(11:19) The Moon from Majora's Mask will also be a weapon. Weird. Now it's time to talk about a new game mode. It's a new adventure mode. It has the look and map layout like a classic Zelda game. A battle starts, and you'll be transported to the world of Hyrule Warriors (a Dynasty Warriors-type battle.) When missions end, you'll be taken back to the retro-style map. It looks like the original Zelda for NES, which is neat. Items can be found that will unlock items on the retro-stage. Some weapons will only be found in adventure mode.
(11:17) Characters will have a skill tree that can be leveled up. Stats can be greatly increased. New weapons that are picked up on the battlefield will have skills. Skills can be anything from increased damage to increased chance of heart drop. Weapons can then be infused to make ultra powerful weapons.
(11:16) Chain Chomp will be a weapon in Hyrule Warriors.
(11:15) Time to talk locals. Skyloft from Skyward Sword, Lake Hylia from Ocarina of Time, Twilight Field from Twilight Princess are all in the game as battle maps. There will be more stages mainly from these three titles. Those are the stages that Nintendo is willing to talk about tonight.
(11:12) Nintendo is showing off cutting grass. Great use of time.
Jump cut to new weapons. Link will be able to use the Fire Rod, Spear, Nagata, Gauntlet, Summoning Gate. These will be interchangable among the different characters. Each character will also have special moves....Just like in Dynasty Warriors.
(11:07) Yosuke hayashi is back to talk about characters. Link is first. Duh. He has a one handed sword. Duh. He has a spin attack. Duh. Now Zelda takes the stage as a playable character. She has a rapier, plus arrows of light as a distant attack. Impa is up next. The Sheika soldier has a massive broadsword. Sheik is up next. Dorunia is up next who has a huge hammer. Oh, and he dances. Princess Ruto is another playable character. She treats the ground as water. Attacks seem cool; different from the norm. Midna, the Twilight Princess is playable. Her attacks also seem different. Agitha, Princess of the Insect Kingdom. She calls on insects to fight. Zant is also playable from Twilight Princess. Fi from Skyward Sword is in there with her Goddess Blade. Her weird speech is back. Ghirahim The Demon Lord joins the cast. He fights with a Demon Blade.
Now it's time to talk new characters. Lana is one of those new characters. She will play a big role in the story, apparently. She uses a Book of Sorcery.
(11:04) Boss time. Link is faced against King Dodongo. Normal attacks won't hurt him. He has to use the bombs. Defeating King Dodongo completes the stage. Big bosses should spice up the Dynasty Warriors gameplay. Items will come into play when progressing through stages. Link will have to use his hookshot. Nothing grounbreaking here. It's pretty much running through the basics of a Dynasty Warriors game. Eiji Aonuma, supervisor on Hyrule Warriors is on the stream now. He's talking about the cuckos. They will fight as your ally, but they'll attack you if you keep attacking them.
(11:00) It's showtime. The Nintendo Direct kicks off with tons of in-game action from many of the announced characters. Yeah, it looks like Dynasty Warriors alright. Yosuke Hayashi, producer of Hyrule Warriors is on camera. He's going to show us how battles progress, using the first stage of the game. The first level is Hyrule Field. Hud map looks exactly like Dynasty Warriors. Map is at the upper right corner of the screen, and speech bubbles from allies and enemies pop up randomly. Health looks like a Zelda game with a bunch of heart containers. Welp, we have our first chest opening sequence. The music is exactly what you would expect in a Zelda game (du du du duuuuuuuu). Link gets bombs from the chest and uses them to blow through a rock wall.
(10:58) According to the YouTube stream, over 15k people are currently watching the Nintendo Direct. Not too shabby for a work night at 11 p.m. on the East Coast.
(10:56) Under five minutes to go before showtime. This won't quite reach the excitement level of Super Smash Bros., but people still seem to be quite excited for this title.
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(10:48) About 12 minutes to go. According to the stream, tonight's Nintendo direct will be 26 minutes in length. Any last minute predictions? Will it be delayed?
Nintendo's newest Nintendo Direct video stream will take place this evening at 11:00 p.m. The focus of the event will be the upcoming "Hyrule Warriors" for Wii U. Check back here for an up-to-the-minute liveblog of all the biggest news from the stream. See you at 11!