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Hyrule Warriors pre-order DLC includes knitted Zelda scarf

Nintendo offering range of exclusive pre-order incentives for the first time

Nintendo is offering pre-order DLC for the first time in the company's history, with those who buy Hyrule Warriors early receiving a handful of possible bonus items.

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Across the UK and Europe, those who pre-order Hyrule Warriors will receive a real-life replica of Link's sky-blue scarf.

In the US the offer is more complex. Alternate costumes for certain characters will be available as pre-order DLC from a variety of retailers, and Nintendo has suggested these alternate costumes will tie in with previous Zelda games such as Ocarina of Time, Twilight Princess and Skyward Sword.

Meanwhile, Club Nintendo members who buy the game within four weeks will be able to download a set of alternate Ganondorf costumes (from Ocarina of Time and Twilight Princess) for free. This deal is only available to those who register the game on Club Nintendo within four weeks of the game's release date.

In Japan, those who pre-order will be offered a Triforce clock.

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The Triforce clock pre-order is available in Japan only

The range of pre-order bonuses was revealed during a Nintendo Direct presentation which aired on Tuesday. Among the announcements, Nintendo revealed that Ghirahim and Ganondorf would be playable characters in Koei Tecmo's slash 'em up.

There are now more than a dozen playable characters in the game, including Link, Princess Zelda, Zant, Midna, Ganondorf, Ghirahim, Sheik, Darunia, Agitha, Impa, Princess Ruto, Fi and Lana.

Many of these characters, and their costumes, will be unlocked within the game's Adventure Mode, which takes the original Zelda overworld from the NES and provides a challenge to accept on each grid. The overworld essentially acts as a vast select screen for each challenge, of which there are 128.

Hyrule Warriors is being developed by Dynasty Warriors creators at Koei Tecmo, with supervision from Nintendo. The game will ship on September 19 in Europe and seven days later across North America.

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