The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Anniversary Edition

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The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Anniversary Edition is a DSiWare remaster of the Game Boy Advance game, Four Swords, which was originally included in A Link to the Past & Four Swords. The remaster features several changes and additions not present in the original, including a single-player mode.

Released as part of the 25th Anniversary of The Legend of Zelda series, the remaster was made available as a free download for Nintendo DSi and Nintendo 3DS between September 28, 2011 and February 20, 2012 internationally via the DSi Shop and Nintendo eShop.[6] It was later made available again as a free download between January 30 and February 2, 2014 in North America, exclusively via the Nintendo eShop, after the release of A Link Between Worlds to celebrate its critical acclaim.[4] This would be the only other time the game was legitimately available before the closure of Nintendo eShop.

Changes and Additions

Single Player

The game now features a single-player mode absent from the original game. In this mode, only two Links are used, as opposed to four. The leading Link is always green; the player can select the color of the second Link. Similarly to Four Swords Adventures, the second Link will follow the leading Link. The player can switch control between the two Links by pressing the L or R button, which will cause the other Link to sit down, effectively separating them. The Link being controlled can only pick up the other Link when he is sitting. The Links can be reunited at any time by pressing the X button, which has Link blow a whistle that immediately summons the other Link back to him, regardless of how far apart they are, and returns control to the green Link.

The stage maps are the two-player versions of those used in multiplayer, ensuring that each stage can be completed with just two Links. When both Links are necessary to complete a task, the other Link will automatically assist the player's Link. Large blocks and rocks will be pushed and lifted by both Links at once. When one Link picks up a Nokkun, the other will move to the other side to slash as it is thrown. Likewise, when one Link touches the handle of a Hikkun, the other Link will assist in pulling it apart. Other tasks, however, such as fighting Bosses, still require that the Links work separately. In certain Boss battles where a Link needs to slash a projectile to another Link, the projectile will home in towards the direction of the other Link.

In single-player, Medals of Courage are no longer awarded after completing a stage; they are only available in multiplayer.


While using multiplayer mode, the game now uses DS Wireless Communications rather than link cables. The game does not support online multiplayer.

In multiplayer mode, player one always controls the green Link, but other players can choose between the red, blue and purple Links. In the original game, players two to four were locked into controlling the red, blue, and purple Links, respectively.

Stages and Unlockables

As the game is no longer paired with A Link to the Past, the Master Sword and Hurricane Spin that could be unlocked in that game and carried over to Four Swords are now obtained in two new stages: the Realm of Memories and the Hero's Trial. Like Vaati's Palace, these stages feature three doors, each leading to different areas, which are gradually unlocked as the Links clear each area. Unlike other stages in the game, the areas in both stages are not randomized every time the Links venture into them.

The Realm of Memories has three different levels within, each based on various locations from The Legend of Zelda, A Link to the Past, and Link's Awakening.[7] It is unlocked after beating the game once. Completing the Realm of Memories unlocks the Master Sword.[8]

The Hero's Trial is a difficult stage that features more challenging versions of the three main stages. The third area of each level is based on Vaati's Palace. It is unlocked by either collecting 30,000 Rupees or 5 Medals of Courage. Completing the Hero's Trial unlocks the Hurricane Spin.[9]

Other Changes

  • Some of the original GBA sound effects have been enhanced into better quality. The soundtrack has also been given a few instrumental enhances.
  • The title screen has been fully remade, now more closely resembling the title screen of Four Swords Adventures.
  • The game now has its own File Selection, instead of a shared one as in A Link to the Past & Four Swords. Link can now also be named.
  • In reflection of the new stages added, the map screen has been slightly updated.

Stage Completion Rewards

These are Rupee rewards for completing a stage in a certain amount of time in Sea of Trees, Talus Cave, Death Mountain and Vaati's Palace.

Time Rupees
0:00 - 0:59 1000
1:00 - 1:29 800
1:30 - 1:59 600
2:00 - 2:30 500
2:30 - 2:59 400
3:00 - 3:59 300
4:00 - 4:59 150
5:00 - 99:59 50

Speedrun Records

Main article: Speedrun Records
Category Runner Time Date
Any% RedFrost 17m 53s May 17, 2022
Any% (Multiplayer)
RedFrost Okaito
25m 50s July 20, 2021
Realm of Memories Door #1 RewanDemontay 20m 37s March 17, 2022
Realm of Memories Door #2 RedFrost 6m 40s July 30, 2022
Realm of Memories Door #3 RewanDemontay 14m 46s March 15, 2022




Video Gallery

North American trailer
Robin & Zelda Williams trailer
Japanese trailer


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Pete Davison, The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Anniversary Edition Available for Free from September 28 , GamePro (archive), published September 13, 2011, retrieved July 14, 2013.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Jim Sterling, Zelda: Four Swords out now for 'limited time' (Update) , Destructoid, published September 28, 2011, retrieved July 14, 2013.
  3. ゼルダの伝説 4つの剣 25周年記念エディション , Nintendo, retrieved July 14, 2013.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "4 Swords, 4 Days, 4 Free! To celebrate the critical acclaim for The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, we are making The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Anniversary Edition available for free in the Nintendo 3DS eShop through Feb. 2."4 Swords, 4 Days, 4 Free! , Nintendo's Official Facebook.
  5. Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 309
  6. "[Four Swords] will be available for free in the 3DS and DSi shops between September 28, 2011 and February 20, 2012."Four Swords Anniversary Edition: release date and new levels , Zelda Universe, published September 13th, 2011.
  7. "These include new stages, some of which are based on The Legend of Zelda, A Link to the Past and Link’s Awakening."Four Swords Anniversary Edition: release date and new levels , Zelda Universe, published September 13th, 2011.
  8. "You conquered the Realm of Memories and obtained the Master Sword! Your sword will now shoot beams when your life meter is full!" — N/A (Four Swords Anniversary Edition)
  9. "You have cleared the Hero's Trial and learned the Hurricane Spin! Press the B Button repeatedly during a spin attack to do continuous Hurricane Spins!" — N/A (Four Swords Anniversary Edition)