The Legend of Zelda series is inarguably classic. Born in the heyday of the original NES, the first game and most of its sequels are wildly popular, and for good reason. The Zelda series delivers a solid adventure almost every time. However, we aren't concerned with single player games here at Co-Optimus, so why do we bring up Zelda? It's a bit obscure, but there has been a version (or two, depending on how you look at it) of The Legend Zelda that was meant for co-op play. Four Swords for the Game Boy Advance, and its big brother Four Swords Adventures for the Gamecube, are the focus of this week's Co-op Classics.
You might be wondering why we are discussing such a recent game here. Both the GBA and the Gamecube are fairly recent systems, to be sure, but as long as it isn't from the current generation, we consider it fair game for inclusion in Co-Op Classics. Four Swords for the GBA was included with the port of A Link to the Past way back in 2002. Four Swords Adventures was released just a hair over four years ago, back in 2004. That's practically ancient in videogame terms! In addition, there were some strange hardware requirements to play the game. This means that many gamers might be unaware of Four Swords, and that is really a shame, particularly for fans of cooperative play.