The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Anniversary Edition Tips and Tricks
This'll help you stay alive longer and grab tons of Rupees.
Yesterday marked the release of The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Anniversary Edition, a feature packed and free (until Feb. 20, 2012) hack-an-slash adventure that lets up to four friends team up for some monster killing/Rupee collecting mayhem via local Wi-Fi.
In addition, solo adventurers can go it alone with a computer partner in tow.
First impression? Another quality Nintendo experience and a wonderful way to celebrate Zelda's 25th.
That said, Four Swords can be quite tricky, so we pulled tips from the game (along with ones we found along the way) to guide you on this treacherous quest.
-When you are playing by yourself, you can switch between heroes by pressing L or R.
-Glimmering circles are called warp zones. When each player stands on one, all will be transported to a different area.
-The Rupees you and your partner gather are pooled in a single wallet.
-If someone faints, he or she can be revived for 50 Rupees, but the cost for revival will increase each time one of you faints.
-The mystical seeds you collect will boost your power by up to two levels. Razor Seeds add sword power. Armor Seeds add defense. Pegasus Seeds add speed.
-Destroy bushes to find hidden Rupees and other items.
-Press B to attack with your sword. If you hold the button down and release it when your sword glows, you will do a sweeping spin attack.
-When playing by yourself, press X to call your partner. When you want to separate, press L or R.
-Yellow Rupees are called Rupee Shards. Collect four to form a giant Rupee worth a total of 500 Rupees.
-If you strike your swords together, sparks will fly. Try this in places where you want to light a fire.
-Step on switches to activate traps and move stones or blocks. A switch only stays depressed when a player continues to stand on it.
-There are some blocks you can push. If you see a suspicious block, press the d-pad in the direction you want to push the block.
-You and your partner(s) will have to co-operate to push big blocks.
-When you are playing by yourself, stand by a spot that looks like it can be lit and swing your sword. Your partner will swing his sword along with you.
-Step on all the switches at the same time, and something will move. If you do not have enough heroes, try placing statues on switches.
-Some switches are too strong for one hero to press them down. You and your partner(s) will need to step on these together.
-To open locked doors, the hero with the key must touch the door.
-You will find areas of shallow water and deep water. Once you enter the water, you can only climb out of it from shallow water areas.
-When swimming in deep water, press A to swim and B to dive.
-Take care not to get sucked in by the whirlpools.
-You will also find currents and rapids in the water. If you exert some effort, you can swim against currents, but you'll never get past rapids.
-Strike cracked walls with your sword to break them.
-You can stand in front of an item and press A to trade the item you have for the one before you. Press Y to use your item. You can only hold one item at a time, so switch it out with others as needed.
-Some enemies cannot be defeated without using a Shield.
-You can become small when you wear the Gnat Hat. Then you can go through tiny holes without any trouble at all.
-Only one whose color matches certain platforms can walk onto them. Anyone else will fall through.
-Players of a certain color can see tiles that are invisible to others.
-Some platforms move in the direction of the arrows you stand on.
-Track down fairies to refill your heart containers.
-You may receive a bonus depending on how quickly you are able to get to the end of a dungeon. The less time you take, the bigger your bonus.
*Tips courtesy of Nintendo.