Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition was announced during today’s Nintendo Direct Mini, and while the presentation told us to expect the game to launch in North America and Europe in “Spring 2018”, Japan has been assigned a more specific date.
The game will hit Japanese shelves on March 22, 2018, under the title Zelda Musou Hyrule All Stars DX.
This date technically falls into Spring as well, so there’s no ruling out the possibility that the game may release in other territories in the same week. However, the vague release window outside of Japan would certainly suggest that we’ll be seeing the game a bit later than Japan. Nintendo releases are usually worldwide launches these days, but given the collaboration with publisher Koei Tecmo for this particular title, it makes sense that localization may take longer. Let’s not forget that the previous two iterations of Hyrule Warriors (on Wii U and 3DS) both took longer to arrive in other regions.
Still, with Nintendo Switch consoles being region free, importing a Japanese copy or downloading from the Japanese eShop may be tempting options for those eager to delve into the latest version of Nintendo’s hack-and-slash spin-off.
You can watch the Nintendo Direct Mini below (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition is shown at the 3:36 mark). For the Japanese dates of other games announced in the presentation, check out Japanese Nintendo‘s post.
Will you be importing or pre-ordering the game, or will you pass on a third release of Hyrule Warriors?