It’s no secret that Hyrule Warriors Legends will be taking advantage of the New 3DS’ extra horsepower, having learned last year that there will be no 3D effect on older 3DS systems. Unfortunately, according to Destructoid’s reviews editor Chris Carter, the situation on old 3DS models is much worse than a simple downgrade — “garbage” is how he described the experience. Oh dear.

Chris has a review copy of the game, and decided to test it on both a standard 3DS and a New 3DS. For the former, he says, “It’s really, really bad, with sub 30fps performance and no option for 3D. It was so poor, I didn’t even want to play through the first stage.”

As for the New 3DS, Hyrule Warriors Legends “runs optimally without the 3D effect on with the New unit, at a very stable framerate that rivals the Wii U version. It’s fine with the 3D on actually, you’ll just get a slight dip — but it’s playable.” It seems as though Nintendo should have played it safe and made the title a New 3DS exclusive, like Xenoblade Chronicles 3D.

Be aware that we’ll have our own review and impressions of the game soon enough, which will allow us to give you our own opinion on the matter. For now, just consider this a warning from a reliable source. Speaking of which, Destructoid hit the 10-year mark today!