Nintendo is strategically leaning into the story and lore aspects of Koei Tecmo’s Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity as hard as possible, to emphasize that this is an important part of its The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild canon and you should totally buy it this holiday season. And lemme tell ya somethin’, Mean Gene — it’s working. The latest “Untold Chronicles from 100 Years Past” video reveals Hestu, the giant Korok with whom you interacted in Breath of the Wild, in addition to showing off the likes of Mipha and Purah using their unique skills with Rune powers.
The most striking thing in the video is probably that Hestu has voice acting, and despite being enormous and having a sagacious leaf beard, he still talks like a young boy. From playing Breath of the Wild, we basically knew that would be the case, but it’s still enjoyably silly. I’m sure Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity will have much bigger surprises where that came from in any case. The video does make us wonder how many Koroks are in the game and what effect they might have though.
Lastly, this new Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity trailer adds some new gameplay footage of Mipha, Revali, and Purah doing damage with runes. Mipha does some stabbing followed by summoning an ice block to freeze enemies. Rito stops some enemies in place to rain arrows down on them. And Purah uses magnesis to create a blade to smack a bunch of enemies at once.
Basically, everything Koei Tecmo is doing continues to look really solid ahead of the game’s release date on Nov. 20.