Marin Announced as New DLC Character for Hyrule Warriors

Nintendo already announced that a second season of DLC for Hyrule Warriors with their previous Nintendo Direct on March 3rd that will add an addition four playable characters in total to both the Wii U and 3DS versions of the game.  During a panel at WonderCon in Los Angeles, Nintendo revealed that the first of these newcomers will be Marin from The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening.  Link’s Awakening was the first Zelda game released for a handheld and will have a DLC pack dedicated to it.  How Marin will play is still unknown, but it’s safe to assume that she will incorporate music into her abilities given her penchant for singing and the fact that musical instruments are used as the central macguffin in her game.  Along with Marin, this pack will include a new weapon for Linkle and a new set of missions.  Linkle will be playable with this pack even if you don’t own the Legends Character Pack that she is included in on your Wii U, although she will only be playable with the weapon included and not her original twin crossbows.

There will be two more packs included in the second season with one based around Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks while the other on A Link Between Worlds.  The Hourglass/Tracks pack will include one new character and a new weapon for Toon Link, and the Link Between Worlds pack will include two new characters.  Both will also include new missions to play through.  A pack featuring the new characters and Ganondorf’s trident weapon introduced in the 3DS game Hyrule Warriors Legends will be made available this summer for those who don’t want to buy the portable game.  Finally, the character Medli from Wind Waker will be released as a free DLC character to all players.

What are your thoughts on the new DLC for Hyrule Warriors?  With three more characters to be revealed, who are you hoping to see join the cast?  I’m personally holding out for the sullen chicken-rancher Grog leading an army of Cuccos, even if there is zero chance of that happening.

Hyrule Warriors 3DS Leaked; Trailer Analysis

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It looks like Nintendo has one less surprise for E3 as a reveal trailer for a 3DS version of Hyrule Warriors was recently spotted on Koei Tecmo’s official Youtube channel.  The trailer was marked as hidden, meaning that it could only be viewed by the owners of the channel or someone who knew the exact web address for that video.  Either someone on the inside let this slip or someone got incredibly lucky.  The video has since been marked as private and can’t be viewed even with the address, but the internet has already gotten hold of it and isn’t letting go.

The 3DS version isn’t a straight port of the Wii U version as it will include new features, such as the ability to switch between the different heroes you have on your army in the midst of a battle.  It will also include at least two new playable characters, both taken from The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker.  First is Tetra, the pirate alter-ego of the young Princess Zelda, who comes equipped with a dagger and a flintlock pistol.  Closer inspection shows that her attacks leave a white ‘x’ on her enemies, meaning that her attacks will have a light element to them and will be best at cleaving through swarms of opponents.  The second new character is King Daphnes, who took the form of the boat called the King of Red Lions throughout most of Wind Waker, and he will use his bizarre transformation to deal water-based damage to his foes for a poison-like effect.  It appears that the 3DS version and the Wii U version will be able to communicate and unlock those characters on console, but it’s currently unknown if the 3DS version will be necessary for these characters or if they’ll be available as DLC.

There’s also a hint of one more character joining the cast.  If you look just to the left of Tetra in the image above, you can see a crossbow sitting without a wielder.  This crossbow bares a striking resemblance to the one carried by a female Link concept that appeared in the Hyrule Warriors art book. This could be a tease that she’ll be joining the cast, or perhaps just the crossbow itself will be added as a new weapon for an existing character.  As for the confirmed cast, all of the playable characters from the vanilla version of Hyrule Warriors can be spotted in the above splash image, as well as four of the six DLC characters.  Cia, Volga, Wizzro, and Tingle can all be found on the right side, but there is currently no sign of Twilight Midna or Young Link.  Maybe they were left out of the group shot simply for being alternate versions of existing characters, maybe linking the 3DS and Wii U versions will unlock them on the 3DS as Tetra and Daphnes are unlocked on the Wii U, or maybe they were both cut entirely for this version.  Given that they’re moving such a large game to a portable system, there’s a high probability that some features will have to be cut for the 3DS version.  Are you excited for Hyrule Warriors on the go?  What Zelda characters do you think still need to join the cast of playable warriors?  Leave a comment below and let us know what you think.