With Hyrule Warriors being such an addictive title, it’s exciting to imagine the upcoming DLC packs expanding the content of Koei Tecmo’s hack-and-slash game well into next year. A number of sources have leaked some of the new costumes we can expect to see across the various packs, giving us a sneak peek of how we can change up the appearances of our favourite warriors.
Hyrule Warriors is already a gushing love letter to past entries in the Zelda franchise. However, the most exciting thing about these new costumes is the fact that some of them offer even more tributes to past Zelda titles that, until now, haven’t yet received the same amount of appreciation as others in the main game.
Link receives a purple tunic, paying homage to Purple Link from Four Swords. It’s great to see this version of Link gaining some recognition! It blends quite nicely with the blue scarf, too.
Zelda borrows some fashion sense from the princess of Lorule, Hilda from A Link Between Worlds. Her new look gives with her darker hair, and a purple shade of lipstick.
Impa retains her cool image with her new change of clothes, switching from blue to red.
Sheik receives a very ninja-like black costume, which befits her fighting style and mysterious demeanour perfectly.
Considering she goes by the title of “White Sorceress”, Lana is being more than a little self-contradictory with her new, all-black costume. With dark clothes and white hair, she appears to be taking some influence from her rival, Cia.
Darunia takes cues from the greatest warrior ever to live amongst the Goron tribe: Darmani the Third. While a sorrowful ghost in Majora’s Mask, here his spirit can live on in the fight against evil!
In another Majora’s Mask throwback, Princess Ruto clearly demonstrates that she’s a fan of Termina’s greatest band, The Indigo-Gos. Her new costume sees her sporting a dress similar to lead singer Lulu’s.
Midna’s new skin changes her Twili markings from green to red, giving her a more sinister image. Since this is the only image available so far, it’s uncertain if there will be any significant change to the wolf that Midna rides.
The sweet and nature-loving Agitha is opting for a dramatic change in her new outfit, with a gothic black dress. Perhaps this means she’ll turn her obsession to tarantulas instead of butterflies, too.
Fi’s going from 50 percent blue and 50 percent purple to what looks like completely silver in her new look. She looks even more statue-esque than usual in the screenshot below.
Zant’s costume isn’t really all that different from his standard one, the main difference being his red stripes and purple scarf. If you’re feeling disappointed, however, there are also reports on NeoGAF of a “maskless” version of Zant being playable; though no images have yet surfaced.
Ghirahim’s new threads are, yet again, a dark spin on his usual clothes, with the fabulous villain donning all black. Matches the “fabulous” hairstyle rather well, no?
It seems as though Cia’s obsession of Link has now affected her dress sense! She’s now going into battle with a green outfit, which also shows the villainous witch going maskless.
Also, here’s another shot of the “Guardian of Time” costume we saw earlier this week, coming up in the first DLC pack, “Master Quest”.
Rather than follow the aforementioned odd trend of black garments, Wizzro dons some blue attire. He looks a little reminiscent of Beth, the blue Poe Sister from Ocarina of Time.
Volga’s bright red armour and silver helmet appear to have had a mahogany make-over. While not a drastic development, it’s interesting to note that Volga’s dragon form also has a new look, with striking black wings as opposed to the comparatively bright, fiery beast present in the standard game.
Ganondorf appears to have gained some bronze-plated armour, though like Zant, the difference isn’t all that astounding. Still, the big G already received some badass alternative apparel in the previous free DLC pack, so we’ll let him off.
The Master Quest Pack will release later this month, the Twilight Princess Pack will arrive in November and the Majora’s Mask Pack will come out in January; all of which will provide “new playable characters, weapons, Adventure Mode maps and costumes” according to the Nintendo Wii U eShop. A “Boss Pack” is also due to launch in February.
Which is your favourite? I’m personally pumped to play as ninja Sheik.