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Link with friends in the new Zelda?

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Hyrule Warriors is on its way. In fact, a bunch of games are coming to the Wii U that will make me dust off that console – Nintendo came out strong for E3 and I have a good feeling about their new offerings. Of course interest is piqued for the new Zelda game, and it just might have a feature you all have wanted for a long time.

Over on Game Informer, Eiji Aonuma chatted in an interview about overlap between Hyrule Warriors and Zelda. When asked about multiplayer, his response was:

The two-player functionality of Hyrule Warriors is actually something that has traditionally been done in the Dynasty Warriors series, but they’ve changed because of the hardware and the second screen on your GamePad. Instead of having a splitscreen on the television, you have one-player playing on the television and one on the GamePad. When I was talking back about making Zelda more than just a single-player experience? That’s something you will see in the future, maybe next year.

It seems that coop is re-emerging as a trend. I believe that Nintendo tends to get couch coop best, letting players take on their friends or team up and work together. Zelda is a franchise that people love, and seeing as people love playing together, this could help Nintendo on their path out of obscurity.

Judging by the games that are helping Nintendo regain popularity, they seem to have realized that people want to play their games together. I’m seriously amped about Splatoon, and considering the way the new Mario Kart has helped move consoles, I think things could be on the up and up for Nintendo, proving games journalists wrong yet again. So, new Zelda coming next year with something beyond a single-player experience – let’s see it, Nintendo!

Last Updated: June 23, 2014

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