Last night Nintendo aired a special Hyrule Warriors-centric Direct where the game’s creators broke down the details of the game. Much of what they discussed expanded on previously announced features and characters, with a few surprises thrown in for good measure. Chain Chomp weapons, giant Bomb-Chus, and strategic Cuckoo swarms were all shown off alongside previously announced stages and characters from Ocarina of Time, Skyward Sword, and Twilight Princess.
We also got a new mode that harkens back to the original Legend of Zelda game. Players find themselves on an 8-bit map full of unlockable weapons and items, with each individual block-area housing its own unique challenge for players to overcome. Upon selecting a challenge players are transported to the fully-realized 3D map to complete their challenge. This Adventure Mode, along with two player co-op multiplayer, will give the game plenty of replay value once the main campaign is complete.
Lastly it was revealed that series villains Zant, Ghirahim, and Ganondorf will all be unlockable playable characters. This certainly balances the game’s gender scales somewhat, though the playable cast is still predominantly fiercely fabulous females.