Nintendo has confirmed that a demo for Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity is now available on Switch, following a mini direct the company released earlier today. The demo for Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity allows players to experience the first chapter of the game, with Link, Zelda and Impa being the playable characters. Players have the choice of experiencing the opening chapter alone or play the demo with someone else through local two player co-op.
Nintendo has also confirmed that the progress made in the demo for Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity will carry over to the full release, giving players a bit of a head start. The demo link is below.
Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, a follow up to Hyrule Warriors, is set 100 years before the events of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. It’s coming out for Nintendo Switch on 20th November. Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity builds on the hack and slash action of the first Hyrule Warriors game, but adopts some of the visual stylings of Breath of the Wild. You’ll be able to play as many characters from that game, You battle swarms of enemies to defend Hyrule, while also solving environmental puzzles, unlocking weapons, crafting, and even using the Sheikah Slate.
The first Hyrule Warriors came out for Wii U all the way back in 2014, then as a swansong release for the 3DS that also introduced Linkle, the first female Link. It was an unlikely marriage of genre and game series, but one that worked, with Koei Tecmo able to explore the breadth of the Zelda game series and incorporate numerous characters. By contrast, Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity shifts from the broader franchise to tying in with one of the series’ most successful games to date.
In our original Hyrule Warriors review for Wii U, we said:
“This might not be The Legend of Zelda we know, but it’s a faithful marriage between the Zelda series and the incredibly fun gameplay of the Warriors series. It’s not the next step in the Zelda timeline, but rather an off-kilter non-canon entry which effectively acts as a party with all of your favourite people present. It’s a hell of a lot more niche – only really appealing to Zelda fans who don’t mind a big change in the gameplay style – but Hyrule Warriors is to Zelda what Mario Kart is to the Super Mario series, and that’s brilliant news for dedicated fans.”
Hyrule Warriors was then one of the first Wii U games to be given a fresh release on Nintendo Switch, the newer console able to handle the big battles much better, combining the merits of the Wii U game with some of the additions made for the 3DS version. It’s still a solid shout for fans of the Warriors style hack and slash, and fans of Zelda in general. Might help while away some of the time as we wait for Age of Calamity.