Date Completed: December 8th, 2016
Zelda games have never let me down. Even the bad ones are usually pretty good so there was a pretty good chance that I’d eventually be buying a copy of The Legend of Zelda : TriForce Heroes. I probably would have pre-ordered the game and had it for launch except for the fact that I saw the story trailer on YouTube. After seeing that…I suspected that the Nintendo devs had lost their minds and I wasn’t sure I wanted to have anything to do with it.
The story of the game follows a princess who (I kid you not) has been cursed to wear an unattractive unitard. It is your goal to steal articles of clothing from a witch so that you can dress up in drag and un-curse the princess. The main game mechanic involves you changing your clothes to gain new powers. I have no idea why they chose to green-light this mechanic. I can only imagine in horror any ideas that didn’t make the cut.
Goofy premise aside the game is pretty fun. It can be played single player but it is meant to be multi-player. In a somewhat unusual twist it can only be played by exactly one or three players. This game is download play enabled so you only need a single cartridge to start a multiplayer game. I started the game on my own but ended up playing most of it with my two sons (who both received 2DS consoles in the last year).
The first several missions were easy and I was able to carry my sons on to victory. Later missions require some teamwork that my younger son ( who was 5 at the time ) wasn’t ready for. My older boy would get frustrated and yell at his brother, which led to much crying and shouting. I sure love family bonding time.
My older son got really into the game and purchased his own copy of the game with his saved up allowance money. He played the game almost constantly, often while crying with frustration because some part of the game was too hard. He’d beg me to help him but I always refused instead informing him that he’d never get any better if someone else played the game for him. Tough love seems to have worked. He has now surpassed my level of completion with the game, has beaten all of the bonus levels and is only missing one outfit.
Due to the crying, whining and fighting my wife was less than thrilled with me for bringing this game into the household. We had to confiscate 2DS’s multiple times because the kids were getting frustrated or refusing to sleep. All in all I think this is a pretty strong endorsement for the game. It’s a little inconvenient that it requires three consoles to play multiplayer but if you have the equipment it’s worth the price of entry (That’s what she said?)
- Is it fun: Yes
- Score: 6/10
- Length: ~10 hours
- System: Nintendo 2DS / 3DS
- Genre: Action / Adventure