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Release year: 2009 | Players: 1 player – multiplayer | Developed by Nintendo EAD

The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks (NDS)

The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks (AKA ゼルダの伝説 大地の汽笛, Zeruda no Densetsu: Supiritto Torakku in Japan) is a 3D adventure RPG video game developed and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo DS handheld console in 2009. Like its predecessor, Phantom Hourglass, Spirit Tracks is an adventure, puzzle solving game. Though it is a bit similar to Phantom Hourglass, this sequel offers a lot of development.

In The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks, Link, the protagonist, is an apprentice and is soon to be a train engineer. Zelda who is alive at the first few scenes, became a ghost again and accompanies Link in each dungeon.

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The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks Cover (NDS)

Link and Zelda are set to prevent Malladus, The Demon King to return using Zelda’s body as a vessel by restoring the Spirit Tracks. Zelda and Link should retrieve all 4 of the Ancient Rail Maps from the above floors of the Spirit Tower and connect the tower to the 4 realms using the Spirit Tracks.

Link uses a train to travel instead of a steamboat. The players control Link by using the stylus and drawing your route. Players can also take side quests for more treasures and rewards, though for players who have played the Legendary of Zelda franchise, this might get them bored. There some additions to the weapons like the Whip where players can use for stealing items or for short-ranged attacks.

Pros and Cons

Storytelling wise, The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks has similarities from the Phantom Hourglass, but still it is impressive and improved. Visuals are almost the same as the Phantom Hourglass but that doesn’t make it unpleasant.

As for the game play, The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks, adventure is much longer. Although some scenes are stretched out, the dungeons are more complex and gets hard in each level. The bosses are challenging, too. The fact that Zelda has skills, which makes her useful makes this game a lot more interesting.

The item Spirit Flute uses the touch screen where you slide and blow thru the Nintendo DS’ microphone also adds to this game’s charm.

There are still no options for the players to move Link using the digital pad and buttons, the stylus will still be used to control Link. The multiplayer battle mode supports 4 players without using the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connections, players can collect gems and trade treasures player to player.

Overall, The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks is an impressive sequel for the Phantom Hourglass. Seasoned players will surely love the difficulty of each dungeon and will enjoy using Zelda’s skill sets.

The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks game has only been ported to Nintendo DS.

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