'Hyrule Warriors' DLC Unleashes a Playable Ganon

Hyrule Warriors Ganon DLC

The new open world Zelda experience may still lack a launch date, but that doesn't mean the heroes of Hyrule aren't staying busy. Between the recent launch of The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D and the Wii U's Hyrule Warriors shipping over a million units, there has been plenty to keep fans of the Zelda universe busy in the past few months. That said, the Dynasty Warriors-inspired Zelda game will continue to grow next week with the help of an expansion that will give players access to the biggest baddie in all of Hyrule – Ganon.

This upcoming expansion pack for Hyrule Warriors launches next week in Japan and will reach western gamers on March 12, 2015. The new big attractions in the Boss Pack are a Boss Challenge mode and the opportunity to play as Link's nemesis, Ganon, with the big bad taking on his beast form in Hyrule Warriors in an effort to slaughter whatever the armies of Hyrule have to throw at him.

Boss Challenge mode allows players to skip the filler missions and jump straight to a series of boss fights. Heroes can set records and unlock special items by defeating the bosses in standalone missions, and all of the content included in the fourth DLC pack will be available for $2.99 – unless consumers want to fork over $19.99 for the Hero of Hyrule Pack (which is basically a season pass).

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In other Hyrule Warriors news, the game is about to receive a patch that will address some existing issues and implement a few changes. Here are the notes for Patch 1.6.0:

  • Max level raised
  • New mixture potions added
  • New medals added
  • Challenge mode expanded
  • Score recording function added
  • Challenge scenarios added
  • Bug that extends load times when entering battles fixed

At just $2,99, it's going to be pretty hard to turn down this DLC pack. The Wii U may still be lacking a large volume of best-selling games, but Nintendo has been doing a great job making its existing lineup of titles stay relevant with very affordable DLC packs. Much like Mario Kart's cheap access to extra skins, roads, and vehicles; Hyrule Warriors fans are being reminded of the game every month through new pieces of content.

Plenty of consumers are still waiting impatiently for the launch of another Nintendo flagship-exclusive like Zelda, Star Fox, or maybe Metroid; but existing Wii U owners have plenty of additional content for Smash Bros., Hyrule Warriors, and Mario Kart to keep us busy for another few months.

Do you think that Nintendo has been delivering enough DLC content to keep its small stable of high quality Wii U games relevant? Do you plan to purchase the upcoming Hyrule Warriors DLC pack?

The Hyrule Warriors Boss Pack will be available for download on the Wii U on March 12, 2015.

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