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Confusing multipronged Hyrule Warriors Season Pass system explained

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There's a 3DS and Wii U pass

Strap yourself in, because Nintendo just detailed how the new season pass for Hyrule Warriors will work on both 3DS and Wii U, and it's confusing as hell. In short, there's three Season Passes, similar to how Super Smash Bros. operates its DLC -- 3DS, Wii U, and a combination of both.

But! There's a pack that isn't available on Wii U (Master Wind Waker Pack). Oh! And if you're interested in the new characters on 3DS but don't want to buy the whole shebang, there's a "Legends Character Pack" that will launch in the summer, that is not part of the Season Pass. You may need to hire a lawyer to go over all of the provisos.

There's a tons of exceptions so make sure and read them all if you're planning on pulling the trigger. Nintendo even has an FAQ at the end! In short, the Adventure maps and My Fairy system are exclusive to the 3DS version, while Wii U will get all the characters.

Downloadable Content [Nintendo]

Downloadable content

You can expand your adventure with downloadable content, offering new characters, weapons, Adventure Mode maps and more! Each pack of content will be available to purchase individually, and the Legends of Hyrule Pack Season Pass is also available to pre-purchase from launch, which gives you access to all of the DLC content in one purchase, plus an exclusive The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker-themed Ganondorf costume to download straight away.

In addition, some of this content will also be made available to owners of Hyrule Warriors on Wii U via a similar season pass.

Legends of Hyrule Pack Season Pass

The Legends of Hyrule Pack will be available in three forms:

Available March 24th 2016:

Nintendo 3DS Only Season Pass: DLC for Hyrule Warriors: Legends on Nintendo 3DS only

Nintendo 3DS + Wii U Season Pass: DLC for both Hyrule Warriors: Legends on Nintendo 3DS and Hyrule Warriors on Wii U

Available summer 2016:

Wii U Only Season Pass: DLC for Hyrule Warriors on Wii U only

Downloadable content packs

There will be four DLC Packs for Hyrule Warriors: Legends on Nintendo 3DS, which can be bought separately or all at once in the Legends of Hyrule Pack Season Pass.

Late spring 2016: Master Wind Waker Pack (DLC Pack 1)

If you purchase the Master Wind Waker Pack, or have purchased the Legends of Hyrule Pack Season Pass, you can download the following content:

  • 16 new My Fairy costume pieces
  • The “Master” Wind Waker map for Adventure Mode with one new adventure battle scenario

Summer 2016: Link’s Awakening Pack (DLC Pack 2)

If you purchase the Link’s Awakening Pack, or have purchased the Legends of Hyrule Pack Season Pass, you can download the following content:

  • 16 new My Fairy costume pieces
  • A new map for Adventure Mode with two new challenge battle scenarios
  • A new playable character
  • A new weapon for Linkle

Autumn 2016: Phantom Hourglass & Spirit Tracks Pack (DLC Pack 3)

If you purchase the Phantom Hourglass & Spirit Tracks Pack, or have purchased the Legends of Hyrule Pack Season Pass, you can download the following content:

  • 15 new My Fairy costume pieces
  • A new map for Adventure Mode with one new adventure battle and two new challenge battle scenarios
  • A new playable character
  • A new weapon for Toon Link

Winter 2016: A Link Between Worlds Pack (DLC Pack 4)

If you purchase the A Link Between Worlds Pack, or have purchased the Legends of Hyrule Pack Season Pass, you can download the following content:

  • 15 new My Fairy Costumes
  • A new map for Adventure Mode with one new adventure battle and two new challenge battle scenarios
  • Two new playable characters

Downloadable content for Hyrule Warriors on Wii U

In addition to the previously released downloadable content, there will be three DLC Packs for Hyrule Warriors on Wii U, which can be bought separately or all at once in the Legends of Hyrule Pack Season Pass.

Summer 2016: Link’s Awakening Pack (DLC Pack 2)

  • A new playable character
  • A new weapon for Linkle

If you have not previously purchased the Legends Character Pack or used the download code provided with Hyrule Warriors: Legends, then you will download a version of Linkle who will only be able to use this new weapon.

If you purchase the Legends Character Pack or use the code after downloading this DLC Pack, then Linkle will also be able to use her Crossbow weapon.

Autumn 2016: Phantom Hourglass & Spirit Tracks Pack (DLC Pack 3)

  • A new playable character
  • A new weapon for Toon Link

If you have not previously purchased the Legends Character Pack or used the download code provided with Hyrule Warriors: Legends, then you will download a version of Toon Link who will only be able to use this new weapon.

If you purchase the Legends Character Pack or use the code after downloading this DLC Pack, then Toon Link will also be able to use his Hero's Sword weapon.

Winter 2016: A Link Between Worlds Pack (DLC Pack 4)

  • Two new playable characters

Free downloadable character: Medli

You can download the playable character Medli from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD for free* on both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS family systems, regardless of whether you have previously bought DLC or a Season Pass. Medli will be available to download when The Master Wind Waker Pack (DLC Pack 1) launches.

I already have Hyrule Warriors for Wii U and don’t plan to purchase Hyrule Warriors: Legends for Nintendo 3DS. What are my options?

Owners of Hyrule Warriors for Wii U can purchase the Wii U Only Season Pass to access upcoming downloadable content for £8.99 / €9,99, or download each pack separately for £4.49 / €4,99 each.

The Legends Character Pack, which costs £10.79 / €11.99 and will launch in summer 2016, includes Linkle, Skull Kid, Tetra, Toon Link, King Daphnes and Ganondorf’s trident weapon. This pack is not available as part of the Legends of Hyrule Pack Season Pass. Tetra, King Daphnes, Skull Kid and Ganondorf's new trident weapon will not be available to purchase outside of this pack.

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