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IGN (Oct 06, 2011)
That's the real strength of The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Anniversary Edition – it finally offers an easy, accessible way to play multiplayer Zelda the way it was always meant to be played. The cost barrier has been destroyed. The connectivity walls have been blasted. Four Swords was a chore before, but now there's no reason why every Nintendo fan shouldn't be able to experience this great design. So go download it already! It's free!
NintendoWorldReport (Oct 04, 2011)
Despite these minor faults, Four Swords Anniversary Collection is an amazing game. I’m shocked that Nintendo put any effort—much less this amount of effort—into a free downloadable title. But good for them. Everybody with a 3DS or DSi/XL needs to download this immediately and start playing it. And if you’ve got some friends, it’s a fantastic group title.
Nintendo Life (Oct 02, 2011)
Not only has Nintendo provided a free Zelda title to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the series, but it’s a game that has hours of replay value and a multiplayer component that is a joy to play. The occasional touch of lag or out of sync music don’t distract too much from the experience. The single player is also an accomplishment of thoughtful design, with just a few points where the balance of play doesn’t quite suit the mechanics. Overall, however, this is a terrific new version of the Four Swords adventure, lovingly crafted and full of content: if you haven’t already done so, download it now.
Would have been a nice little bonus on its own but the added extras make Four Swords Anniversary Edition a must play for any Zelda fan who owns a 3DS or a DSi.
Destructoid (Oct 03, 2011)
Despite those setbacks, Four Swords Anniversary Edition is a spectacular re-release packed to the brim with more content than most paid downloadable titles; that all of this is available for free is simply mind-blowing. The multiplayer is as deliciously evil as it ever was, but I just wish more tweaks were made to tailor the single-player mode for solo adventurers. If you are able to gather a group, however, you will have a blast.
80 (Oct 02, 2011)
„The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords“ punktet enorm mit zwei Aspekten: zum einen mit dem komplett neuen Singleplayer-Modus, mit dem man auch ohne Mitspieler Vaati das Wasser reichen kann und zum anderen mit dem Preis. Wer noch einige Freunde zusammenbringt und das Spiel zu viert angeht, erlebt den kompletten Umfang des Titels. Mit einer schönen Grafik, einigen Zusatzlevel und vor allem dank des Multiplayer-Modus ist es selbst heute noch wert, einen Blick auf „Four Swords“ zu wagen. Da das Spiel kostenlos angeboten wird, verzeiht man Nintendo auch gerne den dünnen Umfang. Ein sehr nettes Geschenk seitens der japanischen Firma an alle treuen Fans, die die „The Legend of Zelda“-Reihe in den 25 Jahren unterstützt haben.
Vandal Online (Oct 02, 2011)
Divertido y muy gratificante en su desarrollo, The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Anniversary Edition se centra en el componente multijugador, como en su encarnación original, pero ofreciendo ahora la opción de jugarlo en solitario, un añadido fantástico. Mucho menos gratificante es ver que no se ha introducido juego en línea en un título precisamente centrado en el componente multijugador, una nueva oportunidad perdida para Nintendo en este terreno. Eso sí, al menos es una descarga gratuita para celebrar el aniversario de la saga, por lo que esas ausencias notables y falta de ambición resultan más fáciles de perdonar.
N-Europe (Oct 29, 2011)
To conclude, whilst short, the game offers replayability through the randomly generated nature of its dungeons, however, this only extends to multiplayer as repeated play throughs in single player quickly become bland. With two or more players is where Four Swords truly comes into its own – before you know it Link will be showing his dark side, heartlessly sacrificing allies for a few extra rupees at every opportunity. Have you ever pined for a dungeon crawler, loot based, multiplayer Zelda? No, can’t say we have either but that’s what Four Swords delivers and when it’s in full flow, it becomes the perfect blend of co-op and versus gameplay. Being free of charge, this anniversary edition of Four Swords is a no-brainer for all DSi and 3DS owners. Just remember to get together with some friends to experience it at its finest. If you only plan to play it alone, you are advised to take a couple of marks off our final score.
80 (Oct 07, 2011)
La soluzione pensata da GREZZO funziona a metà e l'esperienza single player è godibile ma un non completamente soddisfacente: Four Swords è insomma basato sul gioco di squadra e ogni livello, nuovo o vecchio, finisce col risentirne. Aldilà del fatto che il software Nintendo riesce a essere molto più divertente se giocato anche soltanto con un amico, è lodevole l'impegno profuso nella realizzazione di contenuti aggiuntivi di una certa qualità per un prodotto destinato alla distribuzione gratuita. Nonostante la componente tecnica retrò, The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords 25th Anniversary Edition resta un collage di gameplay, trovate e sfide di alta qualità, che lo si giochi da soli o in compagnia, e che nessun amante della serie dovrebbe lasciarsi sfuggire.
Cubed3 (Dec 02, 2011)
Nintendo made a terrific decision bringing in Grezzo once more to work on The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Anniversary Edition, since the additions introduced have made for a lot of replay value to a game that you might not have picked up again for a while after beating it. The unlockable classic and challenging levels will make every Zelda fan pleased, and the game has been designed perfectly for short bursts. Since it is currently free to all DSi and 3DS owners on the Nintendo eShop right now, there is absolutely no reason for you not to own this. Grab it now before Nintendo start charging for it from February 20th next year!
Modojo (Sep 30, 2011)
That said, Four Swords Anniversary Edition is a short but cool game every DS and 3DS fan should own. Just don't sleep on downloading it, since it'll be free until February 20, 2012.
Meristation (Sep 23, 2011)
Cuatro características básicas como cuatro espadas definen esta reedición conmemorativa del 25 Aniversario de la saga Zelda: es un regalo gratuito, se ha ampliado considerablemente el original, mantiene toda la magia de los Zelda y es uno de los títulos más divertidos en multijugador local de DS y 3DS.
Gamekult (Sep 30, 2011)
On note aussi l'apparition d'objets supplémentaires, même si le meilleur ajout est sans conteste le Royaume des Souvenirs, composé de stages inspirés d'A Link to the Past, Link's Awakening et du The Legend of Zelda NES par lequel tout a commencé. Impossible de ne pas retenir une petite bouffée de nostalgie en découvrant ces niveaux très fidèles aux jeux originaux dans leur construction et leur style graphique, les seuls anachronismes venant des personnages et des objets. Pas aussi riche ou prenant qu'un vrai Zelda et plombé par des textes au défilement apathique, Four Swords Anniversary Edition reste néanmoins amusant, bien conçu, joli et surtout gratuit jusqu'au 20 février 2012. Un cadeau, ça ne se refuse pas.
Gameplay (Benelux) (Oct 28, 2011)
Nintendo heeft alvast geleerd uit de fouten van het verleden, want nu kan je het avontuur voor het eerst solo spelen. Met de schouderknoppen wissel je tussen twee verschillende personages om puzzels op te lossen. Een leuke extra, maar al snel wordt duidelijk dat Four Swords met multiplayer in het achterhoofd is ontworpen, zodat solo-spelers snel weer naar de gewone episodes uit de reeks zullen verlangen. Deze game met een aantal vrienden spelen is dus de boodschap, en aangezien de titel helemaal gratis is, zou dat toch geen al te zware opdracht mogen zijn.