Hyrule Warriors: Legends will release exclusively for Nintendo 3DS on March 24.
After Hyrule Warriors took the Wii U by storm, it’s no surprise that the 3DS would get a look into those large-scale battles. The 3DS ‘Legends’ version of Hyrule Warriors comes complete with new abilities: Command and switch seamlessly between up to four characters on the battlefield, play as five new characters, and enjoy two new and exclusive storylines.
If you’ve spent long hours reading the Hyrule Historia then you’ll be familiar with The Legend of Zelda’s sprawling timeline. Legend mode sees players take on hordes of enemies as they relive classic Zelda games reimagined in the style of Koei Tecmo’s long-running “Warriors” series.
When a sorceress by the name of Cia rips time and space apart, Link must team up with Impa, Sheik, and The White Sorceress Lana to save Hyrule in battles inspired by The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, and The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. Players will have to strategically switch between up to four characters as the tides of battle command.
Hyrule Warriors: Legends also comes with two new exclusive stories: a four-chapter epilogue based on The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, and a five-chapter story based on series newcomer Linkle, a dual-crossbow-wielding Cucco farmer who believes her heirloom compass means that she’s destined for greater things.
Linkle isn’t the only new addition to the series, as Toon Link, Tetra and King Daphnes from The Wind Waker, and the mischievous Skull Kid from The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask also make their debut.
As a special bonus for fans of the original Wii U game, all new copies of Hyrule Warriors: Legends will come with a code that allows players to download these new characters to Hyrule Warriors on Wii U. Characters transferred to Hyrule Warriors on Wii U are only available for use in Adventure Mode and Free Mode. Codes will also allow players to unlock Ganondorf’s new trident weapon.
Check out Skull Kid in action on YouTube:
My Fairy Mode
Another addition comes in the form of My Fairy Mode. This time around, when players explore Adventure Mode there are fairies to be found, each of whom can be levelled up to bestow additional benefits in battle across all modes.
By feeding them and dressing them in new costumes, players can increase their trust, change their personality traits, or strengthen their Fairy Magic. They can even be rented to friends through Local Play, allowing them to take advantage of their skills for up to 24 hours.
No matter which Nintendo 3DS family system Hyrule Warriors: Legends is played on, there is plenty of action for both new and returning players.
Those who play the game on a New Nintendo 3DS or New Nintendo 3DS XL system can enjoy an enhanced experience made possible by the additional horsepower and features of those systems, such as the ability to control the camera via the C Stick.
New Nintendo 3DS owners – as well as those with access to the NFC Reader/Writer accessory for other Nintendo 3DS family systems – will also be able to use amiibo based on The Legend of Zelda characters to generate more powerful versions of previously-unlocked weapons for their respective characters.
This includes the new Wolf Link amiibo that will be available in a special bundle with The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD, which will bestow these more powerful weapons onto Midna or Twili Midna.
Hyrule Warriors: Legends will also release as a Limited Edition, featuring a copy of the game and a compass watch replica of Linkle’s family heirloom compass. Last but not least, March 24 will also see the release of the New Nintendo 3DS XL Hyrule Edition in Australia and New Zealand.
If you’re a long time Zelda fan or looking to catch up on old classics, there are now quite a few available on the 3DS via the Nintendo eShop.
- The Legend of Zelda, Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
- The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening DX
- The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
- The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages
- The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons
- The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
- The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D
- The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes
- Hyrule Warriors: Legends.