The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures

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The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures

Developer: Nintendo
Publisher: Nintendo
Platform: GameCube
Released in JP: March 18, 2004
Released in US: June 7, 2004
Released in EU: January 7, 2005
Released in AU: April 7, 2005

AreasIcon.png This game has unused areas.
EnemyIcon.png This game has unused enemies.
GraphicsIcon.png This game has unused graphics.
MusicIcon.png This game has unused music.
RegionIcon.png This game has regional differences.

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The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures is essentially Link meets the Marx Brothers. Make sure you have enough peripheral cables and Game Boy Advances for everybody! After all, they'll be around forever...


Unused Text

Unused Text From French Translation
What? The Master Sword?

A placeholder Dutch language track is in the game, but it's mostly blanked out, or in English.

Unused Rooms

Testing/Trade Show Areas

You can hack the stage select to enable selection of stages beyond the normal eight, including a number of areas not normally accessible. Press L + Y to activate the code, and press Down to select each level on the map of Hyrule.

Version Code Action Replay
US 0A52EA28 00000840

0513B4DC 0000000D



European 0A54BD70 00000840

0515EE1C 0000000D

The full list of stages available via the hacked stage select menu is as follows. Those in bold are not part of the standard game:

  1. L1
  2. L2
  3. L3
  4. L4
  5. L5
  6. L6
  7. L7
  8. L8
  9. Test-1
    1. Boss000
    2. Boss001
    3. Boss002
    4. Game intro
  10. ECTS
    1. Boss004
    2. Boss005: Lava dungeon, needs two+ players
    3. Boss006: Mountain area, needs four players?
    4. Ending + Credits
  11. E3
    1. Boss007
    2. Boss008: Area with four switches, area with many soldiers, area with faulty switch.
    3. Tingle's room
    4.  ??? Crashes
  12. Boss1-4
  13. Boss5-8
    1. Test 5 - Phantom Ganon
    2. Test 6 - Two all item screens?
    3. Test 7 - Ice Boss
    4. Test - Ganon
(Source: JaytheHam)

To do:
Add more info on what is actually in these maps, map images of all the test maps and add the ones not linked to on the Stage Select

Cut Sub-Stages

Each of the eight Hyrule Adventure levels actually has a fourth sub-stage that was cut; these cut levels are still present, and would have been the third section of their respective levels. In some cases, most of their content was merged with the second section of the level, but some are completely unique. These sections are all complete or very near complete, although they all use the name "Tingle's Tower".

  • Level 1: The watery section to the immediate right of Hyrule Castle.
  • Level 2: The path leading northeast from the village to the Temple.
  • Level 3: The the final part of the Mountain ascent, mostly merged with the second section of this level.
  • Level 4: The Graveyard north of the swamp. Mostly merged with the second section of this level.
  • Level 5: The river running southeast from Kakariko Village. A simplified version of it was merged onto the second section of this level.
  • Level 6: The lagoon south of the Pyramid.
  • Level 7: The Snowy Forest northwest of the Ice Temple.
  • Level 8: The cloud area immediately in front of the Palace of the Winds.
(Source: JaytheHam)

Unused Graphics


FSA link dot test 02.png

This Link is not used in the game and it is seen from the front only. It has a strange shield with the letter "T", which might be short for "Test".

(Source: Dark Linkaël)

Link dot 01 test.png

Located at GC4Sword/result.arc -> timg/link_dot_01_test.bti, this A Link to the Past-based sprite was used during development and could be seen in trailers. One front sprite is still in the game.

(Source: gabrielwoj)

Unused Enemy

FSA e tes aruki.gif FSA e tes nobi.gif FSA e tes n aruki.gif FSA e tes aruki tate.gif FSA e tes nobi tate.gif FSA e tes n aruki tate.gif

This enemy is not used in the game. A similar enemy exists in Four Swords, which required two players to pull on both sides of the creature, revealing its weak point. The monster would stay in its vulnerable state for a short while, allowing a player to attack the middle, killing it after a few blows. This was likely scrapped due to it being impossible in Four Swords Adventures for a single player to pull on both sides.

(Source: Dark Linkaël)

Unused Items

Kk mirror 01.bti rgba.pngKk shield 00.bti rgba.png

Located at GC4Sword_usa/game2D.arc. The shield is used in the game, but there is no icon, because it's not an Action Item. The other one is the Lens of Truth, from Ocarina of Time.

Kk hookshot.bti rgba.pngKk shield 01.bti rgba.pngKk shield 02.bti rgba.png

Leftovers from The Wind Waker, present in GC4Sword_usa/Main2D.arc

(Source: gabrielwoj)

Health and Safety Screen

Warning.bti rgba.png

Warning pstart.bti rgba.png

Graphics for an unused Health and Safety warning screen can be found in GC4Sword_usa/logo.arc. A similar screen might have been used in the Japanese version.

(Source: gabrielwoj)

Test Map Charts

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Map icons for eight test maps, all present in GC4Sword_usa/map1.arc. The final game does not use maps.

(Source: gabrielwoj)

Partially-Unseen Rooms

FSA saidan.png FSA kairo.png

The first room is the cutscene with Princess Zelda and the six girls. At the top of the large room against the wall, there is the symbol of a bird that is in the middle of the place. In the cutscene, it is impossible to see.

The second room is the end where Princess Zelda looks through a window. The left side is not visible in game.

(Source: Dark Linkaël)

Unused Test Sword Image

Ak testsword00.png LoZ-fourswordsadventures pause screen.png

This test sword image differs from the sword used on the pause menu. It is shinier, lighter colored and has slightly more detail. The image used in the pause menu is quite noticeably more grey.

Located at: GC4Sword_usa/game2D.arc -> timg/ak testsword00.bti

(Source: PhantomLink29)

Unused Actors

There are a number of actors, some used for debugging purposes, that are still in the game, one example:

Stage情報NPC (Stage information NPC)

Unused Music

Under the Streams folder in the AudioRes directory, there's a single audio steam file named smw.ast. It is the remixed Super Mario Bros. theme used in the Special World in Super Mario World. Since all of the game's actual music is sequenced, this wouldn't fit anywhere in the game.

Regional Differences

The Japanese and Korean versions feature an additional game mode called Navi Trackers. The files for this mode were entirely removed from all other versions, most likely due to it having a lot of spoken dialogue that would have needed to be translated. It also pronounced player's names aloud, which is easy to do with the Japanese phonetic structure...but exponentially more difficult to do in English due to the larger array of syllables for which the game would have to account.

This said, an English version (Tetra's Trackers) was showcased at E3, and the PAL version contains a few leftover lines from the English translation. The French/German/Spanish files have the text relevant to Tetra's Trackers in the main menu untranslated from English, while the Italian file has them blanked out.

Tetra's Trackers
Among Endless Enemies 
Among Endless Enemies 2
Pirate training with Tetra
issuing the orders!
Who can collect the
most medals?