Monday, October 10, 2011

Zelda: Four Swords

I'm kind of miffed about Legend of Zelda: Four Swords (3DS).

Four Swords 3DS is a remake of Four Swords GBA.  They made that game in 2003, and they bundled it together with the re-release of Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past.  Two games for the price of one was a nice deal, or at least, it was nicer than the recent re-release of Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, which has no new features whatsover.

I never got to play Four Swords, because it's a multiplayer-only game.  I had the GBA multiplayer cable, but no friends to play it with.  The only other guy at my school who owned a GBA only used it for Pokemon.

They made a Gamecube Four Swords the next year, which kind of disappointed me, because the graphics were SNES style.  The whole Toon Link / Zelda graphics issue was a big deal at the time, and this game didn't help matters much.  The truth is that it's a GameCube game with GameBoy Advance graphics, because you play it with the GBA as a controller.

This version of the game came with a single-player mode, or as the game calls it, "People With No Friends" mode.  I played this for four levels, but I stopped because it was kind of bothersome to move all four characters separately.  I did manage to play the multi-player mode with my little sister for one level, but it was honestly not that much of an improvement, because I had to tell her what to do at every step of the game.

So that was...seven years ago, thereabouts.  Recently, Nintendo released Four Swords GBA as a free download for the 3DS and DSi.  This is great news, because the DS can connect to the Internet, and I can play the game with my gamer friends on the East Coast.  Plus, Nintendo's press conference bragged that the 3DS has a great online multiplayer experience, because the built-in camera will show you a live video feed of your friends' faces while the two of you play together.  No camera or headsets required!

Well...it turns out that Four Swords 3DS doesn't have online features.  You have to be in the same room as the people you're playing with.  Sort of like Nintendo's other big multiplayer game, New Super Mario Bros. Wii.

Now I'm miffed, because it's another supposedly great multiplayer game that I'll never be able to play.  None of the local gamers I know actually own a DS; they all have iPhones or Xbox 360s.

8 comments:

3D###Boy said...

Blah, I don't like this 3DS games and this buy system one bit! They make you buy and buy until you have no more money! And if you play to much you will hurt your eyes!!! <> !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

3D###Boy said...

I like only Zelda forever like Mario Block Party!

Anonymous said...

i know this is off topic but are you going to do a walktrough for Zelda Skyward sword

Anonymous said...

I got zelda four swords on my 3ds and I love it! Although it would be nice to have the online capabilities.

Hadley said...

3D###Boy i agree with your first comment.

Invisible said...

I can't say anything about the 3DS, because my newest portable game system is a gameboy advance, I don't mind it either the worst part is finding games otherwise it works fine.

Anonymous said...

WHY do they have to have ALL the good, old games ONLY on the 3DS?!?!?!?!?! T_T My dad would probably KILL me if I got a 3DS just for a FEW games..... T_T Can't they have it on the regular DS or something too? :`( I wanna play PW VS PL (IF it comes here sadly... T_T) and the Legend of Zelda games!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! T_T

Anonymous said...

I got that for my DSi for (my favorite word) FREE!