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Zelda: Four Swords is Out Now in Europe and North America

Posted by James Newton

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Here's a nice treat to wake up to on a Wednesday morning: Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Anniversary Edition is available now in the European and North American 3DS eShop and DSi Shop.

The four-player game — which is absolutely free, remember — boasts local multiplayer, new stages and a single player adventure mode too, and is released as part of Nintendo's ongoing 25th Anniversary celebrations.

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TeeJay said:

I really should be going to bed. The wait is killing me and sleep would be like fast forwarding several hours to when the game is released. XD



James said:

'cos the back-end drop-down says "Legend of Zelda: Four Swords A". Rectified now.



Kolma said:

This needs to come sooner to America
Also Aviator, you are on the other side of the pond and the game is free, whip out your DSi,DSiXL or 3DS and download that suckah



Corbs said:

No. We've decided to stop writing reviews from now on. Just too much work and trouble.



TeeJay said:

Laughs hysterically in a corner, recovers, then posts
No Portista, he was not serious. Reviews are what 50% of the site is about!



sillygostly said:

I've already started playing it.

It's almost criminal that Nintendo give away so much of their best downloadable software for free.



TheAmazingRaccoon said:

the file is huge. It just halved the remaining space on my 3DS and took about a fifth of my XLs space. Ah well, it is worth it.

Anyway, it is a fun title and the single player (although slightly different control to the gamecube single player) plays quite well



Wheels2050 said:

I'm looking forward to this tomorrow! (I'v got a US DSi XL, so I have to wait).

It's always nice to get free stuff.



Ichabod said:

I was wondering what was going on. lol. First thing I did this morning (5 am here), and couldn't find it. Got a little scared for us NOA. Thanks for clearing that up. lol



Expa0 said:

I tried the single player for few minutes. It's crap, not worth playing.



Ninjaboy666 said:

@James Will it include Link to the Past like in the original Four Swords? Just worried that it won't as I heard nothing of it yet



Motorbass said:

@Ninjaboy666 Why did you think it would be included? 4Swords was a bonus game with ALttP on GBA, not the other way around. This was always about 4Swords.



GamerZack87 said:

@LJM How dare you speak ill of The Legend of Zelda! Don't make me hit you with a highly-flammable stick from an ancient talking tree with a weird moustache! >: [



Chozo85 said:

I've played a little bit of the single player and actually found it to be quite enjoyable, obviously the game is geared more towards multiplayer but for a free game this is pretty good.



ToneDeath said:

I had to delete another DSi game to make room for it on my 3DS system memory. I copied it to my SD card first, but does that include the save file? Or do you have to start the game from scratch when you put it back on system memory? Not actually a problem right now as I hadn't actually gotten round to playing said game (Reflect Missile), but could be a bother in future.

Anyhoo, despite that niggle this is super duper generous of Nintendo! Here's to another 25 years of Zelda, and more!



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NESguy94 said:

I just moved to Europe with my NTSC 3DS, so everyone here is playing it and I haven't even downloaded it yet. Hurry up NOA!



Tigus said:

Aaaahhh! Its like someone saying im their going to shoot you and they SLOWLY pull the trigger SHOOT ME NINTENDO!!!



grumblebuzzz said:

Free or not, I'm still meh about this because I have no local friends to play with. I'll get it later today but since the file is apparently huge, if single player mode doesn't wow me, I'll be deleting it.



Stine said:

Woah, I didn't think it would be released until tomorrow. Gonna download soon.



daznsaz said:

just got it its topnotch.its a lot better than links awakening puzzles are real good.basically cant fault it and its free★★★★★



Terave said:

Already downloaded it, but didn't have the time to play it. I've got so many tasks to do now, and a few of them are just tedious, ridiculous or devious. Sigh..




edcomics said:

Looking forward to this, but NOA doesn't update their stuff until later in the afternoon. It would be nice to have this as a morning treat. Still, if it's free, I guess I shouldn't complain.



FluttershyGuy said:

Hmmm, it seems like I said something recently about North America and the low end of totem poles. Maybe I dreamt it. Maybe I'm a Wind Fish. I dunno. Not complaining. Just being right.



Highwinter said:

I wasn't really impressed by this on the GBA, but I'm gonna give it another go tonight on multiplayer and see how we do.

Still hoping we see a Crystal Chronicles release on the 3DS.



Katzii said:

@FluttershyGuy I'd hardly consider people in the US to be on the "low end of the totem pole". A day or so is NOTHING to wait. Come to Europe for a few years; you'll never complain again.



grumblebuzzz said:

I have a lot of content on my 3DS so I just hope I don't have to delete anything. Again, the game is free so I'm not complaining; however, I just hope the single player mode warrants the file size. Also, this kinda makes me wonder about how much memory we'll have for the GBA ambassador games. If a small game like Four Swords is this big... I think it's safe to say to ambassadors to go ahead and invest in a bigger SD card.



Objection said:

Downloaded mine. Hope the singleplayer is good, don't have any nearby friends with DSi's or 3DS'.



XyVoX said:

I have just been reading some reviews of the original that was released on the GBA called 'Zelda: A Link to the Past w/ the Four Swords' now am i correct in thinking that this version leaves out the 'Link To The Past' game ?



TeeJay said:

@Mully It won't make a difference. DSiWare games are saved in the system memory, while 3DS specific games like the ambassador games are saved to the SD card. So unless you're planning on getting a lot more DSiWare games, you don't have much to worry about.



naut said:

Timing couldn't be more perfect. Going on a 5-hour road trip to the OBX this Saturday. I think I know what my brother and I'll be doing in the car-ride up.



LordAndrew said:

Took about a third of my free space. By the time I run out of space I'm sure to have more than a few DSiWare titles that I'd be okay with storing away on the SD card.

I really appreciate how they made the game work with only one player, but it really makes me want to play it with other people. Which I reckon is a good sign.



FluttershyGuy said:

I was pretty much just pointing out the current trend of other branches of Nintendo increasingly getting titles that NA doesn't and sometimes (but not always) getting them sooner. I know Europe has had it rough in the past, and I'm sorry for that.

North Americans ARE finding out what that's been like, because the roles seem reversed now. The Wii here is pretty much dead, except for Skyward Sword, Kirby and Mario Party upcoming.

I'm not complaining in the least that Europe is getting more games. God knows it's time you received better treatment! I am complaining, however, that NoA is depriving us in comparison to other branches of Nintendo. In a perfect world, all territories would be treated equally.

But, I'm straying from the article topic. Wonderful to now have a single player version of GBA Four Swords to play now!



Jgam said:

yes!!!! i have it and is excelent!!!! now i need some brave heroes with me to save zelda and hyrule!!!



LordTendoboy said:

Grezzo helped make this? With Nintendo's confidence in letting them develop Zelda games, could they become a 1st-party developer?

Buying out Grezzo and Good-Feel will really help Nintendo's development efforts.



Super-Mario-Fan said:

even thought I don't play Zelda games since I play Mario games,im still going to get this. I never deny a free offer!



Raptor78 said:

Luckily I live in a 3 x Dsi & a 3DS household so the local multiplayer is fine, but im suprised by how well the single player works.
Having two young children in the house the single player mode is a great way for them to learn the game and then we are all up to speed when playing multiplayer.



grumblegrumble said:

So far I am loving it... already gathered the 3 silver keys, onward to Vaati's palace gotta save SOMEthing for later.. A+ so far! Great graphics, sound, design.. makes me long for Minish Cap, though. (Btw, i love how they call the Minish Cap the "Rat Cap" in this game, what's that about? Why not just call it the Minish Cap? Lol I can tell how it looks like Link To the Past/Minish Cap, same great design.



grumblebuzzz said:

I played through two stages so far. I've enjoyed it! Pleasantly surprised by the one player experience, although of course it would be WAY more fun with friends. Still yet, it's been a fun game and you can't beat the price. I take back all of my negative nancy commentary about this game.



IAmNotWill said:

Been playing this all afternoon and evening with my 2 of my sisters and their DSi's. Wish we had another one here. This game is excellent.



calooom said:

I don't see why everyone is complaining about the file size. I downloaded it and it took 115 blocks on my 3DS, which is SMALLER than the ambassador certificate.



Bassman_Q said:

I think I'll wait a few days so that I can download it on my birthday on October 1st. It'll be the awesomest birthday present that didn't cost anyone anything!



coolvw93 said:

its only free for a limited time ( well at least till feburary 2012) so a load of people will probably get this game. havent played it yet, but its awsome that its free and for both 3ds and dsi. it would be awsome if nintendo would put a link to the past gba on eshop. (i know, not for free, but still it would be awsome!)



ueI said:

@grumblegrumble: This game was made long before Minish Cap so they had probably not yet come up with that name. I thought Four Swords called it the gnat hat?



TheAmazingRaccoon said:

@calooom this saves on the system (which is limited in size). The ambassador certificate is saved to the SD card (which has way more space). That is why we are complaining.



TeeJay said:

Wow. Opinions of the single player really vary. I think it's wonderful. Also @bugaham, I think you're overreacting big time. There are plenty of worse Nintendo games.



Noire said:

It's refreshing to be able to say, "Thank you Nintendo. I appreciate this very much," and be completely sincere. They put some work into this one and it's free! Online may have made it perfect but I'm happy to have something to help distract me until Skyward Sword comes out. Not to mention it's nice to finally see wtf was in that half of A Link to the Past/Four Swords I never got to play. Now if we could only get Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons for added diversionary power.



chiefeagle02 said:

I got it for both my 3DS and my DSi XL. I'll play it later after I get some homework done. Meanwhile, I was able to run a speed test to see which console downloads games faster (spoiler: 3DS won by a wide margin).



Tasuki said:

I am really enjoying this game. So far I finished the tutorial dungeon and now I cant wait to tackle a real dungeon.



Kreegs07 said:

I am living in Mexico right now and I get back to the USA on 25th of Oct. I just want to make sure I can Download it when I get home!!!



XyVoX said:

@ 107. Thomas ive done the same and downloaded it for both my 3DS & XL and was comparing the Graphics on both i have noticed that you get to see a bit more of the screen on the Left & Right hand sides on the XL and that the colours look slightly washed out on the 3ds whereas the XL picture looks much more vibrant and punchy.



grumblegrumble said:

@uel Yes, that's right. The gnat hat! LOL I guess Minish Cap borrowed the shrink hat thing from this game, then? Hrm. Interesting!



TheAmazingRaccoon said:

@XyVoX I noticed the same thing. set your brightness to 5 and turn power saving off and the colours wont look washed out.

I had a neverending battle with vaati until I realized that you can blow up the bombs when ever you want.



XyVoX said:

@ TheAmazingRaccoon i had already done that with the brightness and power saving mode and the 3DS still looks much more washed out than the XL though.

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