Nintendo announces Breath of the Wild spin-off prequel

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity is set 100 years before the events of Breath of the Wild.
Cover art for Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity

When The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild launched back in 2017, it quickly became one of the best-selling (and most critically acclaimed) games of all time. And for good reason – the open-world exploration, nonlinear gameplay and stunning visuals put it right up there as our favourite Switch game. Naturally, we, along with the rest of the world, have been anxiously waiting for more Hyrule adventures, and today, Nintendo has rewarded us with a very pleasant surprise: Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity.

Before you ask, yes, a sequel is still on its way. However, Breath of the Wild 2 is still very much in development, so you’ll have to be patient – rumour has it we may not see the next instalment until next year. Fortunately, Nintendo knows patience isn’t our strong suit, and Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity might just be the perfect thing to tide us over.

Both a successor to the original Hyrule Warriors (released in 2014 on the Wii U) as well as a prequel to Breath of the Wild, the new title is set 100 years before our hero awakens and sets off on his journey to defeat the creature who all but destroyed the kingdom of Hyrule – Calamity Ganon.

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity launches on 20 November, so you won’t have to wait long for your next Zelda fix. Price-wise, the Nintendo eShop has it listed at $79.95 for preorder, making it about $10 less than Breath of the Wild.

It’s been a huge week for Nintendo, who just days ago outlined a massive upcoming release of Super Mario content to celebrate the 35th anniversary of Super Mario Bros., including Super Mario 3D All-Stars, Super Mario 3D World + Bowsers Fury, Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit and more. For a full roundup of the new titles, check out our article.

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*Pricing data accurate at the time of publishing on 9/9/2020