- System: Nintendo Switch
- Publisher: Nintendo
- Developer: Koei Tecmo Games
- Release Date: May 18, 2018
- Rating: T for Teen
- Genre: Action, Adventure
- Players: 1-2
- Official Website: https://www.zelda.com/hyrule-warriors/
Who it Caters to
What to Expect
Assuming for a moment that you’re new to Hyrule Warriors, let’s explain what you’ll be doing. Unlike the adventure elements of The Legend of Zelda games before, Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition is all about amassing tons of kills and unleashing beautiful special attacks with a few button presses. Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition is a musou game so that right there should tell you whether you’re going to want this title or not. However, if you’re on the fence about it, we can at least talk about what we liked—and didn’t like—about our time with Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition.
Gameplay wise, players enter various battlefields which look similar to The Legend of Zelda game’s numerous settings and kill enemies as well as take bases. The only time the formula changes slightly is when a boss or a high ranked enemy appears—which also will be familiar to Zelda fans—when you have to do a bit of dodging and weaving to survive, especially on the harder difficulties. Legend Mode—the primary mode you’ll probably enter in when playing Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition—is where you follow Link’s tale as he fights against Ganondorf’s new army and proves himself to be the true hero of time. Legend Mode is a solid experience that offers up a dozen hours of gameplay alone as you gain levels, strengthen Link and his allies you gain and experience a solid story that feels pretty good for a non-canon Zelda tale.
Outside of Legend Mode, there is Free Mode, Adventure Mode, and Challenge Mode. Free Mode allows players to use any hero on maps beaten in Legend Mode to level them up and just see some other characters outside of the Legend Mode set ones. Adventure Mode puts a retro spin on Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition making the game look like The Legend of Zelda from the past—at least on a map perspective—that tasks players with exploring a large map and defeating various challenges along the way. Challenge Mode ends off the main gameplay modes by having players undergo various situations such as kill 800 enemies as fast as possible or fight numerous bosses one after another. Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition has a ton of content that will keep musou fans happy for at least 40+ hours or more.
Graphically, Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition doesn’t do much different than the Wii U version. While clearly Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition has been polished a bit more for the Nintendo Switch, there are still some weaker environments here and there. Yet, the trade off is that unlike the very laggy Nintendo Wii U version, Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition on the Nintendo Switch runs silky smooth almost 98% of the time. We only had some minor issues here and there, but it was so minimal in comparison to the Wii U version, and that was in docked and portable mode. The soundtrack also returns strong too but that shouldn’t be a surprise to Zelda fans.
Now if we have any complaints, they come in the form of the still very repetitive gameplay—which should be obvious since it’s a musou game—the split screen multiplayer and the odd returning fairy mode. Like all musou games, your enjoyment of Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition will wane if you can’t find enjoyment out of constantly hitting the same buttons over and over again to kill enemies over and over again too. Yet, this is a comment we direct towards non-musou game fans as most will still love the action orientated elements of Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition. The multiplayer, while great on the TV—split screen wise—isn’t so great on the same screen if you’re in portable mode. This shouldn’t be a surprise and it’s not like we don’t give props to the developers for including it, but if you’re looking for multiplayer here, stay on the TV screen in docked mode. Lastly, we just wish to mention Fairy Mode—a feature that returns from the Nintendo 3DS version of Hyrule Warriors—as it still feels unneeded and kind of tacked on. If you love raising a fairy and customizing it with different apparel—and need it to help you in fights—then you’ll enjoy this mode, but for most, it will be something you skip past without a second thought.
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
- Improved visuals and framerate
- All the DLC included
- 29 playable characters
- Still an amazing musou game through and through
- Love the remixes of classic Zelda songs
- 1-2 players on the same screen was a good idea…
- One screen multiplayer is way too small to be enjoyable
- Can get insanely repetitive
- Fairy mode still seems a bit unneeded