Hyrule Warriors has already been confirmed to not feature any kind of traditional online multiplayer. However, that doesn’t mean that the game won’t be using at least some sort of online element.
Hyrule Warriors features an Adventure Mode where online connectivity comes into play, through “Network Link”. According to Producer Yosuke Hayashi, the feature allows players to add a ‘Special Link’ to their maps who is generated based on other players’ user data. Coming to this Link’s aid and fighting alongside him to complete missions will earn players special bonuses.
The Adventure Mode features a ‘Network Link’ feature. This allows you to add a ‘Link’ to your maps whose level is based on other users’ play data. If you come to this Link’s aid and fight alongside him, you’ll get access to special bonuses.
It’s not really traditional multiplayer, but at least it’s something.
Hyrule Warriors’ Adventure Mode was revealed during the recent Nintendo Direct Broadcast. It drops players in a world map that’s a recreated version of the original Legend of Zelda that was released on the NES. Each block on the grid represents a stage with its own challenges. Players must complete these and clear blocks in order to explore further.
Hyrule Warriors is on schedule to release for the Wii U on September 26.