In addition to confirming its August 14th release date in Japan, gaming publication Famitsu has detailed a few other tidbits about the upcoming Wii U exclusive, Hyrule Warriors. Turns out Link isn’t the only playable character after all!
Famitsu has confirmed Impa as a playable character and goes on to state that multiple playable characters will be in the game upon its release. Hyrule Warriors will also feature local 2-player co-op where player one will use the TV, while player two will use the Wii U GamePad.
In addition to new characters and the co-op mode, Hyrule Warriors will also feature numerous weapons that will change your character’s combat approach. Smaller one-handed weapons will focus on attack speed and mobility, while the larger two-handed weapons will deliver slower, stronger blows. There will also be some form of weapon upgrade system and character progression, but no more details were given other than confirming that they exist.
The Z-targeting system introduced in the The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time will also be present in Hyrule Warriors, allowing you to target enemy weak points or dodge incoming attacks, as well as giving Link access to his infamous Spin Attack and bombs. Famitsu states that bombs will be used for more than attacking enemies, so we may see them being used for environmental destruction or to open up hidden locations as seen in the previous Zelda titles.
According to Siliconera, Hyrule Warriors is currently 70% through the development process and will be playable at E3 2014.