Whilst Nintendo revealed Hyrule Warriors in a Nintendo Direct several months ago, it wasn’t until the developer (and Japanese publisher) Tecmo-Koei lifted the lid on the game a couple weeks ago that the world started to pay attention to the game. Ready for it’s full unveil at this year’s E3, a wealth of new details and hands-on impressions have emerged confirming that this game is certainly worthy of it’s name.

Hyrule Warriors is a well-publicized blend of Tecmo-Koei’s Warriors series and Nintendo’s own Legend of Zelda series. The game boasts upwards of fifty enemies on screen at any one time.

The game can be controller with either the Wii U GamePad or the Wii U Pro Controller. The controller’s Y button is used for a quick yet weak attack as opposed to the X button which produces a slow but powerful attack. B controls the player’s dodge, whilst A is left for special attacks. The player can utilize combo’s or simply button mash and hope to survive. Some of the items used over the years in Zelda games make a cameo including bombs, with several being able to be thrown at once, as well as the recently revealed Hookshot. This can be used to latch onto enemies, platforms and distant items. The ZR trigger is used for equipped items (d-pad will cycle through the inventory), whilst ZL is used to block attacks.

Several Zelda-series characters appear in the game including the previously revealed Link, Impa, Hyrule Guard but also Zelda, Midna and more. Each character will have their own weapons and set of special attacks, such as Link’s “spinning-slash” which knocks people into the air. Link completes this move by slamming his enemies to the ground with a downward stab. Zelda uses a glowing rapier to fight, as well as her quick-dodge ability. Her special ability comes in the form of a charged bow strike that knocks enemies off their feet. Some enemies  and objects also make cameo appearances such as King Dodongo in Hyrule Field who must be defeated just how he was defeated in Ocarina of Time. Magic Jars fill up your Focus Spirit meter which gives players a speed burst.

The game features several references fans will pick up on such as tips and hints presented in a text box with the message “Hey, listen!”, the loading screen between levels features character & enemy sprites from the original The Legend of Zelda game. The triumphant jingle when Link opens a treasure chest also makes a welcome return!

Hyrule Warriors will be launching exclusively on the Wii U & Wii U eShop sometime during Fall 2014.

Written by Andy W.

I’m the Developer Liaison at Nintendo Enthusiast, and when I’m not working my butt off at the toy store I manage, I’m talking with developers from around the world, promoting crowd-funding campaigns, conducting interviews and also offering advice and support to developers looking to bring their games to Wii U & 3DS.