Surprise Zelda Game Coming From An Indie Studio

By Stephen Totilo on at

Well, this is very different and pretty damn cool. Nintendo just announced that the people behind the excellent musical dungeon-crawling game Crypt of the Necrodancer are making a Zelda game called Cadence of Hyrule. It’s out this spring.

The game appears to bring Cadence, the protagonist from Brace Yourself Games’ hit indie, to Link’s world. A trailer showed Link and Zelda fighting enemies throughout a game world that seemed inspired from the Super Nintendo game The Legend of Zelda: A Link To The Past.

It looks rad.

Crypt of the Necrodancer came out for PC in 2015 and was eventually ported to numerous devices, including the Nintendo Switch in 2018. In it, players move a character through a dungeon, one grid square at a time, as enemies also move each turn based on their own rules. The magic of the game is its music, as making your movies in accordance with the rhythm of the music makes the player more effective.

This will be the first of two Zelda games slated for Switch this year, the other being the recently announced remake of Game Boy classic The Legend Of Zelda: Link’s Awakening.

Surprising as it is to see Nintendo offering two Zelda games in one year, it’s an even bigger shock to see Nintendo let an indie studio work with one of its biggest franchises. Sure, we’ve seen Capcom make Zelda games and Sega make an F-Zero (that actually happened, right?), but a Vancouver team that made a Steam indie hit getting to make something Zelda-related. That’s something else.

Fun fact, the official name of the game is: Cadence of Hyrule: Crypt of the NecroDancer feat. The Legend of Zelda.