Cadence of Hyrule marks one of the rare times Nintendo has allowed another developer to use its characters, offering a mash-up of Crypt of the NecroDancer mechanics with the familiar songs and sounds of The Legend of Zelda series. Just in case you haven't tried it out for yourself yet, Nintendo and developer Brace Yourself Games have put up a demo.
Cadence of Hyrule was a pleasant surprise from Nintendo this year, showing more flexibility with its characters than usual. While it has allowed larger developers like Ubisoft and Team Ninja to play in its world with games like Mario + Rabbids and Hyrule Warriors, respectively, Crypt of the NecroDancer was a relatively small indie hit by comparison. The crossover paid off, as GameSpot's Cadence of Hyrule review praised its creative rhythm-based way of paying homage to classic Zelda.
"Cadence of Hyrule is a fantastic Zelda game in its own right, even though it adopts the gameplay mechanics of another series," James O'Connor wrote. "Beyond the aesthetics, it nails the satisfying sense of exploration and increasing power, and it revels in the joy of discovery, as all the best Zelda games do. It's an extremely successful melding of two great game series and an experience that makes you feel eager for Nintendo to do more interesting things with their major licenses."
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