Nintendo knows we're excited about Hyrule Warriors, the upcoming Wii U game that blends the action of Tecmo Koei's Dynasty Warriors with the characters of the Zelda games.
As for those "unexpected" playable characters, you were right: Hurulean Captain Impa makes her debut as a playable character with her huge sword. They're teasing that other characters will make an appearance, each with signature weapons and animations.
The first stage of the game is Hyrule Field, where Link must defend or reclaim areas by fighting hoards of enemies. Sorceress Cia is a new enemy, but old standbys like Bokoblins and Lizalfos will also make their appearance.
Be sure to check out the three super badass images in our gallery.