Fans of the original Hyrule Warriors will no doubt have been following the progress of the 3DS "update" Hyrule Warriors Legends with intense interest, questioning just what all the fuss is about and - most importantly of all - if the game is actually worth bothering with if you've already bested the Wii U edition.
With the western release date fast approaching, Nintendo has seemingly latched onto such uncertainty, as it has issued a press release which neatly sums up what Legends brings to the table - for new fans and existing owners of the Wii U original alike.
Take it away, Nintendo:
Hyrule Warriors: Legends comes with two new exclusive stories: a four-chapter epilogue based on The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, and a five-chapter story based on series newcomer Linkle, a dual-crossbow-wielding Cucco farmer who believes her heirloom compass means that she's destined for greater things. Linkle isn't the only new addition to the series, as Toon Link, Tetra and King Daphnes from The Wind Waker, and the mischievous Skull Kid from The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask also make their debut. As a special bonus for fans of the original Wii U game, all new copies of Hyrule Warriors: Legends will come with a code that allows players to download these new characters to Hyrule Warriors on Wii U.
Another addition comes in the form of My Fairy Mode. This time around, when players explore Adventure Mode there are fairies to be found, each of whom can be levelled up to bestow additional benefits in battle across all modes. By feeding them and dressing them in new costumes, players can increase their trust, change their personality traits, or strengthen their Fairy Magic. They can even be rented to friends through Local Play, allowing them to take advantage of their skills for up to 24 hours.
We've already looked at the topic of which 3DS you should play this game on, but Nintendo has taken the time to point out that owners of the New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS XL will benefit from "an enhanced experience made possible by the additional horsepower and features of those systems, such as the ability to control the camera via the C Stick."
It's also pointed out that New Nintendo 3DS owners - as well as those original 3DS gamers who have invested in the NFC Reader/Writer accessory - can use Zelda-themed amiibo to "generate more powerful versions of previously-unlocked weapons for their respective characters." One such amiibo is the Wolf Link figure which will release alongside The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD; scan this into the game and Midna or Twili Midna will receive more powerful weapons.
Hyrule Warriors Legends launches in Europe on the 24th March and North America a day later.