in a number of 3DS games. While you may not be able to play with a real person online, at least you can still exchange data in some form. The promise of “special bonuses” sounds like it may prevent the idea from being a pointless gimmick, too.

  • Zachary

    Sounds interesting, I guess a bit like how ALBW made a Shadow Link for you to fight to represent another player, and after beating them you got rupees as a reward.

    To be honest, I never really enjoyed that as much, it just isn’t the same as playing with an actual person, me and a friend were hyped we’d be able to play this over the internet only to get shot down with this instead… Guess it’s better than nothing though.

  • Bernadet Gnuyen

    its a system of ghost data. If you are playing with Girahim for instance your Link will have Girahim as an allied commander when your friend helps it. When your link gets helped by your friends is the best part cause you get a XP boost for a single battle along with 50k rupees than you can take that XP boost to the lower left square in the MQ map and gain about 10 levels in less than 10 minutes keep failing the mission until you are completely maxed out. I’m a genius I know ^_~