Category: Tri Force Heroes

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…

In the Legend of Zelda series, a handful of towns make appearances in multiple games, with each version having its own unique aesthetic and charm. Hyrule Castle is a commonly occurring location in Zelda, but the adjacent Castle Town doesn’t always appear with it. When it does, it is often a market square for buying goods, a hub connecting multiple key regions, and/or filled with non-playable characters (NPCs) for mini-games, side quests, or informants advancing the game’s narrative. In my…

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 Zelda games are regularly ranked in the bottom third of our Best Zelda Ever lists, with last year’s ranking being no exception. It’s maybe no coincidence, either, that roughly a third of the voters haven’t even had the opportunity (or desire) to play the two bottom-ranked games, Four Swords and Tri Force Heroes, which are both multiplayer. Nowadays, these multiplayer games are increasingly hard to play in their original formats; but even in considering the games in their heydays, I don’t think I’m…

We celebrate many anniversaries here at Zelda Dungeon. When you cover a longstanding game series like The Legend of Zelda, with over 20 games under its belt, it makes sense that there will always be a special date to mark the calendar by and always a prestigious title to look back on. For example, we honored Ocarina of Time with a retrospective staff feature on its 25th anniversary last November, we remembered A Link Between Worlds with a special editorial on its tenth anniversary…

Are you a recent Zelda fan who arrived during the Switch generation and are interested in playing through the full catalog? Are you a veteran Zelda fan who is tired of dusting off that old system to play your favorite Zelda game one more time? Regardless of when you found The Legend of Zelda, I think we can all see the value in having the complete saga on Switch so that it is both accessible and convenient for recent and…

Nintendo announced yesterday that, on April 8th, 2024, at 4 PM PDT, online services will shut down for the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U line of systems. We knew the general timeframe for this suspension late last year, but the exact date and time is now confirmed. As for what this decision entails, “online play and other functionality that uses online communication” will be terminated. “This also includes online co-operative play, internet rankings, and data distribution,” and it applies to…

Music is an essential aspect of video games. Much like a movie’s soundtrack, good video game music enhances the player experience. It lets us know if a dilapidated building is supposed to be sad or spooky.  The Legend of Zelda series is certainly no exception. There’s everything from sweeping ballads to quiet, contemplative pieces that provide just the right amount of atmosphere. What sets the Zelda series apart is that Link often plays an instrument that serves some kind of purpose…