As you may know, a lot of the baddies from the Zelda franchise will be playable in Hyrule Warriors. This includes Ghirahim and Zant, the villains from Skyward Sword and Twilight Princess, respectively. However, you may be surprised to hear that this wasn’t always the plan. In a recent interview with Game Informer, producer Youske Hayashi revealed that they were originally going to be just enemies, but they were added to the roster “in response to people who wanted to try playing as them.” Hayashi also revealed that Cuccos were added in because of fan requests. This just goes to show how committed Nintendo and Tecmo Koei are to making this game a love letter to the fans.
Source: Nintendo Everything