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 GameCube controller, 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


Odd Glitches

Odd rendering glitches sometimes occur, refer issue 3427.

File:Four Swords-Oddity.png

Moon Gate Crash

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

Can't Hold Button

In the game, there are events that require holding a button such as pulling a switch. It may not be possible to hold it for long enough because the button press is disrupted among frames. This problem can be avoided by disabling "idle skipping" in the configuration.


Only configuration options for the best compatibility where they deviate from defaults are listed.


Config Setting Notes
Video Back End OpenGL or Direct3D 11 The Direct3D9 plug-in has invisible texture problems post window resizing
Texture Cache Accuracy Fast If disabled, various texture errors occur and all Link sprites will be black.

Gameboy Player

Gameboy connection support can be supported via joybus emulation. Such requires 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 with DSP HLE plug-in, otherwise one must use the DSP LLE plug-in
  2. Start Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures and choose multi-player
  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 enabling joybus, Dolphin will freeze (don't panic, its OK!). Now load the GBA Bios in VBA-M, after the splash screen Dolphin will recognize 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.

Version Compatibility

The graph below charts the compatibility with The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures since Dolphin's 2.0 release, listing revisions only where a compatibility change occurred.

5.0-15409 (current)
2.0 (r5384)
Compatibility can be assumed to align with the indicated revisions. However, compatibility may extend to prior revisions or compatibility gaps may exist within ranges indicated as compatible due to limited testing. Please update as appropriate.


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