e3 2015

The Legend of Zelda: Triforce Heroes

You Won't Be Saving Zelda Or Playing Two-Player Co-Op
by Kyle Hilliard on Jun 17, 2015 at 05:53 PM
Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Grezzo
Release:
Rating: Everyone
Platform: 3DS

We recently got a chance to talk to the The Legend of Zelda: Triforce Heroes director Hiromasa Shikata about the game unveiled at E3. We asked about Princess Zelda's involvement and tried to find out where the game lands in the Zelda timeline.

Shikata has been involved with the Zelda series for a long time. His very first video game job was on Ocarina of Time, he directed A Link Between Worlds, and was assistant directer on Twilight Princess. You can find an excerpt from our interview with Shikata below.

 

What is the basic story revolving around Triforce Heroes?

 

The story takes place in a world that is not Hyrule. It’s a kingdom that is sort of fashion-obsessed and in that kingdom, an event happens involving the princess of the kingdom –

 

Is her name Zelda?

 

No. The king, of course, wants to solve this problem so he puts a general call out to the kingdom for heroes to assemble, and who answers the call, but Link and that’s the beginning of your adventure.

 

Where is Triforce Heroes in the Zelda timeline?

 

That’s a tough question. The Zelda timeline is "complicated" and if you look at the history of Zelda you will see there are three branches. I can’t really designate which one of those branches we’re looking at, but as far as the design itself, we looked to Link Between Worlds. But it’s not – as far as a timeframe – it’s not before or after. We haven’t really settled on that.

 

Does it take place in the same universe or world as a Link Between Worlds?

 

With the history of Zelda we have these three parallel worlds. I can’t say which one it’s on/in at this point.

Shikata confirmed a few other small details about Triforce Heroes that weren't apparent in the game's reveal. You can play the game's single-player by bringing along two paper dolls called dopples that you can control to help solve puzzles. You cannot, however, play the game as two players and bring along a single paper doll dopple. You can play three-player co-op, or single player, but if you want to play with only one other player, you can duke it out in the game's coliseum mode. A nice detail about the game is you only need one copy of the game to play it with two other players thanks to download play.

For more on The Legend of Zelda: Triforce Heroes, head here to read our hands-on preview, and keep an eye out for our full Shikata interview for more on Triforce Heroes, Ocarina of Time, and the coincidental fashion focus that Triforce Heroes and Splatoon share.