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Hyrule Warriors releasing August 14 in Japan

Worldwide release date remains TBA 2014

Tecmo Koei's Dynasty Warriors/Zelda mash-up Hyrule Warriors will release on August 14 in Japan.

Famitsu confirmed the date for the Wii U title in its latest issue, as translated by Siliconera. It was previously set for release in Japan this summer, and sometime this year in the rest of the world.

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Nintendo announced the game in December 2013. Although it is being referred to as Hyrule Warriors, at the time Nintendo said this was a working title.

Tecmo Koei president Yoichi Erikawa has said he expects the game to sell more than 1 million copies worldwide, owing to the popularity of the Zelda franchise.

In further efforts to capitalize on its intellectual property, Nintendo announced a new near-field communication platform for Wii U and 3DS called Nintendo Figurine Platform (NFP). Speaking during the company's annual financial results briefing, president Satoru Iwata told investors:

"To establish new and growing areas through the active utilization of character IP, it is important for Nintendo to take risks ourselves and come up with interesting ways to use our character IP."

Although currently the Wii U is the only Nintendo hardware with a NFC reader/writer functionality, support will be introduced for the 3DS family of handhelds in the first half of 2015.

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