Sorry, Zelda fans, but we're going to have to wait another month until E3 for some legitimate Hyrule Warriors footage it seems. Amidst the clouds over Hyrule a ray of light doth appear. Tecmo Koei has launched a Japanese teaser site for Hyrule Warriors (known as Zelda Muso overseas) which is accompanied by over a dozen cinematic screenshots and a handful of character concept pieces. Take note that Hyrule Warriors will launch in August in Japan, but still has no release date in the west.
I describe the screenshots as "cinematic" because it's clear that none of them were taken from direct footage. All of them are either captures or renders from in-game cinematics, or are doctored gameplay shots designed to enhance the quality of the photo for mass distribution. They make great wallpapers, but likely do not accurately represent the quality of the game. Sadly.
In the shots we get some iconic looks at Link, including seeing the young hero in training opening a treasure chest (insert your own sound effect here), a downwards chop with the Master Sword and of course a great look at Link's constantly disapproving face. There is no happiness within the soul of Link, they say. Only green tunics.
Hyrule Warriors is almost certainly going to make some sort of appearance at E3 this year, whether as part of Nintendo's keynote or hopefully in a playable fashion on the show floor. We'll see! For now, just enjoy the screenshots and smile, pretending this will tide you over until an actual full Zelda title is released. Sigh.