The upcoming week sees Cadence of Hyrule: Crypt of the NecroDancer featured as part of the trial service on Nintendo Switch Online.
Since its 2018 launch, Nintendo has significantly expanded the platform’s offerings—evidently dedicating more resources to improve the online service and retain fans.
Free Game Trials with Nintendo Switch Online
Subscribers to Nintendo Switch Online can access free game trials, allowing them to play full versions of select games for a limited time.
This perk is available even for those with the base version of the service, meaning there’s no need to purchase the Expansion Pack.
As The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom release date approaches, Zelda fans will be pleased to find a related game trial available for a week.
Cadence of Hyrule: A Successful Crossover
Launched on June 13, 2019, Cadence of Hyrule: Crypt of the NecroDancer—a surprising crossover between a AAA title and an indie game—exceeded all expectations.
Nintendo Switch Online members can access the game in its entirety from May 1 at 10 AM PT through May 7 at 11:59 PM PT.
A Short but Enjoyable Experience
Cadence of Hyrule can be completed within the trial period, given its relatively short duration. HowLongToBeat estimates the main story takes six to eight hours, while the DLC packs require four to five hours each.
Players who can’t finish in time or simply enjoy the game can purchase it and its DLC content on the eShop at a 40% discount until May 14 at 11:59 PM PT.
Set in Hyrule, Cadence of Hyrule challenges players to defeat classic Zelda enemies and navigate dungeons—all to the rhythm of the music. Though a spin-off, it draws inspiration from the main Zelda series, allowing players to turn off the musical aspect if desired.
This engaging experience serves as an excellent warm-up for fans eagerly anticipating the upcoming Breath of the Wild sequel and the expansive open world of Tears of the Kingdom.