Experience New Characters as the Hyrule Warriors Series Comes to Nintendo 3DS

Characters from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker Make
Their Debut in
Hyrule Warriors Legends

REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Cut down entire legions of enemies when the over-the-top action of the Dynasty
Warriors
series meets the characters and settings from The Legend
of Zelda
universe. In the Hyrule
Warriors Legends
game, launching for the Nintendo
3DS
family of systems on March 25, nearly the entire Wii
U
version of Hyrule
Warriors
can be played in the palm of your hand! And this new
portable version of the top-selling action game even contains some added
features, such as new playable characters, the ability to switch between
characters on the battlefield, new stages and a fun new mode that lets
players level up their own fairy.


“Newcomers will love the exciting action of Hyrule Warriors Legends,
but the added features will even appeal to fans playing the game for a
second time,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s Executive Vice
President of Sales & Marketing. “This massive game is full of hours and
hours of content and is the perfect experience to take with you on the
go.”

The action-packed gameplay from the Hyrule Warriors game returns
in Hyrule Warriors Legends. By playing as classic characters from The
Legend of Zelda
series, players use over-the-top, visually
satisfying moves to battle their way through massive stages full of
hundreds of enemies. The deep combat system and wide selection of
weapons can be used to clear each stage and take down towering bosses.
Multiple modes in the game allow players to play through the game’s
intriguing story, battle on a map inspired by The Legend of Zelda
for NES and replay favorite levels to find hidden collectibles.

Hyrule Warriors Legends introduces new characters to the Hyrule
Warriors
family. Making her debut in the game is Linkle, a girl who
wields two crossbows and lives in a small village filled with Cuccos.
Also joining the large cast of playable characters is the mysterious
Skull Kid from The
Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask
, as well as many fan-favorite
characters from The
Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
, including Toon Link, King
Daphnes and Tetra. Each one of these characters possesses her or his own
weapons, special moves and abilities.

The introduction of new characters also brings the addition of new
stories, stages and maps. Two new stages with elements based on The
Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
are included in Hyrule Warriors
Legends
, with recognizable set pieces like the Forsaken Fortress
showing up in select stages. By choosing to play as Linkle, players can
experience a new story in Hyrule Warrior Legends from the awesome
heroine’s perspective.

For the first time in the series, players can switch between and command
multiple characters in each stage. This strategy can be used to quickly
jump around the map, or even to take down tough bosses by thoughtfully
placing characters at strategic positions on the battlefield. In
addition, two important new items are added to the mix in Hyrule
Warriors Legends
. The Ocarina lets players warp to different owl
statues located around the various stages, while the foreboding Hammer
can be used to smash things, including troublesome enemies.

Another new feature in Hyrule Warriors Legends is the ability to
level up a personal fairy. Fairies offer powerful magical abilities that
can be used in battle. By equipping a customizable fairy, players can
use Rental Skills that offers various effects, like attacking enemies
with fire or healing the character’s HP. Players can even dress up their
fairy in different outfits, accessories and makeup.

Starting March 25, players can buy a season pass to get access to four
DLC packs and a bonus costume for Ganondorf that’s exclusive to Hyrule
Warriors Legends
. These packs will also be available for purchase
individually in Nintendo eShop during the next few months, but players
receive a better value by purchasing the season pass. Medli from The
Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker 
will also be available as a
free download starting March 25. For more information about Hyrule
Warriors Legends
DLC, visit http://zelda.com/hyrule-warriors-legends/dlc.

Every physical and digital version of Hyrule Warriors Legends
will include two download codes: One for a Hyrule Warriors Legends
Nintendo 3DS HOME Menu theme and another for transferring characters.
The character transfer code will allow purchasers who also own Hyrule
Warriors
 for Wii U to use Ganondorf’s Trident weapon and play as the
five new characters from Hyrule Warriors Legends in the Wii
U game. People who use the transfer code will be able to download these
characters to their Wii U game right away. People who only own the Wii U
game will be able to purchase the additional content as DLC this summer.

By tapping any amiibo
figure or card to the New Nintendo 3DS systems (or the Nintendo 3DS,
Nintendo 3DS XL and Nintendo
2DS
systems using the Nintendo 3DS NFC Reader/Writer accessory,
which is sold separately), players can receive weapons, Rupees and other
surprising bonuses in the game. By using amiibo for characters from The
Legend of Zelda
series like Link, Zelda, Sheik or Ganondorf (each
sold separately), players will have a better chance to receive weapons
rated 3 stars or higher.

Hyrule Warrior Legends launches on March 25 and can be purchased
in stores, in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS and at Nintendo.com at a
suggested retail price of $39.99. For more information about Hyrule
Warriors Legends
, visit http://zelda.com/hyrule-warriors-legends.

Remember that Nintendo 3DS features parental controls that let adults
manage the content their children can access. For more information about
this and other features, visit http://www.nintendo.com/3ds.

About Nintendo: The worldwide pioneer in the creation of
interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan,
manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Wii U
and Wiihome consoles, and Nintendo 3DS and
Nintendo DS families of portable systems. Since 1983, when
it launched the Nintendo Entertainment System, Nintendo has
sold more than 4.3 billion video games and more than 692 million
hardware units globally, including the current-generation Wii U,
Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL, as well as the Game Boy,
Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi and Nintendo DSi
XL, Super NES, Nintendo 64, Nintendo
GameCube and Wii systems. It has also created industry icons
that have become well-known, household names such as Mario,
Donkey Kong, Metroid, Zelda and
Pokémon. A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America
Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo’s
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