Category: Four Swords Adventures

Having recently done my first ever play through of Four Swords with its release on Nintendo Switch Online, multiplayer Zelda has been fresh on my mind. Throughout the many games in the series, there are only a select few that include multiplayer options — namely Four Swords, Four Swords Adventures, Tri Force Heroes, and a few side minigames in Spirit Tracks. Most of these games were created to be played on handheld consoles like the Nintendo DS or the Game…

In the recent Nintendo Direct, The Legend of Zelda: Echoes of Wisdom and the limited edition golden Switch Lite stole the show for Zelda fans. However, one other Zelda announcement occurred and should not be overlooked: The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past & Four Swords was brought to the Game Boy Advance (GBA) application for Nintendo Switch Online (NSO). Earlier this year, I wrote about the remaining games in the Zelda series that haven’t yet appeared on…

Happy release of Taylor Swift’s new album, The Tortured Poets Department! For anyone in the center of the Taylor Swift-Zelda fandom Venn diagram, this editorial is for you. Swift is arguably the world’s most popular superstar, donning the cover of Time magazine as Person of the Year. Her long list of musical accolades has solidified her legacy, including her recent triumph of being the first woman to win Album of the Year at the Grammy’s four times. Her record-breaking Eras…

Every family seems to have that one problem child, the black sheep, if you will. Video games are no exception to this rule. Banjo Kazooie has Nuts & Bolts, Batman: Arkham has Blackgate, and Metroid has Other M. The Legend of Zelda even has its fair share of black sheep. Many would consider Four Swords Adventures a black sheep for its emphasis on multiplayer and episodic gameplay while others may point to the CD-I games for, well, too many reasons…

Ganondorf is an iconic villain, integral to the Legend of Zelda series. However, while Zelda and — to a lesser extent — Link’s personalities shift from game to game, Ganondorf remains just about the same in every entry. Nintendo compensates for the stagnant nature of their leading villain by adding in sidekicks or replacements for him from time to time. As an unfortunate side effect of not being cursed to participate in an endless ouroboros cycle between good and evil,…

Welcome to another episode of the show, where this week, we have the honor of closing out Zelda Dungeon’s Four Swords Week celebrating the twentieth anniversary of the single most unheralded Zelda game of them all: Four Swords Adventures! Andy and Al recount their memories of the game from the time it was first announced, to the first time they played together at the Zelda Dungeon Marathon, and reflect on the things that held it  back from being a huge…

Four Swords Adventures is, in a word, bizarre (in the best of ways). Each underrated Zelda game has its own set of anomalies that make it stand out from the rest of the series and Four Swords Adventures is no exception. Its increasing inaccessibility to players only adds to this mystique — and most emulations can’t replicate the experience of playing it on a fuzzy, old TV, clutching a chunky GameCube controller or Game Boy Advance. Four Swords Adventures’ eccentricities…

I guess it could be argued that, to some extent, Zelda has never truly been a solitary experience. I’ve read that ‘80s kids on playgrounds used to talk about their discoveries in the original The Legend of Zelda, swapping stories and hints about every secret they’d uncovered. Nintendo home consoles had long been equipped with multiple controller ports for couch co-op, but it wasn’t until the Game Boy Advance remake of A Link to the Past came out that we got…

Celebration is as much looking forward as it is reflecting back. For the recent anniversary of Four Swords Adventures, I invite everyone to look ahead to ponder if a modern attempt at a Four Swords title should be created? I’d argue that we need it now more than ever, considering online multiplayer for Tri Force Heroes will no longer be an option in less than a month from the time of writing. On the other hand, multiplayer Zelda games have…

Multiplayer games can be an immense amount of fun, but they can also present their own unique challenges. One of the challenges that game developers have to plan around is the potential for a wide range of skill levels among those who are playing together. When players are all experienced gamers and near similar skill levels, puzzles or bosses that revolve around precision timing and high levels of cooperation can be exhilarating to defeat. However, when a wide range of…