Nintendo's continued outreach to license their top properties to once rivals was on display during today's Nintendo Direct this morning. Introducing Hyrule Warriors, a tentative title for a Tecmo Koei developed mash-up between The Legend of Zelda and Dynasty Warriors. Go ahead and stop here, reread that last sentence and let your jaw drop to the floor. It's really, really real. So real. The realest.
In Hyrule Warrior's announcement trailer we see Link in tunic an mail with a fancy blue scarf behind him fighting off an army of moblins. He has a good repertoire of abilities including his fabled spin attack and a bevy of bombs. Yes, Master Sword and Hyrulian Shield are also included. We also get a brief look atLink using Fire Rod inside Hyrule castle. Also, a goron?
To be honest, the entire trailer looked quite a bit sketchy from a visual perspective. Nintendo typically has painfully high standards for visuals -- it's why they delay their games so often. Yet despite what seem like fun animations for Link's sword-fighting, the models and textures in Hyrule Warriors looks, well, they look bad. That's the price you pay for having so many units on-screen, and probably why Nintendo hasn't made a similar game in the past.
Hyrule Warriors is a Wii U exclusive and has been announced for release 2014. It's another partnership with an outside developer similar to what they've done with Namco Bandai and Super Smash Bros. Wii U/3DS. Will it pan out? Well, odds are if Hyrule Warriors is less than a year away from release no much will be changing visually. Tough call. It's still a very exciting idea.