2020 has been a rather topsy-turvy year for many of us and that’s especially true if you take into account the seeming lack of general Nintendo Directs. The last general Direct was last September with Banjo & Kazooie’s Sakurai Presents and Terry’s reveal. We just passed the one year mark and yet there's still nothing in sight.
However, Nintendo has still been showing new content, just at a more gradual pace than before with the reveal of Partner Presentations, Pokémon Sword and Shield DLC, Paper Mario: The Origami King, Super Mario 3D All-Stars, and, well, something a bit more.... legendary.
Announcing a new title set 100 years before The Legend of #Zelda: Breath of the Wild, presented by the developers from Nintendo and KOEI Tecmo Games.— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) September 8, 2020
Watch now: https://t.co/hIAIjQiAff pic.twitter.com/bejPSTVCg2
Nintendo shadow-dropped a new chapter in the beloved Hyrule Warriors franchise earlier today with a new game called Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity. Much like before, Koei Tecmo developed the game and it is heavily based on their Warriors series which includes titles such as Dynasty Warriors, Samurai Warriors, Fire Emblem Warriors, ONE PIECE: Pirate Warriors and many more. It may not be the first Hyrule Warriors game released on the Switch but quite surprisingly this is an entirely new installment in the series. According to official information, the game will take place one hundred years before the story of The Legend of Zelda: The Breath of The Wild and focus on the events which saw the rise of Calamity Ganon and fall of Zelda’s Champion, Link.
It’s unknown if other Hyrule Warrior characters such as Sheik, Wind Waker Link, Skull Kid, Linkle, and more will also be featured but several characters were shown off in the six-minute trailer:
- Champion Link
- BoTW Zelda
- The Goron Champion, Daruk
- The Zora Champion, Mipha
- The Gerudo Champion, Urbosa
- The Rito Champion, Revali
- King Rhoam of Hyrule
- A currently unnamed Guardian-like character
- A currently unknown Shiekah thought to be younger Impa
You can visit the official website here for more future information. The game is set to launch November 20th, 2020 and is hopefully one of many games Nintendo has set for its holiday lineup. Those who preorder the digital version of game will receive a limited-time special bonus, the Lucky Ladle item!
Author’s Note: I love Hyrule Warriors and I had tons of fun playing it but I was always curious how they would go about with a sequel. While it’s not the sequel I was expecting (c’mon, where’s Tingle, Groose, Vaati, and Link’s Uncle?!); I’m still very interested in seeing how they will go about with this game.
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