2020 has been a small year for Nintendo fans. This is mainly because of current world events, but it is still a far cry from their release schedule from last year. However, this year has still had top-selling releases such as Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Paper Mario: Origami King, and Super Mario: 3D-All Stars. However, so far, Nintendo has not released any Zelda games. We have not received any news about the Breath of the Wild sequel announced over a year ago, but we did receive BIG news about the franchise.
This morning, Nintendo revealed a prequel to Breath of the Wild, set in the style of Hyrule Warriors. The game is set 100 years before BOTW, meaning we get to play through the battle that starts the story of BOTW. The game, titled Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, has been developed by Koei Tecmo with input from Nintendo. The game uses the same style of Breath of the Wild, meaning that this game will tide all of us Zelda fans until BOTW 2 releases in the next few years.
The game uses the cel-shaded graphics of BOTW and the combat system of Hyrule Warriors. However, in the trailer, fighting elements of Breath of the Wild seem to be part of the game’s combat. These include: bullet time, bombs, and runes. This game is looking to be a big holiday release for Nintendo.
Hyrule Warriors came out for Nintendo’s ill-fated console, the Wii U, with a port in 2015 to the 3DS, and a port in 2018 to the Nintendo Switch.
The style of both games are a 1 against 1000 battle hack and slash game, with multiple characters to choose from. In this new game, Age of Calamity, players will get to finally play as the champions, Mipha, Daruk, Ravali, and Urbosa, alongside characters like Princess Zelda and Link.
The game will feature the enemies in Breath of the Wild, such as Lynels, Moblins, Bokoblins, and Guardians, along with characters from the first game like, King Rhoam, Impa and others.
Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity will release November 20, 2020 for $60 USD exclusively for Nintendo Switch.
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