Nintendo And Tecmo Koei Discuss How Hyrule Warriors Came To Be

By Sato . May 22, 2014 . 1:35am

This week’s issue of Famitsu magazine has a lot to share about Tecmo Koei and Nintendo’s upcoming collaboration, Hyrule Warriors. The game, known as “Zelda Musou” in Japan, is part of Tecmo Koei’s Warriors series of games, which employ the concept of a single character doing battle against dozens of enemies as once.


In Japan, the Warriors—or “Musou” games, as they’re referred to there—encompass a wide range of franchises, ranging from Tecmo Koei’s own Dynasty Warriors to collaborations with other companies, such as One Piece: Pirate Warriors or Dynasty Warriors: Gundam. This week’s Famitsu features an interview with three key developers working on Hyrule Warriors, including Eiji Aonuma, known for directing and producing several Zelda games.


Aonuma, who is currently taking on the role of Hyrule Warriors’ supervisor, is joined by general producer Hisashi Koinuma and producer Yosuke Hayashi, both from Tecmo Koei. Famitsu starts out the interview by expressing their surprise upon first hearing about a collaboration between The Legend of Zelda and the Warriors series. They ask how it all began.


Warriors has teamed up with series such as Gundam, Fist of the North Star and One Piece, and I thought about doing something with Nintendo,” explains Koinuma. “While thinking about what would make for a good collaboration, it was Hayashi that proposed [the idea] by saying, ‘Wouldn’t it be interesting to do a collaboration with The Legend of Zelda?’”


Koinuma explains that it was from there that they eventually spoke with Eiji Aonuma and Shigeru Miyamoto from Nintendo, who agreed on the collaboration to create Hyrule Warriors.


“This presentation was actually from several years ago, when they showed us One Piece: Pirate Warriors,” says Aonuma. “At first, when they said that One Piece would become a Warriors [game], I wondered, ‘How will that turn out?’ but once I actually played it, I felt that they did a good job of implementing the Warriors system.”


“So, it sparked my interest when I thought: ‘I wonder what a collaboration with The Legend of Zelda would be like.’ Shortly afterwards, Miyamoto told me, ‘The folks at Tecmo Koei are talking about a Zelda Musou. Are you interested?’ and I responded with ‘definitely!’”


Famitsu mentions that it seems like Nintendo were being very forward-looking about the entire affair


“Yes, given Tecmo Koei and their ability to plan things out, along with many other titles they’ve shaped into the form of a Warriors game, when thinking about how The Legend of Zelda could be reborn [in such a way], we had far more expectations than uncertainties.”


Next, they ask Tecmo Koei how they decided on a Zelda collaboration, when considering the numerous titles Nintendo have.


“With Koinuma and myself included, we have many fans of The Legend of Zelda in our company, and that would be the ultimate reason,” replies Hayashi. “The basic fights in The Legend of Zelda series involve one-on-one fights, so ‘having over 100 enemies like the Musou games would surely make things interesting,’ was something we discussed among the staff.”


“You can say that luck also played a role,” adds Koinuma. “The title that our company wanted to do a Musou game collaboration with the most just so happened to be the one title that the folks at Nintendo said ‘we can entrust them with this one’ to, so we were both able to come to an agreement regarding The Legend of Zelda.”


Hyrule Warriors will be released on August 14, 2014 for Wii U in Japan. The West will be getting it at a later date.

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  • Go2hell66

    Lol this is kind of like that one game no one ever asked for.just hope it turns out decent. never really been a fan of musou games but if this is good that might change

    • Masa

      In Japan the musou games are hugely popular, always hitting the top of charts, this will sell like mad.

      • Monterossa

        but it’s on the Wii U. I’m doubt how many Japanese players still play home consoles.

        • CycloneFox

          whats up with the up votes of that post?
          It’s not like I would totally disagree, but I can see a rise of three votes per second. O.o

          Anyway, I think the Zelda series has to go into the opposite direction. The combat should be more like Dark Souls and the theme should also be a little darker.

          • Thatguy

            whats up with the up votes of that post?

            Sony bot. If you say something like *WiiU is dead* *3DS is dead* *Iwata need to be fired!* *Sony is better than Nintendo* you will have ~100 upvotes in seconds.

            Also, downvotes, if you say something positive about Nintendo. ~200 in seconds. Because of that bots, we don’t see downvotes anymore

            I don’t think games need to be darker and copy Dark Souls. Otherwise, it will be like CoD: a lot of *mature* and *brown* shooters everywhere.

            And it’s not like Zelda games aren’t dark. That mask seller and mummy-screamers things. Or Majora’s Mask in general.
            Zelda games are Zelda games, Darks Souls is Dark Souls.
            I like legend of zelda, for what it is. (OoT is still my favorite)

        • Herok♞

          The Japanese still buy and play home consoles, the difference however is they don’t buy consoles based on hype alone which is why the PS4 sold within a 100 units of the Wiiu this week. When a console has games they will buy it.

          Sidenote nice upvote bot

    • Ixbran

      Speak for your self! I used to day dream about a Zelda themed Warriors game constantly. Hyrule Warriors is a literal dream come true for me.

    • Namuro

      You mean the game “YOU” didn’t ask for. I don’t really play the Musou games myself (though, I played Hokuto to death), but I’m pretty sure there are lots of people all over the world who are excited over this game.

  • Link

    Official Website just opened. Bunch of new screens.

    • Namuro

      Oh snap! Impa is pretty hot! I’m lovin’ her big-ass sword as well.

      Speaking of Impa. I think it would be cool if there’s a Zelda game where she is Link’s partner, and that she could help him fight as well.

  • E.T.993

    MIYAMOTO WAS FINE WITH THIS!?He upbends often the tea table yet he was fine with AN HUGE-ASS ZELDA ACTION GAME NOT ENTERELY DEVELOPED BY NINTENDO!? A SPINOFF! What is this madness!?

    • Ecchitori-san

      It is what Nintendo really needs.

    • Masa

      Musou games = HUge in Japan
      Zelda = Huge in Japan

      Combined = Huge seller and will move some Wii U consoles.

      • Elem187

        Zelda isn’t huge in Japan. It’s huge in the west.

        • David García Abril

          It’s still big in Japan, though.

          • astrogamer

            Relatively but a couple hundred thousands seller isn’t exactly what you think of huge

          • Suicunesol

            A couple-hundred thousand seller is pretty good for a home console game in Japan.

          • Eder García

            not that big

    • Namuro

      What about other games that were developed by other companies like Super Mario RPG? This is not the first time…

      • E.T.993

        Zelda never had a spin-off developed by someone else than Nintendo.

        • Namuro

          So… a spin-off developed by other companies is not okay, but a main game like Minish Cap is fine?

        • Ann Weschenfeller

          CDI trilogy says hi. And yes, I don’t want them to exist either, but there they are.

        • GH56734

          Nope, it did. Often.
          They’re also published by Nintendo including this one (well, except the CD-i ones)

    • Ann Weschenfeller

      Also, Zelda Oracle developed by Capcom. Not new.

      • E.T.993

        Oh, I forgot. I’m just surprised they developed a ZELDA SPIN-OFF.

        • Ann Weschenfeller

          Don’t worry, it can’t be as bad as back in the 90’s with Philips…

          • Uso Ewin

            To be fair, the game itself isn’t that bad at all.

        • GH56734

          Link Crossbow Training – Wii
          Navi Trackers – GC
          Tingle Rosy Rupees / Ballon Trip of Love – DS
          BS Zelda (a school project sponsored by Nintendo!) – SFC

          It does happen, not to the extent of Mario, Kirby, Metroid, or Pokémon but it still happens

      • JMTHEFOX

        Don’t forget about the Minish Cap.

  • Namuro

    I’m quite looking forward to this!

  • Ann Weschenfeller

    (I love Musou games + I love Zelda + The games for WiiU that I wanna get my hands on keeps growing) – (WiiU’s price + WiiU’s lack of support + fact that I’m poor) = I think I want a WiiU. Almost there, Nintendo.

    • pokeroi

      Lack of support of what…?

      • Ann Weschenfeller

        Third Party support, of course. Nintendo itself is doing a colossal job, but others not so much.

        • pokeroi

          Oh yeah that. Well, almost for every game announced not coming on WiiU there is a game exclusively on WiiU, so I’m cool with that.

  • Elem187

    “just so happened to be the one title that the folks at Nintendo said ‘we can entrust them with this one’

    That’s a lot of trust. Nintendo’s second biggest IP. I’m really hoping this comes out amazing.

    • Thatguy

      If it will sell well, how about more niche titles, Nintendo?

      Like… for example… Fire Emblem musou?

      • Kornelious

        Yes and FREAKING YES! :D

      • Serge

        Or maybe something weird, like Super Mario Musou.

      • Ann Weschenfeller

        I’d ultra love a Fire Emblem Musou with overflowing passion!

      • Herok♞

        That would be bad, your units would die since you would have to leave them fend for themselves I would be worried that my tatics couldn’t protect my units

      • vipo

        Or something like Super Smash Bros Musou

      • SetzerGabbiani

        Fire Emblem Musou makes more sense than a Zelda musou if I think about it. Just from sheer number of playable characters.

        • Thatguy

          But… Movesets will be kind of boring.
          Like… sword, axe, spear, magic. You need a lot of imagination to make ALL playable characters unique

          • KoRLumen

            This IS the dynasty warriors guys we’re talking about. I’m almost completely certain they’ll be able to come with something, given the opportunity.

          • keithmaxx

            Too bad there were no FE MCs that used pots, woks or whips.

      • Jean Alcantara

        Add Perma-death and you’ve got yourself a hit!

    • logginsmessina

      this is not the first time nintendo gave somebody their zelda IP, remember those Phillips CD-I games?

      • Thatguy


        I keep memories about that sealed. Along with Tsukihime anime.

        • lackofstyle

          What tsukihime anime?

      • Slayven19

        They also gave it to capcom as well.

      • SuperSailorV

        I just wonder what Gannon’s up to!

    • NeptuniasBeard

      Third Biggest IP. Distant third

      • Satori Satya

        Actually 4th biggest IP.

        The Wii Sports/Play/Music/Fit series are a big reason as to why Nintendo ended with 18 billion dlls. in the bank after the Wii years.

        • NeptuniasBeard

          You have a good point, it did sell more, but I think it will have to prove it’s staying power before it can be considered a “bigger” IP than Zelda, which has lasted 25 years.

          • Satori Satya

            Well Wii Party U did sell rather well lately (already among the few million sellers on the Wii U).

            Wii Sports Resort sold like over 600k units last year.

            However, its unlikely that the Wii series will continue to have a chance at life beyond the Wii U.

    • Bunzi

      I hope it doesn’t open Zelda up to Pokemon-esque saturation. Virtually every Zelda but the forbidden three are extremely high quality products, and I’m not so sure about this one….

      • Suicunesol

        What are the forbidden 3?

        • Bunzi

          The CD-I games.

  • I liked the Gundam Musou so I’m a bit excited for this. I’m expecting a simply fun game!

  • Funny how minds think alike and what not. I wonder though, what other brands can they give the Musou treatment to next…

    • logginsmessina

      Dragon Ball Z Musou ;)

      • Ann Weschenfeller

        Yes please! But I guess regular DB would fit best. I can almost imagine chibi Goku going all Musou-ish against Red Ribbon troops.

        • logginsmessina

          DBZ Sagas came close, but everything else was horrible.

          • Ann Weschenfeller

            The least we talk about that abomination the better :P

    • LoMeinPanda

      I’d kill for a Sailor Moon Musou….

      • Suicunesol



    • Namuro

      How about Rurouni Kenshin Musou? I’d like to see that…

      Hell, as long as I’m wishing for a dream game. I’d like a Touhou Musou, please!!

  • DarthSithZero

    Link looks freaking awesome in this game. I’m glad Nintendo finally decided to add more polygons to their characters.

  • DanijoEX ♬ the Cosmic Owl

    Interesting read…

  • TheGioG

    The translated story details so far are… different from the other games. It seems Zelda gets kidnapped this time around because this jealous yet surprisingly sexy villainess has the hots for me.

    That’s a new one in my book, but let’s not get TOO feisty, ladies. There’s enough soft golden sideburns to go around for everyone.

    • David García Abril


      Are they really gonna go for that angle?!

      • Thatguy

        Yeah, being Triforce keeper, Shia noticed Link (who was a part of Triforce obviously), developed feelings for him and evil used it.
        They warped her vision, actions and feelings. And she try to destroy world and hoping, that Link-senpai will notice her. Also, jealosy of Zelda, who keeping Link close to her (being childhood friend and all that).

        So Shia went full yandere here. And all thanks to evil forces, who corrupted pure soul. And made her wearing these clothes.

        Honestly? It’s not bad. It’s not like Shia want to destroy world just because.

        • David García Abril

          I’m just surprised that the main villain is a yandere. That’s definitely a first in the series, maybe even in Nintendo.

          This also implies that Link and Zelda might be an item in this game too (Please, let them be an item in this game too! I’m tired of all the cock tease between them! lol)

          • Thatguy

            Also… i don’t remember any yandere in any game, VN aside.

            That… surprising.

          • Tira from Soul Calibur might count though.

            And let’ not forget Tharja (FE:Awakening) and Catherine (Catherine).

          • Satori Satya

            “This also implies that Link and Zelda might be an item in this game too (Please, let them be an item in this game too! I’m tired of all the cock tease between them! lol)”

            Not if Impa has anything to say about it ;)

            I figure she’s way overprotective of Zelda and that’s why Link never gets to first base with her.

        • KoRLumen

          A yandere?! My interest in this game (though already quite high) just skyrocketed!

          • J_Joestar

            will the ending have them sailing off then?
            that boat looks nice.

    • SaiyanJedi_Trunks

      I think this is the hottest villain in the history of Zelda…a jealous type?…this could get interesting.

      • Satori Satya

        Who has what it takes to cosplay her?


        Jessica Nigri

        • SaiyanJedi_Trunks

          I’m sure she’s already working on it. ;) – Ms. Nigri would do a great job I think.

    • God

      Just pray to me that Zelda didn’t hear that last part.

    • Shuga Suenaga

      boobs i knew it :v

  • Yan Zhao

    One Piece Pirate Warriors 1 and 2 were probably some of the best work TK did as a Warriors crossover. Makes me wish Dynasty Warriors was actually that polished as far as battle systems and enemy AI/variety goes.

  • BitBoy

    Wanna pre-order the game from japan? well now you can, on Amazon! However no matter how much u pray, it will not work on your dirty western console…,k:B00KGTQRVQ|B00KGTRAX0|B00KGTQRXE

    • Thatguy

      Funny, how all 3 edition of Zelda Musou are keeping high positions

  • Bobby Jennings

    I don’t see this being any different from the other musou games out there honestly.

  • fairysun

    Yes, One Piece: Pirate Warriors (especially the 2nd one) is unexpectedly a great warrior game. If you’re a fan of both Warriors series and One Piece, the game is a buffet for you.

    • MrJechgo

      I would have liked it better if they would have added EACH and EVERY Arc up to Punk Hazard. Seriously, some villains and locations keep getting screwed in One Piece games…

  • Aqua King

    I would be buying this…. except it is on the Wii U. Which is unfortunate.

    • TalesOfBS

      Too bad kid. You will be missing a lot of good games.

      • Aqua King

        Good games, on a not good platform :/

        This game would be amazing on the PS4 engine.

        • TalesOfBS

          It is a amazing platform. And it would look like crap on a platform made for brown fps games.

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    Damn, I have high hops for this game, even tho I’m not a fan of the Warrior type of gameplay…the army hardly fight back at all

  • epy

    Next up, Pokemon Musou. Fight together with your Pokemon, for real this time.

    • Eder García

      b-b-b-b-b-but what will happen to Pokemon Arkham by Rocksteady??

      • epy

        I don’t think playing as Lucarioman beats fighting with your sword and your Charizard X againts Lance (who happens to use a lance) and his Dragonite for the champion title.

      • J_Joestar

        Emolga Begins

  • Zer0faith

    What REALLY happened:

    Miyamoto: We need to expand LoZ’s fanbase even further any ideas?
    Aonuma: Majora’s Mask remake?
    Miyamoto: No.
    Aonuma: Zelda as a main protagonist?
    Miyamoto: No.
    Aomuma: Bewbz?
    Miyamoto: ….Genius.
    Aomuma: Team Ninja?
    Miyamoto sagely nods, “Team Ninja.”

    • epy

      Makes total sense though. Who wants a Majora’s Mask remake? People that are already fans of the franchise. Who would play a new Zelda with Zelda as the main character? People that are already fans of the franchise. “Social justice” warriors will make a huge deal about it, but they never buy or play anything they make a big deal about.

      But boobs, ah boobs, that’s the universal constant… you know, for the straight male demographic, which is still the majority of the market.

      • Zer0faith

        ^ This man speaks the truth!

      • Stop with the boobs that’s ain’t Queen blade.

      • J_Joestar
        • epy

          Only Wakamoto can make this speech epic. All hail Oppai!

      • Asura

        Watch this crap flop.

      • Ms_Fortune

        Actually Zelda won’t be the main character because that is not her role, she is the aspect of wisdom, you might have a case for the first 2 games but she’s hardly your classic damsel, without her Link can’t get shit done, that is her role in the Zelda franchise, Nintendo isn’t going to change because a tiny minority is loud about it.

        And yes obviously, you made a character, pandering or not with a demographic in mind, after you want to maximize profits, its just business.

        This whole white guilt bullshit is getting really retarded, your thoughts on this are alarmist and extreme, you are not furthering any cause, you are sinking it, people like you are the reason there’s such a massive backlash against those who want change.

    • Ms_Fortune

      Why would they make a remake of Majora? It was the one of the worst selling main line titles of all times, we might still see one, the assets exists in OoT but I doubt its at the forefront of anyone’s mind over there, especially given the Wii U hemorrhaging money.

      Zelda as a protagonist will NEVER happen, this is a pipe dream, she has her role in the franchise, far from a classic damsel regardless of what Anita conditioned you to think.

      And you’re focusing on a single aspect of the game, that is a single character design, you are conveniently ignoring everything else about, from the gameplay, to Link’s new design as well as Impa to scapegoat something so minor.

      And furthermore you are all acting like Omega Force had full reign of the game, its been said Aunoma was working very closely with the team so I imagine he had some say over final character designs.

      But I guess Team Ninja is another convenient scapegoat because of the games they make.

  • Anko Is Furious (King T.G.P)

    I’d totally buy a Wii-U for this game o.O.

  • SaiyanJedi_Trunks

    I am so excited for this game. I love the character designs and can’t wait to use this style of combat with Link. Day 1 purchase when it finally arrives in the West.

  • colorblindnightmare

    So therr was adesire to do it from multiple sides huh? Good thing they decided to do it. This will most likely be my first wiiu game!

  • Suicunesol

    Has anyone realized that this may be the first Legend of Zelda game with full voice acting?

    • Ann Weschenfeller

      CDI trilogy says hi…unfortunately!

      • Suicunesol

        Oh come on please. That’s not funny. >_<

  • shenlong234

    Wow. I wonder if there will be a Naruto Musou?

  • I wasn’t sure about this game at first, but now I’m interested. Not a day 1 for me, but I will surely keep an eye on it.

  • TalesOfBS

    Good to see that Aonuma (and Nintendo) have an eye on this. That sold me
    the game. I was afraid that it would just turn into another generic
    warriors game.

  • PkmnChmp5

    I’m hoping while Nintendo and Tecmo Koei are together anyway they’ll go ahead and greenlight Pokemon Conquest 2.

  • ParrotProphet

    I’m still waiting on my Berserk Musou.

  • I still think that a Bastard!! Musou would be great, but nobody cares about that series anymore.

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