Starting on September 28, anyone with a Nintendo 3DS or DSi and an
Internet connection will be able to download The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords
Anniversary Edition for free. The original was as fun to play as it was
difficult to manage – requiring each player to have not only a Game Boy Advance
and a copy of the game, but a link cable to hook the Game Boys together. Technology
has caught up with Four Swords, and not only will this version allow for more
convenient play wirelessly between the 3DS and DSi, but it will feature a
number of new levels based on classic Zelda areas.
What do you have to look forward to? Below are five things
yelled out during our time with the game in a single dungeon, giving you an
insight as to what to expect when you play the cooperative adventure.
“Throw me on the freaking graham
cracker before the bats get me!”
...one player yelled while standing
next to a ledge. One of the four Links (split up by the Four Sword) was already
on the moving platform, and one other had already been tossed to the next area.
Four Swords is more of a cooperative puzzler/platformer than a typical Zelda
game, and relying on your allies to help you get to new locations is important
– and that sometimes means being thrown. Once you have the ability to throw
your allies it immediately adds the ability to grief, too, which is something
we found ourselves doing every chance we got.
Four Swords also puts a spotlight on the items of the Zelda
universe. Some, like bombs, have appeared in almost every game since the first.
Others, like the magnet, are new to Four Swords’ hectic co-op; it can be used
to either pull or push Links toward each other, and after being thrown onto the
graham cracker (which was actually a moving platform that looked strikingly
like a graham cracker), there were still two Links that needed to get where
they needed to go. After some discussion as to how to make it work, we figured
“No, you need to you the magnet on me, and then I can use it
on him, and then he can use it on him.”
Our puzzle-solving skills were on point. We figured it all out, but our plan still required the last player to take everyone from one place to another using the magnet while walking on a thin platform. He grabbed everyone like he was supposed to, but, well...
“And if you pick us up –
or you can just kill us all. Good work.”
But we eventually made it past the platform. We fought some
new enemies, played through more areas, and enjoyed the crap out of all of it.
Eventually we found awesome boots that let us charge forward, which we used
mostly to try to knock each other off of ledges. While we were working together,
we were still competing to get the most Rupees, so, obviously, occasional Linkicide
ensued. A few rooms later we found a cracked wall that proved impervious to our
furious flurry of charges (believe us – we tried for a few minutes, despite
being told on several occasions that we couldn’t). Eventually one of the
players seemed tired of watching us bounce off the wall.
“We need a bomb, does
anyone have one?” he asked. “I’m sorry, did you miss the room
where we all got awesome boots?”
...another player replied, continuing
to bounce off the walls. Eventually he buckled and went back to get the bomb.
We then came to a boss at the end of the level that required us to work
together to knock him into a wall of ice. The combat worked perfectly despite
not being the focus, and the four-player co-op shined during this battle.
We laughed, and had fun, and eventually beat the level. Once
it was over we started sharing stories and recapping our favorite quotes from
the experience, getting the most of the cooperative interactions. But even
after we finished the game, one quote still stood out:
“So, this is seriously
The answer is yes, and it’s due out September 28.
Sep 21, 2011