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The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes

Also known as: Zelda no Densetsu: Triforce 3 Juushi (JP)
Developers: Nintendo EPD, Grezzo
Publisher: Nintendo
Platform: Nintendo 3DS
Released in JP: October 22, 2015
Released in US: October 23, 2015
Released in EU: October 23, 2015
Released in AU: October 24, 2015
Released in KR: January 28, 2016


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ModelsIcon.png This game has unused models.
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In The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes, Link sheds his purple tunic for a fabulous frock!

Subpages

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Regional Differences
Nintendo of Europe doesn't meme.

Internal Project Name

Tri Force Heroes is referred to internally as "Alice". The reason for this becomes apparent when looking at the internal names of other Zelda games released in the same timeframe: Ocarina of Time 3D is known as "Queen", The Wind Waker HD is known as "King", A Link Between Worlds is known as "Jack" and Majora's Mask 3D is known as "Joker". Tri Force Heroes's name might seem out of place, until you remember the playing card elements in the classic tale of Alice in Wonderland, which this seems to be a reference to. The internal name may also be reflected by the game's two-letter code "A3" ("A" for Alice" and "3" for the three Links).

Music

Boss Battle Intro Drum Roll

The Boss Battle theme contains drumming for the first part of the song. However, Links cannot Totem during this part of the song, as the cutscene is playing. The music only adds the drum line when Links are Totem...ing. Therefore, this part of the song is unused.

The unused drumming


The unused drumming (with the melody)

Kakariko?

The music for Hytopia's main outside area is called "kakariko"...even though Kakariko isn't present in the game whatsoever. How mysterious!

Unused Text

E3 2015 Demo Text

A file called E3Flow.msbt contains the following text, presumably leftover from E3 2015. The only difference in the European version is "Start" not being capitalized.

Connecting. Please wait...
Connecting. Please wait...
An error occurred. Please try again.
An error occurred. Ending game.
Select a level
Press  to Start
Thanks for playing
©2015 Nintendo

The Great Tripini

The Great Tripini has some unused lines relating to DLC and the eShop.

USA Europe
Been enjoyin' your time
in the Drablands?

Oh yeah... Have you heard?
They found a new area there... I bet
you're itching to explore it, huh?

I wanna go!

Maybe later.
Been, er...enjoyin' your time
in the Drablands?

Ooh, hey, uh... Have you heard?
They found a new area there... I bet
you're, um, itching to explore it, right?

I wanna go!

Maybe later
Oh, you're not, like, scared, are you?


Me, I'm just curious... What kinda
area is it, you know?

I'm stoked.
Can't wait to get all in it.

Well, if you wanna take a trip, just...
uh...talk to ol' Trip, yeah?
Oh, you're not too, uh, fussed
about it, are you?

Me, I'm, uh, curious... What kinda area
is it, you know? Has it got this, or
is it more like, um...that?
I'm kinda excited...
It's pretty, um...thrilling?

Well, if you wanna take a trip, just...
er... Just talk to ol' Trip, yeah?
Hey, hero dude... 


Been enjoyin' your adventures
in the Drablands?

It looks like they've, ah...discovered
a new area there somewhere...
Have you heard?

I had no idea!

Yeah, I know.
Hey, hero dude... Howdy!


Been, er...enjoyin' your adventures
in the Drablands?

It looks like they've, ah...discovered
a new, um...area there somewhere...
Have you heard?

No clue

Yeah, I know
So the heroes haven't even heard
of it yet? Whoa...

I wonder what kinda area it is,
you know? Is it more like this,
or is it more like, um...that?

Can't wait to check it out.
The thrill of discovery, dude!
Uh-huh, so not even the little, ah,
hero dude knows, eh?

I'm, uh, really curious... What kinda
area is it, you know? Is it like this,
or is it more like, um...that?
I'm kinda excited...
It's pretty, um...thrilling.
I knew you'd know!
I was just, uh, testing you...

I'm kinda curious myself... I heard
it's got a bit of this and a bit of
that. You know?
Anyway, I'm stoked.
The thrill of discovery, dude!
I knew you'd know, bud!
I was just, um, testing you...

I'm kinda curious, myself... I heard
it's got, uhh... I hear it's got a bit of
this, and a little of, ah...that...
I'm kinda excited...
It's pretty, um...thrilling.
Oh, hey, hero dude.


You haven't got the latest update
yet. You'll need it to visit the
new areas in the Drablands.
An update is a, uh... Yeah, it's like a...


Like a ticket you need!
To, you know...visit the new area.

It's totally free, so... You, uh, wanna
download that update?

Yes please!

Maybe later.
You'll have to pay to, ah...access the
new areas...

On the other hand, the latest update
is free, so... You, uh, you wanna
download that update, buddy?

Yes please!

Maybe later
You need to download the latest
update before purchasing DLC.
You must download the latest update
before purchasing add-on content.
Oh, hey, hero dude!


Huh? Whoa. Looks like you haven't,
uh, gotten the latest update. You need
it to visit new Drablands areas. Yeah.
Oh, hey, hero-buddy...


Looks like you haven't, uh...got the
latest update yet... You'll need it to
go to the new areas in the Drablands.
Gotcha, bud...


Then I'll, um, close your game and
take you to Nintendo eShop.

I'll save your game before we go.
Is that cool?

Yeah, go for it!

Never mind.
Gooootcha, bud...


Then I'll, um, close your game and
take you to Nintendo eShop.

I'll save your game before we go,
buddy. Is that, ah, okay with you?

Proceed

Cancel
OK then... Lemme take you to
Nintendo eShop... Let's roll!
Okay then... Lemme take you to
Nintendo eShop... Let's roll!
It's cool, man.
Lemme know if you change your
mind, yeah?
Right on, little hero buddy.
I'll just, ah, hang around here then,
shall I? Such nice weather here...
Oh, what...? Looks like you, um...
You've already got the latest
Drablands data, dude...
I wish I could go, too...


In the meantime, I'll just be chillin' on
Miiverse, so, ah... Post me some
Drablands snaps, will ya?
Enjoy life!
Enjoy the Drablands!
Oh, what...? Looks like you, um...
You've already got the newest
Drablands data, bud...
I wish I could go, too...


In the meantime, I, uh... I'll hang out
on Miiverse, so, ah... Post me some
Drablands snaps, will ya, buddy...?
Enjoy life!
Enjoy the Drablands!
Looks like you've already got the data
for the first new area they found in
the Drablands.
But you know, they, uh... They found
another one recently, right?
It's supposed to be a trip, dude.
I can, uh... I can help you visit there,
so... Do you wanna purchase the new
one, too?

I wanna buy it!

No thanks.
Okay, let's get real now. A new area of
the Drablands is now available for
purchase from Nintendo eShop.
Would you like to go to Nintendo
eShop to get more information?

Go to eShop

No thanks
Looks like you've got data for
the newest area discovered in
the Drablands.
But you don't seem to have the extra
area that they originally discovered.
It's supposed to be a trip.
I can, uh... I can help you visit there,
so... Do you wanna purchase the
original one, too?

I wanna buy it!

No thanks.
Okay, let's get real now. There's one
more area of the Drablands available
for purchase from Nintendo eShop.
Would you like to go to Nintendo
eShop to get more information?

Go to eShop

No thanks
The new area of the Drablands they
discovered—it's, uh...supposed to
be a real trip.
I can help you visit there if you want.
Do you wanna purchase a new area?

I wanna buy it!

No thanks.
Okay, let's get real now. New areas of
the Drablands are now available for
purchase from Nintendo eShop.
Would you like to go to Nintendo
eShop to get more information?

Go to eShop

No thanks
A software update is required to
play the downloadable content.
Quit the game and download the
update from Nintendo eShop?

No

Yes
To play the add-on content, a
software update is required. Close
the software and download the latest
update from Nintendo eShop?

Don't download

Download
You can't go to Nintendo eShop
unless you save first, dude.

Let ol' Trip know when you
change your mind, all right?
You can't go to Nintendo eShop
if you don't, ah, save first, buddy.

Well, let ol' Trip know when you
change your mind, all right?
(Source: Original TCRF research)

DLC Costumes

In addition to the previously mentioned DLC areas, there are 4 blank entries in the costume name file labelled sys_costume_dlc_03 to sys_costume_dlc_06. 01 and 02 are the two costumes released with the 2.0.0 update.

(Source: Original TCRF research)

Unused Graphics

Unused Outfit

Tri-Force-Heroes-highfairy-Costume.png

An unused model can be found for an outfit called "highfairy", which translates to Great Fairy. It looks identical to the Great Fairies seen in A Link Between Worlds. The model itself also seems to be from an early point in development, as Link's face is sort of a hybrid of his appearance between the two games.

TFH fairy concept art.jpg

Concept art shown in an issue of Nintendo Dream shows what seems to be another look of the costume. This is evident by the icon used for the costume being a duplicate of Queen of Hearts.


(Source: eientei95 & PPLToast)

Dummy Level Preview Icon

TFH Dummy Level Icon.png

A dummy icon for the Level previews. The screenshot used was taken from A Link Between Worlds. The Japanese text reads "Octo plains".

Unused Material

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Three unused materials, referred to as "Cute Frill", "Syarasyara" and "Tuyatuya" in their filenames. The text on the latter two reads kari, meaning "temporary".

(Source: PPLToast & HTW)

Unused Communication Icon

TFH Unused Emote 1.pngTFH Unused Emote 2.pngTFH Unused Emote 3.png

Three Communication Icons for a yawning Link. The numbering of the files indicate they were meant as part of the Lobby Icons before getting left out. Notable are their rough quality compared to the others and Green Link's yellow hair.

(Source: PPLToast)

The Lady's Eyes

TFH The Lady Blinking Animation.gif

The Lady has eyes textured on her model which are hidden behind her sunglasses and never seen in-game. The model contains two additional frames depicting her blinking, though there is no defined animation that uses them.

(Source: HTW)

Revisional Differences

Version 2.0.0

This version was released on December 2, 2015 and made the following changes:

  • Added the new area, the Den of Trials.
  • Linebeck's Uniform and Fierce Deity Armor were added to the game, filling two of the unused DLC costume slots.
  • Friendly Tokens can now be purchased from the Street Merchant after Princess Styla's curse is lifted, as well as offered as one of the randomly selected prizes at Daily Riches.
  • Online modes will now ask the players questions, and match them up with other players.
    • The option to blacklist players who leave a game in progress through the pause menu is now given.

Version 2.1.0

Version 2.1.0 was released on December 22, 2015. It adds Hero Points, which can be obtained via various means. They can be used to obtain materials and to power up the Bear Minimum outfit.


(Source: Nintendo)