Friday, May 6, 2016

Hyrule Warriors: Legendary Costume Collection

I love having many different costumes for all the characters in Hyrule Warriors and Hyrule Warriors: Legends, but most of them are just simple recolors and not all of them look good. The best and most interesting costumes are the ones based on the Zelda games and other characters - the costumes that also change the model of the character, sometimes even the entire appearance.

And if Koei Tecmo wants to do more of these, there will be plenty different appearances left from the various Zelda games. So, lets go through these to create the "Legendary Costume Collection". Most of them would be for Link, Toon Link and Tingle, so let's take a look at them first.

  • Classic (Blue Mail)
  • Classic (Red Mail)
  • Ocarina of Time (Goron Tunic)
  • Ocarina of Time (Zora Tunic)
  • Twilight Princess (Ordon Clothes)
  • Twilight Princess (Zora Tunic)
  • Twilight Princess (Magic Armor)
  • Skyward Sword (Skyloft)

While Link already has costumes for the classic games, Ocarina of Time, Twilight Princess and Skyward Sword, he doesn't always look the same in these games. He has different armors and sometimes even casual clothes in the beginning of the game. And all of this is good enough for additional costumes. In case of the Classic Tunic and Ocarina of Time those are just recolors of the existing costume (and yes, I'm aware that there are already Goron and Zora Tunic variants of the default Hero's Clothes costume, though they are technically just called "red" and "blue" in the original). With the other stuff it would also alter the shape / model.

With the upcoming Zelda game for Wii U and NX, there will certainly also be more material for Link's costumes, but that's something for a potential Hyrule Warriors 2.

  • Ankle Recolor
  • David Jr. Recolor
  • The Wind Waker
  • The Wind Waker (Ankle)
  • The Wind Waker (Knuckle)
  • The Wind Waker (David Jr.)

I can already see him getting the Ankle and David Jr. recolors in the upcoming DLC maps. It's a no-brainer. The Master Wind Waker Map might also give him a true The Wind Waker costume. I always liked his appearance in the Wind Waker more and will probably use that costume most of the time. The rest would be simple recolors of the TWW costume, similar to the Goron and Zora Tunic for Ocarina of Time Link. Not a must, but still nice to have.

In any case I still think that Tingle should get his own unique Hyrule Warriors design in Hyrule Warriors 2, while his game appearances should be alternate costumes, exactly like they did it with Link, Impa, Zelda and Ganondorf. He's a recurring character and shouldn't be tied to just one game.

Toon Link:
  • Four Swords (Blue)
  • Four Swords (Red)
  • Four Swords (Purple)
  • Dark Toon Link
  • Spirit Tracks (Engineer)
  • A Link Between Worlds / Classic
  • A Link Between Worlds / Classic (Blue Mail)
  • A Link Between Worlds / Classic (Red Mail)
  • Tri Force Heroes (Bear Minimum)
  • Tri Force Heroes (Timeless Tunic)
  • Tri Force Heroes (Legendary Dress)
  • Tri Force Heroes (Cheer Outfit)
  • Tri Force Heroes (Goron Garb)
  • Tri Force Heroes (Zora Costume)
  • Tri Force Heroes (Tingle Tights)
  • Tri Force Heroes (Sword Master Suit)
  • Tri Force Heroes (Linebeck)
  • Tri Force Heroes (Fierce Deity Link)
  • ...
You get the idea. As for the upcoming DLC, I suppose they will go for the Four Swords recolors and the Engineer outfit. Dark Toon Link would also be great, since he's quite important in Four Swords Adventures. And that costume is already in the game, essentially, since every character has a dark version. I'm still hoping that you will be able to get all of those at some point...

And essentially any outfit from Tri Force Heroes could also become a nice costume for Hyrule Warriors. I've simply picked some of my favorites, which for the most part are outfits based on other characters. But as much as Link is the master of weapons in this game, Toon Link could become the absolute master of costumes. However, on a second thought, like the masks from Majora's Mask the individual outfits could just go to different characters, e.g. Torrent Robe for Ruto or the Cheer Outfit for Lana.

  • Classic / A Link to the Past - Zelda
  • Skyward Sword (Goddess Dress) - Zelda
  • Skyward Sword - Impa
  • Demise - Ganondorf
  • Goron Link - Darunia
  • Laruto - Ruto
  • Rutela - Ruto
  • Veran - Cia
  • Garo - Wizzro
  • Twilight Princess - Skull Kid
  • Skull Mask - Skull Kid
  • Toon Zelda - Tetra
  • Gaepora / Rauru - King Daphnes
  • Malon - Marin

Here we have various ideas based on alterations from the games or similar characters and I suppose none of them need bigger explanation. The "Skull Mask" would be another mask costume (like those we got on the Termina Map) and a perfect fit to create an Ocarina of Time version of Skull Kid. Together with a Twilight Princess costume this would cover all his appearances in the games, except for maybe a maskless version. They could do this as well, of course.

"Toon Zelda" could become her own character at some point, e.g. using the Spirit Pipes and/or a Phantom moveset, but like Toon Ganondorf for now she's probably best as a costume, in this case for Tetra (though Tetra does really weird squeaky sounds, which probably wouldn't fit that costume at all). The "Rutela" and "Laruto" costumes for Ruto wouldn't be just recolors this time, but some actual alterations, like Zelda's Ilia costume for example.

If you have any additional ideas, let me know in the comments! I might add them to the lists.


Benjamin Fowler said...

The Red Ring and Blue Ring tunics would be nice, but I don't know how they'd incorporate them. They already placed their respective tunic locations with the Goron and Zora tunics. Maybe they could make them part of a future Adventure Map? For example, if we get a Lorule map for the ALBW DLC, put the Red tunic on Lorule Castle and the blue tunic on the Swamp Palace, maybe?

TourianTourist said...

Well, there's the Classic Tunic costume for Link and it could have a Blue Mail and a Red Mail variant, as already included on the list. And those could be placed on the Swamp Palace and Lorule Castle of a Lorule Map.

I didn't even notice that they had the blue and red Hero's Clothes for Link on the positions of the Blue and Red Ring. That's a nice detail!