Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity's First Chapter Is Available Now in an eShop Demo

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity's First Chapter Is Available Now in an eShop Demo

Transfer your save when the full game comes out! You can't lose, hero.

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity is less than a month away, so now is a perfect time to get your sword arm all limbered up. Starting today, an Age of Calamity demo is available to download on the Nintendo Switch eShop. You can play through chapter one of the game, then transfer your save data when the full version releases on November 20.

Nintendo dropped the surprise Age of Calamity demo news alongside an equally surprising Nintendo Direct Mini Partner Showcase this morning. The announcement came paired with a new trailer that shows off some cool new footage. Said footage indicates we're allowed to control the enormous Divine Beasts that play large roles in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, so to speak. In one clip, the birdlike Divine Beast Vah Medoh executes an air attack against Ganon's forces. In another clip, the stone camel Vah Naboris charges through some locked gates and tramples foes under its hooves. This is good. This is very good.

The Age of Calamity demo includes the first chapter of the game, which offers a good, meaty chunk of the experience according to early impressions. If you decide to indulge, you can transfer your accumulated save data over to the final product coming out next month.

If you're on the edge of your seat waiting for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2, Age of Calamity is engineered to relieve some of your suffering. It's an action heavy Musou game instead of a traditional Zelda title, but it contains a good deal of new story content, and Nintendo is overseeing the whole project. If you don't love Musou games, maybe Age of Calamity will be the one to change your mind? You may as well download the demo and find out for yourself.

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Nadia Oxford

Staff Writer

Nadia has been writing about games for so long, only the wind and the rain (or the digital facsimiles thereof) remember her true name. She's written for Nerve, About.com, Gamepro, IGN, 1UP, PlayStation Official Magazine, and other sites and magazines that sling words about video games. She co-hosts the Axe of the Blood God podcast, where she mostly screams about Dragon Quest.

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