Impa Is A Playable Character In Hyrule Warriors

By Ishaan . May 21, 2014 . 8:30am

Hyrule Warriors will have a 2-player mode, this week’s issue of Famitsu magazine reports. One player will play on the television screen, while another will use the Wii U GamePad.


The game will also implement a system whereby equipping characters with different weapons will change the way they fight. Certain weapons, like one-handed swords, will focus on speed, while heavier weapons will prioritize damage instead. The game will also include a weapon upgrade system, and some sort of character progression.


In addition to Link, one of the game’s confirmed playable characters is Impa, who leads the Elite Guard. Impa fights using a long sword. Famitsu says a number of characters will be playable in the game.


Additionally, Famitsu reports that The Legend of Zelda’s Z-targeting feature is in the game, too, and it will allow you to both dodge as well as target weak spots on enemies. You’ll also have access to the Spin Attack, along with bombs, which will have uses beyond just tossing at enemies.


Hyrule Warriors is currently 70% of the way through development, and will be playable at E3. While it doesn’t have a release date in the West yet, Japan will see the game on August 14th. A premium box version will come with a clock shaped like the Triforce and codes for 6 special costumes.


Source: Famitsu, Sinobi


Read more stories about & on Siliconera.

  • Spirit Macardi

    “Famitsu says a number of characters will be playable in the game.”

    All I needed to hear! :D

    • AuraGuyChris

      By characters, they mean a Bokoblin, a Stalfos, and a Skulltula.

      …Okay, I kid. It better not be those.

      • idrawrobots

        I’ll take those too!

      • I’d kill for a Moblin (with the halberd) though!

      • Morningstar

        No, they mean Tingle, Sexy Tingle, Sparkly Vampire Tingle and Miku Hatsune Cosplay Tingle.

        …and then NIntendo would declare Zelda dead afterwards

    • RampagingSoul

      They say “number of characters” and they saw “unexpected characters.” Okay! We’re going to get Tingle and Groose! You all know it’s true in your hearts!

      • Heath Bunch

        You also saw that part about costumes, yeah? Is your body ready for Tingle in a speedo?!

        • Steven Higgins

          Well, most Japanese games with swimsuit DLC usually give the speedo to the beefy character, so I’d say it’s more likely a costume for Groose

    • NeptuniasBeard

      a few months later…

      Spirit Macardi: What do you mean I have all the characters? I only have two!

      Zelda Musou: Achievement unlocked: “Hey, two’s a number”

      Spirit Macardi: FFFFFFUUUUUU-

      • Spirit Macardi

        Dude, NEVER put words into my mouth. You really want to see me angry? That’s how you do it…

        • Asura

          Yes, we’re so scared of seeing a guy behind a keyboard get angry.

    • KingGunblader

      I’m officially boarding the hype train. However, I’ll stay in coach until we know who more of these characters are.

  • Atwa

    All this life in a Zelda game, YES

  • Nintenjoe82

    Triforce Clock!?!? Sold.

  • Nintenjoe82

    If these are screenshots, they’re looking much better than the reveal video!

    • kylehyde

      I guess the reveal video was kind of on beta stage.

      • GH56734

        Agreed. Even if they had copy-pasted the areas 3D models right from Skyward Sword or Twilight Princess without touching the textures at all, it would look much better.

    • RampagingSoul

      They look like they might be parts of cutscenes to me though.

  • Dark Lord Ash

    *Dem titties*
    And team ninja already off to a delicious start. Wonder what other characters do they plan to include?

  • Atarada

    70% done… Less than 2 months of development left.

    Yeah that sounds great.

    • lemon

      It’s a little bit less than 3 months, actually.

      • Atarada

        No. They need one full month at least, to produce the DVDs for the game, the boxes, ship them etc…

        Yes I know we hear a lot about “gold games” two weeks before their release. Thing is, they get a day one patch. Or they are mostly digital / PC and not on retail copies. There is no way around that. Always deduce AT LEAST one month out of the release date. But you know that copies will always be “out” before the official release date, meaning that they printed them earlier. Sony and Microsoft (well and Nintendo) also have to give their approval after their own testing, that takes an absolute minimum of two weeks, then they start mass production. So basically deduce 1.5 month from release date, at least.

    • GH56734

      Well, Retro did almost 60 levels of Donkey Kong Country Returns between the E3 reveal (June) and the December release. And everyone knows how well that one turned out.
      Also quality and work quantity doesn’t necessarily equate time.

  • Eder García

    dem bewbs.

  • Smoke Cat

    Ooh I’ll def. be playin her

  • TheGioG

    *whistles* Game just keeps bumping itself up some thousand pegs in my book (dat masked woman though). Jimmies are beyond hype for this game, and it 100% most certainly don’t have to do with the fact that my stubby footed self hopes to make it to the game (pls Nintendo).

    • Afro7uffy21

      The scarf actually looks way better on Toon like holy shit

    • Namuro

      Man, that red symbol is so bright, it’s making my eyes burn!

    • God

      Did you just burn Navy? Please tell me you just burned Navy.

  • YES!

  • 하세요

    Please, please let loose the Groose.

  • Grape Monet

    That guy with the beard looks like he killed Volvagia and turned his hide into armor, Monster Hunter-style.

  • pokeroi

    Boobs physic gonna be good

  • boobs in a zelda game, well i’ll be
    that aside it sounds great my hype is already through the roof can’t wait too see the full game

  • kylehyde

    Considering the second image I guess that Aonuma give more creative freedom to team ninja on this game than Sakomoto did with Other M.

  • zefrenchguy

    You can be sure zhat Team Ninja will give zhat nice wizard some bouncing boobiez!!

  • Roberto

    >Famitsu says a number of characters will be playable in the game.
    Majora Link please

    • How’s ’bout a few characters from those races?

      Gorons, Zoras, Gerudos, Hylians and any other combat worthy characters xD

  • Michael Cortorreal

    Did Famitsu (or the game devs) hinted that i can play as Goron, Deku, Zora, a Hyrule Knight, Tingle, Kokiri’s (Twilight Princess version…that are monkeys) and many other races?
    Is this Nintendo approach to a multiplayer game of Zelda? (it is…obviously)
    Can be this be expanded to a MMORPG ala FFXIV:ARR? (hopefully…yes)

  • Zer0faith

    Interesting, since Team Ninja is having a hand in this I wonder if we’ll see some characters go get that voice problem looked at.

    • hng qtr

      But Mario speaks.
      Like a Pokemon in the anime but he speaks.

      • s07195


        • xXDGFXx

          Yay hey!

          • Slayven19

            LETS A GO!!

    • GH56734

      Chrono does speak.
      He even has a speaking role during some endings. Also, Chrono Cross (even though I’d rather pretend it doesn’t exist).
      Same for Lucas (Mother 3), Link (Wind Waker), Kirby (in a puzzle game)…

      • Wait, I don’t remember Link talking in Wind Waker o.O?

        • Tre W

          Remember “C’MON!”?

          • Hmm… I don’t remember his voice but I do remember that you used that command to call Medli :s

        • GH56734

          He had a voice-acted “Come On!” line. That line was even different in the Japanese version.

      • Dexward

        Chrono Cross is a great game.

        • GH56734

          And a bad sequel.
          (could have worked much better as its separate series)

    • xzeldax3

      Looks like Mario was successfully cured:

      • ChuChu

        Now i wanna hear luigi speak,

        • Ixbran
          • ChuChu

            My hero.

        • GH56734

          Luigi is very talkative in the Paper Mario series.
          Mario mainly talks in puzzle games and mangas, besides his short voice clips in his other games.
          And some catastrophic titles released in 1993-1994.

          • ChuChu

            Oh, i see.
            Never played the paper mario series.
            Planned to some day.

  • Herok♞

    Sounds like a plan, can’t wait

  • NeptuniasBeard

    Whoah! Look at all that… plot

  • Quan Chi

    I really wish they would stop using cartoony enemies when they have realistic looking characters. They did that on skyward sword. Almost all enemies look like they came from Wind Waker….

  • Guest

    It sounds fun so far! As I haven’t played a Musou game before I don’t know what to expect, I hope a more meaty trailer comes out of E3.

  • Brimfyre

    NOA will censor this for us, don’t worry.

    • NeptuniasBeard

      May I direct your attention to a little series called Fire Emblem…

      • Brimfyre

        Yeah they censored it.

        • Tre W

          You say that, even though they allowed the likes of this in past Zelda games…?

          • Brimfyre

            Good point on the first one. The cartoonier stuff always seems to get a pass though.

            The difference is the Hyrule Warriors and Fire Emblem sexiness was made for titillation, where the topless Fairy has more of a classic art/beauty design.

            I hope I’m wrong, but I don’t have much faith in NOA when it comes to this subject.

          • Tre W

            Eh, things have changed enough, in my opinion.

            Look what they’re allowing Sakurai and his crew to get away with in Smash4:

            Even if you ignore the likes of Ninty publishing Bayonetta and NG3: Razor’s Edge, there’s enough to evidence to point to that they’re relaxing a bit on this.

          • Brimfyre

            Everyone is still only referencing games from Japan in Japan and not their localized versions. Things get messed with when NOA gets their hands on them, not Nintendo in Japan.

          • Daniel Jeanbaptiste

            only the female ass that is. If it not covered at least enough they will censor it.

          • Heisst

            Well it was 8-4 who censored Fire Emblem actually, and Binari Sonori who censored Bravely Default.

            Meanwhile NoA doing their own localization let this pass:


          • Zefiro Torna

            “Well it was 8-4 who censored Fire Emblem actually, and Binari Sonori who censored Bravely Default.”

            How can a group which does text translations/localizations (8-4) and another which does that in addition to audio/voice (Binari Sonori) be responsible for visual edits? Which would require graphics programmers, which neither has…

            The decision for visual edits are almost always made by the publishers (Nintendo, Nintendo+Square-Enix), and not by contracted localization studios.

          • Heisst

            So it just so happens that the 2 titles that weren’t localized by NoA are the ones censored whereas NoA lets MUCH more sexual things through? How do you know those two studios didn’t make the call? After all, they’re the ones doin the localization so it makes sense that they could have requested aid should they lack the required staff.

            Remember that it wasn’t just visuals, text was censored too like Nowi talking about Tharja’s breasts.

          • Zefiro Torna

            “How do you know those two studios didn’t make the call?”

            Do you honestly think big publishers like Nintendo who are very protective of their IP would give an outside contracted company the keys to the entire localization process? They always have internal staff overseeing the process and making key localization decisions. Don’t believe me? Look at the credits for Fire Emblem Awakening as posted on Mobygames:


            Scroll down to “North American Localization” and behold, there’s a bundle of “NOA Localization Management” staff listed. Unless there’s some alternate reality where outside contractors have more of an overriding influence than internal management, I’d like to see how you came to the conclusion that the folks at 8-4 and such are directly responsible for certain edits.

            “Remember that it wasn’t just visuals, text was censored too like Nowi talking about Tharja’s breasts.”

            I am aware that in the European release the script was much toned down, since NoE holds different standards over what is acceptable/tasteful in comparison to NoA. Further proof that the publisher still has final say on their own product at the end of the day.

          • Heisst

            Please answer the question I made, why would NoA allow W101 which has things MUCH lewder than just a static bikini ass shot but curiously the game whose localization is handled by another company, something so petty is censored?

            Where does it say who made the calls to teh censor? They wouldn’t have hired those studios if they could just do things themselves, I’m guessing to work on multiple games’ localization at once, they were most likely just following whatever they did.

          • Zefiro Torna

            “Please answer the question I made, why would NoA allow W101 which has things MUCH lewder…”

            I obviously can’t give a definitive answer, because I’m not with NoA. The only reasons I can see why they were more lenient with W101 is either: a) Kamiya and Platinum were insistent that the content remain as is; or b) they lightened up in response to the criticism received over FE: A. Or both, or some other reason that hasn’t been touched upon yet.

            “Where does it say who made the calls to teh censor?”

            You’re asking this after initially making accusations towards the contracted studios, ugh…

            As I mentioned prior, they had internal management overseeing the localization. At the job I work at, our company calls in outside contractors all the time when we need the extra help. The contractors, like any other proper employee, would ask for approval from someone with higher authority (our management) before beginning and finishing up a task. We wouldn’t want some outsiders doing things under the radar without discussing anything with us, nor should they be overstepping their bounds by make their own decisions. There has to be communication and consent, otherwise they’ll never get contract work from us again.

            Management decides how things are done, not just when working with internal staff but also with external contractors. Period.

            That’s how things work between outside contractors and internal management in real life. I know, I’ve seen it in action (although in an entirely different profession).

          • Heisst

            ”Platinum were insistent that the content remain as is;”
            Well that’s just flat out wrong, in the Iwata Asks they say that Kamiya’s original version with the already existing Nintendo characters was scrapped by Nintendo and they told him to use new characters, they were controlling everything in the game, he even said how he whined to Inaba about his original draft being denied.

            ”b) they lightened up in response to the criticism received over FE: A.”

            Also wrong, because Bravely Default came after W101.

            ”The contractors, like any other proper employee, would ask for approval
            from someone with higher authority (our management) before beginning and
            finishing up a task.”
            And where’s the issue with 8-4 and Binari Sonori deciding to make the changes and Nintendo approving them? That’s different from Nintendo BEING the ones that made them do the changes.

            This way it makes sense that those 2 games are censored but the NoA-localized game W101 which was way lewder was left intact.

          • Zefiro Torna

            “…Kamiya’s original version with the already existing Nintendo characters…”

            That’s an incomparable example. The decision to utilize existing characters is no doubt separate from the decision to allow the game’s original characters to possess sex appeal in territories outside Japan. I thought we were talking about localization content editing decisions, not concept design decisions.

            “Also wrong, because Bravely Default…”

            Is a whole ‘nother case due to it being a Square-Enix IP. They will obviously hold different standards from other publishers on how their own IP is presented to an international market.

            “And where’s the issue with 8-4 and Binari Sonori deciding to make the changes and Nintendo approving them? That’s different from Nintendo BEING the ones that made them do the changes.”

            Have you been paying attention to my posts the entire time? They are working below overseeing managers. If the hand that feeds you wants you to do things a certain way, you do it. In this case, as I mentioned before, the people at 8-4 do not even have graphics programmers. I’ll spell it out for you: NoA wants Tharja’s juicy bum covered for some reason(s) they won’t reveal, in order to get it done they’ll ask the same people who programmed the game (Intelligent Systems) to comply. NoA won’t ask the very people working on the English text who have no graphics programmers to do this, nor does that same group (8-4) have to worry about bum covering for the sake of keeping watchdog groups/the ESRB/the media/other concerned people off their backs since they are not publishing.

            You know, forget me going on about this subject with you any further. We’re way off topic as it is. You can, of course, believe what ever you want to believe. However, when there is no firm evidence in your hands, you may want to think carefully before publicly accusing fine folks like those at 8-4 of being responsible of “teh censorship.”

          • Heisst

            ‘That’s an incomparable example.”

            Why? You said that Platinum could have requested for things to remain the same, even though that’s not a valid reason since Nintendo controls everything about it, and that would include the localization, and they have denied his requests such as his original plans for it, why not the localization?

            ”Is a whole ‘nother case due to it being a Square-Enix IP.”

            But Nintendo were the ones that published it.

            ” In this case, as I mentioned before, the people at 8-4 do not even have graphics programmers”

            Why did you ignore the part where I said they could have worked with the devs to make the edits?

            ”NoA wants Tharja’s juicy bum covered for some reason(s) they won’t reveal,”
            Again, why can’t it be that 8-4 made the decision, as they did with the rest of the text of the game, and then NoA approved it because they aren’t AGAINST it? Is it so strange that interns would make suggestions to their superiors?

            Treehouse (NoA’s in-studio localization group) even said they only thing they change are japanese references/jokes into ones more known by the west.

          • Brimfyre

            I really need to finish that game…..

        • NeptuniasBeard

          Alright, so, they cencored a little ass crack (while making it even dirtier, some would argue) But cleavege? That’s their best friend

          • Brimfyre

            I realize at this point I’ve been proven wrong and am arguing just to argue, but Fire Emblem is sold to a much more hardcore niche audience, where Zelda is their biggest most public facing franchise.

          • I think they will give it the distinct Koei sexiness since Zelda doesn’t Sell that well in japan.

            and a lot of the Warriors games have not been censored.
            unless I’m overlooking things.

          • NeptuniasBeard

            Nah, that’s Mario, and Pokemon, by a long shot. Like, it’s not even close! Zelda’s like the Wonderwoman, of the big N’s big three, it’s a staple series like the others. but with significantly less presence to the public eye. So I don’t think Nintendo really needs to censor anything while moving it across the sea. I doubt anyone would even notic/care about a little Zelda cleavege

          • Brimfyre

            Zelda might not sell like it used to, but it is still a series everyone looks at weather they own a Nintendo or not.

            What you described applies to Metroid more than Zelda.

            Zelda and Mario are equal in Nintendo’s eyes. Pokemon they seem to treat almost like a separate entity.

          • Actually, I think the analogy @neptuniasbeard:disqus used was spot on. Pokémon is Nintendo’s Batman. Mario is their Superman. Zelda is their Wonder Woman.

            Metroid is more along the lines of a Batman Beyond. It’s very hardcore and requires immense knowledge of its universe in order to be fully appreciated, it needs to be done in a very specific way or no one cares for it, and somehow, against all odds, it manages to stick around in some form or another.

          • Brimfyre

            I think that might be stretching it quite a bit.

          • DS23

            Metroid just needs to not suck and be in 2D.

          • ronin4life

            Speaking of pokemon, did anyone else notice all the innuendo in X and Y?


          • hng qtr

            That part when you get the Protect TM…

          • That’s a great analogy, and I think it even extends to Smash Bros. (which is effectively their Justice League). Similar to how Superman always needs to be at the front of the team on every Justice League cover, even though Batman is clearly the more popular character, Mario is at the front of every Smash Bros. cover and serves as Nintendo’s “official’ mascot. (Even though Pokémon is clearly the bigger and more consistently popular franchise.)

          • Guest


            Mario is Superman
            Pokemon is Batman
            LoZ is Wonder Woman
            maybe Metroid is Green Lantern?
            Starfox is Martian Manhunter?
            F-Zero for Flash?

            but which would get the title of Nintendo’s Aquaman?

          • Suicunesol

            Steel Diver.

          • hng qtr

            Flash is Kid Icarus, both returned after 20+ years.

          • kylehyde

            Pikmin is aquaman: both are actually awesome but both are underappreciated.
            Fire Emblem is Green Arrow: both were very niche but recently both are growing in popularity.
            Punch out is cyborg: both have been part of their respective parent company during a long time, but both have been promoted to the bigger leagues not long ago.

          • GL gets a lot of love from DC though (for reasons, ugh); Metroid isn’t the same there, sadly. Flip Star Fox and Metroid, and it’s perfect~.

          • David García Abril

            There’s one little problem, and it’s that Zelda’s prestige in video games is WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY bigger than Wonder Woman’s in comic books.

            Actually, you could argue that in some respects Zelda is even more prestigious than Mario and Pokémon.

            So there’s that.

          • Actually, you could argue that in some respects Zelda is even more prestigious than Mario and Pokémon.

            I think it might appear that way to gamers that are more invested in the hobby and follow every little bit of news that comes out, but to the world at large, Mario and Pokémon are icons.

            Zelda isn’t, at least not to the same extent, which is why I think the Wonder Woman analogy works so beautifully here. At one time, in the industry’s early days, Zelda was more widely recognized in proportion to the overall videogame audience. Today, that isn’t the case. Wonder Woman is the same way.

          • David García Abril

            I’m talking about prestige. You’re talking about popularity.

            They’re not the same thing, and sadly, they don’t always go hand in hand.

            Which is not to say that Mario and Pokémon don’t have a lot of prestige of their own too. But given that those two franchises have been milked much more than Zelda has, and as consequence the average quality of their games isn’t as steadily high as Zelda (the “NEW SMB” series and some subpar spin-offs has really damaged the Mario brand in that regard), Link’s franchise has maintained its high status.

            As a matter of fact, that’s one of the main reasons why some people despise the idea of this Zelda spin-off: it feels like they’re cheapening the franchise.

          • David García Abril

            Like I said, the problem here is not popularity or being the most public facing franchise, but rather that Zelda is arguably the most prestigious one (yes, even more than Mario, at least in some key respects).

            But the thing is, even if we don’t take that into account, there’s the example of Samus. The “Metroid” series has always had a much smaller public presence than Zelda, its prestige is at its lowest point ever and even then people DID notice and cared about the infamous high heels in the new SSB.

            So yeah, if Zelda shows “a little cleavage” by Team Ninja standards, people WILL definitely notice and care.

          • Serge

            I just realized that evil girls on Fire Emblem tends to have more cleavage.


          • Because Sexy Means Evil; just like Bad People Have Bad Sex. Or something to that effect. x’D

          • Wappuli

            Not just in Fire Emblem though, that kind of desing is overall pretty common.

      • Daniel Jeanbaptiste

        Since when has Nintendo censored boobs

    • GH56734

      Would they remove Tingle, though?
      I recall they cancelled an US release of that Tingle DS game, and asked for what would be his cameo in Twilight Princess to be changed.

    • Daniel Jeanbaptiste

      Nintendo only censored female ass exposure

      • Daniel

        They actually made it worse tho now it looks like shes wearing nothing under the blanket

        • Brimfyre

          And that Crom is approaching her from behind.

  • lozffvii

    After watching Game Trailer’s 3-part video on the Zelda timeline, I am reminded of all of the ‘wars’ mentioned in the series.
    Could this spin-off be set during one of these wars? It would make sense.

    • Serge

      There are rumors that this game is about the Hyrulean Civil War that we’ve heard on OoT, TP, ALTTP and ALBW.
      So it would make sense that you could play with all the races of the game (Soras, Gorons, Dekus, etc.).

    • NimbusStev

      That would be amazing! But somehow I don’t think Nintendo cares enough about the timeline’s consistency to fill in the gaps like that…

      • I believe Miyamoto does not, but Aonuma does? Something like that.

        • NimbusStev

          Yeah, Aonuma does seem like he’s trying to steer the series in the right direction.

          • Which I quite appreciate~. but I think he’s also starting o take more of a backseat? Or I could be wrong. I need to check the SS staff again.

  • David García Abril

    Oh, great… Now Zelda is going to get into the crossfire of women objectification…

    As if being criticized for the Damsel in Distress trope wasn’t enough. -_-

    • Brimfyre

      Good. That always brings more attention to a game and that means more sales.

      Extremist fringe groups usually help the thing they are trying to harm more often than not.

    • Thatguy

      Because we can’t enjoy games otherwise, right?

    • Misty Dawson

      Well, I can’t wait to see how Team Ninja uses their magic on Zelda and other females that may be in the game. The lady above is very promising.

    • epy

      I’m sure that dude over at Kotaku will make a big stink about it, don’t you worry.

      • Also Tumblr

        • epy

          I have the same opinion of Tumblr as I do of deep space. I know there’s intelligent life there somewhere but it is very hard to find.

          • I got nothing to add, that comment was like a square peg in a square hole; it was just such a perfect fit XD

    • Suicunesol

      I don’t know why they’d start now. There have been plenty of busty, near-nude characters in the Zelda universe over the years.

      I think people are only noticing because Team Ninja is developing this game. Furthermore, those people are being unfair to Team Ninja because of Team Ninja’s history with the DoA series. If a company besides Team Ninja (for example, Level-5) was developing this game, few people would give the boobs a passing thought. (It is just a single screenshot of a single character.)

      • Twilleppac

        I’m just hoping Zelda and Impa aren’t gonna be designed like that. It would be really weird to suddenly have them in ninja gaiden-esque designs… Tho from what I’ve seen of Impa she’s wearing practical armor at least.

        • Suicunesol

          I wouldn’t worry much. Nintendo probably has the final say about the design of important characters like Zelda. The one woman up there is clearly a villain. Female villains are always dressed like that.

      • David García Abril

        Albeit I agree that Team Ninja’s involvement will draw more attention to it, I doubt this would pass unnoticed if they weren’t. In the last few years, sexism has jumped to the forefront of video game media, so people are much more aware of it.

        Plus, which other “near-nude” characters are you talking about?

        The only ones I can think of are Adult Ruto from “Ocarina of Time” and Veran from “Oracle of Ages”. And even then, the latter only counts if you get REALLY picky (since there was only one piece of fan art and in game was just a tiny 8-bit sprite), and in both cases, it wasn’t played for fan service.

        As a matter of fact, the 3D graphics of the time didn’t draw much attention to Ruto’s “assets”. but in the 3DS version they modified her design to make it look like she had at least something resembling a seashell bra.

        • Suicunesol

          There’s the infamous Great Fairy from OoT. There’s also Twinrova and the entire Gerudo Clan. The primitive graphics allowed them to get away with it, but in terms of concept, they were definitely scantily clad. Also recall Impa’s big, pointy boobs in OoT.

          In Majora’s Mask, we had the Rosa Sisters with their extremely short skirts. (I remembered trying to look under them when I was a kid :P)

          In Twilight Princess, we had Midna (both adult and imp form). There also was the completely nude Great Fairy, mentioned by someone else in this thread.

          I didn’t say that people wouldn’t notice scantily-clad designs, but that Team Ninja’s involvement might cause an over-reaction. For example, having a scantily villain might make people think that Zelda and Impa will also have similar designs when female villains with darker, more-revealing clothing/armor have been a staple in fantasy-based media for years.

          • David García Abril

            Of all the examples you mention, the only one I’d count would be the Great Fairy from “Twilight Princess” (which got “lucky” since reaching to her was so damn hard that most people didn’t see her).

            The rest I don’t think they count, since their scantiness is either debatable (the Gerudos and Midna), isn’t there for fan service (the Rosa Sisters) or even they’re arguably there for the opposite, aka “fan disservice” (Twinrova and OoT Great Fairy).

            And I think people would overact even without Team Ninja’s involvement. They would do to a lesser degree (some people definitely seem to have a personal grudge against them for popularizing jiggle physics), but still overact nonetheless. Case in point: Samus’ high heels in the new SSB (And I include myself on that one, I admit it, even if they weren’t the main focus of my complains).

            Plus, one of the reasons why this topic is so sensible right now is PRECISELY because “female villains with darker, more-revealing clothing/armor have been a staple in fantasy-based media for years” and people have brought attention to it.

          • Suicunesol

            Well, my point was that fanservicey villains are an industry standard and that creating them is hardly a Team Ninja exclusive practice. Therefore, it is unfair to fire shots at Team Ninja only.

            My opinion differs a bit in that the Gerudos were definitely scantily-clad both in-game and in-artwork. I don’t think there’s any debate about it. And Twinrova fits the “dark sexy female villain” role exactly, regardless of whether you personally thought she was attractive.

            On the other hand, I think Princess Ruto gets a pass because because her entire race walks around nude– all of the Zora men, and her father too (sans cape). It shows how free and different they are as fish people compared to everyone else.

            I also don’t think the Great Fairy design in Twilight Princess was there strictly for fan service. There’s a certain degree of classic artistic nudity to her design which, in my opinion, is acceptable, especially considering that she’s a Great Fairy. This might also apply to the Great Fairy in OoT if its model was better sculpted.

  • Alastor701

    There you are, Team Ninja. I’d almost forgotten you were working on this game too.

    All joking aside, I really need to get a Wii U…

  • D. Collins

    E3 is gonna be so EXCITING

  • Aisha Lee

    please, please let there be playable fiecre deity.

    • Yan Zhao

      Fierce Deity Link will be the “Lu Bu” of the game. He has to be.

      • Slayven19

        ITs ITS! ITs Fierce Deity LINK!

        • Yan Zhao

          Ganondorf: Do NOT pursue Fierce Deity Link~!!

    • That would be way too epic and Nintendo would never give us that… but one can dream :O

  • Brimfyre

    It would be great if the last campaign in the game has you play as Ganon and he wins. I think this is the only game where you could have that happen and it would be okay.

    Ganondorf’s Ambition.

    • and thus the “legend” starts.

      Maybe the 7 sages playable?

    • Pyrotek85

      Especially with the multiple timelines, where in one of them Ganon really does win.

  • Misty Dawson

    Uuuuugh I want a clock shaped like the Triforce!

  • ivanchu77

    Playable Midna, please

    • Brimfyre

      That’s all I want as well.

      It drives me crazy that Nintendo makes some amazing side characters, especially in Zelda games, and then does nothing with them.

      • grayson gee

        Well there is the first page where there’s a picture of Twilight Princess Link. Perhaps she will? I sure hope so.

      • TalesOfBS

        I am going to be really mad if Midna isn’t on this game. How come they have even the Mirror of Twilight in the game and a chained Ganon reference, but not the princess herself?

        • Brimfyre

          Hmmm… this is getting really interesting.

    • Mir Teiwaz

      That would just be fantastic.

  • CozyAndWarm

    Only 70% complete, and it’s scheduled to come out in 3 months? Getting worried that it’s overly rushed…

    • Alexander Marquis Starkey

      This has likely been in development since before it was announced.

  • Being a Musou game, we should’ve expected multiple characters, so this is good news. And I think the chick in the second picture might actually be the main villain. If you think about it, being made in Japan, this is a Musou game first and a Zelda game second. Meaning plenty of scantily-clad women with little to no armour, revealing their perfectly sculpted bodies. What? It’s Japan!

    • Blerg

      “Being a Musou game, we should’ve expected multiple characters”
      I know right, i literally don’t understand how it was a concern, KT probably would’ve made some chars for this if they had to.

      • Looks like they have, but are keeping it Zelda-ish (if you know what I mean) and “tasteful” as Aonuma is watching over them.

    • Alexander Marquis Starkey

      It’s already confirmed. That’s Wizro, the guy with the mask being Valga. If you notice, they are both based on monsters from the Zelda series.

      • Yeah, I know now. But the one I mentioned, the chick in little armour, is actually the main villain, Shia or whatever her name is.

  • NimbusStev

    Kinda weird that this will be the first real HD Zelda game.

    • Brimfyre

      Does Wind Waker not count? Also this isn’t a real Zelda game. It’s a Dynasty Warriors game with Zelda characters.

      • 하세요

        HD cell-shaded is a little different.

        • Suicunesol

          Well, that isn’t really fair. HD just means 720p/1080p. Windwaker was 1080p. It’s an HD Zelda game.

      • NimbusStev

        Oh you’re right, forgot about the Wind Waker remake.

      • Suicunesol

        “isn’t a real Zelda game”

        What makes a game qualify as a Zelda game?

  • Kornelious

    Man i can’t wait for this game, even more so now that I have Dynasty warriors 8! Looks like I’ll have to dust off my Wii U soon :D

    Also…..A hot half naked lady in a Zelda Game! O_O

  • AceEsper

    Kinda was gonna get the game when I actually got a Wii U regardless, but what took them so long to announce more playable characters? Sheesh.

  • revenent hell

    Its always wise when weapons change how a character fights. Otherwise what’s the point in having a variety of them to choose from?
    I am not a Zelda fan but honestly I think they should do more games of this type in future even if they are just doing so to profit off of the Zelda name. I know people love their Zelda games and gameplay but to me the way this sounds is far more appealing to play than anything else in the world of Zelda games.
    Granted no one can really say yet whether this game is any good or not but I think this type of gameplay could potentially bring in a good amount of people to be interested in Zelda games.

  • FivePointedTheStar

    I can buy this game and it will support the Musou and Zelda franchise at the same time? Sure, why not.

  • Yan Zhao

    “Targetting weak spots” wow i am impressed Tecmo Koei is actually working hard to make the game more Zelda-esque and not just a bland DW clone of mindless hack and slashing.

    Im super hype for this game. Its like combining the best of both worlds.

    • Pyrotek85

      Yeah, but I’m sure Nintendo wants them to treat the property well. It would hurt both companies if the game is just a reskin of existing games.

      • Heath Bunch

        No clue how the final product will turn out (remember Other M), but it is hopeful that they didn’t just hand them the license and call it day. Iirc Aonuma is supervising it.

  • J_Joestar

    I wonder how the weapon equipping will work though, will all the characters function identically when they have the same weapon equipped? like a create-a-warrior avatar some DW games have.

    • That guy

      Friend….that would be amazing. I would love to create a character that would fight along side Link.

  • I’m guessing Boobzilla is Shia, the witch that kidnaps Zelda?

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    hmmmm This is the about the Great Triforce war

  • British_Otaku

    Selling costumes exclusively in a limited edition? NO!

    Otherwise, multiplayer, weapon choices affecting combat, upgrades for characters and weapons, Z-Targeting and another playable character all sound pretty good. It has a surprisingly high amount of Zelda elements so far.

  • Fox

    That’s a lot of clevage for a Nintendo game.

    • JustThisOne

      :3 Standard for Team Ninja, though~

      • ShawnOtakuSomething

        more like Sunday Dress from them

  • k.b.a.

    do it right now. dream list or something similar. nothing op
    Big Link
    Lil’ Link

    secret character oni link and wolf link

    i’m not the type of person who can legitimately speculate these lists which characters like tingle and toad and the such.

    • Heath Bunch

      Wand of Gamelon Link
      Zelda 1 Impa
      Wind Fish

      • hng qtr

        “Wand of Gamelon Link”
        I see that you can’t wait to bomb some dodongos.

      • k.b.a.

        Skull kid
        Gerudo, Goron, Zora

  • Anewme…Again

    70% in development and it will have an august release in japan ?
    That doesn’t sound really good to me.

    It mean they need to finish the remaining 30% in around 2 months.
    That seem a lot of finish in just 2 months.

    • 하세요

      Majority of the game probably is just creating mass copies of small enemies to slaughter.

  • Morningstar

    hype hype hype hype HYPEEE!!!

  • Ultimaniacx4

    Theeeere’s that Team Ninja influence.

  • Serge
    • Ixbran

      oh wow, those look awesome!

    • lackofstyle

      Is that suppose to be vaati in that last pic?

      • Serge

        I don’t know, but there is a picture of toon link and toon zelda.
        Here is the scan with better quality.

        • lackofstyle

          Yea that’s why i thought it was him, the color scheme matches and he was next to a pic of toon link. Though now that i can see the picture better, it seems to be a different style of toon link which is interesting.

          • Brimfyre

            It just dawned on me. What if this is the actual sequel to Phantom Hourglass. Toon Link all gorwn up and this is about them founding and building a new Hyrule?

          • lackofstyle

            That would be awesome, instead of them defending their land its a story of them taking it. I love a good conquest.

      • Suicunesol

        That’s not Vaati. The katakana reads “Wizro” which must be short for “Wizrobe”. Or something.

        • Serge

          According to Tumblr (The last place you want to trust, but you do anyway):

          – In the game universe, Shia is a witch who was responsible for protecting the equilibrium of the Triforce. However, she has a crush on Link, a soldier in training, and grows jealous of his relationship with the Princess Zelda. Shia becomes overcome by wickedness and with her two minions, Valga & Wizro in tow, she throws Hyrule into a state of chaos.
          – Also seems to confirm the chain mail is Link’s solider-in-training gear.

          If this is true… I don’t know what to think.

  • Kaetsu

    I’m really liking this rendition of Link. I think he might be my second favourite behind Wind Waker Link(Toon).

  • NintendoPSXTheSecond

    And here I’m just hoping we get a collectors edition too…

  • makubexnas

    See the new villain(?) picture and impa as a playable character…..

    yup… we going to get a swimsuit DLC..

  • Blesmi

    So…is big titty mask lady Impa or some bad guy?

  • leingod

    Impa… the old lady? (most of the time)

    • Steven Higgins

      I think it’s warrior Impa, the young one.

    • David García Abril

      She has had two different depictions throughout the series: the wise old lady and the badass young warrior.

      This game has gone for the latter, for obvious reasons.

  • Göran Isacson

    … Huuh. From what I’ve read here and there, this appears to be some kind of AU story that has “new” characters. Gotta be honest, that made me a little dissapoint. I was half expecting a Musou Orochi situation where this game basically takes a bunch of fan-favorite characters from a bunch of games and lets us play as them. Judging from scans, it looks more like this is a game with new, original characters.

    You know, I admit that I was setting myself up for disappointment, letting speculation run rampart, but I gotta be honest- I was WAY more stoked for a game that could potentially be a big Zelda crossover, rather than a bunch of OG generation characters. Not to say that I’m not interested in what this might bring to the table, it was just that my fantasies seemed so much more awesome than what the actual game seems to provide. Oh well. That’s what you get for dreaming too big. Still interested in what alternate weapons there might be. Perhaps we’ll see a return of that giant ball and chain from Twilight Princess? Or maybe they’ll introduce a bunch of the weapons from DW8?

    Also they darn well better have playable Zelda at some point, please to not have her just be a damsel in distress.

  • Kango234

    You have my attention…

  • XypherCode

    You want plot? Well, Omega Force/Team Ninja gave you plot. XD
    A little Musou/DOA touch on the game. :))

  • Cutie Pie

    So…is big titty mask lady Impa or some bad guy?

  • Mugiwara

    I have to admit, I wasn’t too hyped for this but know? I NEED THIS GAME!

  • KnifeAndFork

    I still don’t understand why they limited this game only to Zelda.
    As a crossover it woulda had way more tremendous appeal.
    Zelda, Fire Emblem, Xenoblade, Mario, Samus, Sin & Punishment, etc

    Hell, Fire Emblem alone makes more sense…

    • Blerg

      Fire Emblem Musou, good to see someone else wants this.
      Edit:The picture…

  • marion black

    Playable character:
    Skull Kid. With the Mask. Bam.
    Destroyer of Worlds.

  • Ecchitori-san

    Woah! Nintendo, you surprised the crap outta me!!

  • TalesOfBS

    I was expecting nothing from this but those recent news warranted it a special spot on the must buy list.
    Hopefully we will be getting a original game instead of a plain Dynasty Warriors clone.

  • Hunts Rattata

    I hope they still have a split-screen mode. It’s a little awkward to have a co-op game where only one player can easily see what both are doing.

  • Vash bane

    <<<<<< (keeps forgetting impa's a woman)

Video game stories from other sites on the web. These links leave Siliconera.

Siliconera Tests
Siliconera Videos