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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Real Escape Game: Defenders of the Triforce

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - It's already sold out everywhere, so this isn't an advertisement.

The Real Escape Game™ designers at SCRAP Entertainment are teaming up with Nintendo to bring a The Legend of Zelda-themed game to eight cities across the United States of America!

And by across the United States of America, I don't really mean that.

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United States map provided by!
Fortunately for my geography skills, the cities in the video are already marked on the map.

San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, and Phoenix are already sold out. Seattle, Houston, Chicago, and New York will have their tickets and exact locations/dates available on January 3, according to the SCRAP Zelda official site.

I guess you could best describe this as a real-life The Legend of Zelda dungeon, with puzzles and items and stuff. And there's even a story involved. There's also event-exclusive merchandise (that you cannot get anywhere else, including online)! The Real Escape Game is very likely going to have a higher difficulty level than The Legend of Zelda games’ puzzles, which I don't believe are known for being that brain-busting, with some sliding puzzle exceptions. For a more apt description, here's the official site's explanation on their FAQ page:
[T]his is NOT a traditional escape room (i.e. locked inside a room). It is a fully hosted, story-based escape event designed for puzzle fans and fans of the Zelda franchise. There will be multiple teams in the event space all participating at the same time, and each team will have their own table to work at when not exploring.”
Right, so, teams. That's a big difference. While The Legend of Zelda dungeons are canonically taken on by Link, or Link and his traveling companion (Nazi, Tatl, Ezlo, etc.), or Link and two-to-three Link clones, the teams here will be SIX people, so it's more like a Pokémon team than a Zelda one. How will the hosts make an authentic experience with so many people? I dunno, and I'll probably never find out since they don't want you sharing pictures or your experience ('cause spoilers) over the Internet, besides post-event photo opportunities.

Games will last for 60 minutes and cost from $41 for one-person regular tickets ordered in advance, to the $61 GOLD PACKAGE ticket that gets you a “premium poster & premium coin.” I bet you can get scalpers to sell you the ticket for much more.

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$10 coin! I admit it's actually cooler-looking than the 2014 Super Smash Bros. coins from Best Buy during E3.

Since I think it's obvious no one reading this article will actually participate in this event no matter how much you wish for it, let me pose a different question to you: Would something like this be what a Virtual Reality The Legend of Zelda would be like? Is that something you'd want? If you want my opinion, I wouldn't want a VR Zelda, because it's not possibly going to be better than a regular videogame experience. And, in my view, the (or “a”) difference between the Real Escape Game and a Virtual Reality experience in your home, besides motion sickness, is that this Real Escape Game is in teams of six, and your sad Virtual Reality thing would be just by yourself.

...But that's closer to the real Zelda experience, ain't it?

Still, the social element is probably going to make up most of the experience for this thing.

On a sort-of related note, Ludwig has had Zero Escape: Zero Time Dilemma since this summer but has not played it. He is worried that it won't get a shot at the KoopaTV Game of THAT Year 2016 awards as a result. Ludwig has never formally participated in a real-life room-escaping experience. Ludwig also hopes this satisfies his The Legend of Zelda article quota imposed by that Charssie shit-poster for the rest of 2016.

The distribution of the eight cities holding the Defenders of the Triforce event is even worse than the eight Best Buy locations used for the Nintendo World Championships Qualifiers.
Vortexica had some cool stuff that he got with his The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D New Nintendo 3DS.
Vortexica also got what might be a cooler poster when he attended The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses - Master Quest concert.


  1. Awww, you remembered I would have or almost will have a baby by the time January 3 announces the date.

    You're right. I would not participate in this at all due to my circumstances.

    1. I...alluded to that? Erm, I mean, of course I remembered and took that into account as I was writing this!

      Oh well.

  2. I really wish I could go to one.

    1. I wonder what part of this is “Well it's logistically hard to set this up, and we only have a limited staff” and what part of it is “Well we're not even going to try to serve the majority of the population.”

  3. After the Virtual Boy's failure, I do not see Nintendo getting back into VR. I still view it as a passing fad that will die in a couple of years.

    1. Me too, but I don't think the Virtual Boy factors into that decision.

  4. Once again, of course Nintendo won't bring the event to a suitable, well populated location in the south-east U.S..

    Also, why be isolated in an isolated Virtual Reality setting when I can already be isolated in an EVEN MORE authentic... uh, reality!

    (I was totally going with that.)


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