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The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures
Legend of Zelda Four Swords Adventures (NA)
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Developer(s) Nintendo EAD
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Platform(s) Nintendo GameCube platform icon
Genre(s) Action, Adventure
Rating(s)
ESRB  PEGI  CERO  ACB

03ESRB E  01PEGI 3  01CERO A  02ACB PG

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The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures (ゼルダの伝説 4つの剣+, Zeruda no Densetsu Yottsu no Tsurugi Purasu, The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords+) is the eleventh game in The Legend of Zelda series, for the Nintendo GameCube. It is the sequel to the multiplayer-only The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords, released for the Game Boy Advance on the same cartridge as a port of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. Like the first Four Swords, the graphics are 2D and four Links are used. However, the game is 1-4 players instead of 2-4, and the graphics style is that of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, while Four Swords used the Wind Waker style. The first game was multiplayer only to promote the link cable. However, the GBA can be used for specific areas such as caves which can either be projected to a GBA or on a small window onscreen. Multiplayer is only possible using Game Boy Advances.

The game is based heavily on A Link to the Past, so it implements many of the sprites and backgrounds from that game enhanced with special effects.

Gameplay

The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures expands on the concept introduced in The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords. It is the only episodic Zelda game, and after each mission or episode the equipment that you found, including the extra heart pieces, is lost. There are three modes the player can partake in in Four Swords Adventure. The main mode is Hyrulean Adventure. Shadow Battle is a multiplayer battle mode, and Navi Trackers, which was only included in the Japanese and Korean releases, is a minigame mode featuring Tetra and her pirate crew from The Wind Waker

It is the only official Zelda game not to have an inventory window, limiting the player(s) to only one secondary item. Most other games have a drop-down inventory window and most games since Ocarina of Time have allowed for three other items equipped to buttons. Even A Link to the Past, which this game is based on, has an inventory window.

Unlike other Zelda games, the game saves only when stages have been completed.

One potentially annoying feature occurs whenever a secondary item is acquired, which will always be accompanied by a complete description even when the item has already been used.

Reception

The game did poorly commercially. The game was intended to increase the sales of the series after The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker sold fewer than expected (around 3 million copies). Four Swords Adventures did much worse at only 250,000. Reviews were generally positive, with a Game Rankings average of 84.52%. To date, however, it remains the worst rated Zelda game of all time (excluding the Game Boy Advance re-releases of The Legend of Zelda and Zelda II: The Adventure of Link). It is also the worst selling Zelda game and the only one in the series not to reach one million copies sold. Had Twilight Princess also sold poorly, Nintendo speculated that the Zelda series would have been ended.

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