Hyrule Warriors E3 2014 Breakdown

ParkerJune 10th, 2014 by Parker

HW 10Nintendo released a new trailer for the Zelda-themed Dynasty Warriors spin-off, Hyrule Warriors, during its online E3 presentation today. Besides confirming two new characters, the footage highlighted the game’s fast-paced action and teased a familiar Zelda villain at the end. Hit the jump for a full in-depth analysis of the trailer, informed with tidbits gleamed from the Nintendo Treehouse live-streaming of a Hyrule Warriors demo.

Note: the following screenshots were taken from a badly compressed trailer posted on YouTube and do not represent what the game looks like in full HD.

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The video begins with a scroll unfurling to reveal an updated lineup of characters, including the newly announced Princess Zelda. Link is shown protecting Impa from some kind of fire-based magic attack. We also witness the Sheikah warrior twirling her blade up into the air and letting it fall neatly into a sheath planted in the ground. I can’t see the practical reason for her doing that, but it sure does look cool.

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We then see Link charging up a spin attack in front of a gang of Bulbins, the green-skinned goblin bandits from Twilight Princess. In a single sweep, Link sends dozens of them flying into the air and dispatches another group with some kind of magical earthquake move. Both techniques highlight Link’s ability to strike in all directions at once. These skills will come in handy when progressing through the game’s levels. The main grit of Hyrule Warriors‘ gameplay revolves around powering through environments swarming with hordes of enemies and completing mini-missions along the way. These can include saving certain friendly characters on the field and capturing bases, where players can summon Hylian knights as allies.

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After Link’s display, Princess Zelda takes to the field to slice and dice through a group of the ugly red Bokoblins from Skyward Sword. Hylian knights fight at her side as the princess jumps high into the air, charging up a Light Arrow as a menacing yellow beast opens its maw below. The mystical projectile explodes against the monster, and the video shifts to Zelda using a similar attack to blow away a horde of enemies at point-blank range. Clearly Zelda won’t need Link to distract foes this time around in order for her archery skills to come into play.

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After Zelda unleashes a magical burst of energy, we’re treated to a familiar face. Midna, Link’s sidekick from Twilight Princess, giggles and twirls her ethereal hair before mounting a shadowy wolf with glowing blue eyes. Midna can summon the wolf at any time to plow through Bulbins with a twirling attack. She can also summon a massive ball of twilight energy, a special move that she sends crashing into the ground. Regardless of what role Midna plays in the story of Hyrule Warriors, she at least looks like a fun character to control.

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Next we see Impa doing battle against an army of Stalchilds from Ocarina of Time (again highlighting how Hyrule Warriors adapts designs from across the series’ history). She wields her massive sword (an admittedly odd weapon of choice for a ninja-like Sheikah warrior) with grace, dispatching the walking skeletons with heavy stylish swipes.

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The next few seconds of footage reveal surprise character appearances, including the dragon Argorok from Twilight Princess and the infamous Great Fairy from Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask. Unsurprisingly, Argorok returns as a boss, as confirmed on Nintendo’s Treehouse Live stream. Unlike the cordoned-off boss fights of traditional Zelda games, the boss battles in Hyrule Warriors take place on the same open battlefields of the main gameplay. They move around the map with the player, who can engage them off and on as they tackle the endless stream of baddies and mission objectives.

The Great Fairy’s appearance isn’t quite as horrifying this time around, though Link still doesn’t look pleased when he encounters the flirtatious half-naked woman in the trailer. Besides bringing back childhood nightmares, she fills a special role during missions. She can power up the player’s items to perform enhanced attacks. This was put on display during Nintendo’s live stream. Her enhanced Hookshot’s supercharged chain pulled a surprise move when it latched onto the Moon from Majora’s Mask and hauled it out of the sky. The ghoulish lunar object’s protruding nose collided with Argorok, who was unable to avoid the startling attack. 

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Afterwards we see Link battling more Bulbins and a ReDead based on the ghoulish mummy design from Twilight Princess. The tougher foe serves as a captain to the lesser baddies, apparently triggering a special gameplay boost when defeated. After delivering a stabbing attack that cuts through swaths of enemies, Link shows off some of the game’s items. These include a spinning projectile ax, a humongous bomb and the Fire Rode, which can unleash an immense blazing inferno.

The end of the trailer teases longtime Zelda fans with a familiar pair of glaring eyes. Nintendo already introduced major antagonists for Hyrule Warriors months ago, including the masked witch Cia and her minions Wizro and Valga. Now it looks like the Gerudo king Ganondorf will once again upstage a Zelda game’s first-time villains. Nintendo might even surprise its fans by making the iconic villain playable. The idea seems all the more possible after it was was suggested in the live stream that more playable character could be unveiled.

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On a less ominous note, the last few seconds of the trailer show Zelda retrieving a Hookshot from a chest. The Treehouse live stream demonstrated the item’s uses in combat, such as pulling flying enemies to the ground. Also on display during the stream was the game’s charming load screen, which features an adorable NES-era Link running across the loading bar.

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On the surface, Hyrule Warriors looks like an exciting action romp. The trailer Nintendo put out for E3 was choke full of content, featuring a slew of characters, enemies, attacks and items. In comparison, our first look at Zelda Wii U today was oddly brief. Whether Hyrule Warriors can stand on its own without succumbing to the repetitive nature of the Dynasty Warriors games has yet to be seen. Much of the gameplay shown already has been very much in line with the main series’s chaotic hack and slash style, rather than the tight swordsmanship of traditional 3D Zelda games. Hopefully both Zelda and Dynasty Warrior fans will find compelling gameplay behind the title’s flashy presentation when it releases in September. 

Are you excited for Hyrule Warriors? Do you think Nintendo has drummed up enough excitement for it at E3 so far? Let us know in the comments below.

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  • Silver

    I have never played a game in the Dynasty Warriors series, but this game looks awesome!! I can’t wait for September to come!

  • Biggie

    Introducing the new Zelda movie from Hayao Miyazaki!

    • Fikern

      I recognized that picture to be a change up of Laputa. I am not sure if I am supposed to be sad or proud.

      • Fikern

        Well, I didn’t actually see the full comment, just the picture. Man, that was a big hint!

    • Midnafan


    • http://cs10k.webs.com/ ErroR(avio)

      Castle in the Sky?

      • Biggie

        Probably. You never know what you might find on Google Images.

        • http://cs10k.webs.com/ ErroR(avio)


          • Biggie

            A Zelda movie by Miyazaki could actually be incredible. But at the same time it sounds a bit ridiculous.

          • http://cs10k.webs.com/ ErroR(avio)

            Yeah, but it would be epic if they actually put the time into it! NOW I WANNA SEE IT!!!

          • Biggie

            Too bad he retired.

          • http://cs10k.webs.com/ ErroR(avio)

            He did?! NOOOOOO!!!

          • Biggie

            Yep, The Wind Rises was his last movie. I highly recommend it BTW, it is wonderful.

          • http://cs10k.webs.com/ ErroR(avio)

            Haven’t seen it yet! So excited now!!!

  • itsameluigi1290

    So in the new Zelda, that may not have been Link after all.


    • Midnafan

      1: when was the last time you were supposed to take an aonuma quote phrased like that literally 2: unless Link has a twin brother, how in the hell is that not Link.

      • itsameluigi1290

        I did say “may”. IDK why that’s so easy to miss. Next time I’ll put it in caps, like
        “So in the new Zelda, that MAY (emphasis on MAY, as in, not COMPLETELY AND UTTERLY CONFIRMED TO) not have been Link, possibly, sort of.”
        C’mon man, I’m just bringing up something I thought interesting.

      • the sign writer

        no reason why it can’t be someone else though. nothing there to truly state otherwise.

  • Shootdatrupee!…

    Great. The next 3 months is going to be hell now while I wait for this game.
    On the other hand…MIDNA!!!

  • Midnafan

    WHY ISNT ANYONE TALKING ABOUT THIS VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQBxNBNj3t8

    • http://cs10k.webs.com/ ErroR(avio)

      Don’t know, I wasn’t happy with the new character. But the art style was cool!

      • ganaham

        The battle between link and pit was good.

        • http://cs10k.webs.com/ ErroR(avio)

          It was! I was glad Link beat the snot out of Pit!

          • ganaham


          • http://cs10k.webs.com/ ErroR(avio)


          • ganaham

            Actually pit got his revenge on me and 11,000 other people by putting the sequel to lavender town music on the nintendo E3 livestream. Not kidding 20 minutes of it. Beep Boop Beep Boop Beep. For 20 minutes. IM SORRY PIT!

          • http://cs10k.webs.com/ ErroR(avio)

            Wow, that’s cruel.

          • ganaham

            Hilariously it was catchy. I guess its one of those musical opinions when one realm hates random beeps and our realm likes the migrain inducing morse code.

          • http://cs10k.webs.com/ ErroR(avio)

            Just don’t commit suicide, k’?

          • ganaham

            It doesn’t have that affect but its maddening while playing, but when gone you strangely miss it.

          • http://cs10k.webs.com/ ErroR(avio)


  • Midnafan

    Fi should be playable. Just sayin’. o_o actually, i think Hyrule Total War really had the right idea for how she would work in this kinda game (and obviously she would look half as awkward in Hyrule Warriors) this should really be a thing, i loved that line from the Total War trailer “You didn’t think my dancing was just for show, did you?” :D

    • http://ghirahimbvbfurba.tumblr.com/ MomoBVB9

      (so should ghirahim)

  • itsameluigi1290
    • TK

      That’s Shia; after you stop her from being evil she becomes a playable character.

      • Shootdatrupee!…

        Not sure if srs

      • itsameluigi1290

        Becoming good makes her breasts shrink apparently

  • afidjaf

    Need to add SKULL KID!!

  • Hilda

    With Ganon back, this game is better than new Wii U Zelda

    • TheGreatCthulhu

      Well, that’s because there’s been more footage released.

      For the new Zelda, there’s only been a 3 minute trailer. That’s it.

      • Hilda

        And I’m already disappointed, what is very strange about Zelda game…

        • TheGreatCthulhu

          Is it because you were hoping for an art style more like TP and OoT?

          • Derpy Brony

            My fav is Oot and I love this new art style. I think the change is cool though.

          • TheGreatCthulhu

            Same here, I love what was shown so far. :)

          • firenskaex8

            I just hate how they gave link a pony tail

          • TheGreatCthulhu

            Who says that guys can’t have long hair or rock a ponytail? ;)

          • Hilda

            I love the art style… :)

    • Strangepie

      we only now like a minute of gameplay for zelda wii u

  • MaiamaiHunt

    I’m quite excited for this game now :D

  • Nikki

    I’m excited! I’m disappointed that I had to miss what the treehouse live stream showed(because I had to go to work).

    • ganaham

      Captain toad treasure hunter, splatter, Project Giant Robot, Project Guard, and Xenoblade Chronicles X. Oh Yeah and smash bros tourney.

  • itsameluigi1290

    Hm. That girl does look similar to Shia, but IDK if there’d be THAT drastic of a change when she’d turn evil (hypothetically, if that’s her).


  • richa

    Link: ….must….resist..to..look

    • itsameluigi1290


      • ganaham

        He’s closing his eyes in case he does.

    • Biggie

      Great fairy? Naw I’m good I don’t want to see those.

  • itsameluigi1290

    Hm. A lot of similarities, actually. Hair is longer on one side, leg brace, tarp thing covering one arm, and that feather.

    • richa

      in her description it says that she turned evil somehow, so it could be the same person and then you have to save her later?
      If that is the chase I wouldn’t mind turning evil too if that gives me such breasts enlarging xD

      • itsameluigi1290

        Heh. Well, I don’t think Terra grew breasts when he turned evil, so it might not apply to everyone. XD

    • VladNorris

      There is a problem though: the tan. Unless she changes her appereance drastically, but that would be quite racist(she has to turn black to be evil? Whoat!?) Also, Cia is….bustier, had to point it out.

      • itsameluigi1290

        Yeah, the breasts do seem smaller on the character on the right. Maybe she’s related to Cia? It’s mainly the clothing style that makes me think so, like she’s from whatever tribe Cia was in.

    • matt schweiss

      to me the one on the right seems like a younger version of shia……back to the future meets zelda!

  • hollander

    Oh erotic great fairy appears again…..
    but the rest is COOOLL.

  • Guest

    Can someone point me to footage where the Moon get dragged down? I don’t see it anywhere.

    • BlackRaven6695

      It’s in the 40-minute long Hyrule Warriors demo video you can watch on Nintendo’s official Youtube channel.

  • Amber Evans

    I wonder if there is going to be an actual plot to the game though…

  • Goddess Of Light

    Oh, that’s awesome! I love the references from many of the games! I also love the playable characters.

    • Link58

      Me too

  • matt schweiss

    and we see yet another pair of boobs

    • Samaras_Madness

      Actually, when you see the great fairy in-game, she’s MUCH more conservatively dressed than she ever was in OoT.

      • matt schweiss

        because she’s more realistic

    • Shadowknight1

      At least they won’t poke your eyes out in this one…

  • Paul

    Any word on whether this game will be canon, a part of the official timeline?

    • Raven

      It won’t be on the timeline. That was announced a while ago.

  • TriforceBear


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