All four Links are back for another adventure, this time for free.
Earlier this summer, Nintendo promised that fans would have plenty to look forward to for the 25th anniversary of The Legend of Zelda series. 2011 is definitely full of all things Zelda, including the upcoming limited DSiWare release of The Legend of Zelda: The Four Swords Anniversary Edition. Gamers will be able to download the title for free, for a limited time only, starting on September 28 and ending February 20, 2012. Four Swords can be downloaded onto any DSi, DSi XL, or 3DS unit.
The essence of the past Four Swords titles remains intact for this special revival of the game. The title puts you in the role of a Link character, who is trying to rescue the Princess from the evil Vaati (Gufuu in Japan). Players can team up with two to four players to simultaneously play the game via a local multiplayer. Not only that, but this time around, Nintendo is giving gamers the option of playing the title in a special single-player mode. In this mode, the player can alternate controlling each Link character and even have the ability to control the characters simultaneously. Each character is also able to have a specific item to help aid them in their quest. For example, one player can use the Pegasus Boots while one of the other players is using the Wing Cape. Also added is the new "whistle" functionality, which will allow a player to alert the other players as to where they are.
The DSiWare Four Swords also contains a variety of levels to complete. Player are able to play through a Forest stage, Cave, Death Mountain, and Gufu’s Palace of the Wind. The game continues to deliver a fresh experience as well, since every time you play through the game, each stage slightly changes. The stages also change to accommodate the number of players as well, perhaps making it equally as challenging for four players as it would be for a single player controlling two characters.
Four Swords features two new sets of stages, 'The Realm of Memories' and 'Hero's Trial.' Each of the stages contains three levels and the are unlocked by completing the original four stages. 'The Realm of Memories' is based off the original Legend of Zelda, Link’s Awakening, and A Link to the Past. Also added are new unlockable skills, such as the hurricane spin and the Master Sword, which are gained by completing the new stages.
Zelda fans only have a few more weeks to wait for this free bit of fan service.