Ganondorf, Zant, and Ghirahim playable in Hyrule Warriors
posted on 08.04.14 at 11:42 PM EDT by (@salromano)
Plus, more details from this evening's Nintendo Direct.

Hyrule Warriors

Villains Zant and Ghirahim are playable in Hyrule Warriors, Nintendo announced during its Hyrule Warriors Direct broadcast this evening.

Additionally, the publisher revealed famed The Legend of Zelda series villain Ganondorf is both in the game and playable.

Here’s Nintendo’s press release roundup of new information:

  • 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.
  • Costumes: Club Nintendo members who buy and register Hyrule Warriors within four weeks of launch will receive a set of alternate Ganondorf costumes as free in-game downloadable content. More details will be made available on For certain other characters, Nintendo will make downloadable alternate costumes available as pre-order bonuses from select retailers in North America. Nintendo will announce more information about how to get these cosmetic add-ons in the future.
  • 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).
  • Weapons: 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.
  • Locations: 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.

Watch the Ganondorf reveal trailer and full broadcast below. View a set of screenshots at the gallery. Hyrule Warriors is due out for Wii U on September 26 in North America and September 19 in Europe.

Ganondorf and a Great Sword Trailer

Hyrule Warriors Direct

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  • The Grim Heaper

    Don’t worry Groose, you’ll be next.

    Ganondorf reveal was predictable but I like his look in this game. I don’t think it’s as good as some of his other appearances in previous titles(unlike Link and Zelda, who have my favorite outfits in this), but it’s very different and still comes off as menacing.

    • Zackasaur

      Groose… Yes, please.

  • Kougeru

    I got sick of “Warrior” games a long time ago but this sounds super fun and different than the rest. Will buy for Ganon

    • shogunknight

      what is a ‘warrior’ game?

    • Budgiecat

      Dont tell me you skipped Fist of the North Star now…

    • OverlordZetta

      >different from the rest
      It being different from them beyond “exactly like them with Zelda characters” would largely defeat the point of doing it at all. Luckily, it sounds like it’s going to be super fun AND exactly like them with Zelda characters.

      • Budgiecat

        not all Musou games play the same…

        • Kobracon

          What? NOW you’re defending musou games?

          • Budgiecat

            not really a defense just stating fact

      • Kougeru

        I disagree. I’ve played whatever tehy had on PS3 and several other spin-offs like Gundam and some other anime ones, and they were pretty different from each other in a few ways. The basic gameplay is the same,’re always killing hundreds of enemies per battle and such, but playing as a giant Mech is pretty different from a Chinese legend. The movement, animations, and skills can make the game feel very different. I just got sick of the general style of the games, but I’m ready for this one.

    • Dick Mountainjoy

      Because Zelda games are known for being different…

  • Zackasaur

    Awwwwwwwww yeah, playable Ghirahim.

  • Finalshoryuken

    Ganondorf, the Lu Bu of Zelda.

  • Budgiecat

    Ganandorf! Where the hell ya been??

    “training with Lu Bu and SSJ3 new best friends.”

  • Aiddon

    Also, someone noticed this with Nintendo’s Tweets during the Direct:

    They might have just revealed Cia as being playable

    • Zackasaur

      That would be awesome.

      And it makes a lot of sense… Dynasty Warriors has a legacy of playable villains, Cia is obviously one of the main villains, and she is also the “original character” counterpart to Lana.

  • Skerj

    Gannondorf’s looking like Jinpachi now.

    • PrinceHeir

      Lol agree! XD

  • PrinceHeir

    This is awesome!!

    I hope they make Fire Emblem Musou soon!!!

  • AdamBoy64

    Playing as Ganondorf will be cool.

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  • MrKappa

    Ganondorf looking so glorious. Why can’t he be this bad ass in Smash? I swear he better not be a Falco clone this time around.

    • ivanchu77

      don´t worry, i´m sure he will not be a Falco clone ;)

      ….he probably will be a Falcon clone instead.

  • Shinsua

    Super Saiyan 3 Ganondorf confirmed.

  • Bobby Jennings

    I wonder if he’ll fight like Captain Falcon again 8)

  • SuperLuigi

    Ganondorf got all sexy in this one haha. That hair!

  • Kobracon

    HOLY SHIT DAT GANONDORF!! I can’t WAIT to see his other weapons!