Hyrule Warriors, the Legend of Zelda/Dynasty Warriors mash-up from Nintendo and KOEI, has a new trailer out featuring Midna battling her way through enemies atop a spirit wolf.
There are certain things Nintendo fans expect with a new Zelda game: puzzles, item hunts, and rescuing princesses chief among them. While Hyrule Warriors seems to do little with the first two items on the list, princess hunts are definitely a part of its repertoire, and the latest such princess to enter the game’s hack n’ slash arenas is none other than the Twilight Princess herself, Midna.
In their latest trailer for Hyrule Warriors Nintendo and Tecmo KOEI unveiled some snippets of gameplay featuring Midna atop a loyal canine steed, carving a swathe through groups of baddies.
Midna is only the latest in the line of Zelda heroes known to be available in the upcoming Wii U title. Both Link and Zelda were playable during the E3 Hyrule Warriors demo, giving lucky attendants the chance to experience some early elements of gameplay first hand, and Impa is known to feature heavily in the game as well, along with an expansive selection of other allies and villains from the Zelda series’ past. Fight alongside Gorons, and tackle Dodongo yet again, all within the new title’s much more action oriented world.
There are still many questions begging to be asked about the upcoming game. While Hyrule Warriors is set to boast collectibles and locations from throughout the Zelda series’ history in addition to many more cameos, how exactly the game will set out to combine all of these disparate elements into a single coherent experience has yet to be explained.
In addition, the gameplay will be a radical departure from the classic Zelda formula. While the Dynasty Warriors series itself has a strong fanbase, the series has often been hit or miss with many players due to its repetitive combat and little else. How this purely hack and slash approach will meld with the world of Zelda will be interesting to behold, giving long-time fans of both series an entirely new experience from any angle you look at it. Multiplayer Zelda has never really been explored outside somewhat gimmicky attempts like the Tingle Tuner or Four Swords Adventures, so the co-op mode in Hyrule Warriors will be a radically new, but welcome, addition to an otherwise solidly single-player series.
Hyrule Warriors is set to release in Japan in August.