Hyrule Warriors Doesn't Have Online Support, Instead Features Local Co-op

You won't be able to join up with friends online to play the upcoming Dynasty Warriors-Legend of Zelda mash-up.

Hyrule Warriors features Dynasty Warriors level and gameplay design with a number of characters from the Legend of Zelda series. One thing it won't have, however, is online multiplayer.

This week, the official Japanese Hyrule Warriors Twitter account confirmed that you will not be able to team up online to play the game. However, there is still a co-op mode in Hyrule Warriors. It's restricted to local play only, with one player using the Wii U GamePad and another using a Wii Remote or Wii U Pro controller.

Yesterday, Nintendo announced that there will be a Nintendo Direct livestream showing off the game on Monday and revealing a few new details, as well.

Hyrule Warriors is a collaboration between Dynasty Warriors developer Tecmo Koei and Nintendo, and it launches on September 26. You can read our hands-on preview of the game here.

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143 comments
Setho10
Setho10

Well Dynasty Warriors always performed great in split-screen co-op so I'm not worried at all about this. <-- Sarcasm

randgt8
randgt8

Love couch co-op!  Actually getting excited about this game.

lykanprince
lykanprince

I honestly think local co-op for this game makes sense. Since nintendo systems are all about couch play, it would be sensible that there would only be local co-op. It is kind of sad that there is no online but since I don't play Dynasty Warriors often then I don't really care. lol Still, i plan on getting this once I get a Wii U since I love Zelda. XD

milleniaxender
milleniaxender

This is the best joke I seen all day! Thanks Nintendo/Tecmo Koei!

CoolCamel616
CoolCamel616

Hopefully all ten people who actually play dynasty warrior games live near each other.

grenadehh
grenadehh

To be fair, Nintendo is literally the only system I've seen in the past 10 years besides the original Xbox where people actually sit there and play local co op, and I have adult friends who still will play Wii U in the same room together. Albeit Nintendoland is a god awful game and I can't understand why they do it. That's the thing - Nintendo still doesn't understand modern gaming, but the kind of people who play Nintendo evidently know that and that's the reason they play it.

Viral-venom13
Viral-venom13

The mere fact of what developer i've learnt Nintendo was teaming with for this game was already a turn off for me to begin with!! 

93BlackHawk93
93BlackHawk93

There is online. But it's not co-op.

GS always desperate for dem clicks.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

Did anyone expect online features?  Nintendo's online is legendarily inept.

And as usual, no two Gamepad support.

WolfGrey
WolfGrey

And you kill it. Local is great and all but having online play with it as well extends the life of the game quite a bit. And helps sales.


Sorry but if you can do local , you can do online.Sure its not going to be a bad game but at this point i rather wait for Dynasty Warriors 8 Empires which i will be able to play with all my friends local or not.

Ra-Maxima
Ra-Maxima

I want versus not like dynasty warrior and others Koie games co-op

jinzo9988
jinzo9988

I'm not sure how multiplayer would add anything to the game.  This isn't a series of games that requires teamwork or strategy... just mashing buttons.  Local co-op is fine, it's not like you can't do 2-players for something like this, but the idea of multiplayer for a game like this seems to be utterly pointless.

MXVIII
MXVIII

It sucks that Nintendo is the only company that still supports local Co-op. I wish more games did this.

Lambchopzin
Lambchopzin

I mean online co-op for DW games has been terrible thus far anyways so I don't know that this is really that big of a loss. They can't seem to figure out how to get the netcode to play nice outside of Japan.

Drkr_Zen
Drkr_Zen

Anyone that thought this might have co-op is just diluting themselves. The only time Nintendo can really figure out online multiplayer is when it comes to Mario Kart, Smash Bros. and Pokemon. 


Think that multiplayer Metroid would be great online? How about teaming up with a friend in a Mario platformer to have the screen to yourself? Maybe Mario Party it up with people when you can't have everyone under the same roof? Nope, nope annnd nope. 

Poodger
Poodger

This game looks horrible, but I like how everyone here would still be complaining if it was only online play with no local multiplayer.

Sideways8_4ever
Sideways8_4ever

big surprise here considering nintendo has almost no online component to any of its shitty consoles

Trev9421
Trev9421

I personally prefer local co-op, but I can see why people are annoyed by this decision.

FolkIore
FolkIore

Not buying, Dynasty warriors is boring  to play by myself. This basically being a  Dynasty warriors game but with zelda will be boring with nobody play with online.

digishah
digishah

Local Co-Op on a Nintendo game?? Stop the presses!! 

Martyr77
Martyr77

Well it is still better than anything on X bone.

Tiwill44
Tiwill44

Oh, well good news. I assumed it was singleplayer-only, so this is a nice little extra.

alexLmx6
alexLmx6

@grenadehh That's pretty much it.  I hate what gaming has become these days, where everything requires an account and a constant internet connection and once you've bought a game you have to pay for it once or twice more to get all it's content.  With my Wii-U, I can go to the store and get a complete game, then I can have my friends over and play games out in the bunkee just like we did when we were kids.

midloo
midloo

@WolfGrey Ha ha ha.  I'm a developer.  "if you can do local, you can do online" is one of the silliest Gamespot comments I have read in a while.  Thanks for the giggle. 


ArabrockermanX
ArabrockermanX

@WolfGrey How did they kill anything? DW games aren't that great to begin with, nothing fun about slashing through mindless enemies, and it was never going to sell well to begin with(except for unsuspecting Zelda fans).

TroyTrojanGamer
TroyTrojanGamer

@MXVIII Not true at all.

Nintendo simply just does not have the resources to have a stable online experience. 

gameroutlawzz
gameroutlawzz

@MXVIII There are still few gems that does it like Dragons Crown, D3 on console etc but yeah,most Wii U games have local co-op in it and thats what makes me enjoy my Wii U so much.  Went through both DKC:Returns and Tropical Freeze with a friend completing both at 100% together was pretty challenging but fun.

metallinatus
metallinatus

@Drkr_Zen In all honesty, Metroid Prime Hunters for Nintendo DS has an online Deathmatch.... but unfortunately is a rare example....

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

Show us on the doll what where the mighty Xbox touched you. It's ok, you're among friends.

Meanwhile - my Titan is ready!

ArabrockermanX
ArabrockermanX

@Jestersmiles Its not actually developed by Nintendo though... Basically just Zelda characters slapped onto Dynasty Warriors...

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@Tiwill44 Every Dynasty Warriors game has split screen multiplayer.  It's nothing extra - it's an expected feature.

WolfGrey
WolfGrey

@ArabrockermanX @WolfGrey 

Oh yes Dynasty Warriors games don't sell well. Thats why they keep making them right? Because they love them low sales.

Man your stupid.

Drkr_Zen
Drkr_Zen

@metallinatus @Drkr_Zen Good point, but that was also Retro Studios behind that... they've been non-stop awesomeness since 2002. Nintendo's hit n' miss on a constant basis. 

Martyr77
Martyr77

@Sevenizz  If you love Titanfall why aren't you actually playing it? Oh yeah....it sucks.

metallinatus
metallinatus

@Sevenizz Titan? I am pretty sure there is a game with that word in the name.... but I can't remember which one.... I haven't heard about it since its release....

hystavito
hystavito

@ArabrockermanX @Jestersmiles I have only played a tiny bit of a Dynasty Warriors game way back, so I don't know much about them.  The question is, do they normally have online multiplayer?

LordTrexGuy
LordTrexGuy

@metallinatus @Sevenizz Chill guys, he's saying that he finally managed to recruit a Titan in Age of Mythology, I mean it was really hard and all, paying a thousand in each resource.

ArabrockermanX
ArabrockermanX

@hystavito @ArabrockermanX @Jestersmiles Don't know I have no interest in DW games(including this one). 


My guess is this game was given a short time for development, it isn't a big seller I doubt anyone was/is expecting it to break the million mark. If a game like this had online it would be one of those slapped on deals that just piss people off(see Spec Ops: The Line).

presauk
presauk

@Thanatos2k @WolfGrey @TroyTrojanGamer @MXVIII I don't know if they are incompetent where online play is concerned considering how they seem to manage it just fine on their hand held systems. Virtually ever 1st party DS/3DS title has online play and the DS itself has a slew of social features to go with it. Nintendo seems to see hand helds as the platform on which to evolve a networked player base. On the other hand nintendo sees consoles as something on which to extend the experience of hand held play and as a means to provide players with a local multiplayer experience. I sincerely believe they could do competent online multiplayer with consoles but their attitude to the function of a console is outdated.