You can play as your favorite ‘Zelda’ villain in ‘Hyrule Warriors’

Ditching the tired “hero saving the universe” persona and going on a spree of chaos and destruction is awesome. Playing as the baddest bad guy of them all is even better.

Nintendo announced that Ganondorf would be a playable character in the upcoming Hyrule Warriors during a Nintendo Direct broadcast on Aug. 4. Nintendo Direct is a direct-to-the-viewer marketing series that keeps fans updated on what Nintendo is up to. 

Legend of Zelda fans have been fighting the evil Ganondorf for almost three decades. If there’s a magical triforce in a Zelda game, Ganondorf has either stolen it or is in a race against time to possess it. Sometimes Ganondorf is a giant, demon pig. Other times he’s just a humanoid, evil wizard.

No matter what Ganondorf is up to, or what he looks like, he’s always completely evil and powerful, and that’s what makes him such a great choice for Hyrule Warriors.

Hyrule Warriors is a themed game in the Dynasty Warriors franchise. Dynasty Warriors games take the “master versus a hundred goons” sequences from martial arts movies and blend them with a territory-control game. 

Ganondorf has been a playable character before in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, and Super Smash Bros. Melee, but Hyrule Warriors feels like a more appropriate setting for the demon wizard. He certainly looks more like a badass than when he’s punching cute cartoon characters in the Super Smash Bros. series.

Hyrule Warriors will be released for the Wii U on Sept. 26.

Screengrab via Nintendo/YouTube

Dennis Scimeca

Dennis Scimeca

Dennis Scimeca was the Daily Dot's gaming reporter until 2016. He loves first-person shooters, role-playing games, and massively multiplayer online games. His work has appeared in Salon, NPR, Ars Technica, Kotaku, Polygon, Gamasutra, GamesBeat, Paste, and Mic.