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Hyrule Warriors lets you play as Ganondorf, fight with a Chain Chomp

Nintendo and Koei Tecmo's Zelda spin-off action game, Hyrule Warriors, will let Wii U owners play as the bad guys. In a new Nintendo Direct presentation, Nintendo confirmed that Ganondorf will be a playable character, as will Ghirahim from Skyward Sword and Zant from Twilight Princess.

Link will also be able to use one of Mario's longtime enemies, the Chain Chomp, as a weapon. Link previously used a friendly Chain Chomp in The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening as an item.

Ganondorf will have multiple costume options in Hyrule Warriors. Club Nintendo members who register a copy of Hyrule Warriors by Oct. 23 will be able to unlock his Demon King costume set. Other costumes based on Ocarina of Time, Skyward Sword and Twilight Princess will be available for Link and Zelda, but as retailer exclusive pre-order incentives.

Zant, Ghirahim and Ganondorf join Link, Zelda, Darunia, Impa, Fi, Lana, Midna, Shiek, Agitha and Princess Ruto as the confirmed playable characters in Hyrule Warriors.

Hyrule Warriors - Adventure Mode

Nintendo also detailed Hyrule Warriors' adventure mode, which uses the 8-bit visuals of the original The Legend of Zelda for its map. In adventure mode, players will be able to explore the map of Hyrule — using the items from the first Zelda game, like a candle and power bracelet — and complete challenges with unique victory conditions. As players explore the Hyrule map block by block, they'll be able to unlock new playable characters and weapons available only in adventure mode.

Borrowing from another Zelda game, players will also be able to hunt down hidden Skulltulas — the spider-like enemies that were hidden throughout Ocarina of Time — to keep things interesting.

For more, watch the replay of the Hyrule Warriors Nintendo Direct below. The game comes to Wii U on Sept. 19 in Europe and Sept. 26 in North America.

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