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.