The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes is still making the rounds on the hype train, and fans are still just as sharply divided on it. Some fail to see the value of a multiplayer Zelda game, and others fail to show the unrelenting reverence towards single player that some Legend of Zelda fans demand. There is no middle ground on the Internet, as usual.
Just so we all kno,w though, The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes can be played as a single player experience even though Nintendo encourages that you play with others. Videos from GameExplain and Nintendo Life show off how a single person would go about exploring the levels and solving puzzles.
I guess the big question now is wondering if it is actually FUN to play single player. Neither video really looks like it, does it? Link gets stuck below a cliff or places one of the dummies in the wrong place and has to swap back and forth to make things right. It becomes more of a straight-up puzzle game and less of an action-adventure game with puzzles,. Not to mention that its pacing drops off a cliff!
We’ll see. I was interested in seeing both online and offline modes unfold, but I fear I might be limited to just the single player campaign. Nintendo, doing as it revoltingly does, has region-locked the multiplayer portion, meaning my North American version will not be able to play along with Japanese friends. And in the meantime, my friends back in North America will still be asleep during my prime playing hours.
Oh, the woes of region-locking and time zones. Why do I even bother? Oh yeah, because living in Japan is awesome.
The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes will be released on Oct. 23 for the Nintendo 3DS.