A memorable non-human character from Ocarina of Time is entering the Hyrule Warriors battle.

Darunia is a tough leader, but many (or at least myself) remember him as the music-loving doorway protector of Ocarina of Time.

I got a chance to play as Darunia in Hyrule Warriors, and the fanciful spirit, balanced with a strength and the desire to protect his Goron brethren we saw in Ocarina of Time, translates well to Hyrule Warriors' button-mashing super battles.

Darunia is slower than any of the other fighters I have seen and played as in Hyrule Warriors so far. He carries a massive hammer emblazoned with an image the Spiritual Stone of Fire (just like his tattoo) and he slams it into enemies who get in his way. When he does need to get from point A to B a little quicker, he can roll up into a ball (as Gorons are known to do) for a quick burst of speed.

I built up Darunia’s special meter as I fought enemies in a huge underground lava area, excited to see what his special move looked like. Unleashing his attack begins with a quick dance break as he reenacts his dancing scene from Ocarina of Time, and then he unleashes his special, destroying pretty much anyone nearby.

He’s whimsical and powerful, all at once. Hyrule Warriors releases exclusively on Wii U on September 26.

Still want to know more about Hyrule Warriors? Take a look at my interview with the game's producers, including Eiji Aonuma, here.