Last month, we saw the exclusive launch of the Hyrule Warriors: Legends for the Nintendo 3DS family systems on 24th March. We were lucky to get a chance to test it out it out on the Nintendo 3DS.
After Hyrule Warriors took Wii U by storm, those large-scale battles can now be taken on the go, complete with the new ability to command and switch seamlessly between up to four characters on the battlefield, play as five new characters, and enjoy two new and exclusive storylines.
Experience a sprawling story across The Legend of Zelda timeline in Legend Mode, which 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 changes.
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.
Another addition comes in the form of My Fairy Mode. This time around, when players explore in 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. We personally have not tried that out yet as we don’t have any local friends who have the game.
The graphics on this 3DS is great. Both my children didn’t have the game on 3D for a long time as after some time into their game, it did get uncomfortable for their eyes. Once they start fighting, both of them can’t stop playing it! Controlling the characters is smooth and they get so many hearts and gems to top up their skills.
Both my children enjoyed swapping between the characters by tapping on them during gameplay. It is so easy to move from one character to another.
For new Nintendo 3DS owners – as well as those with access to the NFC Reader/Writer accessory for other Nintendo 3DS family systems – you are also 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 release alongside The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD, which will bestow these more powerful weapons onto Midna or Twili Midna. Unfortunately, we don’t have the amiibo figures to test this out. But these are available in stores!
Overall the storyline is great and easy to follow through. They both enjoy playing it on free mode where they can explore the area and battle those enemies!
Last but not least, 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. For more information, please visit Hyrule Warriors: Legends website https://www.nintendo.co.uk/hyrulewarriorslegends
Disclosure: We received the free code to download for the purposes of writing this review however all thoughts and opinions remain our own. We are part of the Nintendo Family Blogger Network.