GenGAME: Multiplayer Zelda for Wii U?

JordanNovember 18th, 2012 by Jordan

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!

Source: GenGAME

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  • You-Know-Who

    I got the WiiU! Yayayayayayayayayay!!!!!

    • MasterOfSwords1

      Well what are you doing here?!?!?! :) I’m getting one next Friday or Saturday

      • wafflegoat

        WHAT?!?!?!?!? OH, why do I live in England. 12 FLIPPING DAYS LEFT!!!!!! Then i have to wait till Christmas to actually get it! D:

    • Link_The_Ultimate_Chronomancer

      You’re stupid. You should have waited for Zelda U to come out. By that time, the console would be cheaper, the games would be cheaper, and the console would have the last few bugs worked out of it.

      • MasterOfSwords1

        Not everyone needs specific games to come out before buying a console. There are plenty of good games already. Is he really “stupid” for buying a console he wants?

        • Link_The_Ultimate_Chronomancer

          Not stupid for buying the console he wants, but stupid for buying it at a release price that Nintendo wants (you to pay). Zelda U was just an example, because I figure by that time, it will be cheaper. Think about it. A 3DS at release was more than a 3DS XL is now.

      • Midnafan

        what if he wanted a game besides Zelda U? There are actually quite a few games already. Besides, it’s more expensive to buy a game and console at the same time.(when i bought OoT3D and the 3DS (at the reduced price) i still payed almost the original price of the 3DS by the time i walked out of the store) And why would the games be cheaper? I see no reason why the price would go down. Nintendo doesn’t lower prices too often. And I don’t claim to know anything about bugs, but I don’t really see that as a problem either. :/

        • Link_The_Ultimate_Chronomancer

          I doubt there will be a Zelda Wii U bundle. The games would be cheaper because at pre-order price, which he more-than-likely bought them, the games were $60, as opposed to the normal price of $50. Consoles usually run more efficiently after they have been out for a year or so. See my latest comment above.

  • MasterOfSwords1

    I would absolutely love to see a multiplayer Zelda on the Wii U. I have only played four swords adventure at a friends house, and we spent at least 20 minutes looking for GameBoys and cables. The game itself was very fun, and I would like to see another game with the same concept. Possibly in 3D…

  • itsameluigi1290

    Player 1: Link.

    Player 2: Zelda

    End of story.

    • Tehlul

      Player 1: Link
      Player 2: Sideshow Bob
      player 3: Eustace Bagge
      Player 4: Hitch

      • The Hylian Monolith

        Plese, no. Just…no. NO.

    • The Hylian Monolith

      I like teh way you think. :D I played ST first, so multiplayer with Zelda will always hav a special place in my heart, but a game with Zelda actually a different, living entity helping you out…that would be cool. And fun.

      “NO, no, no, you shoot that one first!” “No, I don’t! See, now the other one slides down and I shoot it midway! “No, it’s down too far now. Now we have to go downstairs again and reset it.” “You mean YOU do. You distracted me. I’ll stay up here and kill those geozards that you’ve been avoiding. I can’t believe you’re afraid of them, you insisted on playing the character with the Triforce of Courage!” “And you insisted on playing the girl.” “HOW DARE YOU INSULT THE RULER OF HYRULE!” Or maybe…

      You got the Clawshot! “Hey, I was supposed to open that chest.” “But I did.” “You have warp spells. I need that.” “No, I don’t, I didn’t talk to Impa yet. How do you know about the warp spell…?” “…” “Have you been playing as Zelda behind my back?” “NO!” LOL.

      • Midnafan

        Awesome, man. XD

      • Divine Demon Ratatosk

        Very good role play there, Old chap. Yes, I can do a British voice, I’m a DIVINE Demon, not a Gerudo loser.

    • Midnafan

      Player 1: Link
      Player 2: Sheik
      Even better story :P

      • Lifeoflink

        Player 1: Link
        Player 2: Zelda/Shiek
        Player 3&4: Notable Characters from each race or maybe the Sages from OoT?

        • pokeninja183

          Player 1:Link
          Player 2:Red Link
          Player 3:Blue Link
          Player 4 :PURPLE Link

          • Midnafan

            He’s Violet! That’s why they call him Vio. :P

          • Linkfan99

            Only in the manga – which is non-canon.

        • Midnafan

          That’s alot of characters to play! o.O

          • Lifeoflink

            Zelda has a rich tale with many characters. What if some of the other players could be monsters that Link befriends? Like a friendly Stalfos or Wolfos?

      • itsameluigi1290

        Yeah, but my sisters prefer Zelda over Sheik, and I do too. Sheik is still awesome, but I like Zelda more.

        inb4they’rethesameperson.

        • Linkfan99

          They’re the same people.

          • itsameluigi1290

            D’OH you did it anyway ;_;

          • Linkfan99

            TROLOLOLO

  • MasterOfSwords1

    Could you imagine a game with transformations similar to Majora’s Mask where you can transform into different creatures or have four people, each playing as one of them?

    • Midnafan

      hey, that’s a pretty cool idea! difficult to implement into a story though…. o_O

      • MasterOfSwords1

        Haha, I’ve been thinking about it all day. Maybe it could just be a downloadable game on Wii U with no real story.

  • Twilight Gale

    Oh I SO hope not.
    But I would like Link and Zelda.

    • Cmaster

      It would be so cool if there was a Zelda game where you could actually play as Zelda. XD

      • The Hylian Monolith

        ST kind of did that…but not as an actual other player. I still enjoyed it, and the power she displayed, and I’d love a new game where you play as Zelda for real, with another player as Link.

      • Darkstar

        Luckily Brawl gave us a taste of what Zelda can really do, and she seemed quite powerful in that game with some awesome moves. Nintendo need to use those moves and expand on them if they actually use her in the next game.

  • Link_The_Ultimate_Chronomancer

    The Four Sword needs more fame anyway. The Master Sword gets all the glory, but the Four Sword is cooler (Not in looks, but, you know).

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000711072942 Spencer Tinnin

    I love that idea but I don’t have anyone who would play it with me

    • Midnafan

      That’s half my issue with everything multiplayer :’(

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  • Cmaster

    The Wii U looks pretty cool, I got rid of my wii/gamecube/DSi a few months back to get a 360 kinect but the Xbox games just arn’t like nintendo games I only have like three good Xbox games. I find it hard to find many fun Xbox games that dont have to do with shooting people with guns or slicing peoples heads off, so I might revert back to nintendo. GO Wii U!!!!! :D

    • The Hylian Monolith

      Yes! Please do! Despite your treachery, Hyrule will welcome you back!

      • Zack Patterson

        ^^^ This
        The goddess will always forgive :)

      • Tehlul

        My god…
        Fanboys.

        • wafflegoat

          Tell me about it.

        • Vink

          Go back to microsoft small dick.

        • The Hylian Monolith

          I know it’s about a month later…but…
          a) I’m not a fanboy, I just like to see people learning what is right and what is wrong. Nintendo(and Zelda)is right. You learned, come back to where you belong.
          b) Even if I was a fanboy, I’m not a fanboy. That’s fanGIRL for ya.

    • wafflegoat

      OH GOD!!!! No.

      I’m gonna put it simply: Xbox is horrible. Nintendo is far superior. If you’re going to get a non-Nintendo console, get a PlayStation of some kind. Xbox is probably one of the worst console series’ out there, since Nintendo and Sony could beat them any day. Just…please…put me out of my misery.

      • Tehlul

        If playing Nintendo is your thing, that’s completely fine.
        But claiming that it is far more superior then any other game company is ignorant.

        • wafflegoat

          I’m not being ignorant. Despite your comment, I stand by what I said before. I think that Nintendo AND Sony are much better than Xbox, for several reasons, some too deep to go into right now. A main one is that Xbox is simply a terrible version of the PS3, copying nearly everything about it, and trying an failing to create a Mii system like the Wii. Sure they have a little more customisation but you can see where the original idea was from. And where I live, Xbox is a console for chavs…

          • Vink

            Microsoft do copy Sony and Nintendo. I won’t ignore that Sony copied the Wiimote.

            Microsoft did make a decent console with good hardware and software for a good price too compared to PS3 $1000 (from the start), but there are just too many 3rd party games on it and boring kinect games except Dance Central.

            I really hate the fact that consumers have to pay to play online for xbox live, that is why people should buy a PS3, free online play and they are pretty cheap nowadays.

            But the Nintendo Wii outsold both Sony and Microsoft.

            I grew up with Nintendo and I will continue buying there games until I die.

          • Imnotafanboy

            Dumbass,
            You may have to pay for the online service but its the best you will ever find.
            The only 3 games for the PS3 are always getting hacked
            And Nintendo’s always copied other consoles………..very poorly.
            I’d rather play Call of Duty Modern Rehash 43 then
            Super Mario sameshitagain

          • wafflegoat

            Then why are you even here? Its not just a Zelda fansite, its a Nintendo fansite. And just to let you know, there a way better shooters than CoD, like Goldeneye, Resident Evil and Battlefield. So stop whining. :P

          • Hayden

            Nintendo has never copied … The psmove wii remote much?

    • Midnafan

      That is the exact reason why I only play Nintendo. It’s way more family-friendly. The most mature game I’ve ever even played is TP. I don’t see what’s so appealing about gruesomely murdering people or video game sex. Why is there even sex in video games at all?! What purpose does that serve?! :(

      • wafflegoat

        Well I agree, but I enjoy Sony (Playstation) too. In fact, some of their games are better than just one or two of Nintendo’s games (Skyrim for example). Just a few, don’t get mad!!! But let’s face it, there’s some of that stuff on Wii, DS, even earlier consoles (Goldeneye, which is on N64 and Wii). They released GTA on DS!! You can’t say that has no intense violence? But I agree about the sex part. I mean, why?

        • Midnafan

          Skyrim is mentioned… I shun you -_-

          • KidNintendus

            Actually, Skyrim isn’t half bad. Sure, it’s not NEARLY as good as any of Nintendo’s main franchises, but it’s worth a try.

          • wafflegoat

            Thank you. Like you said, Zelda is WAY better, but the fans need to give it a chance. Its a good games for older fans of Zelda.

        • Red-tuniclink

          What?The elder scrolls series isn’t owned by sony.

          • wafflegoat

            No, but its on a Sony console, my friend. ;)

      • Tehlul

        Don’t knock it till you try it,
        Killing stuff is lots of fun

        • Tehlul

          Link does it all the time

          • itsameluigi1290

            HEY LOOK AN ARGUMENT WEEEEEEE

      • KidNintendus

        I agree. However, there are some games I will have exceptions to. For instance, Assassin’s Creed series. This series has a great story about going back in time to stop the end of the world. And, you get to pretty much relive the past ALMOST exactly as it happened.

    • ePicMan

      I hear you, I don’t get why it is so fun to be killing everything in sight. If anything, nintendo mputs the most original games and ideas out there (e.g. wii using motion control or wii u having two screens for a home console or wii balance board which can accuratly estimate your BMI and centre of gravity). I am all for co-op in zelda but not much for the four swords kind-of-way. I think using the wii u pro-controller to the best would be with co-op.

    • Ninty

      Well, there are the Xbox downloadable games. That’s personally why I’d buy one, for their downloadable games that are sometimes only on Xbox

    • Linkfan99

      The 3 xbox games i find enjoyable:
      Skyrim
      Darksiders
      Darksiders 2

      • itsameluigi1290

        You don’t like Sonic ’06?

        • Linkfan99

          I’ve never tried it.

          • itsameluigi1290

            Then don’t. Seriously, I’m the only person alive who likes it. Try Sonic Generations instead!

    • Divine Demon Ratatosk

      Hylian Monolith is correct in that Hylrule will welcome you back, just some parts more then others.

  • Midnafan

    Maybe we could have more than one hero/character going on their own quests than meeting up halfway or at the climax to solve what seemed to be two separate conflicts but were actually one. :P they could like sparsely intertwine before actually meeting, like they’re both on opposite sides of the same market place (kind of a how-i-met-your-mother sort of coincidence, if that makes any sense) :) What’s cool about that scenario, is that you could have two players at the same time, but if you’re single player, you could switch between roles after meeting certain points, kind of like Siren Blood Curse even though that’s not multi-player. :D

    • wafflegoat

      Huh, good idea. Sorta like Resident Evil 4: Separate Ways, if anyones played that.

      • Kablamogroup

        I was thinking it was something like Resident Evil 6, with each story intertwining at specific points.

        • wafflegoat

          I guess so, yeah

        • Midnafan

          ding-ding-ding! I know nothing about that game, but you got the right idea :D

  • Ganon’s Baker

    I cant really see, nor do i want to see, a multiplayer zelda game outside of the four swords sub-serie. the four swords games had a perfect reason for more than one player and it worked well. hoever, if multiplayer with no four sword is made, it wouldent really feel like your own personal adventure, which is one of the core idea,s of zelda

  • WiiZeldaFan the second

    I think with a Link and Zelda multiplayer game, there would be no real storyline, since you wouldn’t be saving Zelda would you?

    • Guest

      They would still have to defeat Ganon or something or whatever evil is pervading the land in that particular game.

      • WiiZeldaFan the second

        True

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Will-VanZant/1124721797 Will VanZant

      You don’t save Zelda in Spirit Tracks, and that had a real storyline. Imagine if, instead of Zelda losing her body, she lost her soul, and you or your friend took control of her body to make sure that it was put to good use while she was gone. Or, wait, no, that phrase could be taken differently…

  • Wii U Dude

    In the game rayman legends, for wii u, I heard a fifth character could control Murfy, the flying, smiley guy, with the wii u gamepad. Perhaps someone could control a fairy or something with that, in Zelda. That’d be cool.

  • Hayden

    Player with gamepad: link
    Player 1: Zelda
    Player 2: deku link
    Player 3: zora link
    Player 4: Goron link
    All 4 players could choose but gamepad would always be link

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