Thursday, July 24, 2014

Hyrule Warriors: Character Wish List (Ocarina of Time Update)

So, we got Darunia, Sheik and Ruto! Darunia uses the Megaton Hammer as expected by many (including myself) and will certainly provide a nice character for this game. In my last update I wasn't sure about Sheik and Ruto. With Sheik I thought she would be too similar to Impa, but I guess Impa is more a Samurai fighter, while Sheik does Ninja stuff. And the game certainly wouldn't have been complete without Sheik, since this is a very popular character because of Smash. With Ruto I thought about her using water magic, but she was missing an item for it. The Zora Sapphire is certainly a nice solution for that and overall she looks very beautiful, so I'm happy about her inclusion as well (as long as we still get Mikau).

It also looks like the theories were right about getting only characters from Skyward Sword, Twilight Princess and Ocarina of Time. Majora's Mask is still out in the open and I'm a little worried here, even though I probably shouldn't be, because the game fits the overall style and it is a huge fan favorite. We still have one more Famitsu update left and if it follows the schema, the last update might focus on Majora's Mask and characters, as well as stages from that game.

But it might also be a "villain" update, where they introduce Ganondorf and the other villains as playable characters. There definitely will be a playable Ganondorf, the unknown Power DLC with two costumes is just way too obvious. And obviously he wouldn't fit a Majora's Mask themed update all too well, I expected him to make an appearance this week... so, overall I'm a little bit worried that Majora's Mask won't play in the big league. But maybe we will get two Famitsu updates before the release? The magazine gets released every week, so...

For now let's look again at all the potential characters from the four 3D games in question.

Skyward Sword:

  • Groose
    - Bazooka (the "Groozoka")
  • Scrapper
    - Scrap Hands
  • Batreaux
    - Scythe
  • Beedle
    - ???
  • Demise
    - Dark Master Sword

Skyward Sword has still some very nice potential and I'm actually worried, why they only showed Fi the last time... if they had Groose as a playable character, you'd think they would show him off together with the Groosenator. I still think he should definitely be in this game, alongside with Scrapper.

Another character I would like to see, is Batreaux. Actually he would be a perfect replacement for Gomess, who I wanted to see in previous wish lists. He could fight with bats and a scythe like some Grim Reaper, but still be on the side of the heroes! Perfect! Bring it!

Twilight Princess:

  • Hero's Spirit
    - Hero's Sword
  • Yeto
    - ???
  • Ilya
    - Dominion Rod

Meh. I'm not really a fan of characters from this game, so I'm fine with getting the beautiful real Midna as her "alternate weapon" and be done here. The Hero's Spirit could make a very nice character though, since he's actually the Ocarina of Time Link. And he could act as the playable Stalfos character in this. Yeto could make an interesting fighter, but I'm not sure, what weapon he would use. His fish? Probably something with ice magic though.

The only reason, why I put Ilya here, is to add to the long list of Link's love interests in this game, even though I don't really like her that much. The Dominion Rod accompanied by some Ooccas could act as an interesting weapon, but of course it would make more sense to have Shad as the wielder. But then you'd want all the members of the resistance and I don't feel like they're all too popular... on the other hand you could just give Ilya that wooden Sheikah sex toy to play with. :D

Ocarina of Time:

  • Nabooru
    - Dual Scimitars
    - Halberd & Mirror Shield
  • Saria
    - Fairy Ocarina / Kokiri Emerald
  • Rauru
    - Cane of Byrna / Somaria / Pacchi
  • Malon
    - Epona's Song
  • Shadow Link
    - all of Link's weapons

Nabooru is still a big must for me. The Gerudos have nice weapons, she would add to the beautiful female cast and there's no good reason not to have her. And with her, we would have the majority of the sages from Ocarina of Time. So, I'm actually going back to my original idea of having all the sages playable. However, Saria took a huge hit from Lana's new weapon, which would have been perfect for a Kokiri or Deku character. She probably would use the Fairy Ocarina as her main weapon, but still... you have Lana's weapon now and Zelda playing Saria's Song in combat, so it doesn't really look good for Saria right now. About Rauru I thought that he could use one of the canes from the 2D games.

Malon is in this list purely, because she was one of Link's love interests, similar to Ilya. You have to fill that harem as much as possible. I could see her summoning animals like a Cucco's Revenge Squad though.

Majora's Mask:

  • Fierce Deity
    - Double Helix Sword
  • Mikau
    - Fishbone Guitar & Fin Blades
  • Deku Princess
    - ???
  • Tingle
    - Tingle Balloons
  • Skull Kid
    - Skull Mask
    - Majora's Mask
  • Happy Mask Salesman
    - Bag of Masks
  • Kafei
    - Keaton Mask

I really, really, really, really hope that Majora's Mask is still an option for this game, because there's still so much potential here. Of course some characters like the Skull Kid or the Happy Mask Salesman do appear in Ocarina of Time and there shouldn't be any problem with having them. And they might even give Mikau his own Hyrule counterpart, similar to Ruto and Lulu or Darunia and Darmani. Or as I already said, the worlds of OoT Hyrule and Termina are still linked to each other. But Mikau is basically the rock star of the Zelda series and shouldn't be missing in a game, which mainly plays Zelda rock covers as the background music!

The Deku Princess now has very minimal chances with Lana's second moveset, because that's something I imagined for her. The Deku King even had a similar staff, which she could have used... but oh well. Tingle could always make it though, considering that he is a staple in the series and also was already playable in his own games.

Kafei and the Happy Mask Salesman are just two names that I see often. And why not...? Kafei was even playable for a short amount of time, so it could be fun to have more from his character. But I could live without these two characters.

The absolute must is still Fierce Deity though! If this game doesn't include a playable Fierce Deity, I will be very, very disappointed. He's on the top of my most wanted list next to Nabooru, Mikau and Groose.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Sheik, Darunia and Ruto announced for Hyrule Warriors

Nice! We're back on track again.

After the last update, where we only got Fi, I was a little bit worried that the final roster might not be as large, as we had expected. So, I kept my expectations low and reduced my roster to a hand full of characters. While I really wanted Darunia, I was quite skeptical about Ruto and Sheik. But now that we got those two, I'm currently aiming at a 18-20 character roster, not counting the villains.

Originally I had the idea of having all the sages as playable character and now that we got Impa, Darunia, Ruto and Sheik/Zelda, there's no excuse not to have the rest of them. I still want to see Nabooru badly, and Saria and Raura still might have a chance now. I'm eager to see, how Ruto will work, so I can come up with better ideas for those two.

And even though we have Ruto now, I still want to see Mikau. He's the rockstar of the Zelda universe and he shouldn't be missing in a game, where the majority of the music is Zelda rock.

I'm still worried, why they only have shown Fi in the last update. The update was about Skyward Sword and it would have been the perfect opportunity to show Groose or Scrapper alongside Fi, unless of course those characters don't exist in the roster ...

And as expected, we're getting an Ocarina of Time update this week! There probably will also be Ganondorf and other things, so I will create a new wish list at the end of the week, as soon as we have learned everything new!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Next Hyrule Warriors Updates: Ocarina of Time & Majora's Mask?

So, every two weeks we get new infos about Hyrule Warriors in the Famitsu, which leaves two big updates open until the release of the game. It also seems that these updates follow some patterns and revolve around one game, at least from judging the last two ones:

Twilight Princess Update

  • New Playable Characters: Lana and Agitha
  • New Humanoid Villain: Zant
  • New Boss Monster: Argarok
  • New Stages: Twilight Lands
  • DLC Costumes: Twilight Princess Link & Zelda

Skyward Sword Update

  • New Playable Characters: Fi
  • New Weapons: Ball & Chain for Link, Wind Waker for Zelda
  • New Humanoid Villain: Ghirahim
  • New Boss Monster: The Imprisoned
  • New Stages: Skyloft, Sealed Grounds
  • DLC Costumes: Skyward Sword Link & Zelda
  • New System: shops, hearts, bow

So, based on that we could make a prediction like this:

Ocarina of Time Update

  • New Playable Characters: Darunia and/or Nabooru and/or Sheik
  • New Weapons: Biggoron Sword for Link, Time Portal Magic for Lana
  • New Humanoid Villain: Ganondorf
  • New Boss Monster: King Dodongo or maybe Twinrova
  • New Stages: Lon Lon Fields, Gerudo Fortress + Desert
  • DLC Costumes: Ocarina of Time Link, Zelda & Ganondorf, Twilight Princess Ganondorf
  • New System: Gold Skulltulas

Majora's Mask Update

  • New Playable Characters: Mikau and/or Deku Princess
  • New Humanoid Villain: Skull Kid
  • New Boss Monster: any of the MM bosses
  • New Stages: Clocktown / Termina Field

Don't think that any of the other Zelda games are going to get in the spotlight with Hyrule Warriors for two reasons: it's the realistic 3D Zelda games, where they can use models, textures and other assets to mash them together. Also, the story states that the evil spirit was split into four parts, three of them hidden in space and time. Cia opens the Soul Gate to three different eras to retrieve: the world of Skyward Sword, the world of Twilight Princess and probably also the world of Ocarina of Time & Majora's Mask, which are linked to each other anyway, so you basically hit two games with one stone here.

With the DLC packages, it's quite obvious that the remaining costumes will be Ocarina of Time outfits for Link and Zelda. Also, it's quite suspicious that the "Power" package only has two costumes. So, it probably will have the Ocarina of Time and Twilight Princess versions of Ganondorf, while the ingame Ganondorf gets his own new design. Impa on the other hand could also get two costumes, one for Skyward Sword and one for Ocarina of Time. Maybe she has the Power Pack, but then they probably would have shown it already.

I could also imagine that Ganondorf will be introduced as a playable character from the start. He could even "join" the good guys as the ultimate fanservice, because he wants to prevent the resurrection of the ancient evil (maybe Demise?) as much as the heroes.

Also, note how the system page shows a Gold Skulltula symbol next to the stages! I bet this will be explained next time with OoT update.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Hyrule Warriors: Character Wish List (Skyward Sword Update)

Oh, the excitement! Hyrule Warriors looks more and more fun with each update. Today they announced Fi as the 7th character and alternate weapons and costumes for Link and Zelda. The Ball & Chain looks really cool and is probably the best solution. The only reason, why I wanted Onox in this game, was the Ball & Chain, so I will drop him from my list. It's easy to make a list with many characters on it, but you should also ask yourself, what potential each character actually holds. If a character can provide different forms and alternate weapons, he certainly adds more value than a character, who only has the one thing. Of course if this one thing is really special, like Agitha's giant bugs, the character still might be a welcome addition. But on other hand you would really have to bend some characters to make them work like that.

But with the trailers they present each character with a weapon and the weapons really change the play style of the characters. So, you could argue that the weapons might be like a character of their own. With Midna it says "cursed shackles" or "cursed form" as her weapon. This might be actually an indication that her true form turns up to be her alternative "weapon" in the game.

With all of this in mind, I want to condense my wish list to a more realistic scope, which also tries to take alternate weapons into account. And it really looks like this is going to be Skyward Sword, Ocarina of Time, Majora's Mask and Twilight Princess only (with some tributes to other games). So, I will focus on characters from these games.

I kept updating my previous list so far, but for a major overhaul like this I want to create a new post/list. So, the old list won't be updated anymore!

Confirmed Player Characters:

  • Link
    (costumes: Twilight Princess, Skyward Sword, Ocarina of Time, Ravio?)
    - Hylian Sword -> Master Sword
    - Magic Rod -> Ice Rod Upgrade
    - Silver Gauntlets + Ball & Chain -> Golden Gauntlets ?
    - Whip ?
    - Biggoron's Sword ? -> Great Fairy's Sword ? -> Double Helix Sword ?
  • Zelda
    (costumes: Twilight Princess, Skyward Sword, Ocarina of Time, Hilda?)
    - Rapier
    - Wind Waker
  • Impa
    (costumes: Skyward Sword, Ocarina of Time)
    - Giant Blade
    - Whip ?
  • Midna
    - Shackle
    - True Form ?
  • Lana
    - Book of Sorcery
    - Time / Portal Magic ?
  • Agitha
    - Parasol
    - Bug Net ? -> Big Bug Net ?
  • Fi
    - Goddess Sword -> Goddess White Sword ?

I'm not going too crazy with the already announced characters and I've been wondering about Link's fourth weapon mostly. It could be the whip, which he established as a new weapon, however, Majora's Wrath could also add way crazier whip action than Link could. But I thought the same thing about Onox, so... An alternative would be giving the whip to someone else, Impa for example might look good with it. The Biggoron / Great Fairy's Sword is also possible for Link, but we already have Impa with the Giant's Blade. However, the demo explicitly named Link's first weapon "One-Handed Sword", so there's a good chance his final weapon will simply be a Zweihänder.

But we also have to think about weapon upgrades. It's not just having different weapons, the weapons will become stronger and maybe even more versatile. The Hylian Shield and Master Sword will replace the Hylian Sword and the soldier shield from the early game. It might even add Skyward Strikes as an additional technique. With the Magic Rod I personally think that they intentionally didn't call it "Fire Rod" - it might get an Ice Rod upgrade, which let's you combine fire and ice magic (freeze and melt them). With a two-handed sword you obviously could upgrade from Biggoron's Sword to the Great Fairy's Sword. Well, maybe even Fierce Deity's sword, if Fierce Deity really isn't a character option. The Silver Gauntlets would have the Golden Gauntlets, most likely.

I was thinking about having the Fierce Deity's Mask as an alternate weapon for Link, which could work, if it wasn't for the costumes. You wouldn't be able to apply them there, so it might make sense to have Fierce Deity (Link) as separate character still. Or there are simply "weapons", which have their own skin or act more like a different character similar to Midna. In that case I could also picture Sheik as "weapon style" for Zelda. However, the demo only showed two weapon slots for Zelda and those are already taken.

With the costumes, they announced that there will be Courage, Wisdom and Power packs. The first two will have three costumes and the latter two. And so far it looks like Courage offers costumes for Link and Wisdom for Zelda. Power probably adds costumes for Ganondorf or Impa and the remaining costumes are most likely their designs from Ocarina of Time.

But for Link's and Zelda's costumes I also thought that Ravio and Hilda could work nicely here. Ravio isn't a fighter anyway, he probably would just use Link's items in a clumsy way. And Hilda wouldn't add anything to the game, because we already have Cia fighting with a staff like hers. But as costumes they could be fun and still possible, even though A Link Between Worlds didn't make it into the plans of the game.

For Lana we already saw an artwork with portals similar to the Gate of Time behind her, so her second moveset will probably have to do with that. And Agitha simply NEEDS the Bug Catching Net as an alternate weapon. The Big Bug Net from Skyward Sword would even be a perfect upgrade.

Possible Player Characters:

  • Sheik
    - some Ninja weapons like a whirling scythe
  • Darunia / Darmani / Dangoro
    - Goron Fists & Megaton Hammer
  • Mikau
    - Fin Blades
    - Fishbone Guitar
  • Nabooru
    - Dual Scimitars
    - Gerudo Halberd & Mirror Shield
  • Deku Princess / Deku Butler's Son
    - Deku Bubbles / Nuts
    - Deku Leaf
  • Scrapper
    - Scrap Hands
    - Gust Bellow
  • Groose
    - Bazooka (Groozooka)
  • Hero's Spirit
    - Hero's Sword
  • Beedle
    - ???
  • Ghost Dampé (as requested by the comments :D)
    - Shovel and Poe Lantern
  • Fierce Deity Link
    - Double Helix Sword

Well, it makes sense to only have one Goron character, who uses different weapon styles, instead of having three different Gorons with their own fighting stlye. Whether it's an established character or a new one, I don't really care, as long as we get some Goron. Darunia would make the most sense though, especially if he uses the Megaton Hammer. That would be perfect. Darunia could also have a Darmani costume or vice versa.

Also, I dropped my idea of having the six sages playable in their entirety. I simply don't see Ruto and Rauru as fighters, though they somehow could be twisted into one, if really needs be. Ruto could fight with some sort of water magic for example, but Impa already does that and I'd rather have Mikau with his tattoos and his guitar! He would be a lot more interesting than Ruto. Rauru/Gaepora is just boring and doesn't need to take a character spot just to have the six sages.

The two characters I want to see the most, however, are Nabooru and Fiece Deity Link. This goes way back to my first time playing Majora's Mask nearly 14 years ago. There I wanted more from Fierce Deity and I also wanted to transform into a Gerudo with a mask (even though this probably would have looked silly). As for Nabooru's alternate fighting style I'd like her to utilize the typical Gerudo halberds on one hand, but maybe the Gerudo Mirror Shield with the other.

Scrapper and Groose would be for the lulz. I could see them adding interesting fighting styles though, much like Agitha. Though it could collide with the bomb item, which is why Groose needs something like a Bazooka to stand out. Scrapper would simply use his hands (and probably his mouth) and maybe even the Gust Bellow from the Lanayru Mining Facility as an alternate weapon. I'm only worried, because with each update they introduced two new characters. The last update was Skyward Sword themed, so why not show Groose or Scrapper along with Fi? It would have fit perfectly... but hopefully they will keep some characters secret for now.

I was also thinking about Tingle, he could offer some kind of aerial combat, where he hovers above everyone with Tingle Balloons to drop Tingle Bombs or whatever. I'm not so sure about him though, he might be too comical and deformed for this game. That and the fact that many people hate Tingle.

I also dropped Saria for now. The original idea was to have her fight with the Fairy Ocarina and magic songs like the Song of Storms. The Fairy Bow was her secondary weapon. But the Bow is now a normal item and Zelda uses the Wind Waker, which is too similar already and looks a lot better.

I'm also undecided about Sheik. It would be weird to have two different Zeldas, after all they're giving him all those costumes for her different versions, so if Sheik is in the game, it would make more sense as a costume or alternate "weapon". But as with Fierce Deity Link this is difficult to say, so Sheik might be a character after all. The again we already get Sheik in Smash Bros and we have Impa in this game. Everything Sheik could or would do, probably make a good alternate fighting for Impa instead. After all Impa is a real Sheikah and not some fake. But Sheik definitely has many fans and this is a fanservice game, so I won't write her off completely.

Also, keep in mind that simply because a character isn't playable, doesn't mean he or she plays no role in the game. There are many different ways to score a cameo in this game. But it's interesting that they chose a random Goron as the shopkeeper, instead of using Beedle. Might he be a character after all? I would add him to my list, but I can't think of any good fighting style for him right now.

Potentially Playable Enemies:

  • Cia
    - Crystal Staff
  • Valga
    - Dragon Claw Lance
  • Wizro
    - Ring Magic
  • Zant
    - Dual Daggers
  • Ghirahim
    - Magic Swords

I'll only list the humanoid bosses, because those are the ones, which might be unlockable as playable characters.

  • Ganondorf
    (costumes: Twilight Princess, Ocarina of Time)
    - Sword of the Sages
    - dual sabers from TWW
    - Trident of Power
  • Demise
    - Dark Master Sword
  • Shadow/Dark Link
    - all of Link's weapons
  • Skull Kid
    - Skull Mask
    - Majora's Mask
  • Majora's Wrath
    - Blade Whips
  • Gomess
    - Shadow Scythe
  • Igos du Ikana
    - Stalfos Broadsword

Not too many changes with the bad guys. I think that the Garo Master, Gomess and Phantom Ganon are more likely to appear as captains similar to King Bulblin or the Aeralfos. But having King Bulblin as a captain and not as a boss already shows that we probably shouldn't look too deep into mini bosses. But I still kept Gomess in the list, because I really like the design and the weapon. Igos du Ikana doesn't really have an interesting weapon, but he might utilize other special attacks like detaching his head from his body. Maybe the Eligy of Emptiness could be also a thing for him, where he creates clone Stalfos soldiers. So, he still might have good chances to become more in this game.

Twinrova by now I see more as one of the other bosses, where you have in her fused form, but also as the twin witches, but nothing that could be playable. Link's Magic Rod could potentially house ice magic as well, so we don't really need her to be more than a boss.

Shadow Link should basically be a Link clone for the bad guys. Like in Four Swords Adventures or A Link Between Worlds Shadow Link could yield all of Link's weapons, the sword & shield, the Magic Rod or the Ball & Chain. It's just that he works for the bad guys and might even become a formidable opponent during the story mode.

Skull Kid I picture as the "humanoid boss character" from Majora's Mask. Thing is, he could easily become playable as a good guy by switching masks. And I think it would be nice to have a character, who establishes different fighting styles with masks. The "Skull Mask" mode would have him fight normally with his flute and maybe by summoning puppets like in Twilight Princess. The "Majora's Mask" mode gives him bad evil stuff or whatever (you can really pull down the moon with the Hookshot, so...)

Last but now least I want to have a list for the (potential) secondary items, which every character can use:

Secondary weapons:

  • Hookshot
  • Bombs
    - Big Bombs upgrade
  • Bow
    - Sacred Bow upgrade

  • Boomerang
    - Gale Boomerang upgrade
  • Deku Nuts
    - for stunning enemies
  • Bombchus
    - homing bombs!
  • Pegasus Boots
    - Makes you run faster
  • Lantern
    - for dark areas / night
    - can have crazy upgrades
  • Pictobox
    - for Miiverse and selfies!

I will update the lists every now and then...!

  • dropped Tingle
  • added Malon
  • added the possibility of an Ice Rod upgrade for Link's Magic Rod
  • added Fairy Bow as alternate weapon for Saria
  • added Gust Bellow as alternate weapon for Scrapper
  • added list of (potential) secondary items
  • added Igos du Ikana back on the list
  • official update: Bow item and Baton of Wind for Zelda
  • removed Saria for now, because her abilities got covered by the update
  • added Ghost Dampé (silly idea!)
  • considered Twinrova as boss similar to Argarok
  • Koei Tecmo officially deconfirmed Yuga
  • added Bug Catching Net as possible weapon for Agitha
  • moved Skull Kid to the enemy roster for now
  • added some weapon upgrades
  • reconsidered Beedle
  • added the Hero's Spirit back to the list
  • Link's Power Gloves seem to incorporate the Magnetic Gloves

Sunday, June 29, 2014

DLC for Mario Kart 8 might be DLC done right

... except for that ugly Mercedes kart, that's just unasked for. But it's free, so whatever...

My point is that so far we haven't seen or heard anything about DLC for Mario Kart 8, while there clearly is demand. Imagine a Kong Pack with Diddy Kong, Dixie Kongy, Cranky and Funky Kong! I would pay for that... or a "Scary Pack" with Dry Bones, Dry Bowser, King Boo and Kamek.

But it doesn't look like they planned any big DLC in advance. They might have left out some fan favorite characters like Diddy or Bowser Jr. on purpose, but it's not like they're rubbing it into your face "hey, you want to play with Diddy? then you have to pay extra". It would be more like something that they added in advance, because the fans were asking for it. And if they make it free, it would be even better.

It's the opposite of that Mario Golf game for 3DS. There they announced DLC with new characters and courses on day 1. It's clearly something they planned to do, before the game got released. And that's a huge no-go, but also a disturbing trend in the gaming industry that finally found its way to Nintendo. Jokes like on-disc DLC were common in the past. You should never rip off your customers like that. But I wouldn't want to play golf without a Wiimote anymore, so I'm not buying this game anyway. The rip-off DLC is just another turn-off. Of course with Mario Kart 8 it could be that they don't plan any DLC at all or otherwise they probably would have done it similar to Mario Golf.

These are the golden rules for DLC:
  • It should be new content, not content cut from the game.
  • It should be something that keeps the game fresh.
  • It should be free or at least very cheap.

So, where am I getting with this? After all this is a Zelda blog... and yeah, one of my problems with Hyrule Warriors is that they already prepared three DLC packs in advance... sure, with the Treasure Box edition you get them all for "free", but what if they make more? If I really like a game, I want everything available for it. I want all the addons and stuff. Even if it's just some costumes. And Koei Tecmo can be pretty extreme with that. Dead or Alive 5 had costume packs worth of around $120! That's twice as much as I would pay for the game. And it's only costumes! Not new characters or stages or anything that actually might give a fresh gameplay experience... let's hope they keep it more moderate and interesting with Hyrule Warriors.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Hyrule Warriors: Character Wish List per Game

So, let's say, it's really just the games Skyward Sword, Twilight Princess, Ocarina of Time, Majora's Mask and mayyybe A Link Between Worlds that will have character appearances in Hyrule Warriors, meaning that the post-Skyward Sword'ish Hyrule in the game gets connected to the Twilight Realm and Lands, Termina and Lorule by Cia, which makes the most sense. Let's make lists with potential characters from each of these games. For the fun of it. It seems like every character has a defined weapon, so I'll try to add something that would make sense.

Skyward Sword (current era):

  • Scrapper (Scrap Hands)
  • Groose IV (Bazooka)
  • Fi (Blade Wings)
  • Ghirahim (both his different swords from SS)
  • Demise (Dark Master Sword)

I'm not a fan of Fi, but having her as some blade spirit character, dancing through hordes of enemies and cutting them in the act, could be pretty awesome. And if the enemy characters will be playable, as many hope, the three dragons could act nicely as large bosses.

Twilight Princess (link to the Twilight Realm and Lands):

  • Dangoro (Magnetic Gloves)
  • Hero's Spirit (Hero's Sword)
  • Yeto (???)
  • Ganondorf (Sword of the Sages from TP, dual sabers from TWW, Trident from classic games)
  • real Midna (???)

Well, we already got quite some characters from TP. Ashei is a name, I see popping up here and there, but overall I didn't like her that much in the game or any of the Resistance members. Purlo could work as a realistic Tingle replacement, however, his fighting style would be in question. I definitely want Princess Midna (her humanoid form) form as a playable character, because she's so pretty.

Ocarina of Time & Majora's Mask (link to Termina):

  • Shiek (some Ninja weapon stuff)
  • Darunia (Megaton Hammer)
  • Saria (Fairy Ocarina)
  • Ruto (some water magic stuff?)
  • Nabooru (halberd or dual scimitars)
  • Shadow Link (Shadow Master Sword)
  • Phantom Ganon (Phantom Staff)
  • Twinrova (Fire & Ice Rod)

  • Deku Butler's Son or the Deku Princess (Deku Nuts or Deku Leaf)
  • Darmani (Goron Fists)
  • Mikau (his guitar, spear or Fin Blades)
  • Tingle (Tingle Balloon)
  • Skull Kid (Flute)
  • Fierce Deity (Double Helix Sword)
  • Majora's Wrath (Blade Whips)
  • Gomess (Dark Scythe)
  • Garo Master (Dual Flaming Blades)
  • Igos du Ikana (Broadsword)

To me it would make sense to only use Termina, since this world has counterparts for most characters from OoT. But I doubt that they would leave out all the stuff from Ocarina of Time. Especially having Darunia with the Megaton Hammer and Nabooru as fighters would be awesome, I'd really like to see these two. On the other hand I definitely want Mikau instead of any other Zora, but we don't really need Darmani AND Darunia... as for Saria, the Dynasty Warriors series actually has characters fighting with musical instruments, so she might become something similar.

A Link Between Worlds (link to Lorule):

  • Ravio (Tornado Rod)
  • Hilda (her staff)
  • Osfala (Sandrod)
  • Yuga (Painter Staff)

Imagine a Ravio in the style of Link in this game and Hilda in the style of Zelda! ALBW could also act as a portal to lots of classic 2D Zelda stuff including characters from the Oracle games. After all these games are all from the same timeline. With that being said, I'd actually like to see some characters from the Oracle games as well:

  • Din (Rod of Seasons)
  • Nayru (Harp of Ages)
  • Farore (Book of Secrets)
  • Onox (Ball & Chain)

Farore fighting with a magic book might be too similar to Lana though. It's the same reason, why I didn't include Veran, because we already have Cia.

There's also the open question of mounts. Some Warrior games had them and it would be interesting to incorporate horse battles like in Twilight Princess. Next to Epona you could have Moosh and Dimitri as mounts, the Bokoblin boars from TP or even Loftwings.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Hyrule Warriors: The Soul Gate

The story is coming together more and more. Remember, how the previous hero was said to have split the great evil into four parts, one hidden in the current realm of Hyrule and three of the vanished into time and space? It looks like Cia is using the Soul Gate to retrieve the three other parts by opening portals to these places. One obviously leads to the Twilight Realm and the Hyrule from Twilight Princess, the Era of Twilight. A second one seems to be connected to the N64 Zelda games. I'm guessing it leads to Termina, because of the moon, so this is the Child Era.

How it links to the world of Skyward Sword is not entirely clear, but I still like to think that the game takes place some time after the game, like in the Era of Prosperity, where the Hyrule Kingdom got established. Even if it's placed in an alternate dimension, this alternate dimension still could have had Skyloft and the like. This might even explain, why we have the Statue of the Goddesses still on Skyloft, as it gets destroyed.

But I hope that the Skyward Sword era doesn't have its own portal, because I still would like to see a link to Lorule, so that we get Hilda, Ravio and Yuga as playable characters. Of all the remaining games, A Link Between Worlds would be the one with the most potential, still fitting into the overall style of Hyrule Warriors.

(Update: by now it's confirmed that the Skyward Sword era has its own portal and also that A Link Between Worlds wasn't taken into consideration, because the game wasn't released during the planning stages of Hyrule Warriors!)

Of course it could just be that Cia opened portals to many different time periods by trial and error, so we span the entire timeline. But with games like The Wind Waker or Spirit Tracks it's obviously not so easy to fit them in, without changing the style of these worlds and their characters completely. They obviously aimed for the more realistic 3D Zelda games with this. Mainly because they can easily reuse the assets from these games. I still hope that Lorule finds its way into Hyrule Warriors though, it would also make a great system, where Hyrule is connected to Lorule, Termina and the Twilight Realm at the same time. Also, Ravio and Hilda could look really awesome and badass, if you made them look more realistic.

However, this all means that we can say good-bye to certain character ideas including Medli, Vaati and Byrne ... well, actually that's it from my list, most of my character ideas have been from the more realistic Zeldas anyway. Onox could still fit in somewhere and he matches the Warriors style too perfectly to ignore him. Or simply have a boss similar to his design. After all he is just some pimped Iron Knuckle.