In the video game world there’s one character that comes to mind when thinking about Nintendo and that’s Link from Zelda.
Nintendo just recently announced that Hyrule Warriors, a crossover title between their Legend of Zelda franchise and Tecmo Koei’s Dynasty Warriors series, will be released for the Wii U in 2014.
Hyrule Warriors, is being developed by Tecmo Koei and will combine the world of Zelda with the fast-paced hack-and-slash mechanics of the Dynasty Warriors series.
Hyrule Warriors is an intriguing game for Nintendo for two specific reasons.
First, there’s a sense of nostalgia that most gamers feel for Nintendo’s classic characters. The other reason is that one of the knocks on Nintendo is the lack of third-party software support.
Some of the best selling Wii U games available today are published by Nintendo, with the notable exception being Ubisoft’s ZombiU, which comes in eighth with 570,000 copies sold worldwide.
Nintendo, which is very protective of its flagship characters, knows that people usually buy a Nintendo console to play Nintendo games. Therefore, it has adamantly refused to develop games for other consoles featuring its classic characters.
Developers, on the other hand, have been burned by Nintendo in the past.
The developers will look at the Wii U and wonder why should they even consider developing games for the platform, when Wii U gamers are obviously obsessed with all things Mario and Zelda.
That’s where Hyrule Warriors comes in — it’s a game being developed by Tecmo Koei, a third-party developer, but the game takes place in one of Nintendo’s trademark universes.
It’s an interesting approach — rather than develop games for other consoles, Nintendo is allowing Tecmo Koei to put its iconic, nostalgia-inducing characters into new environments.
This is a win-win situation — the third party developer creates a “Nintendo” game on the Wii U, which could generate more sales than a regular title, and Nintendo gets additional third party support.
It’s obvious that the Wii U is struggling — the ailing eighth-generation console has only sold 4.49 million units worldwide since its launch in November 2012.
By comparison, the PS4 and Xbox One, which both launched last month, have already respectively sold 2.37 million and 1.84 million units.
Therefore, with the release of Hyrule Warriors, Nintendo may have found a comfortable middle ground, which could be great for both the company and third party developers.
You can sound off in the comments section below on what this means for Nintendo, and if there are other Nintendo characters you would like to see in future crossover games.