Nintendo announces new Legend of Zelda spin-off, Hyrule Warriors

Perhaps some of the most underwhelming Legend of Zelda news to come from Nintendo was the announced this morning in the form of a new trailer for Hyrule Warriors.

Hyrule Warriors, which is a working title for the game, is a Legend of Zelda-themed Dynasty Warriors game. Nintendo President Satoru Iwata made a point to assure gamers that Hyrule Warriors is not an official installment in The Legend of Zelda cannon (meaning it has no place in the Zelda timeline), but is a collaborative effort with Tecmo Koei, which began producing the Dynasty Warriors series in 2009.

The trailer shows gameplay that will be very familiar to fans of the Dynasty Warrior series. Link hacks and slashes his way through hordes of smaller baddies before making his way to a boss. Because this will not be an official Zelda title, the bosses from Hyrule Warriors will most likely be all pre-existing bosses from the many Zelda titles. The trailer shows just a few bosses including what appears to be King Dodongo from Ocarina of Time for the Nintendo 64. 

This will not be the first non-cannon Zelda title. In 2007, Nintendo released Link’s Crossbow Training which was an unofficial spin-off to Twilight Princess. In the game, gamers utilize the Wii Zapper peripheral to shoot down baddies from the Twilight Princess storyline.

This also won’t be the first time a big franchise game got the Dynasty Warriors treatment. Also in 2007, Tecmo Koei released a Gundom-themed Dynasty Warriors game simply titled Dynasty Warriors: Gundam, before releasing two sequels. And in 2012, One Piece: Pirate Warriors was released.

The Dynasty Warriors franchise is notorious for being repetitive and monotonous with much of the gameplay revolving around button-mashing. Nintendo and Tecmo Koei will need to add something more innovative to the equation than just Zelda characters to make this title worth picking up. Intuitive Wii Remote play, an engaging co-op mode and online features will likely be showcased in later trailers of the game.

Hyrule Warriors will launch in 2014. Check out the full trailer right here: