Friday, November 18, 2016

Hyrule Warriors (Legends): Rearranged Rosters

Now, that the rosters of both Hyrule Warriors and Hyrule Warriors - Legends are final, I can't help but feel a little bugged by how Koei Tecmo simply sorted all the characters by when they were added to the games and not by meaning. So, I started to rearrange the rosters in my head and made a little project, where I threw the character select screens into Photoshop.

My criteria for the new order were simple enough:

  • Sort the characters by games / eras.
  • Put different versions of the same character above each other, e.g. Zelda and Sheik.

On the Nintendo 3DS this turned out pretty well...

As you can see, the different Links are all together in one row together with the two prominent sidekick guides. The columns then list the characters from the same game or era. This worked out so well, because the columns have five slots each and for the most part there are teams of five connected characters, so each column has its own "theme":

  • Zelda Main Characters in Hyrule Warriors
  • Hyrule Warriors Original Characters
  • Ocarina of Time / Majora's Mask Era
  • Toon Eras
  • Twilight Princess (only 4)
  • Other

Ghirahim and Fi had to split, where I decided to put Ghirahim below his buddy Zant, so that most of the villains are on the lower rows (which put Medli in an odd place). It also put Fi right next to Midna, which places these two guide sidekicks together as well, as I already mentioned earlier.

A good new order for the Wii U roster isn't as obvious as first, but if you map the exact same order onto the Wii U character select screen, it also works out quite well:

The Twilight Team gets split in the middle here, but otherwise it's all nicely connected. I also like, how Cia ended up next to Link.

Well, I suppose with Hyrule Warriors 2 Koei Tecmo could aim at an order more similar to this.

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