At the 2009 Game Developers Conference Nintendo president Satoru Iwata announced the latest installment in the Legend of Zelda series. The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks was confirmed as the latest entry in the fantasy-based franchise, and it was announced for the Nintendo DS. The last outing fans received was Phantom Hourglass for Nintendo’s dual-screen console, and it received mass critical acclaim. Despite the game’s shortcomings which consisted of an overall lack of difficulty, limited soundtrack, and the repetitive nature of one of the dungeons, fans and reviewers praised the game for its solid touch screen controls, dungeon design, boss battles, and colorful cel-shaded graphics reminiscent of 2003’s Wind Waker.
While no specific release date was mentioned by Iwata during his initial announcement, Nintendo has just recently provided a December 7 release date for Spirit Tracks. The latest in the story-driven series will be out this holiday season, and while the game may be a hot wish list item, it’s safe to assume that many fans won’t be waiting until Christmas to get their hands on the game.
The game takes place one century after the events that occurred in Phantom Hourglass and features similar gameplay to that of its predecessor, but a few changes and additions have been made to the formula. Transportation, for example, will no longer be executed via boat. Instead, Link will traverse the land on a train. One addition that has been made to the gameplay is the ability to control Phantoms (enemies in the previous game) to solve puzzles and progress through the game. While nothing major has been revealed yet, new weapons will obviously be introduced to the gameplay as well.
The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks is already reaching high levels of anticipation from gamers and the media alike. At Gamescom 2009, the game received an award for “Best Handheld Game.” With numerous preorders already tallying up at retail stores, it is obvious that the fans want to get their hands on Link’s latest quest. December couldn’t come any sooner for fans of the series. Check back here at GamerSyndrome for all the latest news regarding The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks.
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