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I can't believe this game doesn't have a thread of its own going already (unless I missed it, in which case, sorry), but I'm looking forward to this game more than any other so far this year. It's coming out on June 8th and I'm just going crazy with anticipation.

 

I love the way it looks like a cross between A Link to the Past and The Wind Waker. LttP is one of my favorite games of all time and the old-school 2D gameplay crossed with the effects of Wind Waker are right up my alley. I love the cover art too. My girlfriend and I are definitely looking forward to linking up our GBAs and having a go at it. The only thing I wasn't 100% sure about was whether it's a completely different game than the Four Swords on the GBA LttP cart. I'm pretty sure it is, but can someone verify that for me?

 

I pre-ordered it at EBGames this weekend, and got a sweet t-shirt - you can see it here - It's Link holding up the Triforce with the word "Hero" underneath him. Very cool, I think. I also got a free GBA to Cube link cable by pre-ordering, so overall I think it's a really good deal. I'll definitely be back to post my impressions next week!

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You're right, there was no thread going on this game. Shame on us!

 

For those of you interested, IGN has posted an extremely positive review at their website. It looks like this will be the killer app for Nintendo's connectivity feature.

 

Personally, I'm trying to think of a way to get four people to play this. My niece and nephew both have GBAs. Maybe I could borrow theirs for a few days. The problem is finding a fourth one. Perhaps I'll have to bite the bullet and try to find one used for a good price. Damn you, Nintendo!!! Damn you!!!

 

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Seeing as how I am a whore for all things Zelda I'll likely buy this, but I have a problem with it:

 

From the little I've read about it there does seem to be a single-player game. Since my wife has no interest in owning a GBA and since I have no local friends that own one I would realistically be buying it for the single-player game. What I'm not sure of is how fun it would be to play a game that has multiplayer at its heart with a single-player game tacked on for the loners.

 

It looks great, I'll agree with you. I'd like to think that I'll have it, but it's not a big focus at this point.

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J.Fo: Thanks for posting that link to the IGN review - I was actually going to ask about whether it could still be played with two or three players instead of just one or four, because that's the way most of the reviews I've read have slanted. So it's good to know two-player is an option!

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I just thought of a way to get a fourth GBA. Since I have a GB Player on my GameCube, I could just find a second TV (a small one) and hook that up to a friend's GameCube. BAM! Four GBAs and we're all set for a session of Four Swords Adventures!

 

Of course, that NES-themed GBA does look pretty nice.... crazy.gif

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Since you merely need a GBA per person, and any Zelda fan should want one for the excellent ones already on the platform, I don't see what the massive problem is, really.

 

I completely understand that some people are having problems corralling a full set of 4 handhelds, but surely these people also need to get a similarly large set of Zelda fans together anyway? I'd have thought this to be the larger challenge.

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Originally posted by iainl@Jun 3 2004, 04:58 AM

I completely understand that some people are having problems corralling a full set of 4 handhelds, but surely these people also need to get a similarly large set of Zelda fans together anyway? I'd have thought this to be the larger challenge.

From the way it sounds, you don't necessarily have to be a Zelda fan to enjoy this game (although I'm certain that it does help). It's intended to be easy for newbies to pick up and play, even if they've never touched any of the franchise's past installments.

 

Personally, I don't think it would be that hard for me to round up the necessary bodies for a good four-player session of this. The problem is, none of those bodies own GBAs of their own. Hence, my problem is just getting my hands on the necessary equipment.

 

I suspect though that once that problem is solved, we're in for one hell of a good time... especially if there's a little alcohol in the mix! ;)

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After receiving a PM from Bobbio, the possibilty of actually having a four-player session of Four Swords Adventures is looking more and more like a real possibilty. Chances are, we'll be doing a session next Saturday. We have three people confirmed at this point (myself, Bobbio, and a friend of his), and I'm certain I can get a fourth to join us.

 

I will be certain to post impressions after the dust is settled and the mayhem over.

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Yeah guys i mean come on there are only 5 of you on here for heavans sakes, one of you has to keep on top of this stuff

 

I'm relieved the place DID fall apart with me not here, makes me feel better about coming back :green: (kidding Jeff)

 

I'd love to get this one, but I have currently NO friends with GBAs and I don't own one myself, or a Cube. So why the point?

 

Gonna look into it if these situations resolve themselves in the near future. :tu:

 

I'm not against connectivity but I like being able to plug in regular controllers and just freakin' enjoy. Oh, and blackcalx, I do believe you can play single player and work all four Links yourself.

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With Four Swords Adventures almost upon us, I thought it would be nice to post this interview with Zelda series director Eiji Aonuma.

 

Apparently, there are three Zelda titles in the works right now, including the new one for GameCube, The Minish Cap for GBA and a third one for the DS, which hasn't been officially announced yet. It will be interesting to see what that's like.

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Originally posted by CaptDS9E@Jun 3 2004, 05:27 AM

Yeah guys i mean come on there are only 5 of you on here for heavans sakes, one of you has to keep on top of this stuff :green:

Like Nintendo, we believe in quality vs. quantity. ;)

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I'm still debating whether or not I will pick this one up tonight. Since I don't plan on playing it until this weekend, I don't feel an overwhelming urge to have it right away. I suspect that I will pick it up in the next couple of days though.

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Well, I did play it last night and it is a lot of fun! My girlfriend and I finished the first two levels and really thought it was a cool implementation of the connectivity technology.

 

My only complaints so far:

- Looking up and down from the TV to the GBA and back again can get tiresome.

- Only one player can talk to NPCs at a time, and the text doesn't appear on both GBAs at once. So each player has to talk to them if they want to find out what was said.

- Sometimes when the game zooms out, it's hard to see where doors and openings are. It would be easier if you had a bigger TV (We were playing on a 25").

- You have to be patient - you can only advance to the next screen when all players are ready, and when you know what to do and the other players don't, it can be frustrating trying to explain it.

 

But overall, it really is fun. It's definitely in the spirit of the classic Zelda games. I'm looking forward to playing more of it tonight.

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Originally posted by J.Fo@Jun 8 2004, 07:07 PM

I'm still debating whether or not I will pick this one up tonight. Since I don't plan on playing it until this weekend, I don't feel an overwhelming urge to have it right away. I suspect that I will pick it up in the next couple of days though.

:shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock:

 

 

and what if they are out

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Originally posted by Bobbio@Jun 9 2004, 06:01 PM

:shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock:

 

 

and what if they are out

If this were the Christmas shopping season, it might be a different story. As it is, I sincerely doubt that I will have any trouble finding one copy of this game before Saturday in the whole Twin Cities metro area, particularly when you stop and think about how many Targets, Game Stops, EBs, Best Buys, Circuit Cities, and CompUSAs there are around here.

 

And if all that fails, there's aways *shudder* Wal-Mart.

 

All you need to worry about is making sure you and your friend make it out to my place this Saturday. I got the game covered. :tu:

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Originally posted by Pharmboy@Jun 9 2004, 07:49 PM

Where's my invite, you callous bastard? :green:

Please forgive me, but I was thinking that Ottawa might be a bit of a drive for nothing more an afternoon of playing Nintendo. That's just me, though. :P

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