Cadence of Hyrule's Switch eShop listing live in Europe

Can you hear it?

All signs point to Cadence of Hyrule releasing sometime this month. While we don't have official word from Nintendo, we do know that a Spring 2019 release is in the cards. Adding more fuel to the fire is a new eShop listing for the game in Europe that just went live. The listing has likely gone up in advance of a release later this month. Keep your fingers crossed!

Nintendo features Cadence of Hyrule in their 'What to expect in May!' email

Fingers crossed!

We haven't gotten a release date for Cadence of Hyrule yet, other than Spring 2019. While we still don't have a specific date, it looks like we might be getting the title sometime this month.

Nintendo has sent out a 'What to expect in May!' email in some regions, and included in the email is Cadence of Hyrule. It would certainly be nice to see the game come out this month, but technically Nintendo has until June 20th to launch the game, as Summer doesn't kick off until June 21st, 2019.

Cadence of Hyrule - Japanese screens

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As Link—or even as Princess Zelda—you’ll explore the randomly generated overworld and dungeons on a quest to save Hyrule. Every beat of each remixed, The Legend of Zelda tune is a chance to move, attack, defend, and more, so stay one step ahead of each enemy and boss…or face the music.

Cadence of Hyrule's official Japanese trailer released, website open

Listed as 'coming soon'

The Japanese trailer for Cadence of Hyrule has been shared today, alongside the opening of the Japanese website. The site doesn't share any new info, other than the tidbit of Spike Chunsoft handling publishing duties in Japan. You can check out the Japanese site here.

The Snack World Trejarers Gold, Cadence of Hyrule, and Splatoon 2 will see release in South Korea

Three big games heading to South Korea

Three more Switch games have been announced for release in South Korea. The Snack World Trejarers Gold and Cadence of Hyrule will both get Korean localizations, with The Snack World Trejarers Gold launching April 18, 2019, and Cadence of Hyrule due sometime this year. Splatoon 2 will not have a Korean-specific localization, but will see release in the region on May 2nd, 2019.

Yuji Naka says Cadence of Hyrule shows that Nintendo has changed

Cadence of Hyrule is a mash-up that no one saw coming. It was a complete surprise in so many ways, most of which was the game being a collab between Nintendo and an indie studio. It's uncharted territory for the Big N, but definitely shows that the company is embracing some new ideas as far as IP utilization.

One big-name dev who was just as surprised to see this game announced was none other than Yuji Naka. Mr. Naka said that some time ago, he proposed an idea to Nintendo that would have him working with Mario in some way. Nintendo was quick to shoot down the proposal, and that was that. Seeing as how Nintendo is allowing an indie dev to work with the Zelda license goes to prove that the Nintendo of old, at least in some ways, is no longer a thing.

Sonic Mania devs handling pixel work on Cadence of Hyrule


Making pixel art isn't easy. Making pixel art that looks good is even tougher. Making pixel animations that flow smoothly is downright devilish. While Nintendo definitely knows how to strut their stuff in the world of pixel art, you might be surprised to know who's handling the lush pixels of Cadence of Hyrule.

The Legend of Zelda/Crypt of the Necrodancer mash-up's pixel perfection is being handled by Midio and Paul Veer, two devs who worked on Sonic Mania. Anyone who's played Sonic Mania instantly knows just how talented these artists are when it comes to pixel painting. Looks like Link and Zelda's return to old-school is in very good hands!

Nintendo's Kirk Scott hopeful that Cadence of Hyrule is just the start for Nintendo x Indie collabs

We hope so too!

While Cuphead coming to Switch was huge news, Nintendo managed to sneak in an even bigger surprise into yesterday's Switch Nindies Showcase. Nintendo is teaming with the gang behind Crypt of the Necrodancer to create Cadence of Hyrule, a mash-up of both titles. Seeing Nintendo allow an indie dev one of their most valued IPs was a real eye-opener, as it shows Nintendo's willingness to share their IP with proven developers of any type.

Does this collaboration pave the wave for future tie-ups with other indie devs? Could we see more crossovers like this one in the future? Here's what Kirk Scott, Nintendo’s manager of publisher and manager relations, had this to say.

“I hope so. I totally hope so. Yeah, this is great. I think this is validating for a lot of indies out there.”

Nintendo and Brace Yourself Games explain how the extremely unique Cadence of Hyrule collab came about

A mash-up no one saw coming

One of the biggest surprises during today's Switch Nindies Showcase: Spring 2019 presentationw as the reveal of Cadence of Hyrule, a Crypt of the Necrodancer/Legend of Zelda mash-up. Wondering how that project came to be? IGN talked to Ryan Clark, founder of Crypt of the NecroDancer developer Brace Yourself Games, and Kirk Scott, Nintendo of America’s Manager of Publisher-Developer Relations to find out.

“We were considering making a new Nintendo Switch project and we imagined how cool it would be to have Zelda characters appearing in NecroDancer; say as DLC. To our surprise, Nintendo was extremely interested in the prospect, and before we knew it we were working on a completely new title, mashing up NecroDancer with The Legend of Zelda!” - Ryan Clark

“Developers are always reaching out to Nintendo to include IP in their games. When you look at a case like Cadence of Hyrule, there’s special cases in some instances where our Japan team see content and see titles that they want to work with and [the interest is] a two-way street, really.” - Kirk Scott

“(This) is first and foremost a new entry in the NecroDancer universe. (We) took extensive care to ensure that it could be considered to be both (a Zelda game and Necrodancer game)” - Ryan Clark

“[Brace Yourself Games] worked directly with our Japan teams to get that [Zelda] content in there, even if it doesn’t really fall in line with a Zelda-type title.” - Kirk Scott

“Zelda is well known for musical compositions among games. Being able to mix these two together into an awesome musical mashup of gameplay is definitely one of the most exciting points!“ - Ryan Clark

“...it it is one of the first independent developers to use Zelda content.” - Kirk Scott

Cadence of Hyrule - Official fact sheet and artwork

Sounds wonderful to us!

Cadence of Hyrule – Crypt of the NecroDancer Featuring the Legend of Zelda
Release Date Spring 2019
Brace Yourself Games

In the latest rhythmic action-adventure from Brace Yourself Games, you can enjoy the gameplay of Crypt of the NecroDancer in the setting of The Legend of Zelda series. As Link or Princess Zelda, players explore randomly generated overworld and dungeons on a quest to save Hyrule, and every beat of the 25 remixed Legend of Zelda tunes is a chance to move, attack, defend and more. From modern-looking Lynels to the Hyrulean Soldiers of old, players must master the instinctive movements of each pixel-art enemy and strategically outstep them in rhythmic combat using an arsenal of iconic items from The Legend of Zelda, as well as the spells and weapons from Crypt of the NecroDancer.