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The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes

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The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes
ゼルダの伝説 トライフォース3銃士
Zeruda no Densetsu: Toraifōsu 3 Jūshi
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Cover artwork of The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes
Developer(s): Nintendo EPD
1-UP Studio
Publisher(s): Nintendo
Platform: Nintendo 3DS
Category: Action-adventure
Players: 1-3
Predecessor: The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
Successor: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Release dates
N. America: October 23, 2015
Japan: October 22, 2015
Europe: October 23, 2015
Australia: October 24, 2015
S. Korea: January 28, 2016
USK: 6
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The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes is the fifth Nintendo 3DS installment in The Legend of Zelda series, and the second original installment after The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. Similar to The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords and The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures, Tri Force Heroes is a cooperative multiplayer-based game. In the series canon, this game is set after A Link Between Worlds and features the same Link as the main character.


E3 2015 website

A Legendary Team

In the visual style of the critically-acclaimed The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds game comes a new adventure. In this journey, three players team up– each as Link – to cooperatively make their way through inventive dungeons and battle bosses. Use the new Totem mechanic to stack three Links on top of each other to reach higher grounds and solve puzzles. Collect loot to create wearable outfits, each with a different boost or ability.


  • Similar visual style and top-down view of The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds.
  • As Link, buddy up with two other Link characters and cooperatively solve inventive puzzles to progress through the game.
  • All three players share hearts, so they must work together to defeat enemies and solve puzzles.
  • Stack three Links on top of each other with the new “Totem” mechanic, which makes it possible to reach new locations to solve puzzles.
  • Collect loot to create wearable outfits, each with a different boost or ability. Each dungeon is structured with four main areas.
  • Single-player mode allows the player to rent two paper dolls to take along to complete the team of three and face challenges in dungeons.
  • Choose from a set of emoticons to communicate with each other while playing in multiplayer mode.
  • Team up with two other players in multiplayer mode via local wireless connection, online** and with download play.


In the fashion-centered land of Hytopia, Lady Maud, a witch from the Drablands, is jealous of Princess Styla's cute fashion sense and sends her a gift, which turns out to be a trap that curses her to permanently wear an ugly jumpsuit. As a result, the citizens of the land have become afraid to show off their own sense of fashion, fearing the witch will curse them as well. However, according to the legend of the Tri Force Heroes, three heroes will show up to save Hytopia when it is in peril, and the king, believing in this legend, sends out a call to distant lands for heroes to enter the Drablands. Link, coming across one of the king's notices, heads to the castle to fight alongside other heroes to take down the witch and bring Hytopia back to peace.


Up to three players can play as one of three Links simultaneously, either online or locally via download play or a local wireless connection; a single-player option is also available in which the other two Links are animated dolls called Doppels. The three Links can cooperate in ways such as climbing on top of each other to form a "totem" and coordinating their attacks properly. Other gameplay elements, in addition to the visual style, are drawn from A Link Between Worlds, such as the energy bar and the 3D structure of the game. All three players share the same hearts, Rupees, and fairies. Each player can also use Rupees or Materials to buy and craft costumes for their Link, which give him different bonus effects.

A second multiplayer mode known as the Coliseum is also available, in which players fight against each other in various stages; the player who takes the least amount of damage is the winner.

Technical details

Technical details
Media: Nintendo 3DS Game Card
Digital download
Download size: 4,596 blocks
Supported features: Nintendo Network (online play, Miiverse), Local Play / Download Play (1-3 players)
Input / compatible controllers: Nintendo 3DS


Version no. Release date(s) Description
2.0.0 December 2, 2015 Adds the Den of Trials, adds new outfits, Allows earn Friendly Tokens by either purchasing them from the Street Merchant after beating the game or receiving them randomly from the Daily Riches minigame, when going online the player is now asked several questions to better pair them up with players that match their playstyle, adds Miiverse stamps, players can blacklist a player that leaves during gameplay.
2.1.0 December 21, 2015 Adds Hero Points after beating missions in co-op play, gameplay adjustments.

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The Legend of Zelda (Classic NES Series) • The Adventure of Link (Classic NES Series) • A Link to the Past • Link's Awakening (DX • Nintendo Switch) • Ocarina of Time (Master Quest • 3D) • Majora's Mask (3D) • Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons • The Wind Waker (HD) • Four Swords (Anniversary Edition) • Four Swords Adventures • The Minish Cap • Twilight Princess (HD) • Phantom Hourglass • Spirit Tracks • Skyward Sword (HD) • A Link Between Worlds • Tri Force Heroes • Breath of the Wild • Tears of the Kingdom • Echoes of Wisdom

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Unreleased games / demos Mystical Seed of Courage • Retro Studios prototype • Tingle horror game • Zelda HD Experience
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