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Zelda: Hyrule Warriors screenshots show Impa is playable character

The official Japanese website for Zelda: Hyrule Warriors on the Wii U has just gone live, revealing a new playable character.

Tecmo Koei, the Zelda Wii U publisher, has launched the official website for the game, which has given us some new details about the upcoming title.

Sadly, the majority of the site is in Japanese for now, but there are several things to be gleaned from the 27 brand new screenshots the site has provided us with.

Firstly, the game will let you play as Zelda series regular Impa, as you can see in the screenshots above and below.

We’re not quite sure how and when you’ll be able to play as Impa, as Link is still shown off in the screenshots in a rather fetching blue scarf.

The story will involve Shia the witch turning evil and kidnapping Princess Zelda, but at the moment it’s not clear how Impa will play into this.

The official site also details that the game will offer a two-player mode, where one of you can play on the Wii U GamePad and the other on the TV.

It looks like there will be a Treasure Box Collector’s Edition of Zelda: Hyrule Warrior, which will contain an art book, Triforce-shaped clock, a treasure chest box with sound effects, your very own version of Link’s aforementioned scarf, and three costume-related DLC.

Although the Zelda: Hyrule Warriors release date has been set for August 14 in Japan, there is currently no information as to when the game will arrive in other regions.

To see the screenshots in full, head to the Tecmo Koei Zelda: Hyrule Warriors website.

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