Zelda: Triforce Heroes' main story mode won't support two-player play.
According to a report by Kotaku, the game's main campaign can be played either as a trio or solo - in which case the player switches between the roles of three characters while the unpossessed ones stand still, ala The Lost Vikings.
“You can't play regular courses with two people,” said game director Hiromasa Shikata in an interview with Kotaku. "If someone drops out or quits, you'll get to a game over screen." Apparently if someone needs to jet, the game will save your progress and there will be an option to swap in a replacement player or transition to solo.
Shikata noted that the game's competitive free-for-all Colosseum mode would support either two or three players.
The director claimed that some Nintendo staffers actually preferred playing the game solo.
Still, not being able to play with your partner lest you bring in a third has got to sting a bit for those who typically play in a more intimate fashion.
Zelda: Triforce Heroes is due this autumn exclusively on 3DS.