An Early Review: Hyrule Warriors Legends

Nintendo is at it again with another Hyrule Warriors game. This time, it is for the Nintendo 3DS and it is definitely receiving mixed reviews, so here’s a look at my take on it.

First off, let’s establish what this game is and isn’t.

It is NOT your typical Legend of Zelda game with intricate puzzles to solve and temples to explore. It is a Dynasty Warriors game with a coat of Legend of Zelda paint on it.

Now that we have that out of the way, let’s talk about the game play.

This game does run very similar to the Wii U version of Hyrule Warriors. You have a loose story where Link needs to save the world by destroying thousands upon thousands of enemies with a single swing of your sword. You literally control the tide of battle by decisions you make on the battlefield.

I don’t know what it is, but it is very satisfying to have your attacks so overly powerful that it sends enemies flying back hundreds of yards. To quote Josh Wittenkeller, better known as TheJwittz on YouTube, “this game is just a lot of dumb fun.”

This type of game is better suited being a handheld game. I like both versions but I think I’m I like the 3DS version more.

The biggest gripe about this game is the graphics and how they differ from the old 3DS and the New 3DS. I played this game on my New 3DS and while the graphics aren’t perfect (I mean, it is a handheld game), they do suffice.

Next, we come to what I think is the game’s strongest aspect: the roster of players.

Everyone returns from the WII U version of the game. However, there are several new faces in the fray this time around with Toon Link, Tetra and the King of Hyrule to better represent the Wind Waker. Skull Kid from Majora’s Mask joins as well as a new player called Linkle, who is a female version of Link and uses two crossbows in battle.

Side note, she is a lot of fun to play and easy to start using.

What also makes these new players fun is the 3DS version provides you with a code to get all five of these characters on the Wii U version.

This next part contains a bit of spoilers so proceed at your own caution. The story for this game, as mentioned, is not the best but what can you expect from a game centered on fighting and destroying monsters.

However, the story is a bit different than what is on the original game. The story follows the same format but includes two different lines: a story on Linkle and her trip to Hyrule Castle and a line where a portal to the era of the Wind Waker is opened.

To add to the changes in the stories, there are a few improved game mechanics as well. First, there is a component that allows you to switch among players on the field. Don’t want to go across the battlefield as Link? Then click on Impa, who is much closer to your desired destination, and control her.

There is also another aspect that allows you to send players you don’t control to a certain location and they will begin their trek to meet up with you or what not. All these new aspects are made possible by using the touch screen on the 3DS.

While this game has received a lot of hate, I don’t think it’s warranted. Yes, the graphics could use some touching up, but the gameplay is still the same “dumb fun” I fell in love with on the WII U version of the game.

As a whole, I recommend this game to all but understand, it may not be your cup of tea. However, it is a lot of fun.


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