Hyrule Warriors Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Hyrule Warriors RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network The Tea: 10 Characters That Should Never, Ever Be in Super Smash Bros. https://www.gameskinny.com/66y58/the-tea-10-characters-that-should-never-ever-be-in-super-smash-bros https://www.gameskinny.com/66y58/the-tea-10-characters-that-should-never-ever-be-in-super-smash-bros Thu, 09 Aug 2018 10:11:32 -0400 Jackson Ingram

I’m not here to add to the never-ending hot takes of who I think should be in Super Smash Bros. I'm neither interested nor qualified to choose more Nintendo warriors to beat the snot out of each other in the upcoming (glorified port) Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

After the recent Nintendo Direct, there's already going to be more fighters than there are Harley Quinn cosplayers at Comic-Con. It's a swollen roster, people. And besides, there are only so many cases one can make for Waluigi before we have to give up.

Enough of that! Just get your Waluigi fix in Mario Tennis and on Fanfiction.net like the rest of us!

Anyway, I'm instead here to stir the pot. I’m going to start controversy!

I’m going to make a listicle because Buzzfeed has conditioned me into thinking that's an acceptable way to make an argument. So without further ado, here are the Top 10 Characters who absolutely should not be in Super Smash Bros. under any circumstances.

Fight me.

1. Pauline (Donkey Kong, Super Mario Odyssey)

The Original 8-Bit Damsel has really made a name for herself as the mayor of New Donk City. She has an infrastructure to run, city council meetings to schedule, jazz bands to lead. As much as I’d love to kick DK’s monkey ass while rocking that (iconic) red pantsuit, my girl Pauline, is too busy fighting the unemployment rate to throw down in Final Destination.

2. The Titular Hollow Knight

Yes, it’d be so baller to throw down as the little bug dude, except Hollow Knight is just so hard. In my clumsy hands, I'd just send the Knight scuttling off the nearest edge again and again and again, all while better, worthier platformers used their Knights to do backflips over me. And then they'll turn me into a bug-kabob. My self-esteem doesn’t need that.

3. Epic Mickey Mickey

Despite how much Kingdom Hearts conditioned me to like this game, I now have the hindsight to see what a mechanical mess it was. I just wish I could’ve realized this before I bought the sequel, which I recently exchanged at GameStop for a whopping $1.99. Thanks, Disney.

4. Kingdom Hearts Mickey

“Say fellas, did someone mention the Door to Darkness?” No, GOD, get OUT OF HERE. And stop making my Kingdom Hearts obsession more embarrassing than it already is. Every time "the King" mouse-rolls into the scene to dual-wield more hamfisted wisdom, I fondly think back to the days when Mickey was a mute.

5. Professor Layton (Professor Layton Series)

Okay, he had a few sword fights, just two or three, among countless hours of puzzle-solving and mystery-cracking. That doesn't make him Indiana Jones, folks. Just because P. Layton could skewer me (and I’d probably thank him afterwards) doesn’t mean the good Professor should have to go toe-to-claw with Ridley. Let the poor man retire to some quiet cottage in the English countryside. That goes double for you and your watered-down spin-offs, Level-5.

6. The Enormous Eel From Super Mario 64

The eel isn’t on this list because I think it’s a bad idea. I’m just thinking about screen space here. Back when Smash forced you into hyper-competitive four-person friend groups, this could’ve worked, but now that Nintendo has merged those friend groups into a whopping octet, Eely just ain’t gonna fit onstage.

7. Tingle (Legend of Zelda Series)

Out of the laundry list of reasons why Hyrule Warriors shouldn’t exist, Tingle floats to the very top, like a spandex-clad, homophobic caricature of a hot-air balloon.

8. Tony (Earthbound)

On the other end of the spectrum, Tony would be the gay icon I’ve been waiting to join Smash. But just because he would totally die for Jeff, that doesn’t mean he should have to. For the greater good, he should stay side-lined while my friends and I fight over who gets to be Peach.

9. Any of the Arms Characters

Um, pardon me, no one invited you, Betty Spaghetti.

10. The entire cast of Homestuck

This is from the dystopian future AU in which Nintendo not only buys out MSpaint-adventures, but decides to completely lean into Smash overpopulation. Super Smash Bros X will include all 900 Homestuck characters, moving en masse. Instead of attacking, they just obfuscate the whole screen and suck other fighters into massive plot holes.

Fandom Freak-Out

Instead of giving you a thought-provoking, artistic piece of fan culture this week, I’ll leave you with this, the greatest Smash Bros mod ever made, and then drop the mic.

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What characters don't you want in Smash? Does using "smash" as a verb sound vaguely dirty? And finally: did anyone actually like Hyrule Warriors?

Until next time. Stay steamy.

The Tea (never timely, always hot) is a weekly column steeped in gaming culture and the fandom experience. Tune in Thursdays for another cup of steamy content.

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Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition Coming to Switch this Spring https://www.gameskinny.com/jvnzh/hyrule-warriors-definitive-edition-coming-to-switch-this-spring https://www.gameskinny.com/jvnzh/hyrule-warriors-definitive-edition-coming-to-switch-this-spring Thu, 11 Jan 2018 15:21:12 -0500 Highties

Today, in a surprise Nintendo Direct Mini, a slew of new games were announced for the Nintendo Switch. One of those games is a port of Nintendo's first collaboration with Koei Tecmo, Hyrule Warriors. Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition will be released this spring.

Originally released as a Wii U exclusive back in 2014, Hyrule Warriors sold well for a Wii U game and got positive reviews, with a score of 76 on Metacritic, making it a well-received Warriors title. The Definitive Edition will include all the DLC from the Wii U and 3DS versions; local, two-player co-op; and new costumes for Zelda and Link, which will be the Breath of the Wild outfits.

Because of the success of 2014's original Wii U release, Nintendo continued to work with Koei Tecmo, releasing Fire Emblem Warriors. However, many fans were disappointed when there was no announcement for a sequel or definitive edition to Hyrule Warriors in 2017, so Nintendo announced Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition and showed it in action at their Direct Mini. 

 

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more information on Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition as it develops.

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Hyrule Warriors: Legends Link's Awakening DLC comes out soon https://www.gameskinny.com/062g3/hyrule-warriors-legends-links-awakening-dlc-comes-out-soon https://www.gameskinny.com/062g3/hyrule-warriors-legends-links-awakening-dlc-comes-out-soon Thu, 23 Jun 2016 12:59:25 -0400 Kevin S. Behan

A new trailer for Hyrule Warriors: Legends upcoming DLC pack Link's Awakening was released earlier today. It sees the return of Marin from Link's Awakening, an adventurous girl who encourages and aids Link on his quest to awaken the Wind Fish so he might return to Hyrule.

In the trailer we see that Linkle is getting the Pegasus Boots as a new weapon, letting her utilize high-speed kicks in dealing with a horde of enemies. Also featured is Koholint Island, the setting of Link's Awakening, which will be an Adventure Mode map. And if you're a 3DS user, there are so fifteen costumes for 'My Fairy'.

So, who is Marin?

Marin was the replacement for Zelda in Link's Awakening. She's Link's companion and friend throughout his brief stay on Koholint. A spunky outdoors girl, she was never really much of a fighter, and her chief role in the game was to teach Link the Ballad of the Wind Fish, which was crucial in his quest. The trailer shows her summoning the Wind Fish for several of her moves, smashing through their enemies.

I don't want to spoil Link's Awakening for anyone who hasn't played it, in case this DLC makes you curious enough to visit it, but I'm interested in seeing if they'll explain why or how Marin's showing up. The events of Link's Awakening make it odd for her to pop up outside of that game.

The Link's Awakening Pack DLC will be releasing June 30th.

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Hyrule Warriors 3DS port brings new DLC, characters and a pet system into the mix https://www.gameskinny.com/9ze8l/hyrule-warriors-3ds-port-brings-new-dlc-characters-and-a-pet-system-into-the-mix https://www.gameskinny.com/9ze8l/hyrule-warriors-3ds-port-brings-new-dlc-characters-and-a-pet-system-into-the-mix Wed, 23 Mar 2016 17:56:19 -0400 Mark Elgie

With a transfer from the Wii U to the 3DS comes a name change and extra content. Hyrule Warriors Legends has almost arrived.

In Hyrule Warriors Legends, the premise remains the same. What changes are the characters available to the player.

A number of characters join the roster in the 3DS version, such as Linkle, a girl who dual-wields crossbows and lives in a village a flock of cuccos calls home, the Skull Kid from Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, the pirate leader Tetra and King Daphnes Nohansen Hyrule, both from Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker.

Scott Moffitt, Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing, said that whether you're a new or returning player, Hyrule Warriors Legends has something for you:

“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."

Other features new to the 3DS version include new DLC, as well as a pet system that allows you to raise a fairy that fights along with you. Players can equip fairies with unique abilities that will assist the player in battle, such as healing the player's HP. Abilities can be traded between players via local wireless connectivity.

The game will be playable across all 3DS platforms, though framerate will be reduced if played on an older 3DS model.

The new DLC will be available to owners of the Wii U version of Hyrule Warriors this summer.

 

 

 

 

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New Nintendo games ready to play at WonderCon https://www.gameskinny.com/gyivi/new-nintendo-games-ready-to-play-at-wondercon https://www.gameskinny.com/gyivi/new-nintendo-games-ready-to-play-at-wondercon Wed, 23 Mar 2016 16:16:06 -0400 Teevell_6844

Those lucky enough to be at WonderCon this year will get the chance to play Metroid Prime: Federation Force for the Nintendo 3DS before anyone else. WonderCon was created by the same people responsible for Comic-Con, and is a celebration of pop culture in comics, television, movies and more. This year it runs from March 25th through the 27th, at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Nintendo is bringing more than Metroid with it, though. Attendees will be able to try out the following games on the show floor:

WiiU

Star Fox Zero

Star Fox Guard

Pokkén Tournament

Nintendo 3DS

Hyrule Warriors Legends

Metroid Prime: Federation Force

That’s a great lineup. Pokkén Tournament was the No.1 best-selling game in Japan last week and the other games are popular Nintendo franchises.

On Saturday morning there will be a meet-and-greet at the Nintendo booth, giving fans a chance to ask questions and talk to some of the developers behind Hyrule Warriors. That evening Nintendo will also be hosting a panel on Hyrule Warriors Legends, discussing bringing the game from the WiiU to the 3DS, and the new characters that were added.

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Hyrule Warriors: Legends releases tomorrow! https://www.gameskinny.com/zbwsy/hyrule-warriors-legends-releases-tomorrow https://www.gameskinny.com/zbwsy/hyrule-warriors-legends-releases-tomorrow Wed, 23 Mar 2016 08:27:57 -0400 Cresta Starr

This Friday, March 25th, players in North America can finally get their hands on the 3DS version of the Wii U title Hyrule Warriors: Legends. In this Western port of the Japanese game that released back in 2014, players can chop down hordes of enemies using their favorite character from the Legend of Zelda franchise. Hyrule Warriors: Legends features the "over-the-top" fighting style of Dynasty Warriors while taking players on an adventure through Hyrule to try to save the kingdom.

 

This long-anticipated title will run you about $39.99, and can be purchased at your local retailer or on the Nintendo eShop. In addition, If you buy Hyrule Warriors from the Nintendo eShop, Nintendo is offering a free download code for a Hyrule Warriors Legends theme and new characters to the Hyrule Warriors game for your Wii U console. You can find the download code for the free theme and character set on your Nintendo eShop receipt.

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Hyrule Warriors on the 3DS will have "effect limitations" depending on 3D model https://www.gameskinny.com/r7fk9/hyrule-warriors-on-the-3ds-will-have-effect-limitations-depending-on-3d-model https://www.gameskinny.com/r7fk9/hyrule-warriors-on-the-3ds-will-have-effect-limitations-depending-on-3d-model Tue, 22 Sep 2015 06:54:46 -0400 Courtney Gamache

During a recent interview with Hyrule Warrior Legends producer Hayashi Yosuke, he described that on the older models of the Nintendo 3DS, there will be 3D limitations within Hyrule Warriors, which will unfortunately not support the 3D option. 

The technical limitations within the game are due to the heightened level of actions that Hyrule Warriors Legends produces with the characters (enemies) on screen. Being a full-fledged fighting game in the Zelda era, it's expected to be more advanced; but even I couldn't have imagined that the 3D wouldn't be compatible on older models. 

Hardware quality is more outstanding on New 3DS models

When it comes down to specs, the hardware quality on Nintendo's New 3DS model is much better than the original or even XL models that are only a few years old. From processing power, to the additional control stick and even the built-in near field communication, there are games that have been specifically designed for the system. Now, Hyrule Warriors Legends will join them and be more compatible on the newer models. 

Bringing amiibos to the game

Since amiibos are becoming a huge trend in Nintendo's newer games such as Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer and Super Mario Maker, Yosuke confirmed that there is a type of amiibo support in Hyrule Warriors mobile 3D edition like the Wii U edition has. 

There is still plenty of time until Hyrule Warriors Legends releases on the 3DS, with an estimated date of early 2016. In the meantime, there is bound to be more releases of information and details on the highly anticipated Zelda-esque fighting game. 

Do you plan on buying the mobile edition called Hyrule Warriors Legends? Will it be an easier game to pick up and play versus the Wii U edition? Share your opinions below!

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Exclusive Toys R Us Bowser Jr. amiibo and 5 other amiibos release on Sept. 11th https://www.gameskinny.com/x9iko/exclusive-toys-r-us-bowser-jr-amiibo-and-5-other-amiibos-release-on-sept-11th https://www.gameskinny.com/x9iko/exclusive-toys-r-us-bowser-jr-amiibo-and-5-other-amiibos-release-on-sept-11th Thu, 03 Sep 2015 10:26:04 -0400 Courtney Gamache

On September 11th 2015, Toys R Us will be debuting their exclusive Bowser Jr. amiibo for purchase. For this specific amiibo trekking it over to the local Toys R Us will be required because it won't be available online, only in store and while supplies lasts.

You're not alone, Bowser Jr.

While the Tweet went out yesterday for the debut of Bowser Jr., there are several other amiibos that will be unveiled for sale on September 11th as well from their other retailer, Target. Included in the list of new amiibos are:

  • Dr. Mario
  • Ganondorf
  • Olimar
  • Zero Suit Samus
  • 30th Anniversary Mario amiibo

Already for Pre-Order at Target

Unlike their friend Bowser Jr., all the amiibos listed have already been available for pre-order at Target for the cost of $12.99 each. While they won't be compatible in every game, the possible compatibility games are listed below:

  • Super Mario Maker
  • Mario Party 10
  • Super Smash Bros. Wii U and 3DS 
  • Hyrule Warriors
  • Captain Toad Treasure Tracker

Any plans to purchase the new amiibos? Which ones are you looking forward to most? Share your thoughts below on the amiibo market and what ones you expect next!

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Queens of Blades: Top 10 sword-swinging divas https://www.gameskinny.com/00ti1/queens-of-blades-top-10-sword-swinging-divas https://www.gameskinny.com/00ti1/queens-of-blades-top-10-sword-swinging-divas Wed, 02 Sep 2015 02:30:02 -0400 David Fisher

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This brings us to the end of our top 10 list of sword-swinging divas. I have got to admit... unlike the Girls with Guns list I did last week, this list was actually quite difficult to come up with. It's great that there's a decent selection of swordswomen, but the problem is that not many of them are well known or playable.

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I guess this is where I leave it to you, readers! What other sword-maidens can you come up with? Where would you put them on this list? Do you disagree with my placements? Leave your opinions and ideas in the comments section below!

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#1: Nariko - Heavenly Sword

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When people think of swordsmen with a god complex, over-the-top fighting, and twin chained blades they often think of God of War's Kratos. When angry feminist extremists ask me why there isn't a female "God of War", my answer used to be the most obvious: "Athena's Revenge" doesn't exactly fit the character. However, ever since 2007 I've been able to avoid getting slapped across the face by pointing at this beauty here.

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Nariko is the oppressed heroine of Heavenly Sword, a character who has literally spent her entire life being belittled by her clan on the grounds that ever since her birth she "should not have been." Everyone believed Nariko to be a curse, a portent of doom, and she eventually accepted this as truth. However, this would not stop Nariko from becoming the savior of her people by wielding the Heavenly Sword, fully aware of the fact that it would consume her soul as a result.

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Aside from essentially being a copycat in terms of gameplay to Kratos from God of War, Nariko is one of the strongest female protagonists in the history of gaming. Why? Because she literally takes the place of the male hero without any modifications for the sake of gender roles. When she says that a deity "would be reborn, in the body of a mortal man" she is quite literally quoting the archetype of a Kratos-like hero. As such, she is the embodiment of the female power fantasy.

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Nariko - to date - is the only female character who does this without a love interest, without losing a loved one, nothing. She doesn't even have the tired cliché of a woman using her cunning or agility over brute strength. She slaughters her enemies with brute force alone, and does this because it is her duty as the hero. Nothing will stand in her way of saving her people. Plain and simple.

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Since Nariko is such a stellar representation of what a warrior lady should be like, she earns the spot of #1 on this list.

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#2 Bastila - Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

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If Darth Revan is the most powerful Jedi in the history of the Star Wars universe, then Bastila Shan is the most powerful female Jedi. Why? Because she was the one who took Revan down during the Jedi Civil War.

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Bastila Shan is by definition one of the most force talented Jedi in the Star Wars franchise. Able to use the power of Battle Meditation, Bastila is capable of micro-managing entire armies while simultaneously demoralizing their enemy. On top of that, Bastila is a skilled Jedi Sentinel, capable of adeptly wielding force powers while combining them with various lightsaber techniques.

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While fighting alongside her commander - and later lover - Revan, she is an unstoppable force. To this day, she is considered one of the greatest Jedi of the Old Republic. Her legacy has continued on for generations, survived by Jedi Grand Master Satele Shan in Star Wars: The Old Republic.

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Considering the fact that she is arguably the second most powerful Jedi in the Star Wars universe, Bastila Shan earns the place of #2 on our list of female warriors.

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#3: Sonya - Heroes of the Storm/Diablo III

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While the Barbarian's official name in Diablo III can range from 5up4h_S14y3r to Barbie thanks to the name-your-own-hero system, her canonical name is found in Heroes of the Storm as Sonya.

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Sonya is a simple barbarian. She sees demon, she hits it until it is dead. Sonya's dream date consists of hunting demons, collecting legendary items - usually only to smelt them at the armory later, and killing the Lord of Terror, Diablo. Her other interests include: smashing boxes, destroying tombstones, and defiling sacred temples... or maybe that's just my play-through.

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In any case, Sonya definitely gets my seal of approval for being a stand-up kind of gal. With a huge list of abilities used to smash, decapitate, and otherwise mangle demon hordes, I can't imagine a better candidate for the 3rd on this list.

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#4: Rayne - Bloodrayne

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7 years before we got the sexy power-trip video game that was Bayonetta, we had Rayne of Bloodrayne origin.

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With Rayne, what you see is what you get. Besides her obvious sex-appeal design, Rayne is a confident, sarcastic, intelligent, and somewhat deadpan character. A dhampir (half-human, half-vampire) brought up as an assassin, Rayne's number one talent is killing absolutely everyone in the most brutal way possible. This means tearing people in two, spinning them around on her blades and cutting them up into pieces, or simply taking a bite into her prey and drinking their blood. She is not your professional assassin type though, for constantly flirting or taunting her opponents is basically second nature to her.

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As a result of her dhampir blood, Rayne has a number of vampiric abilities such as feeding on her enemies, enthralling opponents, super-high reflexes, and a number of strength enhancements.

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With this repertoire of skill and power, Rayne earns a spot at #4 on this list.

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#5: Momohime - Muramasa: The Demon Blade

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Momohime is the female protagonist option for Muramasa: The Demon Blade. According to the instruction manual, Momohime is a "princess of Narukami who has been possessed by a demon", the demon in question being Jinkuro. A talented warrior, Momohime's abilities are only enhanced after she is possessed by the spirit of Jinkuro - a fallen demon warrior who seeks to reclaim his demon blade.

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Over the course of her journey, Momohime slays countless hordes of Japanese mythological creatures and warriors using the Oboro Style of fighting. With a demon blade of her own, she is a nearly unstoppable powerhouse of destruction. However, she does lose some points due to the fact that her personality - outside of her fusion with Jinkuro - basically boils down to protecting her betrothed, and others she loves.

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As such, Momohime gets the 5th spot on this list.

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#6: Hildegard von Krone - Soul Calibur IV

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Hildegard stands as one of the most respectable characters on this list. Unlike the greater portion of female characters in the Soul Calibur series, Hilde is not sexualized in the least, choosing to wear gratuitous amounts of armor instead. Not only that, but Hilde uses a unique fighting style in the game that blends together quick swordplay and a spear. Hilde is also one of the few newcomers to the Soul Calibur series that has fought both the Soul Calibur veterans, and the newcomers since Soul Calibur IV was the last game to feature many of the original cast members.

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Oh, and she's technically fought Ezio Auditore, Yoda, Darth Vader, and Starkiller too... so I guess there's that.

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This set of accomplishments places Hildegard von Krone at #6 on this list.

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#7: Impa - Hyrule Warriors

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While Princess Zelda displays her skills with a sword in Hyrule Warriors as well, it's Impa who best represents women in a battlefield setting. Cool, collected, and able to effortlessly wield a sword almost twice her size, Impa is the toughest of the tough. In Hyrule Warriors, Impa is constantly on the vanguard against Ganon's forces. Whether it be the fire-breathing King Dodongo, The Imprisoned, or even Ganon himself, Impa is ready to take them down.

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Since Impa usually takes the back seat in Legend of Zelda games, I'm glad to see what Team Ninja did to her character in Hyrule Warriors. This iteration of the classic Legend of Zelda character gets the spot of #7 thanks to her over-the-top delivery of enemy horde desolation.

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#8: Ciri - The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

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Cirilla Fiona Elen Riannon, the Lion Cub of Cintra (ain't that a mouthful?) is the secondary protagonist of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and is a talented sword-fighter, much like her adopted father, Geralt. She tends to prefer a faster-paced style of combat, dashing between enemies before striking them with her two-handed sword, making her a lethal foe to face. However, her abilities are somewhat limited as she only has the ability to quickly teleport around.

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I could go on to rant about her backstory, but it is so convoluted that I probably wouldn't be able to do it justice. You can, however, check it out on this wiki or, you know, play the game yourself.

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Considering her limited skills, and her somewhat basic concept design, Ciri gets the spot of #8 on this list.

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#9: Lyndis - Fire Emblem 7

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If I had to choose a swordwoman to best represent the females in Fire Emblem, I would have to choose none other than Lyndis. While Lucina is the fan favorite nowadays, Lyndis is much better, and for a number of reasons at that.

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Let's talk about her character first. Lyn is a 15 year old young woman from the plains of Sacae. While living there, Lyn has fought off numerous bandit attacks after her mother and father were slain. It was not until a wandering tactician came about that she eventually learned that she is the granddaughter of the Marquess of Caelin (basically the king). In her time traveling across the war-torn landscapes of the Fire Emblem world, Lyn has fought numerous assassins, archers, knights, and even a dragon! That's quite the rep for someone who's younger than her fandom rival, Lucina.

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Then there's the matter of plain old statistics. While Lucina has a slightly higher luck and resistance rating at level 10, Lady Lyndis pretty much doubles or at least surpasses all of Lucina's other stats at the same level. These differences only get further separated once the two become great lords at which point Lyndis actually triples Lucina's resistance while everything else gets doubled. When equipped with the Mani Katti, Lyn's critical hit ratio would rise so high that she would basically make minced meat out of Lucina before she even had the chance to blink.

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Besides, who could possibly turn down a girl with this awesome critical hit animation?

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All of this lands Lyndis at #9 on the list.

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#10: Wonder Woman - Injustice: Gods Among Us

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In Injustice: Gods Among Us, Wonder Woman is both the bad guy, and the good guy. Depends on which world, I guess. What is constant, however, is that she kicks butt. Hard.

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Wielding a sword and a shield, Diana is able to take on just about every other superhero in the game. In fact, she is such a great warrior that she is the only one the alternate world Superman could possibly imagine replacing his long-time love interest Lois Lane with. Considering her abilities are almost identical to the Man of Steel's, who can blame him?

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Considering the fact that Wonder Woman is a superhero (meaning she's just about invincible thanks to plot armor) there might be some questioning as to why she doesn't rank higher on this list. There are two simple reasons: the first is that she's not technically a video game character, and second is that she is better known for fighting with her fists. Want to argue against me on that? Go ahead. But this Amazon is only getting the position of #10 on this list.

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Honorable Mention: Sarah Kerrigan - Starcraft

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Okay, so technically Sarah Kerrigan doesn't use blades in game. In fact, she rarely uses them at all. But we do know two things about Kerrigan: when Narud takes on her form to fight her, he uses a Psi-Blade, and when she is the Queen of Blades she uses her exceedingly sharp claws to cut through the tough armor of enemy tanks. While these don't necessarily count as "swords" or "blades" per se, Kerrigan gets an honorable mention on the grounds that if Wolverine can get on a list with sword masters, then so can she!

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Besides, what kind of list about the "Queens of Blades" would this be if the Queen of Blades herself wasn't on it? Huh?

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(Tough crowd...)

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Last week I did a top 10 list of gun-totting women in video games, but after a bit of research I found an even less represented group of females: sword maidens! Just about every top-10 list about masters of the blade in video games has a slew of beefed up males. Few of them - if any - have women! Seriously guys, women with swords are awesome too, right?

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So today I'm going to fix that void, and fill it up with this top 10 list of sword-buckling heroines! To fit the criteria of this list, the character must rely on some form of bladed weapon during combat (excluding daggers), and be able to take on at least one enemy twice their size or multiple enemies at once.

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With our criteria set, let's take a look at the Top 10 Video Game sword-swinging divas!

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Ganondorf amiibo hits Target for pre-order https://www.gameskinny.com/lk7oc/ganondorf-amiibo-hits-target-for-pre-order https://www.gameskinny.com/lk7oc/ganondorf-amiibo-hits-target-for-pre-order Fri, 28 Aug 2015 21:02:29 -0400 Courtney Gamache

Target just added a new amiibo to their online shop for pre-order, and its none other than evil bad guy from The Legend of Zelda, Ganondorf. This is only the pre-order stage, the amiibo will become officially available on September 11th, 2015. For a small price of $12.99, you can get the Ganondorf amiibo, and Target will match the price if it lowers before the release date

When that exciting day comes, collectors and Zelda fans alike can have Ganondorf on their shelf, and as a trainable character. 

Compatible games with the Ganondorf amiibo

The Ganondorf amiibo is known to be compatible in the following games:

  • Hyrule Warriors
  • Mario Party 10
  • Captain Toad Treasure Tracker
  • Super Smash Bros. Wii U and 3DS

At the current time it's unknown if Ganondorf will be a costume available in Super Mario Maker, but we can always hope; especially since Link is an optional costume.

Using Ganondorf in Super Smash Bros.

Ganondorf is a well-known contender in Super Smash Bros. on the Wii U and 3DS, that is frankly a bad-ass. From his amount of weight to the punches he gives, he's a hard guy to beat. When knowing how to use his character, Ganondorf is a great asset.Now that Nintendo has released a Ganondorf amiibo, he'll become one of the "figure players" that the gamer can train and raise with specific abilities. Raise Ganondorf right and you'll have a great figure player on your side to battle with your friends and other figure players. 

Do you think the Ganondorf amiibo will join Super Mario Maker? How awesome will his "figure player" become in Super Smash Bros.? Share your opinions on this new amiibo figure below!

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Top 5 Favorite Drinking Buddies in Games https://www.gameskinny.com/9mvzm/top-5-favorite-drinking-buddies-in-games https://www.gameskinny.com/9mvzm/top-5-favorite-drinking-buddies-in-games Thu, 25 Jun 2015 02:30:01 -0400 Matt Amenda

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1. Ayla

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Chrono Trigger
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Surprised that a girl beat out all those manly party-boys on this list? Don't be: Ayla is so bro-tastic she puts them all to shame.

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Let me set the stage here: you and your party warp back to 65 Million B.C., and the first thing you see is a statuesque blonde cave girl pummeling a pack of velociraptor mutants with her bare hands. When the dust clears, she immediately throws a huge cave party in your honor, complete with crazy dancing, giant prehistoric grillables, and suspiciously intoxicating "soup". We see her drain about eight man-sized bowls of it.

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Afterwards she spends all day helping you partially dismantle an evil dinosaur empire by--you guessed it--beating up more dinosaurs. Then she goes back to her village presumably to party some more. And tomorrow: more dinosaur ass-kicking.

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That is her life, ladies and gentlemen. An endless cycle of having awesome cave feasts, killing dinosaurs, and repeat. She's a wild Triassic bombshell. She's a walking extinction event. She parties big, fights big, and she's got a big heart for friend and foe alike. She does nothing, absolutely nothing, halfway or halfhearted. She is generosity, courage, and adventure personified. In other words, the perfect drinking buddy.

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I think I'm in love.

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Runner-Ups

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Pigsy, from Enslaved: Odyssey to the West

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Conker the Squirrel, from Conker's Bad Fur Day

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Augus, from Asura's Wrath

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The Iron Bull, from Dragon Age: Inquisition

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Zeke Dunbar, from Infamous 1 & 2

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Sergeant Johnson, from the Halo series

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2. Uncle Pey'j

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Beyond Good and Evil
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For those of you who don't remember the cult masterpiece that is Beyond Good and Evil, that crazy flying pig-man up there is the first and greatest sidekick in the game, good old Uncle Pey'j. That's him leaping through a third-story window to butt-slam an alien.

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He's got boisterous personality, a mysterious space-outlaw past, he's a genius inventor and mechanic, and the branch leader of an inter-galactic rebel organization. But even as Chief of the Hillyan IRIS Network, he'll still a fun guy to hang around. He'll go treasure-hunting, he'll go hovercraft racing, he'll go alien-fighting, cop fighting, monster fighting, robot fighting, any kind of fighting from here to across the universe.  And he'll definitely take a load off with you at the Akuda Bar downtown. No matter what happens, Uncle Pey'j will have your back. I love this guy this so much.

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3. Darunia

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The Legend of Zelda series
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That rock-hard barrel of awesome up there is one of the original video game party animals: Big Brother Darunia, Boss of the Gorons and King of all Dad Bods.

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Since he's from a mostly E-Rated series there's only so much drinking and debauchery he can get away with on screen, but just look at that grinning mug of his; that's the face of a man who'll drain a few barrels of Hyrule beer and go smash a dragon's skull in as a weekend hobby. But the best part about Darunia isn't his own strength; brotherhood and friendship are pretty much his theme, for life. He's always looking out for others, making sure his people are safe and happy. He's a fantastic guy all around. I'm just not sure I could keep up with him.

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4. Gray

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Bulletstorm
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How would any of you like to party with a space pirate?

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Captain Grayson Hunt always pairs his drink with mayhem and mass carnage. He doesn't just get drunk before and/or after carving his way through a planet's-worth of bloodthirsty psychos; he'll toss back a few during. He's the kind of guy who enjoys the challenge of committing genocide while impaired.

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If he sounds too intense to have a good time with without getting slaughtered, don't worry about it: under Gray's grizzled, violent exterior beats the heart of a man who cares deeply about his friends. He'll watch your back to hell and back, or at least let you borrow a neat gun. Murdering's always better with friends, after all. And lots of space booze.

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5. Nate and Sully

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Uncharted Series
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Nathan Drake and Victor Sullivan. Globe-trotting, swashbuckling, world-saving treasure hunters extraordinaire. If you're ever lucky enough to sit down with these two over a couple of cold ones, you're either planning the heist of the century of having a toast for the adventure of your lives.

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And when things get hairy with the locals, boy do these fellas know their way around a bar fight. The first scene of Uncharted 3 features this scrappy pair in an epic bar brawl against pub full of London thugs. Well-used to fighting against impossible odds, these two lovable scoundrels are always up their eyeballs in adventure. 

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Man, this list made me depressed. Know why? Because as long as I live, I'll never meet anybody cooler to drink with than some of my favorite video game characters. And chances are, neither will you. When will you clear out a goblin's nest and celebrate in a tavern with any of your friends? Or better yet, drink and kill goblins at the same time? Not going to happen, my friends.

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But a guy can dream, can't we? That's why I put this list together in honor of the boys and girls of video gaming I'd love to share a brew with, whether in celebration of a quest well done or just fueling up on liquid courage for demon-slaying ahead. With drinking buddies like these, I'd say yes to anything. Anything.

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THERE WILL BE SPOILERS.

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Zeldathon seeks to raise $150,000 for charity: water https://www.gameskinny.com/aztld/zeldathon-seeks-to-raise-150000-for-charity-water https://www.gameskinny.com/aztld/zeldathon-seeks-to-raise-150000-for-charity-water Sat, 20 Jun 2015 10:48:36 -0400 SwordandSorcery

Organizing a game marathon to raise money for charity is a pretty neat idea, and has been used successfully in the past. Zeldathon, a Zelda game marathon organized by Matthew Moffit (SuperMCGamer), is a bi-annual event, and the most recent one started yesterday at 4 PM EST. 100% of the proceeds go to a charity chosen prior to the event.

There are specific "unlock goals" that are set at certain monetary intervals. Every time a specific monetary interval is reached (say, $8,500), a new game is unlocked that will prolong the stream. There are even non-game unlock goals that occur more regularly, such as the chance to name Link when the group of friends involved starts a new file, as well as remake and hard mode unlock goals.

This year's proceeds will go to charity: water, a group that helps provide clean water to the millions without access to it, and the Zeldathon team hopes to raise $150,000 dollars through their marathon live stream. Check out the stream here, and consider donating to help the cause!

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Ponytail Link: A Brief History https://www.gameskinny.com/4qa55/ponytail-link-a-brief-history https://www.gameskinny.com/4qa55/ponytail-link-a-brief-history Tue, 16 Jun 2015 19:27:54 -0400 K.W. Colyard

When Nintendo announced a new Legend of Zelda game, tentatively titled Legend of Zelda Wii U, at E3 2014, hero Link's appearance sparked conversation and controversy. The trailer depicted an androgynous youth, wearing a blue tunic and sporting a golden-brown ponytail, doing general Link-like things, such as riding a horse and using an archery set. Immediately, fans began to speculate as to whether or not Ponytail Link - as fans so dubbed them - would finally take a female incarnation.

On Link's Iconic Look

It certainly bears mentioning that Link's design has always been, and hopefully will always be, androgynous. One of Shigeru Miyamoto's goals for the Legend of Zelda franchise was to make it possible for any player to identify with its iconic hero; Link's long hair, feminine features, and gender neutral clothing reflect that. Furthermore, because there are multiple Links, it wouldn't break canon to make the next Link a woman.

Regardless of Link's iconic androgyny, Ponytail Link does appear remarkably more feminine than previous incarnations. Although Eiji Aonuma confirmed that Ponytail Link is a male character, he has stated that he remains open to the idea of adding female protagonists to the Legend of Zelda franchise. In particular, Aonuma cited the success of the upcoming Hyrule Warriors - which includes characters of both/null/all genders - at broadening the franchise's female fanbase as a factor in the future of the series' heroes.

'Hyrule Warriors' Revives Female Link Rumors

Shortly after Ponytail Link made waves at E3 2014, images from the Japanese Hyrule Warriors artbook surfaced that depict - among a collection of unused character designs - a female character bearing a striking resemblance to Link. Named Linkle, she sports a crossbow and a more feminized version of Link's iconic earth-toned costume. According to the accompanying text, including Linkle as a hero was an idea Nintendo toyed with at one time.

Linkle might have fallen from memory were it not for the recent release of the Hyrule Warriors trailer, in which a cast portrait includes a tiny crossbow identical to Linkle's. Given the fact that no one else in the Legend of Zelda franchise has wielded that weapon, fans have concluded that the crossbow's presence indicates Linkle's inclusion in the game. Fans whose hopes were dashed by Aonuma's announcement regarding Ponytail Link's gender are now waiting anxiously to learn whether or not Linkle will finally make her playable debut.

Ponytail Link Lives On, Despite Zero Presence at E3 2015

Ponytail Link failed to appear at this year's E3, and fans took to Twitter to express their disappointment.

They weren't shy about telling Nintendo exactly what they wanted.

Some were more demanding than others.

Without Legend of Zelda Wii U at E3, Ponytail Link's fanbase began sharing their own images of the hero. 

Guess it's time for someone to revive the Ponytail Link Twitter account. Here's to hoping for more Legend of Zelda Wii U coverage in the coming months.

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Zelda enemies we all love to hate https://www.gameskinny.com/74zch/zelda-enemies-we-all-love-to-hate https://www.gameskinny.com/74zch/zelda-enemies-we-all-love-to-hate Sat, 06 Jun 2015 02:30:01 -0400 SwordandSorcery

Ah, enemies, a core part of many adventure and action games. Unavoidably, there are ones that the player base begins to hate, sometimes universally. Sometimes it is just that the enemy is difficult. Sometimes said enemy has an annoying mechanic. Whatever the reason, there are some enemies that are just doomed. The Legend of Zelda series is filled with creatures, and people tend to dislike them for what they do best. Searching threads around the internet, I found 10 most commonly mentioned enemies that people simply cannot stand:

Wizzrobes

The wizzrobe has had many design changes over the years. However, one thing that remains is their tendency to rarely stand still.

Wizzrobes appear in many games in the series, and in many incarnations. A common tactic employed by the creatures is to teleport around and fire off orbs of flame in your direction. The ones in Majora's Mask may create clones of themselves to disorient the player, and there are some in The Wind Waker that are capable of summoning other enemies to aid them. Wizzrobes in The Wind Waker are also guilty of producing strange noises when they appear, or simply laughing at you if you fail to hit them before they finish their spells and disappear.

In the end, if there are many of them in one room they can create a rather hazardous environment to navigate. Getting into sword combat range with them is difficult, if not impossible in certain instances, as some will disappear if you approach, or after they finish casting. Some are simply invulnerable to swords.

Wizzrobes are such a pain that Nintendo has dedicated several mini-boss battles to them

Wind Waker, I'm looking at you. Majora's Mask also has one of these, but Wind Waker's has more of them and can easily get out of hand if you allow the yellow summoner types to keep summoning. Apparently there is a wizzrobe based boss battle in Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, but it is hard to say how many have experienced it given Zelda II is both confusing and rather challenging (for most players).

If you see one, get rid of it before it becomes a nuisance. Arrows are usually the best way to eliminate them.

Wallmasters

Wallmasters are the bane of many a Zelda player's existence.

Why, Nintendo? Why did you have to plague us with shadowy, disembodied hands that fall from the ceiling (or fly across the room)? If that is not creepy enough, nearly every Zelda player has experienced this:

Nope nope nope nope nope.

And that brings us to the exact reason wallmasters (and floormasters, in Wind Waker) are so disliked: if they manage to pick you up, they will throw you back to the beginning of the dungeon (or at least a few rooms back). Then you have to run through the dungeon to where you were before, possibly having to solve a few puzzles you would rather not have had to solve again.

Something putting a slight dent in your progress irks people no matter the arena.

Fortunately, they can be killed with the sword, if you are careful enough. And in some games, if you get skilled at the process of luring out wallmasters without getting caught (and then later eliminating them), they are a pretty decent source of rupees.

Avoid them or kill them, but that they are there means you need to always be on the lookout and cannot always just rush into an area. If one catches you by surprise, be more careful in that room next time.

Shadow Insects

Shadow insects are minions of Zant, and hold the "tears of light" that form the light spirits of the land of Hyrule.

Yes, I am aware that shadow insects, or twilit parasites, as they are also known, only feature in Twilight Princess. However, I am also aware of the immense amount of annoyance they cause. If you are not using your senses in Link’s wolf form, all you can see when one scurries by is the electric current running through them.

Perhaps they would not be such an irritation if the game did not force you to hunt down 16 insects per province in three different provinces (Faron, Eldin and Lanayru provinces), if you want to continue. That, and they can be incredibly quick and difficult to catch. If that were not enough, Nintendo decided it was necessary to assault our eyes with the mother of all disgusting bugs:

 

The Twilit Bloat is the last bug in a series of insects you must hunt down and kill for the tears of light.

My mind is forever scarred.

Shadow Beasts

 

Shadow beasts are people of the Twilight realm, turned by Zant's foul magic and used as footsoldiers to conquer Hyrule.

Shadow beasts are exclusive to Twilight Princess as well. They tend to show up at the most inconvenient of times, although the little portals they leave behind are useful, once you can transform back and forth between your wolf and human forms.

What makes these creatures aggravating at times is that they come in packs that must all be killed all at once.

Midna is able to counter this with an ability, but the setup of the closed in arena you are trapped in every time you fight the shadow beasts becomes increasingly complicated as the game goes on. If you miss one or two, expect them to emit a horrible shriek and the others to rise from the dead.

Figuring out exactly where you need to stand to kill them all in one attack is trial and error (especially if you are not visually inclined), something that can make a game frustrating.

Redead

 

Redead are more infamous for their Ocarina of Time incarnation than the Twilight Princess one, pictured above. 

Redead. I hate redead. I must ask: who likes them? Their paralytic screams keep you bound to the spot until they can get close enough to either take a bite out of you and drain your life force, or slice you with a sword. Though the Ocarina of Time versions are far more infamous for their habit of getting close and latching onto you with their entire body, I have decided that the Twilight Princess ones are worse. Those redead, which are more like redead-gibdo, have screams that are nightmare fuel. They also hit like trucks.

The creatures might be slow, but unless you have bomb arrows or some other projectile that allow you to keep your distance, you will have to get up close. That is usually when they start screaming and things go downhill. The Sun's Song is useful in this case, but the stun only lasts for so long.

Being repeatedly paralyzed is no fun.

The whole ordeal tends to lead to frustration and relief, not a feeling of triumph when you finally kill the redead. Most people do not consider redead a challenge (merely a hassle), but if they come in groups of three or more and you get too close they can start to become hazardous to your health.

Peahats

In Wind Waker, peahats are a useful source of golden feathers if you use the grappling hook to steal from them. Otherwise, they are pretty much just there to annoy the heck out of you.

There are a few monsters out there I would pick out as being designed in some Zelda games to merely be an annoyance. The peahat would be one of them. In some games you hardly ever see them unless you approach them, or they cannot attack you. But in The Wind Waker they star prominently, taking it upon themselves to fly into you when they can. This has inevitably caused me to fall into the Great Sea, the abyss, a pit...you name it. 

Admittedly, Wind Waker peahats hardly present any challenge whatsoever. They are pretty easy to dismantle with a deku leaf and a sword, or just the hookshot. Sometimes I forget that they are absurdly light and the deku leaf can blow them away, even mid-flight. But they still get in the way when you need to cross a chasm or otherwise are airborne. And that alone makes them qualify. 

Like Likes

 

"Mmm, zora tunic! And...wait. Did I just taste a unique item? That is unacceptable!"

Over time, I have learned that being suspicious of rooms solely dedicated to a treasure chest or random piles of rupees lying around is healthy. Why? The potential for a like like to pop up from under the ground or to fall from the ceiling is high. 

And we all know what like likes do best. They have a taste for certain items, namely tunics and shields, and will steal them from you and completely digest them if you are not quick in killing them. Oddly, they do not seem to like unique items, but that would likely present a large issue if the creature consumed the only mirror shield in existence, or for some unfathomable reason is capable of consuming the master sword (unlikely).

Nevertheless, sometimes a like like manages to take your items and digest them.

Often that means you have to teleport out of the dungeon, or wherever you are, and buy them again. This counts doubly for places like the water temple in Ocarina of Time where it is essential that you be able to breathe underwater. Sometimes you do not have the rupees either and have to earn them all back, resulting in a lot of time wasted. Thanks a lot, like likes!

Hookshots can help stun the creatures, but be careful you do not throw yourself right into a like like's gaping maw that way.

Keese

 

Keese come in an ever-expanding variety, from the regular ones to the ice keese that make our lives so difficult.

Keese. These bat-like enemies are so simple, dispatched by a single arrow, and yet at times they have me on my wit's end. Though the normal ones will just fly into you, which is not too bothersome on its own, fire keese will light you on fire, and burn wooden shields. Thunder keese (exclusive to Skyward Sword) will break shields made of metal and electrocute Link if he attempts to attack them with his sword while they are electrically charged. Ice keese have a tendency to repeatedly freeze you if you do not get rid of them. There are one or two other kinds, including a type that can make it temporarily impossible to draw your sword.

Similarly to like likes, many keese will take away your gear or inhibit your movement or defenses.

The keese alone are mere pests. With other enemies around such as stalfos, however, they present a larger threat in that they may get the chance to destroy your shield, making it harder to defend yourself from the more powerful enemies. If you are on a later dungeon chances are you will also have to exit to get a new shield.

In short, keese are annoying because they like to fly into your face, and occasionally knock you off of ledges. Additionally they may force you to backtrack, possibly grind for rupees, and then make your way back through puzzles you have already done.

Freezards

 

Freezards are mostly isolated to select parts of the games they feature in, such as the Ice Cavern in Ocarina of Time, and Snowpeak Ruins in Twilight Princess.

We have all been in this position. You are slipping and sliding over the floor, collecting silver rupees to open that gate. You get hit by an ice keese and get frozen. While you are frozen, a freezard silently appears and creeps up behind you...and when you thaw out, summarily freezes you again.

Most freezards can move and will freeze you with their icy breath or on touch, though in Twilight Princess there are some stationary freezards that are split into mini freezards with the ball and chain. Still, dealing with them is a pain when you are most likely already slipping and sliding around the floor, and are more likely to slide into them.

They are not like ice keese, where you can just hit them with an arrow and be done with it. The Twilight Princess mini freezards are especially bothersome as if you are standing on the ice they will chase and swarm around you.

Redead, freezards, it does not matter. Constantly being unable to move is an aggravation.

Admittedly, there are strategies to deal with this, but freezards can be hard to avoid, even harder than redead, as there is no Sun's Song for freezards that pop up unexpectedly. The ones you do see you can hit with fire arrows or the ball and chain.

Beamos

 

Methods of eliminating beamos have changed from game to game.

 Playing a game of hide-and-seek with a rotating pillar may seem silly, but if you do not have the proper equipment to take out a beamos then sometimes it is necessary. Skyward Sword's beamos are probably the most challenging to defeat, as unless you have a bow, you have to deal with the motion controls and slash in specific directions to bring the top part of the beamos' turret down to your level and stab it.

If you are not ready to take down a beamos, then be ready to run away from  a laser beam and possibly get trapped in a corner. You could lose the turret's interest eventually but usually that is not as easy as it sounds.

Ultimately, being chased around by a laser beam (or multiple laser beams if there is more than one beamos in the room) can slow things down. Usually the designers find a way to put beamos in rather inconvenient spots. Once you have bombs or a bow, however, they are generally easy to take care of and should not give you much of a problem.

Honorable Mention: Cuccos

Cuccos are only your enemies...if you make them your enemies.

I could not help including this one. At one time or another, most of us have made the mistake of attacking an innocent, unsuspecting cucco. But then most of us also found out how truly bloodthirsty and merciless the chicken-like creatures are when provoked. They swarm en masse and will never stop. Ever. Well, at least until you go into a building or dungeon, they will not stop.

The feathery fiends are invulnerable and will destroy you if you let them. Why Hylians keep these creatures as pets I will never understand.

There will always be that one foe that makes us cringe

Almost all adventure games have that obnoxious enemy we do not want to have to face, unless all the creatures are simply generic. Zelda games are no exception. The games are still worth playing, even with countless beasts that make it their mission to make your life as the chosen hero tougher than it already is. If you have to, put the game down and come back later with a fresh mind. A little time away from the game will probably make that annoying enemy seem a little less annoying. 

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Why I love my Wii U more than my Xbox One and PlayStation 4 https://www.gameskinny.com/klzc2/why-i-love-my-wii-u-more-than-my-xbox-one-and-playstation-4 https://www.gameskinny.com/klzc2/why-i-love-my-wii-u-more-than-my-xbox-one-and-playstation-4 Tue, 02 Jun 2015 09:46:13 -0400 Michael Slevin

I love Nintendo. Ever since I could pick up a controller and play a video game I have loved Nintendo.

I feel like this is a common sentiment. Most of us grew up playing Nintendo consoles. At one point or another, we all loved the games that they made.

The Wii U, more than any other Nintendo console, has been incredibly divisive. Despite having what many regard as a strong library of first-party titles, the Wii U has struggled to get off the shelves of retailers.

Around this time last year, many heralded Mario Kart 8 as the potential savior of the console's abysmal sales numbers. It was not.

Then, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U came out several months later, receiving universal praise and being heralded as Nintendo's ace in the hole. It was not.

And then came the realization that the Wii U will not succeed. It will more than likely be the worst-selling Nintendo console, making the GameCube look like a commercial success in comparison. 

Is this good for the games industry? No, it is not. Does that mean we should pout? Absolutely not. Let's enjoy the Wii U while it lasts, and celebrate it for its often ignored accomplishments.

Which leads me to my bold proclamation: I love my Wii U more than Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

The Wii U is fun.

I have had as much fun with my Wii U as I have with any other console that I have owned. Whether it is playing 8-Player Smash with 7 of my friends in Smash Bros. for Wii U, or exploring the incredible Mario Kart 8 DLC packs with my friends, I have made great memories with my Wii U.

(Image from smashbros.com)

The Wii U's library of games also kept me coming back. You know the feeling when you are at school or work, and you continue to think about how you cannot wait to get home and keep playing an awesome game? 

I have that feeling constantly with my Wii U

When playing Super Mario 3D World, I could not wait to get home and continue to collect every stamp, every yellow flag, and every star. 

When The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD came out, I was ecstatic. I had fond memories of playing Wind Waker on GameCube, but it had been over a decade since I had experienced Nintendo's sea-faring triumph. I now had a reason to play Wind Waker again.

(Image from zelda.com)

It. Was. Awesome. I couldn't wait to get home and continue my journey, sailing from island to island. Was it a remake? Yes. Did that in any way affect how much fun I had playing Wind Waker HD? Absolutely not.

Honestly, the only time I've felt this way with my Xbox One was with Sunset Overdrive. No other titles have grabbed me the way that Wii U's best offerings have.

Big things and small packages

And then there are the smaller titles that took me by surprise. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, Hyrule Warriors, and Pikmin 3 are just a few.

These were some of the games I didn't think I would love, but fell absolutely head over heels for. Captain Toad is endearing, cute, inventive, and incredibly fun. Hyrule Warriors, while not a main series Zelda game, is a fun and action packed departure from Zelda's normal makeup. And Pikmin 3 is an incredibly underappreciated title within the Wii U library.

If I could turn back time...

The final reason that I love my Wii U is because I got to experience some Nintendo classics through Virtual Console. I know this isn't really fair, but my experiences with Fire Emblem, Super Mario World, F-Zero, and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past were all on the Wii U.

(Image from nintendo.com)

I now love these games, and I'm glad the Wii U gave me the means to experience these incredible games. I can see how someone who has already played these games couldn't relate. However, I am young, and I didn't get to experience these masterpieces when I was growing up. 

I know that the Wii U doesn't have much third-party support. I know we are still waiting for Zelda Wii U. But I have enjoyed my time with the Wii U, more so than my Xbox One, and several other consoles that I have owned. And after all, isn't gaming about having fun and great experiences with the games you are playing? 

If that is the case, then I have had as much fun and as many great experiences with the Wii U as I have with any console I have ever owned.

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The Golden Age of Nintendo Crossovers https://www.gameskinny.com/3xw0v/the-golden-age-of-nintendo-crossovers https://www.gameskinny.com/3xw0v/the-golden-age-of-nintendo-crossovers Fri, 29 May 2015 07:34:52 -0400 KungFro

In case anyone hasn't noticed, Nintendo has really been on a roll lately, cranking out a steadier stream of crossover-style games and cameo appearances than ever before. By the way, I'm not just referencing every installment of the Super Smash Bros. series. Chronological order, here we go!

1. Mario Kart 8 


The latest installment in the Mario Kart series introduced guest racers from lands beyond the Mushroom Kingdom. Legend of Zelda's Link and Animal Crossing's Villager make appearances as DLC racers, and with their own vehicles.

2. Hyrule Warriors 


Nintendo's fusion of Legend of Zelda with Koei Tecmo's Dynasty Warriors made for an action-packed spin-off that sold extremely well on the western market, exceeding Koei Tecmo's expectations.

3. Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U 

It would be impossible to not include the latest installments in the iconic Super Smash Bros. series, seeing as it fulfilled the dreams of countless gamers by finally bringing to the roster Mario, Sonic, Megaman, and Pac-Man. Four video game icons finally sharing a stage... and blasting each other through the stratosphere.

4. Puzzle & Dragons Z + Super Mario Bros. Edition 


The most recent release on this list, Puzzle & Dragons + Super Mario Bros. Edition was as unexpected collaboration between Nintendo and GungHo Online Entertainment. The games were packaged together for their western release on the Nintendo 3DS, with the Super Mario Bros. Edition utilizing its own characters and worlds, but the puzzle-based combat system of Puzzle & Dragons.  

5. Pokkén Tournament 

And dreams shall continue to come true as Pokémon meets Tekken in the first ever Pokémon fighting game. Set for release in Japanese arcades this Summer, Pokkén Tournament has brought together Nintendo, The Pokémon Company, and members of Bandai Namco Entertainment (from both the Tekken and Soul series).
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This article only lists what I've found to be Nintendo's five most notable crossovers since 2014. Fingers crossed, more may very well be on the way! If I've missed one that you feel should have made this list, please talk some sense into me in the comment section below. 

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Dragon Quest Heroes Coming to PS4 https://www.gameskinny.com/xpcb6/dragon-quest-heroes-coming-to-ps4 https://www.gameskinny.com/xpcb6/dragon-quest-heroes-coming-to-ps4 Mon, 02 Mar 2015 08:21:32 -0500 Lampstradamus

Square Enix announced earlier this week that the latest in the Dragon Quest series is coming out in the West for the PS4 later this year.

Dragon Quest Heroes is the latest Dragon Quest game, although it is not like the usual line of RPGs for the series. Dragon Quest Heroes is a spin-off title that features Dynasty Warriors gameplay. Like Hyrule Warriors that released in late 2014, Dragon Quest Heroes will be another Dynasty Warriors-like game but set in the Dragon Quest universe. This marks the first full-scale action-RPG of the series. The game will feature original characters as well as a cast of returning characters

The game is designed by Akira Toriyama, known for his work for Chronotrigger, other Dragon Quest titles and for creating the Dragonball franchise. The studio developing the game is Omega Force, the studio that develops the Dynasty Warriors series and last year's Hyrule Warriors, so we know the title is in good hands.

The title has already released over in Japan and has received good reviews from foreign review sites. The game is set to release this year but the exact date is still unknown.

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Hyrule Warriors Character Guide: Agitha (Parasol) https://www.gameskinny.com/r8wna/hyrule-warriors-character-guide-agitha-parasol https://www.gameskinny.com/r8wna/hyrule-warriors-character-guide-agitha-parasol Mon, 23 Feb 2015 10:45:05 -0500 Autumn Fish

Hyrule Warriors offers a wide array of characters to choose from with their own unique styles of play. Agitha may seem like the bane of your existence right now, but she's actually an expert at dishing out damage and staying just out of enemy reach for the entire match. Any good Agitha player will be in and out of a crowd and juggling before they knew what hit them.

Hyrule Warriors is largely unfair to Agitha for they have a tendency to make Agitha a requirement for missions that can get stupid difficult sometimes—and for those people who don't know how to use her, it makes her look like a terrible character. Fear not, this character guide will tell you everything you need to know to get Agitha off her feet and sliding across the battlefield in no time.

Hyrule Warriors Terminology Legend

Since the game features two different controller schemes, I will be discussing each characters' combos using Warriors style combo terminology. Combos are defined by how many total button presses you have performed when you hit your first heavy attack of the combo, and are written as C1, C3, etc.

  • C1 is just pressing the heavy attack by itself.
  • C2 is light, heavy.
  • C3 is light, light, heavy.
  • C4 is light, light, light, heavy.
  • C5 is light, light, light, light, heavy.
  • C6 is light, light, light, light, light, heavy.

Agitha - Parasol

Hyrule Warriors Character Agitha Guide ParasolAgitha is an extremely versatile character—she even gets two elements in one weapon: Light and Lightning. Although these elements are a bit backwards in terms of their usefulness, there are still some clever tricks to get the most out of them both. With the proper care, Agitha can become one of the most terrifying forces in the game.

She's no Link or Volga, but she really knows how to swing a Parasol.

Basic Light String

Agitha swings her Parasol (R1), stabs it forward (R2), jumps in the air (R3) slams back to the ground (R4) and finishes off by sending out Light Butterflies all around her (R5). For the most part, her basic string takes too long to use too much, and leaves her vulnerable. The first two attacks can be spammed and dodge-canceled if you want to really annoy an enemy, but there are better methods. Overall, you're going to find yourself using your combos a lot more with Agitha.

Hyrule Warriors Character Agitha Guide Parasol

C1 - Heavy Attack

Just press the heavy attack by itself.

Agitha summons a giant butterfly and rides on top of it, which slowly deletes the gauge right under her special attack bar. Pressing the light attack button at this point will do a hurricane spin, pulling enemies in. Press the light attack button for a second time and she'll do a sort of backflip attack. These butterfly light attacks will do massive damage to enemies that are tall enough to be affected by it.

After you are done with the butterfly, pressing the heavy attack button will slam it into the ground, or it will disappear when the timer runs out. You should have enough time to get a full heavy, light, light, heavy combo out before the butterfly disappears.

Hyrule Warriors Character Agitha Guide ParasolThis is a unique attack in that it can be led into during two of Agitha's other combos. It also keeps Agitha off the ground and away from monsters that way she doesn't get hit. Its light element is really damaging towards many tall foes. If you are in an area where the enemies aren't tall enough and you find yourself on top of a butterfly, it's best to skip the light attacks altogether and just slam into the ground.

C2 - Infinite Butterfly Launcher

Light, heavy.

One light attack followed by a heavy will result in butterflies spreading outward, launching enemies directly in front of you. Since this is a fast combo, it can be used to juggle enemies into infinity if you are quick enough. This is a great tactic for breaking Weak Point Gauges, since you can pretty much guarantee a break if you don't let them touch the ground first. It's close-range nature, however, does not allow you to get the most out of its Light element.

Hyrule Warriors Character Agitha Guide Parasol

C3 - Super Giant Beetle

Light, light, heavy.

This combo makes Agitha hop up and down to summon a giant beetle. The animation is extremely long, however it is easily dodged out of early on—which is what makes this move worth it. Make a summoning circle, dodge out to make another summoning circle, then dodge out to make another one. Watch as one beetle after another crushes your foes in succession and launches them sky-high.

Hyrule Warriors Character Agitha Guide ParasolUsing this move to launch a major enemy will give it Lightning element, which is great for juggling. If you can position yourself right, you can hit the launched enemy with a C2 and juggle them with your butterflies for increased damage.

This move is also recommended for breaking Giant Boss Weak Point Gauges. Timing the beetle to hit right as the gauge appears will get you a break pretty quickly, but any later than that and you'll have to combo it with your special attack.

C4 - Tornado Trap

Light, light, light, heavy.

The tornado created by your third light attack (R3) is sent forward, hitting and trapping enemies as it goes along. Since this attack ends in the air, you have two options. Pressing the light attack button will just smash you back down to the ground, while pressing heavy attack in the air will summon your giant butterfly to ride on.

Hyrule Warriors Character Agitha Guide ParasolSince the tornado trap is unlikely to kill any of the enemies it drags along with it, it may be a good idea to fly over and give them a good beating in the air with your butterfly, and end in a nice ground smash.

C5 - Super Range Beetle

Light, light, light, light, heavy.

After slamming into the ground, you are sent back upwards with your Parasol held skyward to catch your fall, and summon a beetle which covers a long range in front of you. As this attack also ends in the air, it has the same options that C4 has to follow up. Since this attack often sends enemies flying quite a long ways, it may be better to just summon your butterfly and slam immediately into the ground this time instead of chasing after them.

The Lightning element is nice but it will hardly ever be utilized for juggling.

Hyrule Warriors Character Agitha Guide Parasol

Special Attack

Hyrule Warriors Character Agitha Guide ParasolWhen you fill up a yellow bar and press the special attack button, Agitha sprouts a pair of wings from her back, hovers in the air for a moment, and hits enemies in front of her with a concussive blast of wind that'll send them whirling. This has a pretty decent sideways reach but not a lot of distance. It generally sends enemies flying in the air, but it's usually not enough to juggle off of. It is a decent special that's really helpful against bosses.

Weak Point Smash

Agitha's Weak Point Smash is one of the very best in the entire game. Once you clear an enemy of their Weak Point Gauge, a beetle will come forward and send enemies sprawling, further than her C5. Afterwards, a butterfly comes flying back, and juggles those enemies back to Agitha, so she can put the beating on them again. This not only does a ton of damage and has a huge range, but it keeps the enemy you're specifically fighting close to you so you don't have to chase after them. Use this as much as you can.

This not only does a ton of damage and has a huge range, but it keeps the enemy you're specifically fighting close to you so you don't have to chase after them. Use this as much as you can.

Use this as much as you can.

Hyrule Warriors Character Agitha Guide Parasol

Conclusion

Agitha is great at controlling the crowd, and playing both defensively and offensively when the need arises. Staying in the air with C4 and C5 combo'ing into C1 is a great way to dish out damage and stay out of enemies reach where they cannot harm you. Juggling enemies with C3 going into C2 really pushes up the heat on her unrelenting force.

Agitha is not a joke, and truly a force to be feared once you know how to use her. So get on and practice for those hard Adventure Mode missions that the sadists a Koei Tecmo designed for people just like us. With the right strategy, anything is possible!

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Hyrule Warriors Guide: Pro Tips for All Players https://www.gameskinny.com/sqn25/hyrule-warriors-guide-pro-tips-for-all-players https://www.gameskinny.com/sqn25/hyrule-warriors-guide-pro-tips-for-all-players Fri, 20 Feb 2015 17:35:10 -0500 Autumn Fish

Hyrule Warriors is receiving its final update and DLC in a few weeks time, which means the game is nearing its final completion at last. For the last five months, Hyrule Warriors has been a riot for Zelda fans and renown Warriors alike. No matter how many hours you sink into Hyrule Warriors, it's really easy to gloss over something important that could make your experience that much better.

Here are a few tips to help boost you ahead in Hyrule as you dance across the battlefield, slaying massive hordes of enemies unfortunate enough to be caught in your path.

Hyrule Warriors Pro Tips

Hyrule Warriors Guide Pro Tips

Roll Dashing

This trick will get you out of the fray and sprinting towards your next target with haste. After all, you don't want to be squandering precious seconds on walking your character up to a run, do you? Simply press and hold the roll button to dodge into a great dash.

Do Not Forget to Guard

Hyrule Warriors Guide Pro TipsIt's easy to get caught up in the fluidity in the combat so much that you forget you even have the option to throw up a shield. Most of your enemies do it after you land a couple of attacks on them, so why shouldn't you? Even holding down the guard button while tossing out a flurry of attacks can save you from taking unnecessary damage when it counts—particularly in Adventure Mode.

Weapons and Materials Auto-Collect

I see you running towards the nearest weapons and materials to nab them on your way to the other side of the map. You know, you don't really need to do that. If the Weapon or Material is on the ground, it's yours and will be collected at the end of the battle. Cut down on some precious time by passing up these shiny objects. You have other things to worry about.

Hyrule Warriors Guide Pro Tips
Craft Badges, Not Drugs

Make sure you are crafting badges for all of your Warriors in the Bazaar. Badges require specific materials to craft and effectively power up your character incredibly from their default state. Do not waste your materials on the Apothecary near the beginning, you need every scrap of them for your warriors. There are some mixtures that will tempt you, such as the EXP Potion, but it's best to just get the badges out of the way. Remember that the most important badges are the ones that open up your weapon combos.

Hyrule Warriors Guide Pro Tips

The Training Dojo is There Because You Need It

The Training Dojo where you spend Rupees to level up your characters may seem cheap, but it's only there because you'll need it. Raising your character's level raised their base attack power and maximum health. Each character has their own experience bar, and to keep your characters caught up with one another, you need to spend Rupees. Which brings me to the next point...

Hyrule Warriors Guide Pro Tips

Do Not Neglect Any of Your Warriors

You will occasionally encounter missions where you are limited on which Warrior you're allowed to use. Sometimes you need to use a specific character to nab a reward, such as a piece of heart/heart container or a new weapon. The only characters that don't end up as mission exclusives are Twili Midna, Tingle, and Young Link (all of which come in Hyrule Warriors DLCs).

Collect Gold Skulltulas and Heart Pieces

Hyrule Warriors Guide Pro TipsWhile on the battlefield, take the time to grab Gold Skulltulas and Heart Pieces. Even if running across the map to grab a Gold Skulltula causes you to miss that precious 'A' Rank, you never have to worry about that Gold Skulltula again. Completing Gold Skulltula Illustrations will unlock Reward Map levels that, upon completion, may grant players special rewards after reaching certain milestones. Gold Skulltula's can only be found once per mission, so keep that in mind.

Heart Pieces will raise that warrior's maximum health. Piece of Hearts are regularly found in hidden areas—under boulders, behind bomb-able walls, on cliff faces, you name it—while full Heart Containers are found by capturing a specific keep on the battlefield.

Hyrule Warriors Guide Pro Tips

The Character Select Screen: Co-Op and Costumes

Along with the ever-so-useful Bazaar, there are a couple of interesting features found strictly on the Warrior Select Screen. Using the Gamepad as a second screen, you can press '+' on a new controller to play Hyrule Warriors with your family or friends nearby. Be warned, however, that Co-Op has a loss of image quality on most TVs and unimportant enemies may take an extra-long time to spawn.

Hovering the curse over any Warrior with costumes unlocked will allow you to push X to choose what costume to wear. The Warrior will then default to that costume every time you enter battle until it's changed again.

Hyrule Warriors Guide Pro Tips

Legend Mode is a Tutorial - Complete It

Legend Mode makes up 5% of the game (if that)—it's basically a 14 hour tutorial compared to the rest of the content in the game. I completed it all the way through before diving into anything else, and I'm glad I did. There are a couple of reasons you may want to complete Legend Mode:

  • It completely unlocks your Adventure Mode maps
  • It unlocks a new difficulty level for Legend Mode scenarios: Hero
  • Nabbing all of the Skulltulas unlocks Link's Zora Tunic
  • Extra heart pieces for certain characters

If you need help doing everything there possibly is to do in Legend Mode, IGN did some pretty great coverage. Problem is, everybody forgets about Adventure Mode.

Hyrule Warriors Guide Pro Tips

DO NOT IGNORE ADVENTURE MODE

Adventure Mode is the heart and soul of Hyrule Warriors. You are missing out on easily 90% of the game by glossing over Adventure Mode. Not only does it offer fun and fresh challenges, but it has unlockable characters, new unlockable weapons and higher tier weapons. If you buy the DLC—which I highly recommend you do—you can even unlock new costumes and 8-bit weapons through Adventure Mode. This is where you will spend the majority of your time in the game.

Getting an A Rank in Adventure Mode

At first, getting an A Rank in Adventure Mode seems almost impossible since you need to be perfect in each scored area. At least until you know what you're looking for. For most challenges, getting an A rank is as simple as following a generic score outline:

  • Hyrule Warriors Guide Pro TipsK.O.'s ≥ 1200
  • Clear Time < 15:00
  • Damage Taken < 4000

So long as you finish under 15 minutes, take less than 4000 damage (about 10 hearts) and kill 1200 enemies or more, you're in the clear. Missions will never get harder from here, this is the base, "normal" mission layout. Some missions may let you take extra damage before losing your A rank for example.

Lucky for us, recent updates have made all of these values trackable while in an Adventure Mode mission. K.O.'s are found on the bottom-right of your screen, above the EXP bar, while Time and Damage Taken are both found on the top-right corner of the pause screen.

Hyrule Warriors Guide Pro Tips

Unlock Every Weapon on the Adventure Map

Not only should you unlock each weapon variety, but you should also take the time out of your day to unlock every weapon tier on the original Adventure Map. Unlocking a new weapon tier can significantly raise the power of the warrior who uses it, but that's not why you should do it.

You may have noticed that Link's Master Sword's only Weapon Slot is taken up by something that requests you kill 25,000 enemies—yet the number never dwindles no matter how much you kill. You can only fulfil the 25,000 kill requirement after you unlock the skill—and to do that, you need to collect every weapon on the Adventure Map.

After unlocking the skill, the Master Sword will bump up to a 500 base power from 300 and you can start unlocking other weapons with a similar 25,000 kill skill.

Hyrule Warriors Guide Pro Tips

The Hero of Hyrule Pack - DLC Recommended

In a world where DLC fails us constantly, it can be hard to simply buy into a Season Pass and trust that the developers will deliver your money's worth. Most DLCs out there are a joke at best, anymore. You can only imagine my disappointment when I bought Tomb Raider Game of the Year Edition on Steam the other day and only a small handful of the DLCs added any sort of substantial gameplay.

If you've already bought Hyrule Warriors at full price, you have a solid game with huge amounts of content already. Including all of the free updates that have come out since the game's release, one can probably expect to dump 150 hours into Hyrule Warriors before they start coming up short on things to do.

Hyrule Warriors Guide Pro TipsBuying just one DLC, like The Master Quest Pack, will nearly double the amount of content available for you in the game. Buying the entire Hero of Hyrule Pack season pass for one-third the full price of Hyrule Warriors will effectively quadruple the amount of game you have, bringing the expected game time for a completed save file up to about 500 or 600 hours. Believe me, if you like Hyrule Warriors, you want the DLC.

Acompanying the DLC on the eShop are a few costume packs for a dollar each that add a couple of costumes to the game that were originally only available as Pre-order or Club Nintendo Rewards. If you decide not to get them, it will not affect your enjoyment of the game and are only there for fans who missed the opportunity to get them in the first place.

Hyrule Warriors Guide Pro Tips

Congratulations, Warrior

You are now well on your way to becoming a battlefield maestro in Hyrule Warriors. Make sure you keep checking back for guides on Adventure Mode and how to use some of your least favorite characters effectively.

Request a Hyrule Warriors Guide

Hyrule Warriors Guide Pro TipsAre you having a hard time with a specific character? Maybe an Adventure Mode mission is giving you a fair bit of trouble. Want to know how to make good weapons? We've got the answers! Ask us your questions in the comment section below!

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Hyrule Warriors "Boss Pack" - Final DLC Details Emerge https://www.gameskinny.com/5rh6v/hyrule-warriors-boss-pack-final-dlc-details-emerge https://www.gameskinny.com/5rh6v/hyrule-warriors-boss-pack-final-dlc-details-emerge Tue, 17 Feb 2015 05:32:28 -0500 Autumn Fish

Nintendo has announced that the final DLC for Hyrule Warriors is coming to Japan next week, and with it comes a plethora of new details on what is to come in the final known update. Currently dubbed the "Boss Pack" for English speakers, Nintendo of Japan has recently revealed it as the "Ganon Pack" thanks to a special new game-mode that fans can really get excited about.

Hyrule Warriors Boss Pack DLC Content

The Boss Pack—or the Ganon Pack—will contain two new gameplay modes for players to experience.

  • Hyrule Warriors 1.6.0 Ganon Boss Pack UpdateBoss Challenge — Battle against huge demon beasts and aim for the high score in this additional mode. For every battle, you can leave a record for each character. As a reward, you can acquire costumes for Link, Zelda, and Lana.
  • Ganon Play — Control the demonic beast Ganon and aim for the high score in this additional mode. With his excessively large stature, he can destroy the battlefield and take out hordes of enemies like never before seen. You can leave a record for every battle. As a reward, you can acquire costumes for Ganondorf and Cia.

While the Boss Challenge only vaguely interests me, Ganon Play really caught my attention. You finally get the chance to play Ganon in all of his excellence, and you don't have to do any extreme game hacking to do so. The only thing we could really ask for now is the return of the Weapon Swap glitch as a mainstay feature.

Hyrule Warriors 1.6.0 Ganon Boss Pack Update

Hyrule Warriors Free Update 1.6.0

As is come to be expected by this point, accompanying the final DLC is another free content update to flesh out the base game even further before Hyrule Warriors is finally put down for good by the developers. It looks like they are really wrapping things up this time, too. Included in the free update:

  • Hyrule Warriors 1.6.0 Ganon Boss Pack UpdateMax Level Increase
  • New Potion Mixtures
  • New Medals
  • Expanded Challenge Mode
  • Score Recording Function
  • New Challenge Scenarios
  • Loading Time Bug Fixed

While I didn't realize the increased loading time was actually a bug, it is a lovely fix to receive nevertheless. The Challenge mode in Hyrule Warriors has been sitting there untouched since release with only one challenge to speak of, so new Scenarios are also something to get excited about.

To be honest, I didn't think we would be getting another Max Level increase. Following the trend from past updates, it's easy to assume that characters will cap out at level 250, but I can see them raising it up to 300 at this point.

Last of note is the new score recording function to save your scores. This is a small but nifty little feature. We will see how this plays into the game more deeply when it's released.

Hyrule Warriors 1.6.0 Ganon Boss Pack Update

Coming in March

So far there is no solid release date for Hyrule Warriors' final DLC in Europe or the Americas, but the official page has been predicting a March release date since the game's original launch. It's very possible that we will be receiving the DLC a week after Japan, which would land us square into the first week of March.

The release of the final DLC harks what might be the end of Hyrule Warriors' development cycle. It looks like Hyrule Warriors is definitely going out with a bang as the much anticipated Zelda Wii U begins to take up its place progressing into the year.

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