Already a hit on the Wii U, Nintendo is bringing its Legend of Zelda action spin-off to its 3DS handheld.
As part of large-scale changes in the business strategy at Nintendo, the company is exploring a host of new avenues for bringing its beloved gaming icons to players. Hyrule Warriors is one such title, originally developed for the Wii U and released in 2015, but now coming in enhanced form to the 3DS as Hyrule Warriors Legends. Developed in partnership with Koei Tecmo, the game merges that studio’s flagship Dynasty Warriors franchise, with Nintendo’s own iconic adventure series, The Legend of Zelda.
The result is a title that keeps the high-octane, multi-combo, arcade action of the Dynasty Warriors series, but themes it all to The Legend of Zelda and its world, Hyrule. Famous characters, enemies, items and locations from The Legend of Zelda are present, and while the game primarily follows the 3D fighting-focused, “lead an army to victory” gameplay of Dynasty Warriors, additional exploration and puzzle elements are added to make the merger of these two otherwise disparate series more complete.
For its port to the 3DS, the gameplay has remained more-or-less intact, with the added bonus of the bottom touchscreen helping with navigation and inventory management, as well as allowing players to switch between characters on-the-fly. The 3DS version includes all of the DLC released for the Wii U version of the game, five new characters (Tetra, King Daphnes, Toon Link, Skull Kid and Linkle) and two new story chapters. On the latter, one is inspired by The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker, while the other is based on the all new character Linkle, a female version of hero Link previously unseen in Nintendo’s catalogue of titles.
Hyrule Warriors Legends is a big game that offers plenty of value.
- JB HIFI: $59.00
- EB Games: $59.95
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