The first Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity review has been published in Japanese weekly magazine Famitsu.
The reviewers praised the variety of attack styles attributed to each character, and said that overall Age of Calamity featured a strong blend of familiar BoTW and Dynasty Warriors elements.
Only one Switch title has been awarded a higher score by Famitsu in 2020: Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
Seven additional Switch titles have received a 36/40 score this year; Ori and the Will of the Wisps, Paper Mario: The Origami King, eBaseball Powerful Pro Yakyuu 2020, Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition, Gnosia, One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 and Persona 5 Scramble.
The original Hyrule Warriors was also awarded 36/40 when Famitsu reviewed it in 2016.
Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity was announced in September, with a Nintendo Switch release date set for November 20.
The game features a story set 100 years before the events of the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which Nintendo says will transport players “to the time before the Great Calamity happened, participating in epic battles against a backdrop of familiar locations in Hyrule before they were destroyed”.
A demo is currently available on the eShop, allowing players to experience all of the game’s first chapter, with save data carried over to the final game once purchased.