Four Swords is one of two games included in the game A Link to the Past and Four Swords, which was released for the Gameboy Advance in 2003. This game is notable for being the first in the Zelda series to feature cooperative game play. As this game was multiplayer only, it required linking two to four Game Boy Advance systems with Game Boy Advance link cables.
25th Anniversary Edition
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of The Legend of Zelda series, Nintendo released The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Anniversary Edition on DSiWare (for the Nintendo DSi and the Nintendo 3DS) as a free download between September 28, 2011 and February 20, 2012. Unlike the original port, this port includes a single player mode. When multiplayer is desired, the players would then use wireless connection rather than link cables.
Influences in Zelda Classic
Four Swords brings the following to Zelda Classic:
- Fire Wizzrobe, though its behavior in Zelda Classic is different than its behavior in this game
- The ability to make a walking enemy that engulfs Link and drains rupees via the enemy editor; this touch effect is similar to the behavior of the Rupee-Likes from this game
- The ability to make Rupee items that take away rupees via the item editor; this behavior is similar to that of the black rupees from this game, which are called Rupoors in Phantom Hourglass
Unlike A Link to the Past and Four Swords, which is rated E, Four Swords Anniversary Edition is rated E10+.