Hyrule Warriors Nintendo Direct Announces Ganondorf, Adventure Mode, Costumes, and More

The King of Evil joins the Hyrule Warriors roster.

By Sam Stewart. Posted 08/05/2014 19:00 Comment on this     ShareThis

Last night, Nintendo treated fans to another one of its famous Nintendo Directs, this one co-hosted by a developer from Koei Tecmo who had new details to share about the upcoming Zelda crossover game Hyrule Warriors.

The biggest news of the Direct came at the very end, when Eiji Aonuma revealed Ganondorf as a playable character. Just like Link and Zelda, Ganondorf is sporting an all-new feudal era inspired character model (and some killer hair!). He wields two great swords, ripping through enemies with ease thanks to their wide attack radius. He also seems to be able to unleash his inner demon with some attacks, with one moment in the Direct showing a silhouette of Ganon striking out at a group of enemies. In addition to his announcement, two extra costumes for him were shown off, one from Ocarina of Time and the other from Twilight Princess. These are available to anyone who registers their copy of Hyrule Warriors with Club Nintendo before October 23. DLC outfits for Link and Zelda were also showcased, but theirs are available only if you preorder the game through certain retailers (no specifics were given about which retailers those might be). The costumes are pulled from Ocarina of Time, Twilight Princess, and Skyward Sword.

Other big announcements include an Adventure Mode that uses the NES Legend of Zelda overworld as a map for progression. Each square of the retro map represents one challenge map. As you clear the challenges the maps expand, and you can even explore the retro maps and find special items for use in the full game. Some of these special items might be new weapons, many of which were shown off during the Direct. New weapons can completely change the moveset of a character; for examples Link’s Magic Rod lets him use spells instead of physical attacks. Weapons are earned by completing levels and are slotted with special abilities that make them stronger. In addition to that, each character can build badges using materials earned in battle. These badges can buff your attacks, give you new combos, or make items more effective.

All in all, it was an extremely informative Direct for those looking forward to the quickly approaching title. What did you think of the Direct? Are you excited for Hyrule Warriors? Let us know in the comments below!

Source: Nintendo

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