Cadence of Hyrule: Crypt of the NecroDancer feat. The Legend of Zelda is a Nintendo Switch game developed by Brace Yourself Games and published by Nintendo and Spike Chunsoft. It is a roguelike, action-adventure rhythm game that serves as a spin-off for both the The Legend of Zelda series and Crypt of the NecroDancer. It is notably the first full scale collaboration between Nintendo and an Indie developer.


In the Kingdom of Hyrule, a mysterious man named Octavo uses a magical lute to put Hyrule's king, as well as Link and Zelda, to sleep, before using the Triforce of Power to turn his Lute into a Golden Lute. In this time of need, Cadence is mysteriously transported to Hyrule by the Triforce and manages to wake up Link and Zelda. While Cadence goes off to try to find a way home, Link and Zelda travel across Hyrule to find and defeat Octavo's four champions, who each possess enchanted instruments containing musical power. After Link and Zelda, soon rejoined by Cadence, obtain the instruments and enter Hyrule Castle, Octavo reveals that he and his champions were meant to be used to battle against Ganon, who will take over Hyrule in the future. Finding himself defeated, Octavo opens a portal into the future, where Link, Zelda, and Cadence confront Ganon and combine their forces to defeat him. With help from the Golden Lute, Link and Zelda use the power of the Triforce to try and send Cadence back to her own world.


The game combines the world of The Legend of Zelda with a rhythm based gameplay modeled after Crypt of the NecroDancer while retaining some classical Zelda elements. The overworld and dungeons are both procedurally generated and the player control Cadence, Link, or Zelda as they are fighting through hordes of classical Zelda enemies to the rhythm of 25 remixed The Legend of Zelda tracks.


The game was officially announced on March 20, 2019 during a Nindies Showcase.


Cadence of Hyrule received "generally favorable reviews" according to review aggregator Metacritic.

The Verge called the style of the game a "welcome shot of retro charm" when compared to the more realistic The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

Cadence of Hyrule was the best-selling digital Nintendo Switch game during its first week of release in Japan. The physical version sold 1,539 copies within its first week on sale in Japan, making it the twenty-fourth bestselling retail game of the week in the country.

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  • It is the first The Legend of Zelda game to release in the Reiwa era.