The official Japanese site for Hyrule Warriors Legends has been updated, and as expected it features playable character Skull Kid, a bit more of the Wind Waker stage and a new enemy in the form of Phantom Ganon. All of these elements were confirmed by a recent Famitsu feature.
Skull Kid is one of the most iconic characters in the entire Zelda franchise, having made his debut in Ocarina of Time before taking on a larger role in its direct sequel, Majora's Mask. This version of Skull Kid is based on his Majora's Mask incarnation.
Phantom Ganon is another recurring character from the Zelda series, and in this particular case is based on the enemy seen in Wind Waker and Four Swords Adventures.
Finally, a little more of the new Wind Waker-inspired level is shown. We've already seen something of this stage previously, but what we believe are three new screens - the bottom row of the composite image above - have been released. It pulls together elements of the GameCube (and later Wii U) classic to create an entirely new world to explore and do battle in.
Oh, so that's what they meant by Phantom Ganondorf! The HYPE LEVEL has increased ten fold, because, man, that guy is cool!
Still not interested until we see something from Gamelon or Koridai
NEVER SPEAK OF THOSE GAMES, AGAIN!!!
@ItalianBaptist Still waiting for the Faces of Evil HD Remake.
I'm not a big Zelda or mosou fan, but Hyrule Warriors is one of my favorite Wii U games, bringing the characters and mythology from 1 into the fighting engine of the other just made it all work.
The fact that it's coming to 3DS, following Xenoblade Chronicles, one of my all time favorite JRPG, following SSB, makes me really wonder why Nintendo would even bother making another home console. And Monster Hunter 4 already looks great on 3DS. Handheld, TV out, done.
THIS IS AWESOME!
@rjejr Because, games in general lose a lot of what makes them great by going handheld if they were originally a console title. From what has been said, Hyrule Warriors will lose a lot of the scenery, including soldier numbers, by going handheld, plus most games, even Dragon Quest 8, lose a lot of their vibrant colors. Many people who make handheld games also cut back on many things that are staples on console. I don't mind handheld games, but consoles are where its at for me because you just don't get the same immersion on a handheld that you do on a console.
My go to example is always Shin Megami Tensei 4 versus Shin Megami Tensei 3 Nocturne. SMT 4 does not hold a candle on ambiance and immersion like Nocturne does because so much is missing from the handheld game, especially deep sound effect, and a post apocalyptic world that actually looks like one. The world in SMT 4 is neat and all, but at such a small size it is very hard to really get into the world as a backdrop, and to me it was just a few roads you follow to get wherever. In SMT 3, the world was dangerous, and you had to maneuver your way around it in all it's glory.
@Tiredman I agree, I'm not a handheld gamer, I'm a console gamer,that's why I bought a Wii U, and its why I'll buy a PS4 next year, I wasn't really talking about gaming from my perspective, but from Ntinedo's. Why make another home console only to have it sell so poorly? Why make games for a console that doens't sell when you can make games for a handheld that does sell? I don't fault Nitneod for making Wii U after Wii sold over 100 million but w/ Wii U sitting at only 10 mil and P4 showing no signs of stopping, why risk Wii 3? Make DS4, give it TV out, and devote all your resources to making great games for it so that there are no down periods. Sony has already said no Vita 2, so that competition is out of the way. Just keep making Pokemon and Monster Hunter and SSB and MK for handhelds, don't invest all the R&D money into a home console that nobody expects is going to sell well, and will only take resources away from their handheld game making. Just make sure it has TV and sound out. Today's handheld tech should be powerful enough to run a tv signal at 480p, which people would accept for handheld gaming on a big screen.
@Tiredman how were the ps vita cross buy games graphics wise? If we're talking next gen (as opposed to 3ds vs Wii u) then there might not be as much of a disconnect if any at all.
Including Skull Kid and Majora in Legends is an evil move. As you can probably guess, I'm quite a fan. So this tempts me.
Wasn't this also for Wii U? The full famitsu scan shows that some of the picture used were from the Wii U version if I recall correctly.
Blehhhh I spent so much money on Hyrule Warriors so for them to make a version with more characters is just cruel.
Now all that's left is to let the Groose loose!
Will all these new things be offered as paid DLC for the Wii U version?
So the three islands are one new map, and the Earth and Wind temple are also merged into one map? Or are all 5 things on one map? That would be huge.
Well, I'm getting more and more hyped for this. I see no point in buying the Wii U version now since my favourite characters are coming to the 3DS version.
If they would just make this cross-save compatible, I'd gladly buy another copy. Love this game, just don't see me putting in the time to start over. Spent too many hours on the DLC...
@rjejr You said it yourself, the wii sold over 100 million. Nintendo gets lucky, then unlucky, but by far their biggest problem is power. If they fixed that problem, third parties would love them, and they would be competitive in their own market as the pure gaming console, not the all in one box xbone and ps4 want to be.
Got a taste of tv connected hand helds with the PSP, and while I love the option to do so as many of the games look ok, it still comes back to power, power, and more power. Handhelds just don't do the depth of console games, and to make a handheld as powerful as a console would put an extremely hot item in your hand after 30 minutes.
@ItalianBaptist I didn't have a Vita for the same reason tons of other folks didn't, the Sony tax and their idea of memory. If you are a big time gamer, the Vita required around $320 to $350 just to buy the thing plus one game. Nobody wants to pay the price of a console for a handheld. And since no prices have gone down, there is still no overwhelming desire to get it.
@Tiredman PSP hardware is over 11 years old, that's practically Industrial Revolution for handheld electronics. Have you seen what an iPad or good smartphone can do these days? The new Lumia Windows phone has Win 10 built in. You can basically get a computer in your hands. Even the 3DS is 4 years old. The new handhelds won't be as cheap as the old ones, but what they'll be marketing is a $400 home console that fits in your pocket and goes w/ you for $300, not a $300 handheld that does TV out.
I thtik it's the way Nitneod needs to go, rather than hope to get lucky w/ another Wii surprise hit. All their home ocnsoles have bene dropping insles since the NES, that's a long time to keep supporting declining hoem hardware sales.
@rjejr Did you like break you primary hand or something?
@amiiboacid Phone was ringing, ran to get it, didn't have time to correct, that's how bad my typing normally is, every single word has at least 1 typo.
Why are people so over hyped about this? The graphics don't even look half as good as the Wii U version for obvious reasons, and it's basically the exact same game with a few more characters. Whoop-de-doo...
The 3ds version looks atrocious compared to the wiiu, geez.
This game is looking amazing! I hope to see even more characters to get announced!
@japongt I'm not sure graphics are a contributing factor to many peoples' 3DS purchases. Also, this is more content for the Wii U version as well since you can transfer characters.
Cool of course, but does anyone really need even more characters? The Wii u version is stuffed already, and no way do I have the time to upgrade them all to the max (levelling up, getting every heart-container, every badge, etc). That said, if I can get them for cheap on the Wii u version (or preferable free), I won't hesitate. But this is probably the first "Zelda" that I'll never finish.
@japongt and a whole new storyline with new weapons and maps! I love the Warriors series and loved hyrule warriors. I will be getting this day one. I just hope they allow some kind of cross save. I'm already 400 hours in on the console version
So all of those screenshots are from one Wind Waker level? :S
I am actually pretty happy this isn't out right now because I would have bought it by now. I picked up Hyrule Warriors only about 4 days ago and I haven't been able to put it down for long. Just the idea of taking it with me on my trusty 3DS makes the $40 purchase totally worth it. That being said, by the time it comes out I may be burnt out by HW, and I will have the ability to wait until it HOPEFULLY drops in price a few bucks.
Then again, it could be one of those games that retails $70 used after being out of print for 20 minutes.
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