Hyrule Warriors Legends aims to catch lightning in the bottle, converting the excitement that surrounded the Wii U original into strong sales to the far larger 3DS userbase. Of course, that original title was jam packed with paid DLC, and Nintendo has now confirmed that the portable iteration will add more DLC of its own.
Though Legends includes all of the Wii U game's DLC and new characters - including a side-story starring Linkle - Nintendo's now announced a Season Pass to launch with the game, which will give access to four DLC packs. Those packs are all due in 2016 and no pricing was given; it will be an option to purchase them individually, too. The season pass does come with a free Ganondorf outfit, though.
As expected copies of the 3DS game will come with a download code that can be used to access the new characters - but not new missions - in the Wii U original. There will be some free DLC in both versions, too, with Medli (from The Wind Waker) being added in both versions.
We're slightly surprised that Legends - with so much content and included DLC from the original - will have its own paid DLC. Nintendo and Koei Tecmo are clearly keen to make a big financial success of the portable version.
This makes up for the late Fates release.
Not sure how to feel about all this. I want to get a couple characters for Wii U version. Is it going to cost full retail 3DS game to do it? Or will they relent eventually? Also... I want whole new missions. Maybe it will just take time to do the missions? Or do we have to wait for Hyrule Warriors NX?
I wasn't sure what make of the season pass at first. It almost seems unneeded... but, if the content is as good as the first one (and maybe if some / all of the content is transferable to the Wii U version), then it should be some good stuff
@Grumblevolcano There you are. Congrats on Fates getting dated.
Is that Ganondorf going to be a new amiibo, he looks great.
I am more SUPER EXCITED! This game is fabulous on my Girlfriend's Japanese NEW 3dsXL and ..wait! what? MORE CONTENT? YAY!
@rjejr That AMiibo would be fab!
@aaronsullivan I think they have to sell that DLC for Wii U, too much money left on the table otherwise.
I'm also batting 1000% wrong with Nintendo today, so no.
Though if I were them, might be something to announce at E3. They at least have to let the 3DS version sell for a month to be fair for dual purchasers.
@rjejr Yeah, I felt the same way. They'll get the DLC money later and wait. I just lost faith a bit and wondered if they'd really return to bring it all to the Wii U version or just move on.
I'm so with you. I'm done with good games going to 3DS and now new 3DS. I'm ready for the new NX era in which all this happens much, much less. Hopefully.
Am I the only one kinda annoyed by this all on the 3ds but not Wii U? I bought the Wii U version for 60 only to learn a year and a half later I could've just waited and gotten all the Wii U dlc and more for the same price.
Tried out the 3DS demo a minute ago, and it was my first actual time with either iteration of HW. Can't say I was disappointed!
@Yorumi Aha, I definately hear you on that one. I plan to pay for a portion of this game when my roommate buys it in exchange for the code for the Wii U version of the content.
@Yorumi Yeah I know, I'm not terribly broken up about that. Mostly just want to play the game as the Skull Kid and King Daphnes.
Holy crap this game & DLC!!
Already see myself in the future buying it though...
Would be kind of neat if the last pack or 2 was based off of Zelda Wii U. Can't imagine there would be many characters left other then from the NES/SNES/GB games or the most obscure choices....
They better not screw Wii U users out of the new characters
I won't buy again, if they release all the dlc for the Wii U I do pay, but buy again as a game nope.
I do want this game but I'm not sure right now if I want to double dip just for extra characters. While I think Linkle is cool I can youtube her story sections. Ugh what to do what to do.
@Frank90 but it's basically dlc with a free game. You could buy all the Wii U DLC characters (3 of them) in a bundle for $20. Yet Hyrule Warriors Legends comes with 5 bonus characters (6 if count Medli) for $40. That's like getting twice the number of characters for exactly twice the price AND you get a "free game" to go with the DLC.
How is that bad?
i hope they release the season pass for preorder or whatever for the wiiu as well.
Someone should make one of those
"I can't hold all these" pics.
Except with Hyrule Warriors characters photoshopped in.
I loved HW and I have a N3dsXL so this will be a day 1 buy for me. I actually refrained from the DLC on HW because I had so much other stuff to play. I think I will buy that DLC now and add the Wind Waker characters to the main Wii U game. The game looks fun on portable but I have no idea how people can play it with a regular system. IGN did a test with both and the original 3DS struggled but the N3DS was fine. Perhaps this should have been an exclusive? Anyway, I will pick this game up.
This might be the first ever season pass I buy.
I'm done with this repetitive series after just one game so I don´t really care. I played HW more than five times enough.
I was wondering whether to get the 3DS or Wii U version (or neither). If the 3DS version has all the Wii U characters and a fair price for the season pass, then the 3DS one will be hard to resist.
@Ryu_Niiyama You might as well double dip with this game.
I know one person who is double double-dipping and with two Limited Editions of both games no less...
@Alundra-1998 Haha, I'll wait until we get closer to release. I just bought Kamen Rider Battride war II and warriors of Arslan so I have plenty of Warriors gameplay to tide me over for a bit. Plus I really, really don't want to have to restart that game on inferior hardware. If you can import saves its a day one purchase for me but if not I'll have to think about it some more.
The (Groose) only (Groose) character (Groose) I (Groose) want (Groose) is (Groose) Nabooru.
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@crimsontadpoles Well unless you don't have a New 3DS/New 3DS XL (the game played on the 3DS/3DS XL/2DS is a laggy mess).
Looks good but I'd have preferred if all the new stuff was just dlc for the Wii U version, which I am only getting around to playing now. I also can't help but feel this will be a lot less comfortable to play with the 3DS buttons compared to my Pro Controller.
Many people used to say that Nintendo was better than Microsoft and Sony because of not having things like paid DLC, season passes... Now Nintendo has all that plus the amiibo.
I don't own HW yet but it is the sort of game I'd rather play on the big screen. I just really really hope that after Legends has had its run; they'll release either a full DLC update for the Wii I version with all of Legend's content (for a cost) or even a new Grand Legend Edition for Wii U.
I think I'll just buy the download codes on eBay rather than rebuy the whole game again on the 3DS.
@Angelic_Lapras_King I wouldn't worry about running out of characters. The roster so far mostly draws from the 3D console iterations. Off the top of my head, you have Aganhim, Vaati, Linebeck, Byrne, Ravio, Hilda, and Phantom Zelda as characters that would interest people. Not to mention that even the 3D iterations aren't dry yet. We'd need Nanooru, Groose, and others like them.
I'm getting this. I never bought the Wii U version and paid DLC doesn't bother me. It's optional for a reason. I get where the people who have the Wii U game are coming from though.
I have yet to purchase HW for Wii U. I haven't because they continue to announce DLC, and I will not pay the amount their asking for.
@LUIGITORNADO The base game for Hyrule Warriors is $59.99 and the DLC as a bundle is $19.99. For the cost there where several characters and quite a few maps included. I plan to pickup the 3DS version at launch, though I'm slightly hesitant to pay possibly another $19.99 for it's season pass. I suppose more details will be forthcoming and the character content (at a minimum) will transfer onto the Wii U.
@Salnax @Angelic_Lapras_King then there's also a whole lot of 2d games with tons of popular characters to choose from.
For example... Marin, Maple, Syrup, Crazy Tracy, Mosh, Ricky, Dimitri, Ralph, Error, Veran, Onox, (human) Vaati, Nayru, Din, (Farore maybe, but nobody cares about her), Rosa the Subrosian, Ezlo, even the old man from the first game, old Impa, fat Impa, etc....
I got the demo on my normal 3DS and... that framerate was just blargh. At this point, I'd rather just have them release all that DLC for the Wii U version as well. At least only the characters, I don't need the incredibly difficult DLC maps.
Who at Koei Tecmo decided it was a good idea to make A ranking based on the number of hearts lost instead of a percentage of hearts lost? There is barely any reason to collect heart containers! End of rant
Normally season passes piss me off, but Nintendo has proven that it knows how to do DLC right, and if you have a proven track record, I'm fine with season passes.
Soo... let me get this straight. The WIi U Version costs more than the 3DS version, but gets less stuff? Then what about the person who bought Hyrule Warriors day one, and didn't get any of the DLC?
"Thanks for buying our game early! Now we're releasing a cheaper version months later with more content!"
Like, imagine if they did that with Smash. Smash Wii U releases with no DLC. SSB3DS releases with all the DLC, for $40, months later. Nothing for the Wii U owners. Seems like a lousy way to rewards your customers. Then again, I never bought Hyrule Warriors because it looked like an over-flashy hack-and-slash. My brother got it and I played it briefly with no trouble hacking and slashing my way to boredom.
I want that Ganondorf as an amiibo, also i want that costume on the WiiU version. D=
ah man, even MORE characters?! Insanity!!
But free Medli, I'll download that (on Wii u)!
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