We all know the Wii U has struggled. Whether it be in terms of sales, lack of third-party support or the release of the PS4 and Xbox One, to say the Wii U has had it a bit rough would be an understatement. As of very recently though, that is on par to change. Maybe not immediately, but the Wii U has a very bright future ahead of it.
Between titles like Windwaker HD and Super Mario 3D World on the market now and titles like Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros. coming to the platform in 2014, the Wii U is starting to show a nice burst of life. This was only added to when during today’s (Dec. 18, 2013) Nintendo Direct the game Hyrule Warriors was announced.
I personally did not watch this Nintendo Direct, but when I heard rumblings of a game entitled Hyrule Warriors, I was immediately intrigued. I’m not a die hard fan of the Legend of Zelda series, but hearing the title sparked my interest. Knowing that this would be a sort of spin-off with characters from the land of Hyrule in it made my mind race trying to think of the possibilities of what genre the game would be. A shoot em up? Another adventure game? A RPG? The possibilities were endless.
Those guesses were put to rest when I saw the teaser trailer that was played during the Direct. Here it is:
Wow. A Dynasty Warriors X Legend of Zelda mash-up? I for one would have never guessed that Nintendo would have this one stashed away in the workshop. As soon as I saw Link in this non-adventure title, a big smile came to my face as I thought of all the story lines they could pull off.
Not much was shown to us in the trailer, but it does bring up a few questions.
First off, is Link the only playable character? I for one would love to play as Sheik, Ganon or young Link. The chance of another Nintendo IP character as an Easter egg would be awesome as well. Just imagine Samus in this game!
Secondly, what is the story behind this? This is a big departure from the playing style the the LoZ series carries, so how will Nintendo set up this story line?
Only time will answer those questions, but from the standpoint of the Wii U, this is another monumental addition to the library. Many gaming forums that I frequent are buzzing with anticipation to either get their hands on it, or at the very least get new information on the game.
Personally, I think if this title is pulled off correctly it could be another title that, in addition with 3D World, MK8 and Smash , could make the Wii U a must have piece of hardware. On the flipside though, this game could tank and tank hard. The controls could be sloppy and the graphics could be a mess. Let’s hope for the former as Nintendo aims to put the Wii U back on the map, one title at a time.
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- Richie D.