Review: Hyrule Warriors Legends for the Nintendo 3DS

Hyrule Warriors began as a collaboration between Koei Tecmo and Nintendo launching for Wii U in 2014. This action adventure where the Legend of Zelda meets Dynasty Warriors has been ported to the Nintendo handheld family of 3DS consoles as Hyrule Warriors Legends.

New playable characters have been added, most notably, Linkle. Fans would recognize Linkle as the female version of Link with two pigtails, but she has a different move set and different primary weapons. Instead of wielding a sword and shield, she uses a set of rapid firing crossbows. Oh, and she talks. Other new characters include Wind Waker favorites such as Tetra, King Daphne, and Toon Link. The roster from Hyrule Warriors on the Wii U carries over, leaving players with a total of 24 playable characters.

Linkle joins the party at the same time as blue-haired sorceress Lana. Fans who have played the original Hyrule Warriors on the Wii U would note that Linkle has her own side story in becoming her own hero as her stage splits from the story line and instead extends upwards to introduce another playable character: Majora’s Mask Skull Kid. hyrule-legends-map

As with most upgrades, Hyrule Warriors Legends gives players ease of access. Examples include a new feature that allows one to teleport via ocarina to any unlocked owl statues on the map. The most notable feature is the ability to quick switch through multiple playable characters. Furthermore, you can assign all playable characters to go anywhere on the map, or for a better strategy, pinpoint which targets on the map to either assist or attack. It personally makes for a greater sense of urgency in terms of trying to assign and micromanage all playable characters while being allocated greater control on the battlefield.hyrule-legends-map-assignments

Similar features from the Wii U version include the amiibo functionality with the ability to receive an item a day from tapping in any amiibo or stronger weapons from tapping in Zelda related amiibo. There will be new DLC on Hyrule Warriors for Wii U, as well as DLC for Legends. Additionally, you will be able to transfer your characters to the Wii U and play them on the big screen.

The graphics are decent but nowhere as crisp as the Wii U counterpart. Fans should note that the 3D effect is only available on New 3DS consoles, but even then, it is not very clear. So you may have heard that Hyrule Warriors needs more processing strength to run smoothly, and I have noticed a difference between Legends on my 3DS XL vs my New 3DS XL. Without a doubt, the New 3DS is the better choice to play with. However, I must admit that it is still bearable playing on the standard 3DS XL. I probably wouldn’t have noticed that the title was running slowly until I had the New 3DS XL to compare it with.

Legends is essentially the fan service title for those who appreciate the Zelda as characters from different series are coming into one. If you appreciated Hyrule Warriors for Wii U, chances are, you’ll enjoy this title. There are missions in each level as opposed to just decimating everything, and changing characters which require some welcomed strategic thinking. Now if you’ve never played Hyrule Warriors, then you ought to try Legends with its improvements and portability on the Nintendo 3DS.

Hyrule Warriors Legends launched for the Nintendo 3DS on March 25.


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3 Responses to Review: Hyrule Warriors Legends for the Nintendo 3DS

  1. Iselynne says:

    This sounds great!
    When this was announced I immediately disregarded it as a lazy port, but I realize that I have been very wrong about that. I especially like the news about being able to switch between characters and micromanage them. I’ve missed that in the original.
    When you say that there will be new DLC for both games though, do you mean that the new characters will be available for the Wii U as well at some point? I was so annoyed that Wii U players didn’t seem to get any of the new characters. Hyrule Warriors was my first Wii U game and I loved it, but now I almost feel cheated that I bought the original version first. I desperately want to play as the Red King and Skull Kid! But… do I want it so bad that I’ll buy this game over again? I’m not so sure…

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