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I adore Hyrule Warriors, but with the release of Fire Emblem Warriors, the chances of Koei Tecmo releasing more DLC for Hyrule Warriors in the future is unlikely. However, there are still plenty of viable options and features that can be added into a Hyrule Warriors sequel, especially since Breath of the Wild came out earlier this year. With that in mind, I’ve compiled a wishlist of things I would want to have added in a sequel of this addictive fighting game.

Outfits from Breath of the Wild

The DLC packages up until now for Hyrule Warriors have consistently included alternative outfits and masks for the characters to wear, so having outfits themed around Breath of the Wild in a sequel just makes sense. Link can don the Champion’s Tunic and his signature ponytail, Zelda can wear her adventure attire from Link’s lost memories, Sheik and Impa can wear the Sheikah attire seen in Kakariko Village, Medli can wear Rito inspired clothing from Rito Village, Darunia can wear Daruk’s scarf, and Ruto can wear Zora royalty headdresses from Zora’s Domain. The possibilities of outfits that can be incorporated from Breath of the Wild into Hyrule Warriors are endless, and I want to see them all.

Nabooru as a Playable Character

Ocarina of Time has some representation with playable Sages like Ruto and Darunia, but since Hyrule Warriors doesn’t have any other Gerudo fighters except Ganondorf, Nabooru is a strong candidate for the sequel. The Sage of Spirit from Ocarina of Time, Nabooru even had an opportunity to fight in the game as well (even though she was clad in Iron Knuckle armor and brainwashed, I still think it counts), and she’s a potentially awesome character to include in the lineup. She can fight with a cool scimitar, or even wear the Silver Gauntlets to fight with the massive axe she wielded in her Iron Knuckle armor. The Iron Knuckle armor could even be featured during an ultimate attack, or as a Focus Spirit form. She could have spirit based attacks due to her status as the Sage of Spirit, making her combat more diversified and interesting. Fast and agile, Nabooru would be a force to be reckoned with on the battlefield.

The Rod of Seasons as a New Weapon

In Oracle of Seasons, Link is able to control the seasons with this rod on a tree stump. It may sound harmless, but hear me out. This rod can change seasons on command, and that idea alone is devastating. Imagine Link being able to conjure blizzards and have trees explosively emerge from the ground to fend off enemies. Having this as a weapon would diversify the combat as well as give Link a new weapon to fight with.

More Musical Homages

This might seem a little random, and to be fair, Hyrule Warriors has a lot of excellent remixes of classic Zelda themes as well as original scores to fill out the soundtrack. But it’s because of how wonderful the music is in the first Hyrule Warriors that I would expect the quality to be retained in a sequel, as well as including new scores inspired by Breath of the Wild‘s melodies. Finally, I want the Adventure Map track from Four Swords Adventures to be remixed for the game as well. It’s a fantastic song that would mesh well with the action and intensity of the game.

More Original Story Content

I liked the story mode presented in Hyrule Warriors, and I think a sequel could take advantage of incorporating a new narrative and original characters to go along with it. Since the Zelda series heavily features reincarnation, new versions of the core cast could be designed, and they can still recruit the characters from across the series under the guise of a new story. Better yet, the Guardians and Calamity versions of Ganon from Breath of the Wild could easily be woven into the narrative of a Hyrule Warriors sequel, and while having to fight the Guardians once again would be scary beyond belief for me, it would be an incredibly fun and epic boss fight.

Champion Mipha as a Playable Character

While all of the Champions would be fun to play as in the context of Hyrule Warriors, I’m going with Mipha as my primary choice because of her special weapon, the Lightscale Trident. This is a unique weapon that hasn’t been featured as a primary weapon in Hyrule Warriors yet (since Volga is a Hyrule Warriors original character, he doesn’t count), and adding her among the cast in a sequel would give Mipha a fun, distinct fighting style. Her special attacks could even incorporate the Divine Beast Vah Ruta, from a blast of water from its trunk to washing the enemies away with a flood of water. Mipha’s healing abilities could be featured as well. Much like how Young Link can play his ocarina to restore some of his Focus Spirit gauge, Mipha’s healing abilities can operate in the same way. Her special ability, Mipha’s Grace, can be her Focus Spirit form, both healing her and giving her a boost in power. I would have a lot of fun playing as this sweet, kindhearted Zora princess, with her potentially unique fighting style and healing based abilities.

 New Locations

Hyrule Warriors took full advantage of designing its locations off of various locations in the Zelda universe, and I would love to see this trend continue in a sequel. Imagine fighting off hordes of enemies in the snowy mountains leading up to Snowhead Temple from Majora’s Mask, running across a massive field inspired by Breath of the Wild, or sneaking into the castle and avoiding the spotlights like in Four Swords Adventures. Hyrule Warriors was a visually breathtaking game, and its sequel would no doubt benefit from the same high quality graphics and backgrounds.

Better Multiplayer Options

Perhaps one of the most disappointing things about Hyrule Warriors was the limited multiplayer options, or in the case of Hyrule Warriors Legends, no multiplayer feature at all. One player would be playing on the TV screen, while the other would have to use the Wii U tablet. It wasn’t a bad system, but with the power of the Nintendo Switch, multiplayer for a sequel would be much easier to do. Multiple Switches can be together in the same room and connect locally, and each player could enjoy the game on their screens. I think multiplayer could even be done split screen on a television screen as well. The map can be on the bottom to where both players can still navigate to each task with ease while also promoting teamwork and having a fun co-op mode, something that Nintendo likes to include whenever they can.

These are just a some of the features I would love to see in a sequel for Hyrule Warriors someday. What do you think? What characters would you want a Hyrule Warriors sequel to add to its cast? Let us know in the comments!

Michaela El-Ters is an Original Content Editor at Zelda Informer. For more of her wishful thinking, check out her blog.

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