Hyrule Warriors

This marriage of The Legend of Zelda and Dynasty Warriors is surprisingly successful - and strategic.

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Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition has a Nintendo Switch release date

The new Nintendo Switch version of Hyrule Warriors, dubbed the Definitive Edition, will arrive in Europe and North America on 18th May.

Hyrule Warriors has so far launched on 3DS and Wii U. This new port contains all prior content in one box.

It's been a busy night for Nintendo news, not least the announcement of Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo Switch - which of course Link, Zelda and co. star in as well.

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Female Link, Linkle, confirmed for Hyrule Warriors Legends

Female Link, Linkle, confirmed for Hyrule Warriors Legends

Also added: Skull Kids, Tetra, Toon Link, and King of Hyrule.

Hyrule Warriors Legends, the expanded 3DS version of Tecmo Koei's Wii U adventure Hyrule Warriors, adds five new characters including a female Link-alike named Linkle.

This new character was previously hinted at through some concept art and a mysterious crossbow found in the game's reveal trailer.

Sure enough, Linkle is equipped with two crossbows.

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Zelda Triforce Heroes announced for 3DS

Zelda Triforce Heroes announced for 3DS

Hyrule Warriors also coming to Nintendo's handheld.

The next Zelda title has been announced as the 3DS exclusive Zelda Triforce Heroes, due this autumn.

While its 3D graphics and top-down view recall that of A Link Between Worlds, Triforce Heroes is a multiplayer-focused adventure with support for up to three players.

Helmed by A Link Between Worlds director, Hiromasa Shikata, Triforce Heroes will be centered around dungeons in which players can stack on top of one another like totems to solve puzzles and tackle bosses.

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Hyrule Warriors headed to 3DS, first trailer leaked

Hyrule Warriors headed to 3DS, first trailer leaked

Now includes Wind Waker's Tetra and King Hyrule.

Wii U-exclusive Hyrule Warriors is getting a 3DS port, a leaked trailer for the new handheld version has revealed.

Developer Koei Tecmo currently has footage of Hyrule Warriors on its YouTube channel, although the trailer is not yet designed to be publicly visible (thanks, NeoGAF).

The gameplay footage reveals the existence of two new characters from The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker - Zelda's pirate alter ego Tetra and King Daphnes Nohansen Hyrule.

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Hyrule Warriors' secret final DLC character revealed

Out now in Europe and 12th March in North America.

Last week we took a look at how Ganon will look in Hyrule Warriors' new Boss Pack DLC, which just came out this week in Europe. However, there's one thing we didn't know about this new expansion: It contains a secret new unlockable character.

Hyrule Warriors Twilight Princess DLC release date announced

Hyrule Warriors Twilight Princess DLC release date announced

Twili Midna revealed as a new playable character.

Hyrule Warriors' second add-on, themed around Twilight Princess, launches worldwide on 27th November.

Nintendo's new pack adds Twili Midna as a playable character - the true form of Midna who only appeared during The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess' closing moments.

The fan-favourite character is the star of the pack, but you also get a new adventure map plus a smattering of new weapons and costumes.

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How a passion for Zelda is driving Dynasty Warriors to fresh audiences

Via Miyamoto's "180 degree" table-flip, drinking and dreams of Star Wars.

Backed by a growing group of Western fans and a clever choice of franchise collaborations, a distinctly Japanese game series is slowly building itself a worldwide audience. Koei Tecmo's Dynasty Warriors (or "Musou") franchise now boasts nearly 40 incarnations, including team-ups with names as well known as Nintendo.

Hyrule Warriors review

RecommendedHyrule Warriors review

A link between worlds.

It's become a clichéd observation, but one that Nintendo nevertheless continues to reinforce: the Legend of Zelda series is not a continuing saga so much as it is a recurring myth. The story never advances. Rather, its tale is retold in fresh ways with each new release, using a cast of recognisable characters and familiar props. It's only Nintendo's restless design and ingenuity that keeps us from tiring of the legend's telling.

Tecmo Koei's Dynasty Warriors series (and its clutch of boisterous spin-offs, known collectively as 'Musou') takes the opposite approach. The mechanics in each game remain resolute as you take control of a cartwheeling warrior who spins and slices through hundreds of listless foes. Your aim is always to turn the tide of battle, gaining ground by capturing keeps and other fortifications in order to create new routes and entry points for your troops. The theme of each game, meanwhile, switches, from ancient China to feudal Japan and even, in the Gundam spin-offs, to robot wars in space.

Hyrule Warriors' combination of the Zelda myth with the machinery of Musou is a curious one, then. For one thing, Nintendo's evergreen series isn't a natural narrative fit. Zelda games feature a solitary protagonist and no large-scale battles (the green-suited Link approaches his foes one-on-one; his arcing sword attack is mainly used to chop down the grass in search of rupees). There are no generals on each side of the Zelda war to lead grunt armies into battle, no empires that tussle for territory and dominion whose flags can be raised in victory. Hyrule Warriors bears testament to Zelda creator Shigeru Miyamoto's rare visionary talent, then (he reportedly insisted that the game remain true to the Dynasty Warriors template). This is, if not the best Musou game yet, then certainly the most approachable and textured.

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New Hyrule Warriors trailer shows off its expansive cast

New Hyrule Warriors trailer shows off its expansive cast

Four minutes of gameplay reveals lots of cool moves and monsters.

A new four-minute trailer for Hyrule Warriors has popped up, bringing us up to speed on its expansive cast and their even more expansive move sets.

We even get to see some boss fights like Usurper King Zant from Twilight Princess, Skyward Sword's recurring baddie Demon Lorg Ghirahim, and some other familiar dungeon bosses.

There also appears to be some oldschool top-down 8-bit challenges hearkening back to the original 1986 The Legend of Zelda.

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Hyrule Warriors release date set for autumn

Hyrule Warriors release date set for autumn

But will it have Amiibo support?

The Zelda / Dynasty Warriors spin-off Hyrule Warriors has been given a 26th September release, Nintendo announced during its E3 Nintendo Direct stream.

Developed by Tecmo Koei, this represents a huge shift for the series. The third-party developer was adamant that it had free rein to muck about with Zelda and try something different. Impa and Twilight Princess' Midna were confirmed as playable characters.

Previously, the game's Japanese site referenced future DLC and more playable characters. One wonders if it will implement Nintendo's upcoming Amiibo figurines.

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