Aug 5th, 2014

Last night, a Nintendo Direct was held to promote the upcoming game, Hyrule Warriors. Leading up to this Direct, fans seemed divided on whether or not they accept this new take on The Legend of Zelda series, and this may have been Nintendo’s last chance to hook the holdouts.

In the following video, I take a look at what Nintendo showed off last night, and discuss whether or not I think it was enough.

Hyrule Warriors releases on September 26. Did this Nintendo Direct sell you on the game? Let us know in the comments.

  • Sebastian Bergström


  • Dylan Groot

    Of course not, it’s Dynasty Warriors, come on.

  • Petri

    Direct was kinda underwhelming, but did not change my decision of buying the game.

  • Rinslowe

    It’s not so much a new take on the Legend of Zelda series, as it is an inclusion of the Zelda universe to the Dynasty Warriors series…
    Just sayin.

    • abe

      Except non of the DW characters appear and features a new story so by detonation is a new take on zelda

      • Rinslowe

        Hmm… I shall ponder that one.

      • FutureFox


      • Rinslowe

        After further pondering I’ve come to the personal conclusion that is in fact a hybrid of both series equally. Zelda characters, Zelda Universe but not canon – DW gameplay, DW underlying mechanics…
        So by deduction it is strictly neither, but more so both in equal measure.

        • abe

          Yeah I never get why people called the non dynasty warrior games like hyrule warriors crossovers when non of the DW cast appear. Spin off kinda fits but is better suited to the Empires sub series.

          Fusion and hybrid are better sounding and more accurate

  • Yuuki

    I was sold on it since the first trailer two years ago(i think). People can harp it as “just another Dynasty Warriors Game” all they want! This game is only slightly similar to Dynasty Warriors,just like One Piece PW was. The moves are already more complex,and the button combinations are gonna be different. This is the perfect Zelda fanservice game and I gonna enjoy it all while the haters miss out!

    • TehEngineer

      The game was only announced last December.

      • Yuuki

        loI was thinking the first trailer was in 2012,now I have to go back and edit my post…

    • MysteryT

      Eh. It hasn’t even been a year since the first trailer yet 😛

  • SuperSonicBrawler

    I swear, they better add online co-op to this game. I’m tired of Nintendo gimping every exclusive they have when it comes to online multiplayer. Tecmo Koei doesn’t get a pass just because this Dynasty Warriors game is on a Nintendo console. Every one of my friends that owns a Wii U lives hundreds of miles away from me, so local multiplayer is impossible. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, it’s 2014. There is absolutely NO reason why the grand majority of Nintendo’s multiplayer-centric games don’t have online co-op. New Super Mario Bros. U should have had it, Nintendo Land should have had it, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze should have had it, Super Mario 3D World MOST CERTAINLY should have had it (there’s not a doubt in my mind that, had that game included online multiplayer, it would have single handedly turned the Wii U around), but no, they dropped the ball on each and every one of them. I’m not settling for just Mario Kart and Smash Bros. anymore. Nintendo needs to get with the program and start putting their foot down when 3rd parties try to gimp their games, and they can start by making sure their own 1st party titles are up to snuff when it comes to things like this.

    • Yuuki

      I thought they confirmed it had online co-op? I can’t see why this would be the first Musou game without it(afaik…)

      • SuperSonicBrawler

        They confirmed there would be local multiplayer with the gamepad, however they basically DEconfirmed that there would be any online co-op via this twitter post.

        • Daniel Carvalho

          “Online Cooperative mode will not be supported. Attention. Cooperative offline mode is possible with the Game Pad.”

        • Petri

          Zelda Warriors…
          Think Hyrule Warriors fits better.

    • HavokPants

      it’s not nintendos fault it’s koei tecmos

    • Nathan C.

      Finally someone who gets it! Nintendo is stuck in the past with their new games. Not everyone has the chance to play games locally, which is one reason why online is so important.

      And I’m not letting anyone give me the excuse “Tecmo Koei is making the game, so it’s their fault”. Have you all researched past DW games? Their last game (Warriors Orochi 3 Hyper) had online co-op!

      • Ghasfarost

        it is most probably due to the difficulty to implement online with Nintendo’s API.

      • Yen

        Most Warriors games, and games of this genre, don’t though.

        • Nathan C.

          That’s not an excuse. If the last game had online, don’t no point in removing it in future installments. It’s like transitioning from Mario Kart Wii to Mario Kart 7 and removing online as an option in-between entries.

          • Yen

            There was no previous warriors game on Wii u though. Your example make sense and I’d agree but this is the first of its kind on this system. And again, there are many other series in this genre that still don’t have online co-op like sengoku basara.

          • Nathan C.
          • Yen

            Okay I stand corrected. Didn’t hear of it til today honestly. Still, hyrule warriors is a spin off. Also how well did the online work in that game? Maybe they had too many problems and decided it’s better without it?

          • Nathan C.

            I have no idea, but that doesn’t matter to me. Brawl’s online sucked, but at least Nintendo made the effort to include it. I’m not seeing that with this game. 🙁

          • Petri

            My guess is there is not enough people playing it to get a match online.
            But I could try.

    • That_one_guy99

      There will be an online mode just not co-op. So I think it’s perfectly fine.

    • abe

      Who the hell plays the warriors franchise online? I get what you mean on the other stuff (bar platformers with collision as a ms lag can ruin it for all) but warrior games are dumb fun best enjoyed with someone else on the couch

      • matthew garcia

        Why can’t they include both couch fun and online fun. I would think Nintendo could pull both off at the same time

        • abe

          its not nintendo making the game, and Koei’s past with Warriors games online isnt good with only one player earning unlocks and levels must be played in offline before can be played online

    • Merry_Blind

      Completely agree. I was unpleasantly surprised when I realized all those games you mentioned didn’t have Online multiplayer. So far I only have 1 friend who has a Wii U, and I don’t see him often, playing online with him would have been awesome.

    • matthew garcia

      Cooool I’m not alone

    • Rich Garriques

      first of all , online coop in no way makes a game better , it is only convenient. new super mario bros is a side scrolling game that in no way requires online play as it focuses on gettting through opsticles in a set time. online play would only ruin that game as players online tend to do their own thing more then half the time , why didnt you complain about rayman legends lack of online play? since its on every console and pc?. donkey kong country ts is also a side scroller this applies as well. super mario 3d world is a complex mario game that also requires almost the same style of game play. again online players would ruin that game because they do their own thing and tend to stray away from other players to suit their own needs. geeze i really don’t understand the gull of todays gamer. they are so stupid they think online makes everything better when in reality it doesn’t do games any justice except provide convenience. its not nintendos problem that yours friends live far away from you . why didn’t you get an xbox one or ps4 and play online games from those instead of expecting nintendo to play the copy game with ps4 and x1. i don’t think nintendo is living in the past at all , i think today’s gamer has no idea how to enjoy games if they don’t contain online features.

      • matthew garcia

        Hey but even if they add online multiplayer you could just ignore it and play the game the way you wanna play it. At least have it as a option though

        • Rich Garriques

          there’s no reason to have it , it will just ruin those said games. if they never came up with online games. you morons wouldn’t be saying this crap right now.

          • Epicstuf

            No, it won’t. THIS is Nintendo, not Microsoft or Sony.

          • matthew garcia

            Lol why so much hate for online. Like I said it’s an option u could completely ignore

          • Rich Garriques

            so in this case nintendo ignored it entirely what is the problem?

          • Epicstuf

            That’s what you think.

          • matthew garcia

            Honestly I can care less for online but I don’t mind having it as a option for the people like supersonicbrawler and his 30+ up vote followers lol

          • Epicstuf

            Plus, Mario Kart Wii, 7 and 8 is online and people are enjoying it.

          • Stuart O’Quin

            I just wish I could play “3D World” with my friends and siblings (who all own the game) that don’t live close by. That is one of the things that makes games so important to me. I’m a Nintendo gamer for life, but I often wish that they understood that games are becoming a way to interact and have fun with friends and family that don’t live nearby. Not being able to friend chat during MK8 online is also inexcusable. Talking with strangers, I can see why they wouldn’t want that going on in a family game…

          • greengecko007

            And if there was never a minimap on the TV screen in Mario Kart people wouldn’t be complaining about not having one in Mario Kart 8. People obviously wouldn’t be able to complain about not having things if those things were never created. That’s not a revelation, so what’s your point? Having a multiplayer mode shoehorned into a game can be a waste of resources, but that’s not the topic at hand. If a game has local multiplayer, there’s almost no excuse in this day and age not to have online multiplayer.

          • darkcreap

            Sorry, I have to politely disagree. Online multiplayer allows you to play with people that you cannot meet personally due to geographical distance. It is not always possible play with people within your home’s range.

      • greengecko007

        There’s a lot I disagree with in this post, but I think I’ll just narrow it down to a few things.

        1. Online multiplayer in no way ruins a game that already has local multiplayer. It’s the same thing, just over the internet.

        2. Online multiplayer is definitely possible in side scrolling platformers. Just because Nintendo hasn’t done it, doesn’t mean other developers haven’t succeeded in doing so.

        3. Gamers do in fact know what they want. Wanting online multiplayer in a game that has local multiplayer is far from ridiculous, especially as we are in the later half of 2014.

        • darkcreap

          For point 2, just mention Trine 2 on WiiU. I beat the game in collaborative online multiplayer with my cousin. Voice chat just enhanced the experience even better, I tell you.

      • darkcreap

        “again online players would ruin that game because they do their own thing and tend to stray away from other players to suit their own needs”

        By this comment I deduce you consider online multiplayer to be rather individualistic, right? Yes, I can give you that that can happen. I have played multiplayer games that required team collaboration and more often than not there were a lot of people that went rogue. In games especially designed to be played as a team.

        Nevertheless, if you play with friends and you both have a collaborative spirit, it can be a fun experience. I beat Trine 2 on WiiU with my cousin in multiplayer online and it was an incredibly fun experience, because we were figuring out talking between us how to solve a puzzle. With the voice chat it was even better, because you could coordinate incredibly well. I think that, Hyrule Warriors can work well on online if proper voice chat is added.

        MK8 could work well if you could voice chat with your team members. I like to play Mario Kart in a collaborative way (even without team mode). In Mario Kart in SNES, a friend of mine and me used to play 1st and 2nd. One took the first place and the other tried to get rid of all the rest so the 1st did not face any troubles. It was incredibly fun. Of course, for voice chat to work during a game, it should be limited, because otherwise it would be really noisy.

      • SuperSonicBrawler

        You make it sound as though convenience in and of itself would not make a game better. Last time I checked, convenience was a good thing. I fail to see how having the OPTION to play something online that already has local multiplayer “ruins” a game. I would have mentioned Rayman Legends, had my post primarily centered on 3rd parties, but when you get right down to it, it isn’t the 3rd parties that have a bad history with online, it’s Nintendo. Also, I thought I had made it abundantly clear that the main reason I want online implemented in all of the aforementioned games is so I can play with FRIENDS, so your argument about only playing with complete strangers online has little to no merit. That’s not to say that the OPTION (there’s that word again) to play with strangers wouldn’t be welcome. I disagree that it isn’t Nintendo’s problem that my friends live far away from me. By choosing to not include online in games that focus heavily on multiplayer, Nintendo is essentially alienating a large portion of their consumers who are in a similar boat. Like it or not, our culture relies far more heavily on the internet as a means of communication nowadays, and companies who refuse to acknowledge this and adapt accordingly are, by definition, living in the past. I’m not saying Nintendo should completely abandon local mutiplayer. I completely agree that it’s an essential part of social gaming. However, for those of us who don’t have the luxury of sitting down with our friends every time we want to play a video game, online may be our only alternative.

        I’d like to refer you to a YouTuber by the name of Shokio, who’s opinions on this sort of thing I whole-heartedly agree with. I recommend you give this video of his a watch.

    • Epicstuf

      There is COOP.

    • boynhisblobs

      I respectfully disagree. But, i’m not very into Online play personally, so that’s my standpoint. I could honestly care less, i very rarely play online. Mario Kart 8 is about it.
      But, if you regularly play online I can get the frustration. Nintendo needs to step it up a little this year, exceed our expectations.

    • TCar

      It doesn’t need online play. So tired of people thinking everything needs to connected to the internet! They should charge a per game charge to open up that feature.

    • Daniel Carvalho

      I want Nintendo to work on games that support Online Co-op. The Wii proved this is perfectly possible with Mario Kart Wii and The Last Story (although they both had their problems, mostly with coding than online itself), and the Wii U has proven to be more than capable with Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate and Mario Kart 8!

      BUT I don’t think every game should have it. There are games where having Online Co-op (or even local multiplayer) just breaks the game’s aesthetics. It breaks the 4th wall so much you can’t get into what the game is trying to pass, and that’s not good. That said, I don’t know if Hyrule Warriors would be better with Online co-op or not – I would have to play the game first to decide that -, although the idea of having players facing each other in those maps on matches 2 V 2, 3 V 3, 4 V 4 and 5 V 5 sounds really appealing.

      I guess that’s exactly why I’m so excited about Xenoblade X: it will be the very first 1st party Nintendo title to have proper a Online multiplayer mode (not counting Mario Kart and Smash bros.). Lack of Online support was one of the strongest critics the Wii had during its time, and now that Nintendo promised they would do something about that, all they do is add some Miiverse feature instead of doing the right thing!

      As I said before, I don’t believe Online multiplayer options fit every game, but Nintendo hasn’t been doing any game that loses something with Online play lately!

    • Kirbyomega

      well, not to be that guy, (but still being that guy, sorry lol) you don’t need another wii u for local multiplayer as you said, so you’re nearby friends can still play with you

  • PlayStation4Life12345

    I love Nintendo, I really do. But this ain’t sold for me. Since I hate Dynasty Warriors.
    We have Smash Bros, MK8, Donkey Kong, and Cap. Toad this year. That’s more than good enough for me :P.

  • allvalve

    To be honest, it’s not really my cup of tea, but I hope it sells in decent numbers and encourages Tecmo to release more games for the Wii U.
    Any exclusive game is a bonus, so lets hope it does well.

  • Iron Angel

    I am sold, I was already excited but now that I can play as Ganon…I’m there.

  • LevenThumps

    The Direct was mostly a recap, so if you weren’t sold before, you probably won’t be sold now.

  • Prizm

    A whole Nintendo Direct dedicated to this game? I was hoping for some other news.

  • Nintenjoe82

    I think I was already sold before the direct because I’ve only bought one new retail game this year (done quite well on the bargain bin and eshop though)

    The prospect of a hack and slash game with decent offline coop is what sold me. I have about a dozen friends who will play Wii U with me, most will only play Mario Kart or FIFA but mindless slaughter is something everyone can enjoy.

    I am a bit annoyed about DLC costumes though. It’s just a waste of everyone’s time and resources. I would rather they made the DLC for random Nintendo characters so I could have Raymond Bryce or Alex Roivas stuck in a Hylian battle

  • steveb944

    More importantly why is this the first article posted? First one should be the new DLC that’s making me buy the game early.

    2 Ganondorf costumes tied to Club Nintendo sign up? DONE.

    • Petri

      And PAL regions getting limited edition with scarf.

      • steveb944

        Really? Anything for US?

        I haven’t had a chance to see the Direct, just saw Ganondorf on Club Nintendo site while I was checking SMB2.

        • Petri

          Do not know.
          Maybe they’ll do Nintendo world thing again, like with MK8?

          • steveb944

            Omg I really hope not, even tho I can have my friend buy it tho.

  • Dennis Hååg

    Not at all. It looks very bland and boring. I wouldnt buy it even if my life depended on it.

    • Epicstuf

      Well, you are missing out. You CLEARLY don’t know anything about the Dynasty Warriors games.

      • matthew garcia

        There insanely repetitive

        • Epicstuf

          Sorry for being a Grammar Nazi but *They’re .

          • matthew garcia

            Lol its ok I have auto spell on my cell phone and I’m at work so I have mistakes

          • Epicstuf

            Oh. Well, the only reason why I think you think it is repetitive is because the player is so over powered. But, you know this is Zelda, and this games crank up the difficulty.

          • matthew garcia

            The only way this game will be cool to me is if it has puzzle elements.

          • Epicstuf

            Probably, there will be puzzles.

          • Michael Ocampo

            They seemed to be just standing there (the enemies) during the direct so I don’t see the difficulty in that. Unless if they have other difficulties which would’ve been nice to have mentioned in the direct…

          • Epicstuf

            Hopefully, Nintendo should make the AI smarter.

      • Dennis Hååg

        I do. They seem boring as hell.

  • Ganondorf summoning Ganon? Done. Sold. Here’s my blood.

  • Lusunup

    I’m still not sold. they only showed stuff we already knew about.” press the y to attack press X for a special attack follow up!” We need more info on Shia and Lana….. any mode with dueling involved or coop online!?!? Guess i’ll wait for mor info since they really didn’t explain the game that good…

    • abe

      How Bout the captains and boss characters requires traditional zelda Z-targeting fights?

  • Nathan C.

    It seems the only good directs are the ones with Sakurai in it.

  • RockieOllie

    Love the designs! But i’m not interested in the game.

  • jhell

    only one thing left to do koei tecmos add online co-op

  • Squid

    I’m sold, I can’t wait to play as robot Groose and bug Groose.

  • Zonark

    I agree with @supersonicbrawler:disqus it needs online but I’m still getting it either way. Its definitely a “N64 Goldeneye” invite all your friends over and kill some stuff multiplayer. (or floating remote mines dodge)

  • Fred

    Yes!!! My wife and I will have a lot of fun playing this game co-op on our couch. My only regret is having to wait until September

    • Will.F. Martinez

      Same here, wife was more excited then I though. Didn’t even know she was interested in it lol

      • Lionel Quoc Anh Thai

        You need to get to know your wife better. She sounds like a keeper

  • palomino blue

    Comes out on my birthday. Not a bad present.

    • Epicstuf

      Comes out 6 days after my birthday.

  • one of the reasons I think that Nintendo games don’t have online game play is because it will take longer for the game to be ready!

  • Juan Carlos

    I think it looks fun. Playing as ganon and ghirahim looks pretty rad and though the game’s graphics don’t look amazing, they look solid. There’s not a whole lot of variety in the gameplay but the fact there’s a couple different modes helps it out. The big letdown is not having online co-op. But I’ll still pick it up, and hopefully with the OOT costume pack.

  • Kobe

    I don’t know why they don’t have online either. This game is bigger than Smash Bros in some peoples opinion. Most people don’t have friends that can come over and play co-op, because everybody likes the freaking xbox, playstation, and pc. How am I supposed to find someone nearby that likes the wii u? Thats why we need online.

    • Brandon Gardner

      Very well said

  • Brandon Gardner

    Does this game have a story mode or what’s the story behind the game?

  • tux_peng

    Nope, not interested

  • Scott Duperree

    Yes, I am sold on it. Never played Dynasty Warriors, but the mechanics sound interesting. I am most interested in playing as other characters in the Zelda Franchise, such as Zelda, and especially Ruto and Darunia (love Ocarina of Time). Least interested in Lana, as I am a Zelda fan, not a random Japanese idol fan.

    Probably won’t get it this year, except as a gift, but probably in 2015.

  • Stuart O’Quin

    Almost sold… I just don’t know what they can do to push me over the edge. Perhaps adding online co-op with voice chat for the US/UK releases.

  • triplegamer3K .

    I was already sold.But i wasn’t really impressed with the direct.It was rather uneventful,in my opinion.

  • greengecko007

    What I liked: They showed off a lot of the more in depth concepts of the game, like leveling, the adventure map, multiple weapons, upgrading, badges, etc. This game looks much better than just a tedious hack and slash game.

    What I didn’t like: Preorder bonuses… Really? So there’s incentive to not buy digitally and use the deluxe digital promotion?

  • mojack411

    I was sold loooooooong before this direct.. If it doesn’t have online play then yeah that’s unfortunate but it’s not a deal breaker for me. I only have one other friend with a Wii U anyways and he hardly plays it.

    I’m gonna have to have one of my friends pick up a pre-order of it for me now, since I’m going to be out of the states when it comes out and I need those costume sets in my life!

  • Paul Haley

    I’ve been sold on the game since the very beginning. But i am a fan of both series so it is only natural. Regarding the online, i have never used online features in any other warriors game so i really could care less about i not being in HW.

  • uPadWatcher

    I’m deeply interested in Hyrule Warriors as much as Bayonetta 2, Super Smash Bros. Devil’s Third, and Splatoon.

  • Jonathan Robitaille

    if this version is gimped compared to other Dynasty Warrior games (I don’t know but I believe some have online co-op) than it deserves to be lambasted for it. Sorry, but you can’t complain about AC, Splinter Cell, Batman Origins, etc being gimped and give this a free pass. That said, I couldn’t care less about that feature as I game alone, so it wouldn’t affect my purchase. What IS affecting my potential purchase is the fact it looks last gen and the baddies seem to offer very little resistance (other than the bosses). But playing all these different characters (many I have never even heard of) could be fun. I might give it a try if it hits bargain basement prices.

    Hopefully for Nintendo’s sake it sparks some Japanese enthusiasm that results in more Wii U hardware sales over there as it has been abysmal.

    • ben

      I believe the reason this game does not have online co-op is down to the games design, not because the feature was removed.
      Items are un-locked to progress the game, as in a real Zelda game. So online co-op would ruin that.

      • Jonathan Robitaille

        but why can’t they share in the loot like WOW for instance? I haven’t played any of them before so I have no clue

    • Petri

      The difference is, this particular game is not releasing on other systems with said features intact.

      I think they could have very well implemented some online coop on this.
      But as I have played the Warriors Orochi 3 completely offline so far, and still enjoyed the game, I dont really mind this game missing online coop

  • zdog

    If it wasn’t for the skank antagonist, definitely, but I have a family, and wouldn’t be comfortable playing this with them around.

  • darkcreap

    Well, I don’t know the Dynasty Warriors games, so I don’t know if Hyrule Warriors is more or less repetitive, but it seems great to me.

    Furthermore, I love local co op multiplayer with separate screens. Yes, having online multiplayer would be greate (I beat Trine 2 on WiiU with my cousin by using voice chat and it was really great to play). Local co op multiplayer is great, but online would have made it a bit better.

    Nevertheless, there is co op, so it will be great to play the story with friends. I mean, I still remember the Final Fight games on the SNES and how fun it was to go with a fellow player kicking ass through the streets. Man, that was great. Final Fight 2 and 3 were the ones I played. I love them.

  • Juilen Cardenas

    Sorry nope. I dont like dynasty wariors. Ill just wait until zelda u

  • Bob Charlie

    I am going to be in deep $#!7 with my wife this year because I just have pick up Hyrule Warriors, Sonic Boom, Bayonetta 2, Captain Toad, Smash and a lot of Amiibos for my kid and I!

  • JCdude

    This game was the reason I wanted a Wii U in the first place, so I’m already very excited about it. Adding Groose would definitely complete this game for me.

    • Epicstuf

      This was the only reason? SMASH BROS FOR GODS SAKE!

      • JCdude

        It wasn’t the only reason, but seeing Hyrule Warriors for the first time was when I first realized I really wanted a Wii U.