Hyrule Warriors is available now in Europe and is just days away in North America, bringing a blend of Dynasty Warriors gameplay with the Legend of Zelda franchise. It's a mix that serves as entertaining fare on the Wii U as we enter the busiest gaming season of the year.
As indicated to us by Zelda series producer Eiji Aonuma, Shigeru Miyamoto metaphorically flipped the tea-table when early concepts of the game included more Zelda RPG elements, suggesting the benefit of the collaboration was to bring Warriors action to the franchise. What that has delivered is a unique game for Zelda fans.
Hyrule Warriors producer, Hisashi Koinuma, certainly isn't against further collaborations with Nintendo, with perhaps more hack 'n slash action on his agenda. Speaking to Eurogamer at the Tokyo Game Show, Koinuma-san declared that he'd love to work on a Star Wars title, for one, but then mused on what would be an intriguing Nintendo project.
One of my ultimate dreams would be using that character with the red hat on top. There is a Smash Bros. coming out, we do see a lot of different characters coming together in an all-star roster, so hopefully in the long run we can work with Nintendo on something with a similar line, where we can provide or deliver something Nintendo can't in a sense with their own IP.
Picturing Mario and company charging around a battlefield punching the snot out of enemies may seem fantastical, yet Hyrule Warriors was a turn up for the books in its own right when announced in December 2013.
Somewhat humorously, and said as a half-joke, Koinuma-san also explained how some of these collaboration ideas are first conceived.
It's usually while we drink... Actually, the drinking part is true to an extent. There's no typical pattern for how these collaborations begin - it could be a game we dream up in a drinking session, it could be something through our contacts in the industry. There are a lot of variations.
Would you enjoy a Koei Tecmo / Omega Force project based in the Mushroom Kingdom, or even with a Smash Bros.-style roster? Let us know in the comments below.