The Legend of Zelda Four Swords goes free next month on the eShop


Back in June, Nintedo announced that the eShop would receive a free release to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Zelda franchise. That title is Link’s first multiplier adventure The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords, the GBA add-on to The Link to the Past. DSi and 3DS owners everywhere can download the game free of charge this September.

The game is not expected to have any stereoscopic 3D support as it is launching under the DSiWare brand, and although it has not been confirmed, don’t count on the title having any online support either. I suppose you can’t complain about free though, can you?

The GBA Four Swords title was not quite as lengthy or evolved as the full retail version released on the Gamcube, but it could certainly make a long bus trip enjoyable. Either that or you may just loose a friendship because your buddy likes nothing better than to throw you in the lava. Over and over.

No concrete date has been established, but the first Thursday of September just happens to be September 1st. Here’s hoping!


Eugene lives in New Mexico and has been a life long gamer since getting his hands on an NES. Always partial to Nintendo, Eugene has made it a point to keep informed on all things Mario.


  1. Awesome! That should also be the day Ambassadors get their free NES games. Good day for eShop! 🙂

  2. thank you, eugene, for posting something actually relevant and post-worthy to this once illustrious site.

    oh wait, this isn’t the gamecube version? that is rather depressing, but i’m still really excited

  3. So is the local play DS download play or does everyone need their own copy for multiplayer?

  4. Nintendo needs to have a “3DSWare” version of this. I did not buy a 3DS to play DSiWare games. The black bars and washed out look annoy the hell out of me. So far the eShop is basically a revamped DSi Shop with videos and a few extras with ONE 3DSWare title and a couple of 3D Classics. Sorry I had rant about this it has been annoying me for a while

  5. Well, Nintendo bungles another game that could have been online multiplayer again. -__- First they don’t give online where it should have gone to with the upcoming Star Fox 64 3D .
    Then they go to no online for Four Swords for DSiWare which could have worked OK online. Seriously now, I’m starting to find these to be stupid mistakes and moves by Nintendo.

  6. @Abdulla
    That’s hardly a rant, and complained by many.
    And Netflix and Pokedex 3D are considered 3DSWare, so that’s two, not one.
    And there are 4 3D Classics, couple means 2.

    I know I’m just picking apart your little rant, but just wanted to ensure that you didn’t make the eShop look absolutely empty.
    …but yes, I agree that the eShop definitely needs more 3D titles in there. Not sure which part of Nintendo’s handling that part of the 3DS, but they seriously need to pick up their pace. …I hope they’re not just waiting for the WiiU to explode in digital software…

  7. *3 3D Classics. Not 4. Missed it by one. 😛

  8. I think this is a great idea, releasing this game on the eShop, even under ‘DSiware’. The original version was a bonus free with the GBA Link to the Past remake, but didn’t have enough content to make a full release on its own worthwhile, and releasing this for free is a great way to distribute it. Besides, you can’t really complain about any good game being free, regardless of length.

  9. @Skotski

    Actually you were right the first time. It is currently 4 3D Classics titles that have surfaced. Just not in the US but Japan. There are 3 in the US currently. The 4th one they did I heard about is 3D Classics: Twinbee

    I don’t know if we’ll get that one but I enjoyed the heck out of 3D Classics: Urban Champion that I downloaded yesterday. 😉

  10. ….NEED the e-shop cards available in the stores NOW …waiting to buy some games!

  11. Ah so looking forward to getting this!

  12. You can probably play multiplayer between a 3DS and a DSi, right? I hope so.