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Multiplayer Mode in Four Swords Adventures
|Game(s)||The Wind Waker|
Four Swords Adventures
|Other media||Link's Crossbow Training|
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.
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, and the game can be continued with or without any other players. There is also a separate multiplayer battle mode, Shadow Battle.
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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 wireless LAN or Wi-Fi. The game supports DS Download Play for two-player local games with one cartridge.
Like Phantom Hourglass, Spirit Tracks boasts the ability to Battle with friends, 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 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 exactly three Links are needed to navigate the game's levels. The Links can team up with either local play, Download Play, online play with friends, or online play with randoms. A single-player mode is featured, 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 and three-Link free-for-all matches either locally or online.
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