The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes will launch on October 23 for the Nintendo 3DS.
Tri Force Heroes is an adventure game that supports up to three players locally with Download Play, or online. It was announced at E3 this June, where it won “Best Handheld/Mobile Game.”
As in The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventure, each player in Tri Force Heroes plays as Link. What differentiates you as characters is your outfit. In a different touch from other Zelda games, each outfit grants you different stats or abilities. As you go through dungeons, you collect loot to make more outfits. Some might give your character the ability to shoot arrows, others might increase your heart meter, etc.
The three players will all share one heart meter, so working cooperatively is a must. This is similar to the Wii U minigame “The Legend of Zelda: Battle Quest” in Nintendo Land, where an archer and a swordsperson have three hearts between them.
Tri Force Heroes also introduces another new move for Zelda games, called the “Totem” mechanic. This means you can stack all three little Links on top of each other to reach higher parts of the level.
It sounds like this game will be a lot more fun for people playing co-op, but you can play single-player. In this case, your Link will be accompanied by rented paper doll characters to help out.
If you’re concerned about online play, communication in Tri Force Heroes will be limited to emoticons. Which promises to be adorable.
The Legend of Zelda series has been around since 1986, and this is will be the ninth original handheld game in the series. Previously, Nintendo released a remastered remake of The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask for the New Nintendo 3DS. The Legend of Zelda series has sold over 30 million games in the United States alone, and remains enduringly popular to this day.