Nearing the end of their “Countdown to Wii U” series, our sister site GenGAME recently posted an article discussing the possibilities of a multiplayer Zelda game for Wii U. They touch on Four Swords Adventures‘ gameplay and how its requirement for multiple systems would be solved with the Wii U GamePad, but there is also a question of what other possibilities could exist for future Zelda games. Some of their suggestions are quite intriguing, and you can check it out after the jump!
Building off their post about how Wii U was designed for Zelda, GenGAME takes it a bit further with their new article and looks into new ways the Zelda series can branch into cooperative multiplayer. While a Four Swords-styled game is a possibility, GenGAME also looks into the possibility of having a full-fledged Zelda game with a multiplayer story-line featuring Link and Zelda teaming up.
Personally, I think their suggestion is brilliant. They suggest the possibility of assymetrical control schemes between characters, with Link carrying his usual arsenal utilizing the Wii MotionPlus and Zelda making use of the GamePad with her own set of attacks focusing around her enchanted bow and magical spells. Or, the two could swap with Link switching items with the GamePad screen while Zelda’s enchantments are cast with the Wii MotionPlus. Be sure to check out the full article to see the details.
For me, this brings to mind games like Resident Evil 5 or Portal 2 that allow players to work together to accomplish a goal, or go it alone and have the (usually irritating) AI help them out. I had a blast playing those games with my brother, and I would absolutely love taking on a Zelda game with my brother at my side doing something other than criticize my puzzle solving while the two of us experience the different controls and play styles.
So how about you guys? How would you like to see cooperative play in a Zelda game? Do you prefer a Four Swords everyone-gets-to-be-Link approach, or would you like to see Link and Zelda’s different abilities pitted together? Do you even want co-op at all? Let us know in the comments!