The Legend Of Zelda 'Hyrule Warriors' News: Playable Demo Coming To E3 With New Character Announcements [VIDEO]

By Luke Caulfield , Updated May 26, 2014 10:20 AM EDT
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Haven't had enough of Hyrule Warriors yet? Good, because it's about to blow up at E3, as developers Tecmo Koei and Team Ninja has some major tricks up its sleeves for the game at this year's massive convention.

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Producers Hisashi Koinuma and Yosuke Hayashi spoke to Famitsu again, and revealed that in addition to announcements for new playable characters, the team was also brining a playable demo so people can finally get a hands on with the game. The duo said the move will provide fans with "a better idea of what we're trying to do."

New playable characters, eh? Well, we already have Impa, the requisite Link, and the game's official site listed at least one more character would be given, but who could it be? According to the storyline, Zelda's already been kidnapped, so that leaves her out (unless she's out playing dress up again). One out of the box idea is to go with the series' longtime baddie Gannondorf, maybe for being a bit jealous that someone else has managed to send Hyrule into chaos.

Nintendo's Descriptions of Hyrule Warriors' Playable Characters and New Enemies Surface

The team also discussed the way different weapons could be switched, and how doing so could affect the characters' different fighting styles. The team had previously mentioned how different size weapons could impact player movement, but they didn't get too into details.

Like in previous Legend of Zelda games, boss fights are also said to figure prominently, but not in the way you might think. Typically, defeating the games' giant bosses requires a recently learned strategy or attained item. But in Hyrule Warriors, it won't be that dramatic. According to Hisashi, the team couldn't reproduce those kind of high quality fights, so keep that in mind once the game drops. Players will instead go the Dynasty Warriors route, charging a special attack meter on smaller enemies before the actual fight.

How well will this work out? We'll find out at this year's E3. If you missed Hyrule Warriors' reveal, check out the announcement trailer below and see if you think the game has what it takes to help pull the Wii U out of its slump.

The game is set to release in Japan this August as a Wii U exclusive.

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