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The Legend of Zelda: Four SwordsNintendo announced earlier this year that it was bringing the seldom-played The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords for the Game Boy Advance into the modern age as a free download for the Nintendo DSi and Nintendo 3DS, but today the company has shed some new light on just what players can expect when the game is made available at the end of the month.  Since this release is part of the celebration of The Legend of Zelda's twenty-fifth anniversary, it's only natural that Nintendo would want to improve the original game by adding new material to it.  Pete Davison at GamePro outlines some of the new content.

The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords was a side dish to the excellent Game Boy Advance version of A Link to the Past, but it offered some entertaining multiplayer challenges in its own right. One drawback of it, however, was the fact that you couldn't play it by yourself, making those who didn't have GBA-toting friends living nearby miss out on a fun experience.

With the upcoming free rerelease of the game for DSiWare, Nintendo is fixing that particular problem by adding a new single player mode in which players control two Links. On top of this, new levels have been added to the existing game content, allowing players to unlock new skills for their Link. Beating the challenging Hero's Trial area will unlock the Hurricane Spin move, while Realm of Memories is made up of locations from past Zelda titles. Completing the latter unlocks the Master Sword for use.

The Realm of Memories intrigues me the most.  There's a new trailer that shows areas based on the original Legend of Zelda as well as sequels A Link to the Past and Link's Awakening.  The more areas in this realm, the better.  Can you imagine seeing areas from, say, Ocarina of Time or Wind Waker recreated in the Four Swords style?  My girlfriend and I just finished playing the original GBA version of Four Swords this past weekend.  Somewhere down the line we'll have to explore this expanded edition as well.

Here's the aforementioned trailer fresh from Japan that shows off elements both new and old (including the Realm of Memories areas):

By the way, some sources are saying that this Four Swords revision is actually Four Swords Adventures which was the GameCube sequel/adaptation (as you'll recall, you needed the game, up to four Game Boy Advance units, and the required cables to link them all to the GameCube in order to play that one, so I'm betting that few people did).  Four Swords Adventures is a totally different game and not at all what we're getting here.  My guess is that you won't see Four Swords Adventures again until it inevitably turns up again for the Wii U's Virtual Console.