Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity Nintendo Switch Demo Now Available

The Nintendo Switch’s library of games that are meant to be released during the holiday season this year may not be as sizeable as fans would have liked, but there’s one title that many are looking forward to after its surprising reveal last month.

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity serves as a prequel to the highly-acclaimed Switch title Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, while being a sequel at the same time to the original Hyrule Warriors game.

Despite not being the Breath of the Wild sequel fans were hoping for, many are still excited for its release. Now, it seems that players don’t even have to wait until its official launch date this November if they want to try the game, as Nintendo surprise-launched the demo for Age of Calamity and it’s now available to download and play on the Nintendo Switch eShop.

Nintendo has been full of surprises recently, and now the company has caught us off guard when it suddenly released a Nintendo Direct Mini highlighting games from its partners. One of the mentioned third-party partners was Omega Force, which is a division of Koei Tecmo and Hyrule Warriors’ developer.

Initially, fans thought that the company only released a brand-new gameplay trailer. However, thanks to the trailer in question, they soon realized that Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity already had a demo available for Nintendo Switch users.

The demo’s content is pretty considerable too, as it contains the entire first chapter of the game. This should be more than sufficient for players to get a feel for it and to prepare themselves for its official release.

The free demo allows fans to choose to play as either Link or Zelda, but playing as Impa is also one of the options. As the game progresses, more playable characters will be made available, such as Urbosa.

That being said, Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity’s demo is pretty solid. Nintendo confirmed that players will be able to experience the demo either solo or via co-op through local two-player mode. For now, online support isn’t available yet, but this feature will surely be made accessible to players once the title is officially released.

Another thing worth noting is that any progress you make on the demo can be rolled over to the full game if you purchase it upon release. As such, you don’t have to start from scratch.


Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity’s demo is perfect for those Breath of the Wild fans who are hesitant to get the game since these two titles have completely different gameplay mechanics.

In any case, we think Age of Calamity is definitely worth getting, especially since this prequel is set 100 years before the events that take place in Breath of the Wild.

As such, it will be able to provide you with answers to questions that weren’t addressed in the previous game. As a matter of fact, it might even contain teasers and hints of what’s to come in Breath of the Wild 2.

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