Hyrule Warriors Collector’s Edition Announced

Priced at £49.99, a Hyrule Warriors Limited Edition Scarf set has been announced exclusively for UK (Europe?), Australia & New Zealand by Nintendo & Tecmo Koei for their highly anticipated upcoming Zelda/Dynasty Warriors Wii U-exclusive crossover. Hyrule Warriors releases in these PAL regions on September 19, 2014.

Check out Nintendo’s newest Hyrule Warriors Nintendo Direct, which also revealed Ganandorf, Zant and Ghirahim as playable characters!

This Scarf Edition includes a physical replica of links Blue & Orange scarf from the game, complete with a red & gold Hylian Crest and royal red trim. It also includes a physical copy of Hyrule Warriors for WiI U on disc. Sadly this Limited Edition will not be coming to the rest of Europe or America, although hopefully enough fan requests change that.

Additionally, Europeans who register their copy of the game with Club Nintendo from September 19 to October 17, 2014 will net an exclusive Ganondorf Legacy Costume Set, which includes Ganondorf costumes taken from Ocarina of Time & Twilight Princess!

Americans aren’t completely left in the dark though. We will get an exclusive DLC custome download depending on what retailer you buy the game at. And these include Link & Zelda costumes based off their looks from The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess or The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.

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Although it’s great to see a Limited Edition of any kind for Hyrule Warriors, one has to be disappointed at Nintendo limiting Western fans to just a Scarf, as the Japanese version of the game included an awesome Toy Treasure Chest and a working Triforce Alarm Clock! Looks like you’ll have to import from Japan if you want those cool extras. Although hopefully Nintendo will make them available at a later date via Club Nintendo or something along those lines for us outside Japan.

The two Japanese Limited Edition extras are on the pricey side, so be prepared if you are wanting to import. In addition to the regular addition available in Japan, the Japanese Hyrule Warriors Special Edition includes a Triforce digital clock for 10,800 yen (~$105 USD). Then there’s the Japanese Hyrule Warriors Treasure Box Limited Edition, this includes the Scarf that the UK, Australia & New Zealand is getting, the Triforce Clock, and a Treasure Chest replica for 13,800 yen (~$135 USD)!

Here’s the Hyrule Warriors image gallery.
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And now onto some of the newly announced features from the “Hyrule Warriors Direct” presentation above. As mentioned, three new playable villains have been announced: Ganondorf, Zant and Demon Lord Ghirahim!

Video game fans will get the chance to play as the baddest bad guy of The Legend of Zelda video game series. Ganondorf, nemesis of Link and aspiring Triforce owner, will become a force to be reckoned with in the upcoming Hyrule Warriors video game, which launches Sept. 26 for the Wii U home console.

Hyrule Warriors combines two classic video game franchises, The Legend of Zelda and Dynasty Warriors, and challenges players to face off against hordes of enemies in epic battles.

Here is gameplay footage of Ganondorf in action!

Key Hyrule Warriors Features:

Adventure Mode
Players are faced with a grid of challenges that looks like the map from The Legend of Zelda on NES. Completing each challenge unlocks a new region of the map, and with it, a new level of Adventure Mode. Certain characters and weapons can only be unlocked in Adventure Mode.

Playable Characters
In addition to Ganondorf, players can opt to play as various characters from The Legend of Zelda universe. Each character carries his or her own specialty weapons: Link (Hylian Sword), Princess Zelda (Rapier), Impa (Giant Blade), Midna (Shackle), Sheik (Harp), Agitha (Parasol), Darunia (Hammer), Princess Ruto (Zora Scale), Zant (Scimitar), Fi (Goddess Blade), Ghirahim (Demon Blade) and Lana (Book of Sorcery).

A Chain Chomp will make a guest appearance as a weapon. As the story advances, new weapons will become available to some characters, such as the Magic Rod for Link, the Baton for Zelda and Spear for Lana. Weapons have special abilities called Skills that increase attack damage, or perhaps increase the chance of finding Hearts. Filling the Focus Spirit magic gauge will temporarily increase a character’s abilities and help to mow down huge numbers of enemies. And Bombchus are back, just bigger and more explosive.

Game Play
Players can level their characters up to increase HP and attack skill, or they can grab materials dropped by defeated monsters to craft Badges to increase a weapon’s number of attacks, create longer combos or extend Focus Spirit time.

Co-Op Mode
Two players can play a local co-op match, with one player looking at the TV and the other looking at the Wii U GamePad controller. Single players can also play on the TV, or using only the GamePad in off-TV play.

Players will face down hordes of enemies in familiar locations, such as Skyloft from The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Lake Hylia from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and Twilight Field from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess.

Classic Zelda Elements
Players will recognize items from their favorite Zelda games, including bombs, arrows and a Hookshot. The game is filled with familiar Zelda staples, such as Cuccos, Rupees, Gold Skulltulas and plenty of grass cutting.

Hyrule Warriors is looking more and more awesome. I can’t wait to play this game. Seeing Ganondorf in action really sealed the deal. I love how absolutely badass he looks! I’ve never been into the Dynasty Warriors series before, but I’ve always thought the games looked fun and interesting.

I think this will be the most popular Dynasty Warriors title ever, and will open up a whole new swath of players to Tecmo’s legendary historical action series. I definitely want to import both the Japanese and UK versions of this bad boy to get my hands on those snazzy extras!

Are you excited for Hyrule Warriors? Will you be buying a Wii U to play it?