Zelda becomes real with Defenders of the Triforce

by: Sean Colleli -
More On: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

The SCRAP escape room designers are partnering with Nintendo for a new touring puzzle-adventure show called The Legend of Zelda: Defenders of the Triforce. This tour takes place in a sprawling set where teams of six people explore, use items and interact with classic Zelda characters. The tour will begin in San Francisco on January 31st and make seven more stops including Los Angeles, Seattle, Phoenix and ultimately New York. You can learn more about the tour here.

No doubt this interactive media tour is designed to take the sting out of the rumor that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild won't be launching with the Nintendo Switch in March 2017. You know, even though the game was announced 4 freaking years ago and has been delayed twice. I'm glad that Nintendo is expanding into broader media but the game is what we all want--they have a console launch coming up and after the disastrous lifespan of the Wii U, they need to stop dragging their feet and make it happen already.

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Nov. 16, 2016 13:00 UTC

Immerse Yourself in a Real-Life Zelda Adventure with ‘Defenders of the Triforce’

Nintendo Partners with Escape Room Creator SCRAP for a Legendary Puzzle Experience

REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- While playing one of the classic games in the beloved The Legend of Zeldafranchise, who hasn’t wanted to step through the screen and experience the exploration, adventure and puzzle-solving in real life? With “Defenders of the Triforce,” that dream can become a reality. Nintendo is partnering with SCRAP, the renowned designers of many popular escape room experiences and 2016 winner of USA Today’s “Best Escape Room” in the U.S., to create a unique multi-city Puzzle Tour inspired by The Legend of Zelda series.

Nintendo is partnering with SCRAP, the renowned designers of many popular escape room experiences an ...

Nintendo is partnering with SCRAP, the renowned designers of many popular escape room experiences and 2016 winner of USA Today’s “Best Escape Room” in the U.S., to create a unique multi-city Puzzle Tour inspired by The Legend of Zelda series. (Graphic: Business Wire)

While the words “escape room” might come to mind when describing this new experience, “Defenders of the Triforce” is so much more than that. Instead of escaping from a locked room, participants work in teams of six to solve a mystery in a huge area, all within a set time limit. The experience will let guests interact with classic items and characters seen in The Legend of Zelda series like the Goron, Zora and Kokiri tribes. Discovered items can be used to solve puzzles and move forward into other areas, just like in The Legend of Zelda games.

“At Nintendo, we’re always looking for ways to offer new experiences for all of our fans, and expose our characters and franchises to new audiences,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “Partnering with SCRAP allows us to offer a new perspective on this legendary series.”

“We wanted to make sure ‘Defenders of the Triforce’ felt as authentic as possible,” said Doc Preuss, Real Escape Game Producer for SCRAP. “Fans of The Legend of Zelda series will adore the tour and won’t want to miss it.”

The “Defenders of the Triforce” Puzzle Tour will be hitting eight cities all around the country beginning in January. Tickets for the first wave of locations are available today and can be reserved by visiting http://scrapzelda.com/. The full schedule is as follows:

  • San Francisco – Jan. 31-Feb. 5
  • Los Angeles – Feb. 10-12
  • San Diego – Feb. 24-25
  • Seattle – TBA
  • Phoenix – TBA
  • Houston – TBA
  • Chicago – TBA
  • New York – TBA

After completing the main puzzle experience, attendees will enter an area with amazing photo opportunities and a promotional lounge, where fans can purchase exclusive merchandise based on The Legend of Zelda.

The newest game in The Legend of Zelda series, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, launches for both Nintendo Switch and Wii U in 2017. The game gives players an unprecedented level of freedom as they assume the role of Link and explore, battle and survive in the vast world of Hyrule. Additional entries in the series, such as The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D and The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, are available on the Nintendo 3DS family of systems.

For more information about “Defenders of the Triforce,” visit http://scrapzelda.com/.

About Nintendo: The worldwide pioneer in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Wii U and Wiihome consoles, and Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo DS families of portable systems. Since 1983, when it launched the Nintendo Entertainment System, Nintendo has sold more than 4.4 billion video games and more than 696 million hardware units globally, including the current-generation Wii U, Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL, as well as the Game Boy, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi and Nintendo DSi XL, Super NES, Nintendo 64, Nintendo GameCube and Wii systems. It has also created industry icons that have become well-known, household names such as Mario, Donkey Kong, Metroid, Zeldaand Pokémon. A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo’s operations in the Western Hemisphere. For more information about Nintendo, please visit the company’s website at http://www.nintendo.com.

About Real Escape Game: Established in Japan in 2007, SCRAP Corp. debuted the Real Escape Game concept in Kyoto and followed up with the first permanent Real Escape Room in 2010. Since then, over two million people have participated in games run by SCRAP and its partners throughout Japan, China, Singapore, France, Spain, Canada and the United States.

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