Hyrule Warriors: Pretty, Nerdy, Powerful. (Part One of our Legend of Zelda E3 Coverage))

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Guest Article by Ryssa

With E3 fresh in our minds and excitement still buzzing happily through the Internet, allow me to turn your attention to one of my two favorite things that happened – Hyrule Warriors.

For those of you who don’t know, Hyrule Warriors is a collaboration game between the classic game series Legend of Zelda and the Dynasty Warriorsseries. It combines elements from both games to create a whole new system of game play and character interaction. Honestly, it sounds awesome, and I for one and pumped! I’ve never played a Dynasty Warriorsgame so I don’t really know much about it, but Legend of Zelda I can talk about.

     Everything we know about Hyrule Warriors is shaping up to be a whole lot of firsts for the Legend of Zelda series. Collaboration, multiplayer, totally different gaming style, special attacks – so much is going to be new forZelda players.

The multiplayer action is probably going to be the biggest change up sinceZelda fans are used to playing as the beloved Hero of Time, Link, and only Link. In Hyrule Warriors, we’ve already got a roster of four playable characters – Link, Impa, Zelda, and Midna – with a sly hint that there will be more to come before the game is released.

Take a look at that roster for a second and think about what you see. That’s right! Three playable female characters to a singular male character. That’s incredible! Not a complete shock, though, if you think about Link’s allies throughout the games.  A large portion of his support consists of women, from goddesses to queens to stablehands. Women play a huge role in aiding Link on his various quests as well as shaping his destiny in general (the Hyrule creation myth centers on three goddesses and zero gods).

When you take a look at possible other player characters it’s mostly women who will fit the bill. Sure, Groose from Skyward Sword would make a cool ally and the chance to play as Darunia from Ocarina of Time would be great, but what other men could you pull that aren’t villains? King of Red Lions? Tingle? Linebeck? The best bets for allies are women – Princess Ruto, Tetra, Sheik, Ashei, Nabooru, one of the goddesses, any Gerudo. You get my point.

We’ve got a line up of women who have Link’s back, and the promise of adding more ladies is a very real thing. We’ve always known these ladies were here. Now, thanks to Hyrule Warriors, we’re gonna be able to see firsthand just how kick ass they can really be.

September can’t come fast enough.

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