It Looks Like Tecmo Koei Will Publish Hyrule Warriors In Japan

By Ishaan . January 29, 2014 . 6:45pm

Here’s an interesting tidbit we found in one of Nintendo’s financial results briefing documents this evening: in Japan, Hyrule Warriors will seemingly be published by Tecmo Koei, as it is listed under “third-party software” in Wii U’s release schedule for 2014.


Hyrule Warriors was revealed late last year for the Wii U and is a Warriors-style game that features characters from The Legend of Zelda series. A trailer for the game depicted Link fighting off a large number of foes similar to the Warriors series, which focus on the concept of a single character fighting an army.


In Japan, Hyrule Warriors is titled “Zelda Musou,” keeping with the naming convention of the Warriors games over there. While Tecmo Koei will publish the game in Japan, Nintendo will be publishing the game in the U.S. and Europe, as it is listed under “Nintendo products” for both those regions.


In contrast, Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem, an upcoming RPG that features Shin Megami Tensei and Fire Emblem characters, is listed under “Nintendo products” for Japan, the U.S. and Europe, which means it will be published by Nintendo in all three regions.

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  • subsamuel01

    Hopefully they let other studio’s use their IP, get more variety in terms of gameplay. Also cuts development costs for Nintendo.

  • Eder García

    idk how Japan would react with a Musou game published by Nintendo

  • I didn’t understand the logic behind this move at first. But thinking about it, the Legend of Zelda isn’t that popular in Japan, is it? Maybe they want to keep the focus on the “Musou” part to appease to those fans more than Zelda fans. While outside Japan, all you need to say is “Zelda” and thousands (including myself) flock to it like a pack of seagulls. (referring to attached picture here) Come on, I’m not the only one that’s been thinking this about Hyrule Warriors since Day 1, am I?

    • Ixbran

      thats exactly what I was thinking. Musou games sell like hot cakes in Japan, while Zelda games are ‘eh’. In the west its the exact opposite.

      The way their doing things now, when the game is sold in the different regions, the logo of the company players enjoy most of the two will be present on the game box, encouraging them to purchase the game.

    • Göran Isacson

      An interesting, and quite likely-sounding suggestion. Zelda with the Musou concept may in fact sell better if they leave TecmoKoei to handle distribution and be the “name” that sells it to people. Also… perhaps DW cross-over characters? Maybe? Possibly? I know I’d buy it.

      • Yan Zhao

        Link vs Lu Bu as a secret boss.

        Lu Bu serving as Gannondorf’s general!

        Oh the possibilities!

        I mean, lol, Pig Ganon looks like Dong Zhuo anyway.

        • Göran Isacson

          Yes. This, every step of the way this. Lu BuxGanondorf team up would be so amazing. Although it may not last very long, sooner or later Ganondorf is gonna side-eye Lu’s ridonkulous headgear antennae and Lu is just gonna be all “nobody disses the antenna” and then they fight.

    • Yan Zhao

      Haha good observation, it makes perfect sense. Hell, I bought a Wii U the moment Zelda Warriors was announced lol. Yet to open it, but totally waiting on this, Smash Bros, and Fire EMblem X SMT.

  • Warboss Aohd

    speaking of Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem, when are we gonna hear more about that?

    • Daniel Jeanbaptiste


      It barely started development when it was announced

    • XypherCode

      Let’s keep our fingers crossed for a Direct shortly after the briefing.

    • Ric Vazquez

      Good question, I really want to see what the gameplay will be like.

  • DeathDias71

    Well technically not the first time that Nintendo has let someone else publish something Zelda related…though that ended quite badly. Phillips CDi anyone? Still this is unusual news. It makes me wonder if Nintendo is rethinking itself as a company. But seeing them let this happen makes me a little worried.

    • Time Sage

      Capcom worked on the GBC and GBA games.

      • DeathDias71

        Those games also did have input from Nintendo though. Although the entire development was handled by Capcom. Plus…Capcom was a known quantity and could be trusted. I’m just saying the moves by Nintendo seem…odd.

    • Yan Zhao

      You’re comparing those Zelda CDi games to TecmoKoei’s most successful and highly popular Musou series? Ok.

    • I think it’s because Zelda isn’t that famous in Japan, while the Musou series sell A LOT in Japan, so having Tecmo (owner of the Musou series) and letting the Musou thing be on the name would most likely sell more in Japan that if they released it like any other Zelda game by Nintendo.

  • James Enk

    i think some Nintendo IPs could benefit from having 3rd party developers work on them, but titles like the main LoZ series i think they should keep them to themselves

    • NRool

      I kinda agree with the handing out IPs part of your comment, I mean, I know they are second party, but look at the incredible work Retro Studios have done with Donkey Kong AND Metroid.
      Capcom have made two incredible Zelda titles in the past, so who knows how it’d work out.

      Platinum making a Mach Rider or Star Fox Game?

      Criterion making F-Zero? (OK possibly a bad example? IDK how good Criterions games are, I haven’t played Need for Speed since Underground 2)

      • James Enk

        personally i think Nintendo is doing a good job with a lot of their IPs (3D Mario/Zelda/DK etc) but at the same time a lot of them are not getting much attention (F-Zero/StarFox etc) ,if Nintendo enlist the help of different studios to create those game with high quality standards of course it’s win for everybody

      • Mike G. Moran

        F-Zero GX was made by Sega. Star Fox Assault was made by Namco.

        Nintendo does it more than people realize.

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