Legend of Zelda and Crypt of the Necrodancer Make Beautiful Music Together with Cadence of Hyrule for the Switch

Legend of Zelda and Crypt of the Necrodancer Make Beautiful Music Together with Cadence of Hyrule for the Switch

Get ready to hustle across Hyrule.

The music in the Legend of Zelda series slaps. You know it, I know it, and clearly Brace Yourself Games knows it. That's why the studio is making Cadence of Hyrule, a crossover between the Crypt of the Necrodancer and Legend of Zelda.

2015's Crypt of the Necrodancer is a "roguelike rhythm game," a unique mix if there ever was one. You fight monsters, move, and explore all to the funky beats that thump in the background. Going by the trailer revealed at the end of Nintendo's Spring 2019 Nindies showcase, Cadence of Hyrule offers the same breed of funk-and-fight gameplay, albeit with a big Zelda-y twist. Link and Zelda are on-hand as playable characters, and that's just for a start.

Crypt of the Necrodancer's heroine, Cadence, emerges in Hyrule after tunnelling through the seemingly endless crypts of the last game. Hyrule is in trouble (as usual), but she takes things in stride by fighting to the beat of Hyrule's drum. The trailer uses a remix of Tal Tal Heights from Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (which is getting a remake this year for the Switch—don't forget!). Good choice.

Cadence of Hyrule's trailer also shows off an artistic style that should be familiar to fans of top-down classics like Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. Keep a sharp eye out for Wolfos, Lynels, and Armos Knights with axes. And by "axes," I mean "bitchin' guitars."

Cadence of Hyrule is coming in Spring. Its announcement capped a Nindies Showcase that was a little on the quiet side but still had a couple of big surprises, particularly the news about Cuphead coming to Switch next month and the reveal of DoubleFine's new title, RAD.

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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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