It’s a good week to be a Zelda fan, as a new (old) game from the series arrives on the Wii U Virtual console this week and a new (old) game gets released free of charge for a limited time on the Nintendo 3DS.
We’ll start off with the free game, seeing as how the window to take advantage of this promotion is extremely limited. Originally released on the 3DS as a free game back in 2012, Nintendo this weekend is once again making available The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Anniversary Edition at no charge. This offer runs through Feb. 2, meaning you’ve only got two days to jump on the store and get your download started. Thankfully, an icon for the game is front and center as soon as you boot up the eShop, so you won’t have to go hunting or anything.
Originally released for the GameBoy Advance and eventually brought over to the Gamecube, Four Swords allows up to four players to take on the role of color-coordinated Links in a bizarre adventure-meets-puzzle take on the beloved franchise, allowing groups of Links to parade around in different formations in order to fight baddies, tackle dungeons and generally TCB.
While the only way to really dive into the game proper is to play with friends, this 3DS version of the game has a single player component to help keep you busy when your fellow Links are not available to go questing. This is usually when I’d start ranting about how a struggling Nintendo must be completely out of its mind not to start releasing more of their GBA games for the 3DS but, at this point, I’ve finally just accepted that Nintendo doesn’t actually want to make money. Seriously, that’s the only explanation for the dumb, dumb decisions they make on a regular basis.
Now that we’ve got that out of the way, it’s time to take a gander at this week’s new content being offered through the eShop and Virtual Console. As usual, it’s a very short list.
First up is The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, which is being made available through the Wii U VC starting this week. *Double checks press release* And, yep, that about wraps things up for Nintendo’s struggling home console this week.
Things aren’t much brighter on the 3DS front, though. The original Mario Bros. is set to arrive on the 3DS Virtual Console this week, delighting no one, while Castle Clout 3D struts onto the eShop for five bucks.
As a final note, Nintendo kicks off the Super Indie Connection Sale on the Wii U this week. Basically, this collection consists of five games for players to pick from. Buy any one of them for full price and the remaining titles can be your for 60 percent off. Games include Spin the Bottle: Bumper’s Party, Runner 2, Toki Tori 2+, Mighty Switch Force Hyper Drive Edition and Gianna Sister: Twisted Dreams. And over on the 3DS, you can swipe Ohno Odyssey for $3.99 between now and Feb. 20.