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'Hyrule Warriors' details and screenshots reveal the next 'Zelda' adventure

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Photo courtesy of Nintendo, used with permission

Nintendo confirmed Friday that “Hyrule Warriors” is the official name for the upcoming cross between “The Legend of Zelda” and Tecmo Koei’s “Dynasty Warriors” series. The console game maker also revealed new details and screenshots via a new official website and a press release for the upcoming Wii U game.

“Hyrule Warriors” will not only feature Link as a playable character but other characters from “The Legend of Zelda” franchise as well. The first to be revealed is Hyrulean Captain Impa. He comes with a huge sword that can be used to perform powerful combos.

As for the plot of the game, the official website says, “The delicate balance of the Triforce has been disrupted, and Hyrule Kingdom is once again being torn apart by a dark power, this time lead by Sorceress Cia. Now it’s up to the legendary hero Link to face hordes of enemies and find the missing Princess Zelda.

“Advance the story to unlock new playable characters with unique moves and weapon types,” the description continues. “Collect Rupees and other useful items to upgrade weapons and craft badges, which you can use to bolster each warrior’s abilities. Then unleash the full power of your attacks with intense combos to clear wave after wave of Bokoblin hordes. You’ll have to get your gloves dirty to save Hyrule this time.”

According to the press release, the first stage takes place in Hyrule Field and the game-play structure is similar to that of “Dynasty Warrior” games. “Players must defend or reclaim areas by fighting against hordes of enemies and using different types of flashy and powerful moves,” the press release reads.

“Hyrule Warriors” does not have a Western release date yet but will be released in Japan on Aug. 14. Details revealed from a recent issue of Famitsu reveals that it will allow for local co-op multiplayer. One player can use the Wii U GamePad and at least one more can use the TV screen with a controller.