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Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition
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Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition

A graphical boost and tons of content makes this the best version of Hyrule Warriors yet.

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As we’ve learned from Bethesda and their thousand releases of Skyrim, bringing the same game to multiple platforms can be lucrative. I’m not even complaining, since even in case of Skyrim we saw improvements like graphical revisions and even VR support in later releases – even a portable version for the Switch. Speaking of Nintendo, they’re another company that excel at this kind of thing, bringing out everything under the sun in new and improved form on the Switch.

The latest example: Hyrule Warriors, originally a Wii U release that also found its way to the 3DS as Hyrule Warriors Legends and is now joining the Switch lineup as Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition.

Haven’t played the previous releases? No worries, you’re good to go here. This is basically Zelda meets the army-slaughtering action of Dynasty Warriors. You’ve got a vast and impressive cast of characters, each with unique weapons and upgradable stats, and you’re going to go through various Zelda-style stages using those weapons and stats to lay waste to thousands upon thousands of monsters at a time. It’s a pretty straightforward idea that’s executed spectacularly well here – it’s got all that Nintendo charm and all that Warriors bloodthirstiness all at once.

The real wins with this version include the graphics, which are great in handheld mode and fantastic while the Switch is docked, and the absolutely absurd amount of content that’s available. This release includes all the DLC for Hyrule Warriors, making for an insane number of characters, scenarios and weapons to check out. If this one gets its hooks into you, you won’t want to stop, and thanks to how much it offers you probably won’t have to. You’ve got your story mode, you’ve got your adventure mode, you’ve got your fairy raising minigame, you’ve got your co-op play…there’s just a lot to do here.

As mentioned, Hyrule Warriors looks about as good as it’s going to on the Switch. If you’re going to play in handheld mode then you’re taking a framerate drop in return, but it still looks massively better than Hyrule Warriors Legends on the 3DS. Docked mode, meanwhile, is pretty smooth and looks impressive all around. I’ve heard rumors that docking and undocking the system while playing might cause issues with this one, though, so you might just want to pick an option and stick with it.

If you’ve already played through the whole of Hyrule Warriors twice, you might be understandably reluctant to do it again. Newcomers, though, should seriously consider picking up Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition. The sheer amount of content that’s available is impressive. Combine that with the polished gameplay, classic Warriors feel and Zelda fanservice all over the place and you’ve got yet another solid Switch title.