Nintendo did NOT Bring The Legend of Zelda for Wii U to E3 as they had promised. They did, however bring a pair of 3DS Legend of Zelda games to help hold us over until we get more information: The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes and Hyrule Warriors Legends.
The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes is a new game based on the graphics and character models in The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. The lead designer said that when he play A Link Between Worlds he felt that the game did a good job of expressing height and depth. As a result he envisioned a game where players could create towers of characters help solve puzzles in three dimensions. The obvious problem here being that most Legend of Zelda games are single player. So where would you get these characters to make these towers from?
The solution was to lean on mechanics from a well loved, but often ignored, game called The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords. This was a groundbreaking game because it was the first in the series to include multiplayer!
And so, the newest title includes up to three player online multiplayer for the first time on 3DS. Each character will take on the roll of a different citizen who each claims to be the legendary hero destined to save the world. Who will be the real hero? No idea, but I’m sure the story will help us figure that out. Don’t worry if you, or your child, don’t like playing with other people. The game will provide you with a pair of doll like characters to play through the game with and alternate between.
One of the more interesting mechanics in the game involves changing Link’s clothes. He has always had different outfits to handle different challenges. But, they has generally been color swaps. The red suit helps in the volcano, the blue suit lets him breathe underwater, etc. These look like full on outfit changes a ‘la Mario Brothers that each give different powers.
I have to admit that I was underwhelmed at first, but as I watched more game play I got more and more excited about the idea of playing a Zelda game WITH my kids as opposed to in front of them.
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