Multiplayer

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Multiplayer is a mode in which several players can play a game together, either simultaneously or in sequence. The Legend of Zelda series, being known for its immerse single player experience, has had few games with a multiplayer mode; however, in recent years, multiplayer mode has become more common in The Legend of Zelda games.

Appearances

Four Swords

Four Swords was the first true multiplayer Legend of Zelda game. Several players could link together their Game Boy Advances and play as one of four different Links. The players could help or hinder each other. The game is notable in that it can only be played with multiple people (no single player mode exists). A special edition called Anniversary Edition was released in late 2011 and for a limited time, in which a single-player mode has been added. In it there is a second Link controlled by the computer.

The Wind Waker

The Wind Waker featured a form of multiplayer. At any point during the single player adventure, a second player could attach a Game Boy Advance to the GameCube via a GameCube-Game Boy Advance Link Cable. This would allow the Tingle Tuner to become a usable item, and allow the second player to move an icon around The Wind Waker's world, granting access to various items only available with the Tingle Tuner.

Four Swords Adventures

Four Swords Adventures was a GameCube game expanding on the multiplayer system introduced in Four Swords. The game's full adventure mode can be played with a single player, but up to four players can connect their Game Boy Advances to the GameCube to play in multiplayer. There is also a separate multiplayer battle mode, Shadow Battle.

Phantom Hourglass

Main article: Battle Mode

Phantom Hourglass was the first game in the series to utilize the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection for its multiplayer. Two people can play either over local wireless, and could also play over Wi-Fi before online play was discontinued. The game supports DS Download Play for two-player local games with one cartridge.

Spirit Tracks

Like Phantom Hourglass, Spirit Tracks boasts the ability to Battle with friends (only over local wireless this time), as well as retaining the Tag Mode. As in Phantom Hourglass, players without cartridges can use DS Download Play to join a game. Spirit Tracks also supports up to four players rather than two.

Tri Force Heroes

Tri Force Heroes is primarily a multiplayer The Legend of Zelda game, in the same vein as Four Swords and Four Swords Adventures. One key difference, however, was the inclusion of only three Links, rather than four, and the fact that a complete trio of Links is required to navigate the game's Levels. The Links can team up with either local wireless play or Download Play; online play with friends or random players was also supported until Nintendo 3DS servers were shut down on April 8, 2024.[1] A single-player mode is included, in which two of the Links are replaced with Doppels, whose control can be switched between. There is also a battle mode called the Coliseum which allows one-on-one battles in addition to three-Link free-for-all matches.

Other Appearances

Link's Crossbow Training

Link's Crossbow Training has a multiplayer mode played in sequence, with each player passing the Wii Zapper between each other as the game requires. The goal is to get the highest score on each stage.

Cadence of Hyrule

Cadence of Hyrule supports two player split-screen co-op.[2] It can be activated by selecitng "New Game 2P" from the title screen, or by connecting a new controller during normal gameplay.

Hyrule Warriors

Hyrule Warriors features a cooperative mode where one player uses the Wii U gamepad and the other player the TV screen. Multiplayer returns in Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition, although it is played split screen.

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity allows the activation of a split-screen co-op multiplayer mode by clicking the Left Stick from the Map.

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