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Grant Kirkhope would be honored to create music for Cadence of Hyrule if given the chance

Give him the chance, Nintendo!

Grant Kirkhope has been the composer for numerous high-profile titles on Nintendo platforms, and has even worked with the Mario franchise through Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle. Still, there's one franchise that has escaped him that he'd love to have the chance to work on.

In an interview with Miketendo64, Mr. Kirkhope is asked if he'd like to create music for Cadence of Hyrule, if given the chance. Kirkhope has named The Legend of Zelda series as one of his favorites in the past, and has offered up countless compliments for the series' music. While no plans for Cadence of Hyrule DLC has been announced or even teased, Kirkhope says he would be honored to do so if given the chance.

Nintendo releases a 'Learning the Basics' promo video for Cadence of Hyrule

Feel the rhythm

Learn the basic of keeping the beat, exploring a randomly generated Hyrule, and playing as Cadence, Link, and Princess Zelda in this rhythmic action adventure title. Cadence of Hyrule: Crypt of the NecroDancer feature The Legend of Zelda is available now on Nintendo Switch.

Giant Bomb Quick Look - Cadence of Hyrule

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 even as Princess Zelda—you’ll explore the randomly generated overworld and procedurally generated dungeons on a quest to save Hyrule. Every beat of each remixed 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.

IGN Video - Cadence of Hyrule Review

Cadence of Hyrule: Crypt of the Necrodancer Featuring The Legend of Zelda takes inspiration from a popular indie game to create a fun little detour on the path of Nintendo's beloved adventure franchise. Its rhythm-based combat is playful and fun, but also smart and tactical, making every step feel like the next step in the solution of one giant puzzle. Despite using procedural generation, its semi-randomized map evokes the charms of Hyrule, and inspires the same wonder. I think the nicest thing I can say about Cadence of Hyrule is that it absolutely deserves to stand in the Zelda canon alongside the best of its 2D games.

Yes, you can play Cadence of Hyrule with a dance mat

Dance your heart out

If you have a GameCube controller adapter for Switch and a GameCube-era dance mat, you can play Cadence of Hyrule by dancing around! The menus might be a bit fiddly to mess with, but the core gameplay can be tackled no problem. You're sure to get a workout this way!

Amazon France adds retail listing Cadence of Hyrule

Hyruling retail

Could Cadence of Hyrule eventually jump from eShop-only to retail release? According to Amazon France, the answer is yes. The online retailer has added in a listing for the title, which features a placeholder date of Dec. 31st, 2020. A retail release for this title isn't really crazy at all, but nothing is confirmed until Nintendo announces it.

GameSpot Video - Cadence of Hyrule gameplay

Kurt and Persia move to the beat to save Hyrule! Crypt of the NecroDancer and The Legend of Zelda collide for this fun rhythmic action-adventure game!

Nintendo Minute - Cadence of Hyrule: Crypt of the NecroDancer Ft. The Legend of Zelda Gameplay

Got a minute?

Hi, we’re desperately trying to keep the beat this week as we play Cadence of Hyrule: Crypt of the NecroDancer Ft. The Legend of Zelda. This game is so cool and really unlike any other game out there. It’s also available now so we hope you give it a try. Let us know in the comments below your favorite song from the Legend of Zelda series? As always, thanks for watching and we’ll see you next week.

Cadence of Hyrule's rhythm aspect can be turned off

Beat it

During the E3 madness, I put out a video featuring gameplay and my personal impressions of Cadence of Hyrule. That video included a tidbit about turning off the rhythm component of the game, which is actually an option the developers provided. Here's how to make that happen.

- pause the game
- press the R button and go to the System option
- choose Gameplay and look for Fixed-Beat Mode
- turn that option on

This changes the gameplay so that the enemies ignore the game's music, there's no beat meter, and you don't have to move on-tempo. You still hop around, as do the other characters, but things play out more like a roguelike such as Pokemon Mystery Dungeon.

Cadence of Hyrule has a fourth playable character

A new hero joins the fight

We all thought that Cadence of Hyrule had three playable characters, but it turns out there's a way to get a fourth character to choose from. Obviously this is spoiler territory, so only hit the jump if you're okay with having things spoiled.

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