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The Legend of Zelda meets Crypt of the NecroDancer in new rhythm game, Cadence of Hyrule

Cadence of Hyrule is a Crypt of the NecroDancer game starring Zelda and Link

Chris Plante co-founded Polygon in 2012 and is now editor-in-chief. He co-hosts The Besties, is a board member of the Frida Cinema, and created NYU’s first games journalism course.

Cadence of Hyrule: Crypt of the NecroDancer Featuring The Legend of Zelda was the big surprise announcement at the end of Wednesday’s Nindies Showcase. In case the wordy title isn’t clear enough, the Nintendo Switch game appears to merge the rhythm-based combat of the critically praised roguelike Crypt of the NecroDancer with the world and characters of Nintendo’s Legend of Zelda adventure franchise.

Unlike the original Crypt of the NecroDancer, Cadence of Hyrule has an art style that resembles recent portable Zelda adventures. The trailer also features a score inspired by the iconic Legend of Zelda cues, with 25 remixed songs packed in the game. Both Zelda and Link are playable characters, along with NecroDancer’s original star, Cadence. The overworld and dungeons will be randomly generated, according to a Nintendo news release.

Cadence of Hyrule is being developed by Brace Yourself Games in partnership with Nintendo.

Crypt of the NecroDancer was first released on PC in 2015, and has since been ported to consoles. It most recently launched on Nintendo Switch in 2018. Cadence of Hyrule will be released on Switch sometime this spring.

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