Last year's Hyrule Warriors wasn't just a surprise success, but a big win for Nintendo: while the crossover between The Legend of Zelda and Dynasty Warriors was a surprisingly fun beat-em-up, the Wii U exclusive also helped put the console back on the map. It was one of several high-profile releases for Nintendo in 2014 and was one major example of why Nintendo's latest console shouldn't be counted out quite yet.

That being said, judging from a previously-unlisted (now private) video on Tecmo Koei's Japanese YouTube channel, Hyrule Warriors wont' be a Wii U exclusive for much longer: a trailer featuring actual Hyrule Warriors gameplay on a Nintendo 3DS made its way online earlier today. It's not surprising that Nintendo's trying to capitalize on the success of Hyrule Warriors - what's surprising is that the game is actually running on a handheld system.

From the looks of things, the trailer may have gone live a bit earlier than expected: a public reveal usually involves something a bit more...public. As it stands, the trailer is no longer available on YouTube - but private or not, the trailer has revealed quite a bit about Link's next portable adventure.

First things first: it's important to note that the 3DS model shown in the trailer is Nintendo's New 3DS. While it could be that Tecmo Koei simply chose to use the latest version of the hardware in their trailer, it could mean that Hyrule Warriors will be a New 3DS exclusive. Right now, the only other New 3DS exclusive is Xenoblade Chronicles - Nintendo could be using the port as a way to convince players to upgrade to its latest handheld.


On top of that, it looks like the Hyrule Warriors 3DS port will feature a few extra bells and whistles: along with new stylus-based inputs for using and switching between characters, two new fighters are ready to join the roster. Tetra and King Hyrule, both hailing from the GameCube classic The Wind Waker, will join the current stable of characters. Whether or not they have to be unlocked before players can use them has yet to be determined, but the trailer does confirm that anyone who purchases the 3DS version of the game will also be able to access the new characters in the Wii U version.


Unfortunately, that's about all we know: the trailer doesn't mention a specific release date, or whether or not fans will get to see it in action at E3 2015. At this point, the only thing left to do is wait for Nintendo to make a more official announcement...hopefully, that doesn't mean waiting another week for its E3 digital event.


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