Online Multiplayer Region-locked in Zelda: Tri Force Heroes

Online Multiplayer Region-locked in Zelda: Tri Force Heroes

The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes on Nintendo 3DS features online multiplayer, however, it is region-locked and limited to systems from the same region.

For example, if you live in the United States and have a North American 3DS, you won’t be able to play with your friends in Europe, Japan, or anywhere else outside of North America. However, if you live in the United States and have a European or Japanese Nintendo 3DS, you can connect with your friends in those respective countries. The same holds true for players in Europe and Japan.

Some fans may remember when Camelot Software Planning region-locked online play for 2012 Nintendo 3DS sports title Mario Tennis Open. It wasn’t just region-locked, it was IP region-locked as well. I personally recall how frustrated I became after finding this out while I was living in Japan. Grezzo, the studio responsible for titles like Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D and The Legend of Legacy, is co-developing Tri Force Heroes with Nintendo.

Of course, Tri Force Heroes also offers single-cartridge download play, local multiplayer, and single player. However, the game does not support just two players; it’s either one or three.

Nintendo hopes Tri Force Heroes will attract younger females to the game with its new fashion element. For example, Link can don a princess dress to gain unique abilities; there are 36 outfits in all.

The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes debuts in Japan on October 22. It launches one day later in North America and Europe on October 23.

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Editor’s Note: An update has been made to this article. It initially stated that Camelot Software Planning was the developer for Zelda: Tri Force Heroes; that’s incorrect. Grezzo and Nintendo are co-developing Zelda: Tri Force Heroes. Our apologies for any confusion.

Editor’s Note #2 (October 13, 2015): The previous version of this article stated that online play for The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes was IP region-locked; that’s incorrect. I have personally verified that I can successfully connect with friends in Europe from my European Nintendo 3DS while in the United States. Once again, apologies for any confusion.


  1. Really Nintendo? I can understand locking the japanese from the west and vice-versa but locking Europe from the US is stupid. I play with a lot of great people from the US and because of this, I cannot do that.
    I was actually going to give this game a shot but with this I ain’t buying it.

    • Nintendo is stupid for limiting me to only hundreds of thousands of people playing in my own country. I deserve to play with ANYONE ANY TIME I WANT.

      • Yeah you’re right. Nintendo IS stupid for limiting who you can play with when people would rather play with their friends. Not everyone has friends available in their own country and what’s the point in playing with strangers when you can’t see them again or even make friends with them due to lack of voice chat or messaging system. Stop defending Nintendo at everything they do otherwise they’ll forever do nothing but make sales crippling decisions in every game they make.

        Either that or that’s some hell of a sarcastic sounding comment you got they, Buddo.

  2. If they want girls to play the game give another character like toon Zelda or toon sheik for them to play as


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