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Hyrule Warriors launching Sept. 26, will let you play as Zelda and Midna

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Hyrule Warriors, the upcoming Wii U game that brings together the Legend of Zelda and Dynasty Warriors franchises, will be released Sept. 26 in North America, Nintendo announced today during its Digital Event from E3 2014.

The game plays like a Dynasty Warriors title, with multiple battles going down at once; you'll get alerts for each of them and can roam around the battlefield to help out your allies. Hyrule Warriors' bosses will show up in different places, and as in the Zelda games, players will have to think carefully about how to defeat them.

Both Midna, the impish creature who starred in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, and Princess Zelda herself will be playable in Hyrule Warriors, the developers confirmed. They join the previously announced cast of Link and Impa. In a presentation, the developers also reiterated the two-player capabilities of the game: One person can play on the television, and another can use the GamePad.

"Since this collaboration was a first of its kind, we were able to make it a great game that's like a celebration of both franchises," said Hisashi Koinuma, general producer on Hyrule Warriors at developer Tecmo Koei Games.