Will Hyrule Warriors Fill The Gap?

Will Hyrule Warriors Fill The Gap?

The latest Nintendo Direct played host to perhaps one of the biggest surprises this year: a new Legend of Zelda title. Well, a spin-off, to be precise. Hyrule Warriors (name not final) is a cross project with Dynasty Warriors creators Tecmo Koei. While there was only a brief gameplay clip shown, it’s pretty easy to see what Hyrule Warriors will play like. Button mashing, hordes of enemies that vary in size, and pretty effects are all at the heart of both Dynasty Warriors and Hyrule Warriors–and that’s fine. It’s hard to truly comment on such a brief trailer, but it’s hard to deny that Dynasty Warriors‘ take on the classic Legend of Zelda theme is interesting.

Will Hyrule Warriors bring in the masses? No, probably not. What it will do, though, is give fans of Zelda a new experience in a familiar world. There’s plenty of potential to be had with the game, even more so if multiplayer and Miiverse are used to their fullest. The main worry that hangs over Hyrule Warriors, however, is just how good of a game it will be. Past spin-offs by Tecmo Koei have been rather mixed. The Gundam spin-offs felt rather thin on the ground in terms of content and quality, while One Piece: Pirate Warriors 2 was a decent effort. It remains to be seen how Hyrule Warriors will turn out and how it will use the Wii U.

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The general reaction to Hyrule Warriors has been positive, with most Wii U owners being thankful for something to look forward to that isn’t Bayonetta 2. Wii U users, and non-users for that matter, have been crying out for more Nintendo franchises to make their debut on the system. It should be curious to see whether or not Hyrule Warriors is Nintendo’s answer to the cries or just merely a title to bolster the its library. On a personal level, it’s nice to see Nintendo try new things with their franchises once again. Sure, Metroid: Other M was a bit of a mess, but it was a positive thing to see Nintendo try to broaden their horizons.

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There will surely be a longing for a more traditional Zelda title to hit the Wii U. While Wind Waker HD is utterly stunning and retains the charm it had in its initial release, it’s still a Zelda game we’ve already played and loved. Hyrule Warriors will likely be a nice distraction for fans, but at the end of the day, the fans will still want their traditional game, and the Wii U is surely a perfect system to host one.

 

Sean Halliday


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