The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures [Game Review]

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Title: The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures
Developer: Nintendo EAD Group 3
Publisher: Nintendo
Nintendo Gamecube
Action, Adventure
Release Date:
March 18, 2004
How we got the game:
We bought it

The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures was one of the first co-op games in the Legend of Zelda franchise. Generally, I play the Legend of Zelda games while Rachel watches, but we were excited that I could bring her along on this adventure as well.

Four Swords Adventures allows 1-4 players to play as “Link” and go on the adventure together to save Hyrule and Princess Zelda. We have fond memories of this game and were excited to be able to play it again.


While GameCube games obviously had the GameCube controller, which was an option if you were doing the adventure as a single-player, Four Swords Adventure had players hook up their GameBoy Advances with special adapters to use as the controllers. While the A and B buttons and the D-pad worked as the GameCube controller — using Link’s sword and special items as well as moving him — the Advances served as individual screens for each player whenever the Links went into a cave, underground, or a house.

It was certainly and interesting concept to utilize both the home console and the handhelds. It was also great to allow each player to feel like they were playing together, but had their own important part in it as well. Sometimes some Links need to go through one cave while other Links need to go through another. It’s co-op at its finest.

Worlds are grouped into three levels, with two regular levels leading up to a third that is usually a dungeon with a trapped maiden at the end of it. Each world tends to have a theme, such as going up Death Mountain to reach a fire temple or a set of worlds encased in ice. There are little to no puzzles that can be solved by just one Link — most of them need at least two, if not all four Links.

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If you don’t have four players to play as all four Links, you can press the Select button to switch between the Links you play as. Otherwise, the other Links will just follow you around. You start off in each level with nothing. It doesn’t matter what you got in the previous levels – force gems, items, heart containers – you start from scratch in the next level. Honestly, I like that. It adds more fun to it and you’ll find the items you need along the way as you go through the level. Sometimes there’s more than one item and you have to choose which one you might need first. There is some backtracking involved, but it’s not tedious at all.

Aside from solving puzzles and defeating enemies as you make your way to the end of the level, you need to collect Force Gems. These special gems help to power up your sword. Collect at least 2000 between the four Links and your swords will be powered up enough to smash through the barriers of darkness that are located at the end of each level. We’ve never had a problem collecting enough Force Gems while navigating through the levels.


Four Swords Adventures has a similar-looking Link to the Wind Waker. Not quite cel-shaded like the Wind Waker game, Four Swords Adventures is in a top-down, 2D perspective. The graphics are nice and clear, detailing the worlds wonderfully. They give homage to the classic Link to the Past game on the SNES while brilliantly updating the graphics for the GameCube.

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Each Link has his own color though – other than different colors and physical bodies – they’re all the same. They look cool together though and can even go in formation with each other. The graphics of the world map and each level are refreshing.

The music is wonderful as well, as is most of the Legend of Zelda franchise’s music. The tunes were familiar and nostalgic, but updated enough to keep them fresh for this game. The sound effects, especially for special items and the Links’ voices, are on point!

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Hearing the Links’ collectively go, “YAH!” is the best ever. Collecting force gems and using certain items are especially satisfying thanks to the sound effects.

The prison of Wind Sorcerer Vaati is growing weak. Princess Zelda and the six maidens work to strengthen the prison, but instead are captured by Vaati’s minions. In order to rescue them, Link takes up the Four Sword, splitting himself into four in order to travel throughout the land of Hyrule to vanquish the darkness while rescuing the maidens and, ultimately, Princess Zelda.

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The Links work together and travel across the lands battling various enemies, collecting force gems to power up their swords, and put Vaati back where he belongs.


We usually have a great time with this game, playing with one another both in co-op mode and in battle mode if we feel like just beating each other up. Even solo mode is a worthwhile experience. While it’s not the most challenging Zelda game out there, Four Swords Adventures is still charming and holds up well today, as long as one has the proper equipment to play it.

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Now that we have our Gamecube hooked up again and realize we still have the cables to play the game, I’m sure we’ll go back to this game again. As long as our Gameboy Advance and Gameboy Advance SP don’t die on us…

The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures gets…
4 out of 5 lives.

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Debate: Starfox Adventures VS Pokemon Colosseum [Gamecube Edition]

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We have a ton of games and the Nintendo GameCube was one of our favorite eras. While Rachel and I tend to have similar tastes in the games we play — considering all the time we play together — we do have differing opinions on which games are better than others. Randomly picking a couple of our favorites, I am defending Starfox Adventures against Rachel’s choice of Pokemon Colosseum. For one thing, Starfox Adventures has a larger world compared to Pokemon Colosseum, one that has gorgeous graphics and is fun to explore.

Hey, no fair that you get to lead off with your argument right away when you’ve barely finished explaining the debate. But whatever. I chose Pokemon Colosseum because – drumroll – Pokemon! Even though this wasn’t your typical Pokemon game, I loved having the Pokemon on the big screen. I mean, it was a Pokemon game on the big screen that was close enough to being a main game.

The debate is which is a better GameCube game of the two random choices, Starfox Adventures or Pokemon Colosseum, haha! Starfox Adventure lets the players to explore freely as Fox in a beautiful world full of other characters. The combat system was decent with its real-time movements. Pokemon Colosseum used the same Pokemon battle formula as its main core games and the N64 Stadium games, which is great, but the game was definitely more of a linear story than allowing much room for exploration.

While you can explore more in Starfox Adventures more so than Pokemon Colosseum, there are a lot of new areas in the game than you would normally see in the main Pokemon games. The game has Pokemon from Johto and Hoenn, but the game is based in a new region called Orre, which isn’t seen anywhere else and is completely new and unique for the game, especially when the game first came out. And yes, the story is linear, but so are the main Pokemon game for the most part.

The main Pokemon games let you explore more, though, and set your own pace. I think Starfox has a stronger story as well, with the worlds and creatures showing off the GameCube’s graphics better than Pokemon Colosseum. Starfox himself is a fun protagonist, being the type of hero that wants to protect the world but rolls his eyes as he does so. Tricky, the little dinosaur prince, was a cute sidekick as well, even if he did get annoying at times.

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Well, that’s fair. I’ll admit the protagonist in Pokemon Colosseum is nothing special. Still, you get Espeon and Umbreon as your Pokemon partners right off the bat, which is pretty great. The Eevee-evolutions have always been a fan favorite.

I will concede that Espeon and Umbreon — and the fact that the battles were all double battles, which is my favorite battle style — being your starters were awesome. I did find the story of Colosseum to be underwhelming, but I find myself a little jaded with the story lines of Pokemon games nowadays anyway. Starfox Adventures was an adventure and gave us some interesting new characters and a new way to interact with Fox McCloud. Granted, we never played the original Starfox games until the SNES Classic, and we weren’t too interested in them, so that may not count as much.

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I’ll admit, Starfox Adventures is a great game. The story was fun and the characters were great to play. I may go with Pokemon Colosseum mostly because Pokemon is my favorite as well. I guess we’ll just have to let everyone else decide.

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Top Tuesday: Favorite Gamecube Games

Happy Tuesday!

A few weeks ago I talked about my favorite 3DS games, so I thought I’d talk about another console I love.


5. Sonic Adventure 2 Battle

This is a terrible game, Kris and I had so much fun playing it together. My favorite part was the Chao garden more so than the actual game, but it was still a lot of fun back then.

4. Mario Party 4

This is another game that wasn’t too great. It was my favorite Mario Party for a while, mostly because of the 2V2 mini-games that Kris and I dominated the CPU characters at. It’s not the best Mario Party now, but it’s still a good game.

3. The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures

This is another game Kris and I played a lot together. I usually watch her play Zelda games, but I often played this one with her. She would battle while I picked up the force gems afterward. We had a lot of fun.

2. Animal Crossing

The original Animal Crossing games was one of the best. I never 100% the game, but I did completely pay off my debt and I felt as though that was a huge accomplishment. Now if only it were that easy in real life.

1. Luigi’s Mansion

Luigi is one of my favorite characters. I was so excited when I found out that there was going to be a game for him. A haunted mansion was involved too, which was really cool and different for a Mario-type game. It’s not just my favorite Gamecube game, but one of my all-time favorite games.

What are some of your favorite Gamecube games? Let me know in the comments below!

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Flashback Friday: Star Fox Adventures

Double Jump Kris Mii Yay for the weekend!

I hope everyone’s week went well and that you have some fun things lined up for the weekend. Summer is quickly drawing to a close — you all ready for autumn?


Star Fox Adventures was a game released for the Nintendo GameCube in September of 2002 for North America. It was developed by Rare — it was actually the last Nintendo game developed by Rare, and that fact hurt the game’s praise from critics and fans alike.

Despite that, the game was generally well received, earning an average of 3.5 to 4 stars in most reviews. Most positive reviews praised the game for its beautiful graphics and game play. The game play was a double-edged knife when it game to reviews for the game: one of the chief complaints was that it had strayed a bit from the usual Star Fox type game play style, which was a 3D scrolling shooter game.

Adventures is a direct sequel to Star Fox 64, and features the familiar heroes of the Lylat System like Fox McCloud with new characters, like Krystal the Fox and the dinosaur Prince Tricky. The game plays much like an action-adventure genre rather than the usual shooters in the franchise, with Adventures featuring several lands to explore and puzzles to solve.

Star Fox Adventures was the first Star Fox game that I had ever played, and I was introduced to Fox McCloud through Super Smash Bros. for the Nintendo 64. I have yet to try one of the more traditional Star Fox games, but if they have the same lovable characters and similar heroic journey, then I’m looking forward to them!

Have you played Star Fox Adventures? What about the other Star Fox games? Did you enjoy them?

Challenge Unlocked: Luigi’s Mansion

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Rachel and I had the bright idea to challenge each other to play a video game that we had never played before. For Rachel, I chose a game from the Fire Emblem series, while for me she originally chose Batman: Arkham Asylum. Unfortunately, our Xbox 360 didn’t like that idea, so Luigi’s Mansion stepped up to the plate.

Kris has never played Luigi’s Mansion before. I have always wanted her to play, but she was never interested in it. So… How did you like it?

It wasn’t a bad game at all, but it was definitely more fun with someone there watching and enjoying the game with you. It isn’t something that I would play on my own.

It was definitely funny watching you play. It was fun to know what you were supposed to do next when you didn’t have a clue. I liked watching you figure it out, even if the game is pretty straightforward.

I had a good idea as to what to do. From catching glimpses of you playing, I knew the general gist as to what I was supposed to do. That, and the keys showing up on the map above their doors definitely helped! I think I’m used to a bit more exploration in games and different sort of puzzles. Still, it wasn’t a bad game. The bosses were usually a good enough challenge (especially the final boss) and the 50 Boos challenge was fun.

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Apparently there’s a lot more to the game after you beat. Such as you can go through the story mode again, but on hard mode. I’m sure that would be a fun challenge!

Yes, but one playthrough was enough for me. I was satisfied that I got a Rank B with all the money I vacuumed up! Playing as Luigi was fine, too, seeing as he was always one of our favorite underdogs, but a bit more development on his part would have been nice. It was funny seeing him as a scaredy-cat, but I thought it would be nice to see him shake a little less the more time went on or the more ghosts he vanquished.

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I don’t expect much development from Luigi because that’s who Luigi is. Plus, the story is kind of bland. Luigi has to rescue Mario. Aside from the gameplay, it’s pretty much the same as every other Mario game where Mario has to save Peach. So there’s not much room for character development. Luigi is a bit more confident in Dark Moon for the 3DS… Which I’ll have you play at some point as well.

That’s true, regarding Mario games. If you think about it, though, there aren’t many Mario games I really play, not on my own, anyway. The exception to that is Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, which has a much more involved storyline and character development. My favorite kind of games have a story I can be engrossed in as well as characters I can truly find myself caring about, like the Legend of Zelda series or Fire Emblem games. All in all, though, Luigi’s mansion was a good game, but it’s not near my favorite list. It was a good, different challenge, so thanks for recommending it!

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Hm. That is true. I always have to ask you to play Mario games with me. Luigi’s Mansion is old and can be a bit rough around the edges since it doesn’t play as a traditional Mario game, but it’s still one of my favorites. I’m glad I got to watch you play it and you didn’t absolutely hate it!

What about you? How do you like the game Luigi’s Mansion?

Top Tuesday: Favorite Consoles

Rachel Mii Double JumpHey, everyone!

It’s Tuesday again. I have another Top Tuesday for you all.

Remember when I talked about updated consoles last week? Well, I thought I would share my favorite ones.

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5. Xbox 360

As you’ll be able to tell from this list, I’m a Nintendo chick. However, I do love the Xbox 360. I never had an Xbox and I don’t have the Xbox One (yet). I’m sure when I do, the Xbox One may chump the 360, but I really can’t say.

The Xbox 360 is fun to play and easy to navigate. Even though I love Nintendo, it’s refreshing to play the 360 because it’s different from the Nintendo consoles, as it should be. The controllers are easy and comfortable, reminding me of the controllers when I little, not like the Wii remote and the Wii U gamepad today.

There’s a lot to do on the 360, even if is discontinued.

4. Nintendo Wii

I was amazed when the Wii first came out. The controller was unique and I was impressed by it. I thought the “new technology” was pretty cool. To have motion sensors was all the rage. I sound like a dork, but whatever.

Most of the games for the Wii were pretty good, too. I especially loved the virtual console on the Wii shop and the many different apps they had. My personal favorite was the voting channel. I probably played that more than anything else.

3. Nintendo Gamecube

An oldie, but a goodie. Kris and I must have a thousand Gamecube games. We used to play the Gamecube all the time. There weren’t too many games that we disliked on that console. We mostly played Mario Kart: Double Dash. We always teamed up together and had a grand old time.

Plus, the discs were so small and adorable.

2. Nintendo Wii U

The newest home console from Nintendo (although not for long). Of course it made the list. It’s updated, the games are amazing, it’s more or less the same as the number one console on this list, and the Wii remotes are compatible with it. Aside from the gamepad, we didn’t have to buy new controllers. Which was nice.

I’m still unsure about the gamepad… I do like it, but I think it’s weird at the same time. It was fun to try, but I kind of hope they don’t have a gamepad-like controller for the next home console.

1. Nintendo 3DS

I play my 3DS all the time. I download games from the EShop, I ask for EShop gift cards, I have a ton of 3DS cartridges, I bring my 3DS along with me to Nintendo Zones and GameStops and the like for the StreetPass, I can change the background of the main menu… What is there not to like about the 3DS?

What are some of you all time favorite consoles?

First Games I Completed Myself

Rachel Mii Double JumpHi everyone!

When it comes to playing video games, we all have to start somewhere. As for me, I watched Kris play all the time. I typically didn’t play the games myself.

However, I did eventually branch out and play some games myself. Here are some games that I completed myself… and that was a big accomplishment for me.

Animal Crossing

The original Animal Crossing game for the Gamecube. Kris got it as a birthday gift. The person who gave it to her thought, “Kris loves video games. Kris loves animals. Animal Crossing… perfect!”

She liked the game, but it wasn’t her favorite. She didn’t get into it enough to play all the way through. I did. And I’ve been playing the Animal Crossing games ever since.

Animal Crossing is a very easy game. You create a town, fish, catch bugs, becomes friends with your animal neighbors, and overall try to keep everyone happy. The main point of the game is to make money so you can pay back your house debt. There are side quests such as collecting all the fossils, fish, and bugs, for the museum as well as collecting all the furniture and such for you home and make it the best that you can.

If you’re talking like that, I didn’t 100% the game. But I did go as far as I could when it came to upgrading my house. I no longer have anymore debt. When that happens… well, nothing too special happens. I have to admit I was a bit disappointed at what I got when I was finally debt-free for the rest of my life.

Either way, I count it as a win. It was the first game I completed myself.

Luigi’s Mansion

The idea of ghosts freaks me out. I totally believe ghosts exist and that scares me. Even if they are friendly ghosts, it’s still freaky to me.

Yet I love Luigi with all my heart, more so than I love Mario, so when a game came out for the Gamecube that revolved around Luigi, I was excited.

Luigi “wins” a contest (a non-existent contest) and gets a free mansion. A haunted mansion. Sounds great, doesn’t it?

Of course, the tables have turned and Mario is kidnapped by these ghosts. Luigi has to go and save his older brother, the savior of Mushroom Kingdom. Luigi goes through the entire mansion sucking up ghosts with his vacuum clearing the haunted mansion of the many different kinds of ghosts that appear.

It’s a simple, but wonderful game that I could play over and over again. I was excited when they came out with Dark Moon for the 3DS and I eagerly await a third installment for this series.

I’ve completed Paper Mario myself, which I’m sure you all know by now. That one was for the Nintendo64, but I didn’t complete it myself until I bought it on the WiiWare on my Wii.

And of course, I’ve completed various Pokemon games myself. Though I thought those games were too obvious to list.

What were some of the first games that you completed yourself?