Earlier this week, Moviepilot's own Marco and I got a chance to sit down with Nintendo and talk about their upcoming titles set to finish out 2015 with a bang. There are definitely a lot of great releases coming up to get excited about, both for the Wii U and the Nintendo 3DS. The first game we got our hands on was an upcoming title for the 3DS, The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes. First impressions? It's pretty damn fun.
Fans of the Legend of Zelda franchise will find the visuals familiar as it's very similar to the style and viewpoint of The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Two Worlds. The game can be played single player or with two other players who work together in order to get past dungeons and puzzles.
There are a couple of cool mechanics revolving around team work, like the totem system which lets the three Links stack on top of each other to get to places they can't reach alone or to just toss each other across gaps that you normally can't jump. For example, the section of the dungeon we got to try out had us throwing each other across hot lava. There was a point where you could obtain a special "no man left behind" boomerang so that the third man can be retrieved from the other side.
I also like the fact that all three Links share hearts during cooperative gameplay. It adds to the whole "we're in this together" feel because either you all make it or none of you make it. This means you can't be haphazard with how you play the game, and you really have to think things out. In the frenzy of adventure I may have accidentally thrown Marco into lava. I can't be too sure.
Communication in the game lives through the various emotes available for use via the touch screen; for example, spamming "Nooo!" so that it enlarges on everyone's screen to forewarn against the next possible misstep. Or if you're in the same room you can just punch them. Either way, really, it's all about communication.
Another feature I found interesting was the selection of costumes your Link can wear. Each one has certain traits that can assist the team so you can mix and match to find combinations that work for you; like the Zelda Dress which increases the amount of hearts you can obtain. This has the potential to help keep the party alive while the rest of your team wears something for offense or puzzle solving. Or maybe you're the type of squad to just go all out attack mode? Either way, you'll find a costume that suits your style of play.
I could have played Tri Force all day. This one looks really promising, and fans of the games won't be disappointed with this new adventure. I had a blast with it even if I did almost lead us all into certain death.
The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes hits shelves October 23, 2015.