Ghirahim and Zant are playable in Hyrule Warriors because of fan feedback
It sounds like Koei Tecmo wasn’t always planning on having Ghirahim and Zant playable in Hyrule Warriors. Youske Hayashi, one of the game’s producers, told Game Informer this month that the team “originally thought of them strictly as enemy characters”. However, Koei Tecmo ended up including Ghirahim and Zant on the roster “in response to people who wanted to try playing as them”.
The addition of cuccos is another element that made its way into Hyrule Warriors thanks to fans. Hayashi teased, “They will appear during battle, and you’ll have to play the game for yourself to see what will happen.”