If you’re planning to grab a copy of Hyrule Warriors Legends later this month, your best option would be to play it on New Nintendo 3DS or New 3DS XL. This suggestion comes from Destructoid writer Chris Carter, who says the game “runs like garbage on the old 3DS.” You can read some of what he had to say below. Hyrule Warriors Legends is set to launch for the entire Nintendo 3DS family of systems on March 25.
If you have a New 3DS, you’re in the clear. The game 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.
Having tested it on my spare launch [old] 3DS however, it’s noticeable worse, to the point where I sincerely think Nintendo should have just made this a “New” exclusive. It’s really, really bad, with sub 30fps performance and no option for 3D. I didn’t even want to play through the first stage it was so poor.