Hyrule Warriors brought “freshness” to the Dynasty Warriors series

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Koei Tecmo producer Akihiro Suzuki has discussed how their opportunity to fuse Dynasty Warriors with Nintendo’s incomparable The Legend of Zelda has brought “some freshness” to the series.

It was December 2013’s Nintendo Direct that saw Hyrule Warriors revealed to the world for the first time, a shift toward more collaborative projects for the series that has since similarly spawned Dragon Quest Heroes with Square Enix.

“Over the years we’ve seen a sales decline,” Suzuki admitted to MCV. “The Dynasty Warriors series is targeted towards the core fans. But we’ve had a few collaborations recently that have given the franchise a second wind because they’ve brought in new fans that hadn’t given Dynasty Warriors a chance.

“So Hyrule Warriors gave the series some freshness. Now our task is to keep the new players happy now that they’ve had a chance to play. But overall with the franchise, we need to keep it fresh, both the Dynasty Warriors and the Samurai Warriors brands.”

Hyrule Warriors is now available exclusively for Wii U worldwide.

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After starting out with a Yellow Game Boy and a copy of Donkey Kong Land, Alex once hid in his room to play The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time one Christmas. Now he shares his thoughts on Nintendo Insider, keeping track of everything to do with Nintendo.

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