For Four Days Only: The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Anniversary Edition is Free

4 Swords, 4 Free, 4 days only.

This came out of nowhere; absent from Nintendo’s downloadable news today was the mention of The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Anniversary Edition‘s return to the Nintendo 3DS eShop. The offer began today, and lasts until 11:59pm PST on Saturday, February 2nd.

“Grab it while you can: when the offer ends,” the website warns, as “it might be a while before you see the game again in Nintendo eShop.”

This is indeed the case; much like the more arcade-accurate version of Donkey Kong on the Virtual Console, this appears to be a title Nintendo has little interest in keeping around for the long term. Previously, it was only available from September 28th, 2011 to February 20th, 2012 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the franchise. This time, Nintendo says it’s to celebrate the release of A Link Between Worlds.

Without delving into a full review, I do want to say this game is absolutely worth the download (and you can’t beat the price). It’s an enhanced port of the same Four Swords quest which was available with The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past on the Game Boy Advance, which required at least two people to play. Among the enhancements here are a new single-player mode and some additional “retro” themed levels based on the style of older series installments. So if you missed this the first (or second) time around, don’t let this one pass you by!

In addition to this release, there is also today’s arrival of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past in the Wii U eShop, and Nintendo also says there will be a “special Art Academy SketchPad event in Miiverse”.

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