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Gamers are plugging away at Hyrule Warriors with the game now having been officially released in Japan. And one player has already managed to obtain what appears to be Link’s final weapon. As this falls into spoiler territory, you’ll need to head past the break for more.

Update: Kotaku has a slightly clearer shot of the “female Link” page, and notes that the character was “devised as being sister-like”. That should clarify things once and for all!

Some fans in Japan have already gotten their hands on the special Hyrule Warriors art book. And thankfully for us, a few images have already popped up online.

The photos are a bit fuzzy, but they do seem to reveal some interesting information. What’s been receiving the most attention today is the “female Link” design. It seems that this was an original character named “Linklu” or “Linkel”.

The beginning of the text states “Hero Link’s girl […]”. This has led some to speculate that the character would have been Link’s child.

There are plenty of other noteworthy bits from the art book as well. One of the pages mentions that a white fairy was an early design for Lana. Meanwhile, there was a black fairy imagined during the early design stages for Cia.

Continuing on the topic of characters, in the concept art, there was a spirit-like woman who helped Link. The text wonders what her real form or identity would be. It seems to be an original character that was scrapped from Hyrule Warriors.

Head past the break for some smallish spoilers from the relationship chart and a quote about Zelda’s design!

Hyrule Warriors won’t be out in Japan until later this week, but someone has posted an off-screen video showing the game’s final stage. I personally wouldn’t suggest watching it if you have interest in the game. Still, you can continue on below if you’re truly interested in checking out the last level!

As part of a new event from Denjin Gacha, Hyrule Warriors will be featured in a live-stream this Thursday. Producer Yosuke Hayashi and director Furusawa Masaki will be on hand to show off the game.

Those with Niconico accounts will be able to watch the stream here. The event kicks off at 8 AM ET / 5 AM PT. You can find your local time here.


Famitsu is the first publication with a review of Hyrule Warriors. In the magazine’s most recent issue, four editors handed out 9 / 10 scores for a total of 36 / 40.

But what was actually said by the different reviewers? For those who are curious, you can head past the break for translations of all four verdicts.

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