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The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks (Nintendo DS)

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Apprentice engineer, Link, is ready to travel to Hyrule Castle and receive his engineer's license - and meet Princess Zelda herself! However, during the ceremony, Zelda slips Link a note warning him not to trust the Chancellor, and to help her reach the Spirit Tower. The land's Spirit Tracks (mystical railway tracks that cover the land) have been disappearing, and she suspects that the Chancellor is the cause. While heading to the Tower, the Chancellor intercepts them, and proves Zelda's suspicions right - he casts a magic spell on her, splitting her body from her soul! Link and Zelda must work together to return Zelda to normal and save Hyrule once again.

In The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks, the player takes on the role of Link. As with the previous game, Phantom Hourglass, players guide Link entirely with the stylus - using it to move him, target foes, and guide special weapons. The player is also encouraged to draw notes on the in-game maps - and in certain puzzles, it is crucial to do so. Link receives new tools in the game as he progresses, including a windmill, which is used to blow away debris, poison gas, and enemies, and the pan flute, which is used to activate special tunes that unlock new areas, discover secrets, and more. In certain dungeons, players will control both Link and Zelda, as they work together. In her spirit form, Zelda is able to possess hulking Phantom suits of armour, which can be used to block flames, protect Link, and carry him across dangerous areas.

As suggested by the title, the key method of transportation involves a train. Players draw their route to the next area on the map, and then let the train run its course. While the train is moving, they'll need to watch out for other trains, obstacles and animals on the tracks, and enemies. They'll also need to keep an eye on the best track route, which they can change as they near a junction.

Screenshots

The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks Nintendo DS Story.
The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks Nintendo DS Taking the train to the castle.
The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks Nintendo DS Very nice 3D opening.
The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks Nintendo DS Title Screen.

Alternate Titles

  • "ゼルダの伝説 大地の汽笛" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Zelda no Densetsu: Taiyou no Kiteki" -- Japanese title

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User Reviews

On par with Phantom Hourglass Rensch (203) 4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars

The Press Says

Nintendojo Feb 11, 2010 9.5 out of 10 95
Jeuxvideo.com Dec 05, 2009 18 out of 20 90
Nintendo Life Dec 08, 2009 9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars 90
Gemakei (formerly Zentendo) Dec 21, 2009 9 out of 10 90
WiiDSFrance Dec 11, 2009 9 out of 10 90
GameSpot Dec 08, 2009 8.5 out of 10 85
Retrogaming History Mar 12, 2010 8.5 out of 10 85
RPGFan Dec 22, 2009 80 out of 100 80
The Video Game Critic Mar 05, 2010 B 75
Legendra Jan 24, 2010 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

References

The rocket statues that teach Link new songs for his pan flute bear a striking resemblance to the rockets that you would sometimes find when pulling up a vegetable in Super Mario Bros. 2. After the song is taught, they even blast off in a similar manner!

Awards

  • 1UP
    • 2009 - Best DS Game
  • Cheat Code Central
    • 2009 - Nintendo DS Game of the Year
  • Game Informer
    • 2009 - Best Handheld Game
  • GameShark
    • 2009 - Nintendo DS Game of the Year
  • Gamespy
    • 2009 - Nintendo DS Game of the Year
    • 2009 - Nintendo DS Gamers' Choice Award
    • 2009 - The Embarrassing Commute Award
  • IGN
    • 2009 - DS Game of the Year
    • 2009 - Best DS Action Game
    • 2009 - Best DS Story
    • 2009 - DS Award for Visual Excellence
    • 2009 - DS Award for Excellence in Sound
  • Nintendo Power
    • 2009 (Issue #252) - Nintendo DS Game of the Year

Information also contributed by Big John WV and Bob the Stickman

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Ben K (23103) added The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks (Nintendo DS) on Dec 12, 2009