The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures

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The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures
Developer(s) Nintendo EAD
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Series The Legend of Zelda
Platform(s) GameCube
Genre(s) Action-adventure
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer
Input methods Gamepad, GameBoy Advance
Compatibility 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures
GameIDs G4SE01, G4SP01, G4SJ01
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The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures is a video game in Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda series. It was released for the Nintendo GameCube in Japan on March 18, 2004; in North America on June 7, 2004; in Europe on January 7, 2005; and in Australia on April 7, 2005. The Game Boy Advance hand held game console can be used as a controller when using the Nintendo GameCube Game Boy Advance Cable bundled with the game in North America.


Resizing the Window (DX9)

Switching between full-screen and windowed mode, or even just resizing the window in DirectX9 will make some textures, especially Link, invisible. This does not happen on OpenGL/DX11 plug-in

Z-Order Issues

Some sprites, primarily trees, are not ordered appropriately and layer on top of the player sprites. Refer issue 3426

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Odd Glitches

Odd rendering glitches sometimes occur, refer issue 3427.

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Moon Gate Crash

The game crashes when entering a Moon Gate, or operates very slowly under some versions.


This title does not need non-default settings to run properly.

Gameboy Player

Gameboy connection support can be supported via joybus emulation. You will need VBA-M (r947 or newer) and a dump of GBA BIOS (see here an excellent dump guide). To connect GBA:

  1. Launch Dolphin (only r6059 or newer will work, in older revisions you can use DSP LLE Plug-in, but it is very slow!)
  2. Start Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures and choose multiplayer
  3. In connection screen, go to Config => GameCube and change the ports to GBA
  4. Launch VBA-M, go to Options => Emulator and uncheck "Pause When Inactive". Then, go to Options => Link => Joybus options, mark "Enable Joybus Connection" and use default settings (
  5. When you enable joybus, Dolphin will freeze (don't panic, its ok!). Now load the GBA Bios in VBA-M, after the splash screen Dolphin will recognise the joybus link and game will detect it as a standard GBA.

To connect other GBAs, just repeat last instruction. Remember to unblock Dolphin and VBA-M in your firewall (some firewalls may block joybus link), otherwise Dolphin will stuck in connection screen. If you are in doubt, refer to this video for more details.


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