The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures

aka: Zelda no Densetsu: 4tsu no Tsurugi +
Moby ID: 13986
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Long ago in the kingdom of Hyrule, an evil sorcerer began kidnapping young maidens. This sorcerer was known as Vaati, and it seemed that no one could stop him. Eventually an adventurer appeared who was able to defeat Vaati. This adventurer carried with him the four sword which caused him to be split into four beings, and by working together the four beings were able to seal Vaati deep within the earth. But now Vaati has escaped, and the task of defeating him again has fallen to Link!

This action adventure game is played from a top down point of view. There are a variety of often maze-like lands to explore (some above ground and others below) as well as a variety of enemies to defeat. Since Link is now in possession of the four sword, there are four Links on the screen. In order to complete the various stages, the four Links will often need to work together in order to solve puzzles and defeat the many enemies. The four links are able to form several different formations, such as a line or square. The formations help the Links perform actions that couldn't be done by one, like moving heavy objects or defeating numerous enemies. At the beginning of each stage, the four sword will be weak in power; to replenish the swords power, force gems must be collected (which can be found hidden in various locations or by defeating enemies). At the end of each stage is a dark magic barrier, and the only way to destroy it is by a four sword which has been completely restored. The game can be played by one to four players, however there will always be four links on the screen. In multi-player games each player will control one of the Links and will need to connect with a Game Boy Advance which is used both to control the game as well is provide each player with their own display when their Link is inside a house or in a cavern.

In addition to the adventure mode, a multi-player battle mode is included where four Links fight to see who wins.


  • ゼルダの伝説 4つの剣+ - Japanese spelling
  • 塞尔达传说:四支剑Adventures - Chinese spelling (simplified)

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Credits (GameCube version)

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Executive Producer
System Director
Map Design
Boss Battle Director
Design Manager
Character Design
Screen Design
Effects Design
Sound Effect Programming
Demo Design
Programming Director
Player Programming
[ full credits ]



Average score: 82% (based on 38 ratings)


Average score: 3.9 out of 5 (based on 41 ratings with 1 reviews)

A unique game in the Zelda series

The Good
I like that you could control 4 Links at one time. Nintendo did a great job with the control scheme. It's easy to change formations. I like the fact that I can use the GameCube controller instead of the Game Boy Advance in single player mode. I have no comments on multiple player modes since I haven't played these modes. The game was challenging but not too hard. The levels were just the right length for me. I liked that I didn't have to navigate a menu to choose the right weapon. The graphics and effects were incredible.

The Bad
The bosses were a little easy. The ending was disappointing. I wish I could have had the opportunity to save in the middle of levels.

The Bottom Line
This game is for Zelda and adventure gamers. The plot and puzzles were Zelda-like, but the control scheme is a change (for the better in my opinion).

GameCube · by gamewarrior (5040) · 2004


Title translation

The translation of the Japanese title in English is The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords+.

Navi Trackers

The Japanese version of the game includes an exclusive game mode called Navi Trackers. The game is simple; there is a map displayed on the TV screen, and players use the GBA to find the location of Tetra's pirates before other players do. It is unknown why it was removed from the international versions of the game.


  • GameSpy
    • 2004 – #6 GameCube Game of the Year
    • 2004 – GameCube Multiplayer Game of the Year
  • Golden Joystick Awards

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Game added by Servo.

Additional contributors: Unicorn Lynx, Sciere, gamewarrior, Patrick Bregger, Deleted.

Game added July 11, 2004. Last modified August 15, 2023.