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Nintendo reveals Zelda Dynasty Warriors in fit of genius and/or utter insanity

Jonathan Lester
Nintendo, Wii U, Wii U games

Nintendo reveals Zelda Dynasty Warriors in fit of genius and/or utter insanity

Give Iwata A Medal, Then Section Him

Nintendo has announced a new developer crossover that literally no-one expected. A Project Aces-developed Starwing sequel? A Platinum/Metroid crossover? Nope. Instead, they've farmed out the Zelda license to Tecmo Koei who'll roughly shove it into the Dynasty Warriors mould, shave off the puzzles and adventuring, then release the following monstrosity onto Wii U.

I don't know whether to laugh, cry or spend another ten minutes headbutting the newsdesk... and whether Nintendo's top brass are pulling off an absolute coup or require immediate sectioning. What we can agree on, though, is that its remixed rock soundtrack will probably be worth the price of admission by itself.

Trailer below. You know you want to see this.

By the looks of things, Hyrule Warriors is set to be another colourful brawler hinging around insane AoE attacks and territory control, though using Hyrule for enemy inspiration and assets. Chests, bombs, and signature weapons should lend it some classic Zelda flavour. Expect cramped arenas and more moblins than you can shake a hookshot at.

Seeing as Hyrule Warriors is just a working title, there's no release date as yet, though it was announced during a presentation regarding Spring-Summer 2014 software.

We're having trouble agreeing on whether Hyrule Warriors is a good idea here in the Dealspwn office. I personally spent ten solid minutes braining myself on my newsdesk in an attempt to make the bad video go away. Then I got all... tired... for some reason. Now that I've regained consciousness, Matt has managed to convince me that it's a brilliant business decision at the very least, and it looks kinda fun. But maybe that's the concussion talking.

Nintendo will likely be watching Hyrule Warrior's quality like a hawk, and they'd better, because Dynasty Warriors licensed spin-offs are either fairly decent or atrocious filth.

What do you reckon?

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Breadster  Dec. 19, 2013 at 11:48

I think people should stop giving koei licences, they already ruined Fist of the North Star for me.

Last edited by Breadster, Dec. 19, 2013 at 13:08
JonLester  Dec. 19, 2013 at 11:54

They certainly did. I haven't forgiven them yet, though the surprisingly impressive One Piece: Pirate Warriors 2 went a long way towards redeeming Omega Force.

We have to hope that Ninty will be breathing down Tecmo Koei/Omega Force's neck and demanding quality every step of the way.

TBH it'll probably be more fun than Link's Crossbow Trainer. But of all the studios who'd bite off their arm to have a crack at a Nintendo license, Tecmo Koei are right down there at the very bottom of the barrel. Chilling with Lexis Numerique.

Breadster  Dec. 19, 2013 at 13:10

It looks better than other dynasty warriors games to be honest but that's not much of a statement.

I'm just still fuming that they didn't have Tecmo make FotNS on the Ninja Gaiden engine, it would have been a perfect fit imo.

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