Zelda spin-off Hyrule Warriors announced

Tecmo Koei mashes up Warrior series with the world of Zelda.

Today's Nintendo Direct delivered the goods straight away this afternoon, with the announcement of Hyrule Warriors, a collaboration between Nintendo and Tecmo Koei that combines the worlds of Zelda and the long-running Warrior series.

Due on Wii U in 2014, Nintendo's Satoru Iwata stated that this wasn't the next instalment in the Zelda series, but rather an offshoot. The gameplay was a straight lift of the Warriors series melee combat, with Link smashing through a field swarming with hundreds of moblins. Elsewhere, Link's trademark weapons seemed to be intact, with him retrieving some from a chest with the trademark jingle appearing. The dungeon gameplay, however, likely won't figure.

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