Canceled Nintendo Game Would Have Crushed Zelda With Final Fantasy Tactics

Metroid Prime developer Retro Studios wanted to make a Zelda game in the style of Final Fantasy Tactics, but the idea was shot down by Nintendo before development could begin in earnest.

Developed in 2004, Heroes of Hyrule was described by Retro Studios in an internal document as “a story-driven game of exploration, puzzle solving, and strategic combat in the Zelda universe.” Designed for the Nintendo DS, it was intended “to appeal to fans of games like previous Zelda and Final Fantasy Tactics titles”.

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