Review: Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition (Nintendo Switch)

Cut down entire legions of enemies using powerful, over-the-top Dynasty Warriors-style moves, and dominate the battlefield as fan-favorite characters from The Legend of Zelda series.


  • Really good graphics.
  • 12.9GB Download size.
  • Two controls styles- Warrior or Zelda.
  • Three difficulties- Easy, Normal and hard.
  • Health gauges on/off.
  • Midbattle cutscenes can be turned on or off.
  • 8-Bit weapons on/off.
  • Controller- Invert axis, Rumble on/off.
  • Four game modes- Legend, Free adventure, and challenge.
  • Amiibo support- Scan any 5 in a day for bonus loot.
  • Awesome 8-Bit themed loading bars.
  • Can skip cutscenes.
  • Tutorial pop-ups as you play.
  • Minimap shows objectives, locations, enemy positions and other players.
  • Attacks- Normal, Heavy and a charge special move.
  • Can hotswap between characters in a game.
  • Classic Zelda soundtrack and sound effects.
  • Rupees- Drop from vases and enemies and are used for buying items/upgrades.
  • Huge impressive number of enemies on screen.
  • Massive screen-filling bosses.
  • Enemy leaders are on the battlefield and taking them out will cause the army to flee.
  • Lock on for attacking bosses and leaders.
  • Morale- Low and high, Affected by enemy dominance or low numbers. This affects their effectiveness in battle and is clearly shown as a flashing color when low or high.
  • Decent cutscenes.
  • Bazaar- Badge market- Craft badges that increase stats like ATK, DEF and assist. Training dojo- Spend rupees to level up characters to the max character level you have. And Apothecary- buy/brew potions for use in the battlefield.
  • Gallery- Check out all your collected collectibles.
  • Includes all previous DLC.
  • Challenge mode- Battle, Boss and Ganon’s Fury.
  • Combat is frantic, free-flowing yet satisfying.
  • Combo counter.
  • Huge world to play in.
  • Keeps- On the field, these are points that you can take over to increase your presence on the battlefield.
  • Adventure mode- Nine maps from classic Zelda games complete with retro over the map. Choose where to move, Battles ensue and bosses appear.
  • Two players local drop-in/out co-op addition. You can share Joycons.
  • Wide selection of weapons can be found/crafted that each has unique abilities that allow you to use what you want to fit your playstyle.
  • Over a dozen classic Zelda characters that again each have unique attacks and stats.
  • Fun to play.
  • Pro controller support.
  • Tons of replayability.


  • Long load times.
  • Small text especially when in the game on the handheld.
  • No touchscreen support.
  • Bosses are damage sponges.
  • A lot of pop-ups, Alerts, and noises as you play which do nothing but spread anxiety and unawareness upon you as you are never sure what it all is.
  • The map is hard to read quickly mostly due to the size.
  • Difficulty spikes.
  • Camera control can get awkward.
  • A lot to initially take in.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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