Since the New Nintendo 3DS debuted earlier this year, there haven’t been too many titles with features exclusive to the system. Xenoblade Chronicles 3D could only be played on the newer iteration of Nintendo’s handheld, but so far, there hasn’t been much else. The upcoming Hyrule Warriors Legends will be playable on any version of the Nintendo 3DS, but the title will only boast stereoscopic 3D on the newest version of the hardware.
Skeptics might assume that this is a financial decision on Nintendo’s part, but it would seem that the reason is based on the large number of enemies that appear in Hyrule Warriors Legends. According to producer Yosuke Hayashi, the New Nintendo 3DS’ superior processing power is required in order to maintain the number of enemies on-screen, and run the 3D at the same time. Without it, some compromises had to be made. While most fans likely won’t care as much (many 3DS games don’t even use the stereoscopic 3D), it is interesting to see the newer handheld’s extra processing power put to some use!
This wouldn’t be the first Zelda title to boast upgraded features when played on a superior handheld. The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening DX featured a dungeon that was only playable on the Game Boy Color. Owners of the original Game Boy were out of luck! Like the 3D in Hyrule Warriors Legends, the extra dungeon in Link’s Awakening DX wasn’t a requirement, it simply offered fans a nice extra perk.
Hyrule Warriors Legends is scheduled to arrive on Nintendo 3DS in early 2016.
Source: Perfectly Nintendo