The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks




Cynamite

Zelda fans are going to love this - but the multiplayer mode is a little bit boring.
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GameShark

The sights, the sounds, the characters, the environments, they all combine to make a game that may not represent as much of a move forward as its predecessor, but represents a high watermark in both handheld gaming and video games in general.
100


Nintendojo

The gameplay is also polished and strong as well, continuing to prove the impossible feat of designing a game with a multitude of complex game mechanics all being distilled into stylus-based touchscreen controls.
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Nintendo Power

If you like Zelda games, you were going to buy Spirit Tracks no matter what. But rest assured that you will not only be getting another fine Nintendo DS installment, but one of the series's best handheld titles to date. [Jan 2010, p.82]
95


AtomicGamer

Like previous offerings in the revered franchise, it brings plenty of new bells and whistles, but is still a mostly recognizable Zelda game at its core.
95


Wii Brasil

This is the big launch of DS in 2009.
95


Vandal Online

The evolution of the series in Nintendo DS has left us open-mouthed, and makes us have great hopes for the next Wii game.
95


3DJuegos

Spirit Tracks is one of the best videogames in the Zelda's franchise and it has probably the hardest puzzles in the series. Although it hasn't the best story and a big longevity, it's a title that will pain you when it starts to end.
94


IGN

While Spirit Tracks has some obvious deja vu elements and can drag on from time to time, Nintendo's latest pocket Zelda trumps the first game hands-down, delivering amazing bosses once again, now complemented with impressive dungeons, a truly epic challenge in the Spirit Tower, and a substantially longer adventure overall.
93


Play.tm

The bold lines, simple colours and innocent aesthetic emphasises the idealism of the Zelda series at its finest: this tiny, wide-eyed boy can conquer unimaginable evil, and his stoic determination can achieve more than even omnipotent deities could manage. These games might be perfect for children, but they're as fine an example of gaming as any adult could hope to encounter.
93


Cheat Code Central

It's not quite as lengthy or extensive as a Zelda game for the Wii, but it certainly includes all those elements Zelda fans are looking for: lots of dungeon crawling, puzzles, good storyline, charming visuals, etc. Best of all, you can take it with you on your next trip and even play it with a friend.
92


Games Master UK

Despite echoes of Hourglass, Tracks emerges as its own game. And a delightful one at that. [Christmas 2009, p.58]
92


Nintendo Gamer

Peril, puzzles, laughs and rabbits - everything you'd want for a cracking Christmas romp. [Christmas 2009, p.42]
92


Computer and Video Games

A superb quest that doesn't rewrite the rules but delivers another engrossing Zelda adventure. If you own a DS, buy it.
91


Gamer 2.0

The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks is everything its predecessor was and more.
91


Pelit (Finland)

An overall improvement over Phantom Hourglass, Spirit Tracks proves itself to be one of the best games on DS. [Jan 2010]
91


Official Nintendo Magazine UK

Not a huge leap forward for the series but a wonderful game nonetheless. Enjoy. [Christmas 2009, p.91]
91


GameFocus

Spirit Tracks is an absolutely fantastic way to cap off 2009. With so many great titles this year, it's fitting that a series so many of us have grown up on is able to keep us entertained during the holiday period. Once again, it's the story, interesting use of music and Link and Zelda's partnership that makes this such a worthwhile title.
91


Game Revolution

A fun time and very well executed game. If you're looking for something to play on the road while on vacation, or hiding away from society in a bomb shelter until Christmas blows over, The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks makes as good a companion as a Ghost Princess.
91


Gaming Age

All together, The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks doesn't quite knock one out of the ballpark, but it's still a better game than Phantom Hourglass for the much needed changes to the Spirit Tower / Ocean King Temple mechanics.
91


1UP

Like New Super Mario Bros. Wii, it's a direct follow-up to a recent release that exceeds its predecessor in every way. And while it may not hit the soaring heights of Mario's latest, it's a fine game in its own right.
91


Eurogamer

Vintage Nintendo. Maybe a bit too vintage - Spirit Tracks is, like New Super Mario Bros. Wii, a straight rehash, a derivative sequel of the kind the company used not to make, and based on a decades-old template. You could easily mark it down for that. But that would belie the fact that it's also a tighter and more rounded game, crafted with more care, than not just Phantom Hourglass but most modern games for grown-up consoles.
90


N-Europe

Another excellent portable Zelda title in almost every respect; Spirit Tracks will keep you entertained for a good while just don't expect huge leaps and bounds in terms of innovation.
90


GamesRadar

It boils down to this: Spirit Tracks is the most consistently inventive game on the DS, with the best touchscreen controls on the system.
90


Pocket Gamer UK

While it's not quite as devastatingly original as Phantom Hourglass, Spirit Tracks is still an utterly essential purchase and comfortably ranks as the undisputed DS event of the year.
90


GameDaily

We also have mixed feelings about the Spirit Flute, a musical instrument that, when played, reveals secrets. To do this, you'll blow into the DS microphone. While a novel idea, you look ridiculous doing it, on par with playing a game on Wii. We get what Nintendo wanted to do, but there was probably a better way to accomplish that, instead of having players spit all over their systems.
90


Gamer.nl

Hyrule is a world where you want to be in. It's so beautiful, with countless interesting people and exciting dungeons. So it's no surprise that playing Spirit Tracks is truly a pleasure. The fighting, riding the train or solving puzzles: it's all great to do. Spirit Tracks is a fantastic new addition to the series.
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Zentendo

I know that it is almost certain that all the Zelda fans are going to buy all the titles related to the saga. I just ask you not to make the mistake of seeing "Spirit Tracks" as just an extra portable title. "Link's Awakening" is enough proof that these versions are worthy enough and have distinguished the series since the beginning.
90


Cubed3

It may not be completely flawless, but The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks is definitely one of the DS 'must own' titles of 2009.
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Nintendo Life

It's a quality game as was Phantom Hourglass before it, and even though at times it feels too much like a retread of past games, it remains a thoroughly enjoyable jaunt through Hyrule and puts most other DS titles to shame with its overall quality.
90


LEVEL (Czech Republic)

Link saves Zelda and drives the train – need to hear more? Ok – great look, great sound, great playability and great fun all the way! [Issue#187]
90


Eurogamer Portugal

Spirit Tracks continues to take away, even going through the models and rules that define the core of a Zelda game, putting in place a sense of something already seen and played so many times.
90


Eurogamer Italy

Another little masterpiece from Nintendo, similar but better than Phantom Hourglass. If you have a DS, just buy it.
90


Armchair Empire

Spirit Tracks is a solid experience in a familiar world. Fans of Zelda can really do no wrong by getting this game.
90


NintendoWorldReport

A superb game and one of the best DS games this year. The dungeons are top-tier, entertaining affairs, and the train is fun to ride around in as you journey through the interesting game world.
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PALGN

Despite not straying far from the proven template, The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks has genuine improvements over its predecessor and shows that the series is still the king of adventure puzzlers, console or handheld.
90


GameTrailers

Spirit Tracks addresses all of the shortcomings of Phantom Hourglass and delivers a brilliant experience. It hasn't done much to change up the established formula, but it's still a solid adventure that ranks as one of the better outings in the series.
90


GamerNode

A perfectly solid representation of Zelda. The puzzles are not easy, despite the cartoon appearance of the main character, the characters are interesting, the controls work well, and the story is adequate.
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Meristation

A new entry on the series, a new success. The Legend of Zelda is one of Nintendo's greatest franchises, and there's no doubt that it deserves it; Spirit Tracks is a huge game, beautiful, with an incredible cooperative gameplay and many things to do.
90


GamingXP

Not the epic dimensions as in the former The Legend of Zelda games but it is a great game, not only for fans of Zelda. The simple and innovative controls also are also fitting for young players.
90


Multiplayer.it

The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks may not feel like a real new chapter of the series, but the important improvements over Phantom Hourglass make this entry easily one of the best games ever on the DS.
90


ImpulseGamer

Nintendo have really mastered this series and The Legend Zelda: Spirit Tracks is a prime example of this that features two popular gaming characters from this interesting mythology.
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GameSpy

Spirit Tracks features some of the best labyrinths and inventive bosses in Zelda history.
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GamesRadar+

It boils down to this: Spirit Tracks is the most consistently inventive game on the DS, with the best touchscreen controls on the system.
90


GamingTrend

Walk in with the realization that it won't be perfect and you'll have a fantastic time
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Extreme Gamer

The Spirit Tracks is a must own title for all those with a Nintendo DS.
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GamesNation

Excellent level and character design, superb graphics (for the DS), sumptuous music, incredible longevity, good multiplayer and some good elements of innovation: you name it, The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks has it! Just go and buy it!
89


Da Gameboyz

Don't let some minor quibbles prevent you from playing this very enjoyable chapter of the Zelda series as Nintendo effectively brings together several gameplay ideas together to form a great game overall.
88


Gamervision

Another great entry in one of gaming's most prolific series. It's not without flaws, but it also offers some of the most fun handheld gameplay this year.
88


InsideGamer.nl

Riding the train is a tad slow-paced, but thanks to some great puzzles and a whole lot of enjoyable side quests, The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks is yet another great Zelda that will keep your DS running for quite some time.
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9Lives

For me, The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks definitely belongs in the world of Hyrule. It fits in perfectly with the other adventures of cell-shaded Link and that makes it a tad easy. Zelda-fanatics don't need to worry, because there's plenty of challenge to keep you occupied for a bit. Unfortunately, that means digressing from the storyline, something you'll automatically do in a Zelda-tale. This lengthens the life of Spirit Tracks, but nevertheless it's a short (but powerful) adventure.
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GameSpot

Spirit Tracks' exciting new mechanics and classic gameplay make it one Zelda adventure that has got a full head of steam.
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Worth Playing

The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks is a solid, if uninspired, addition to the franchise. Everything's been tightened up a bit from Phantom Hourglass, but not a lot has been done to make the game really stand out.
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SpazioGames

The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks is a good Zelda game. Its fault can be found in the similar gameplay structure of its predecessor. Still, the experience is something unique and teaming up with princess Zelda it's extremely fun.
85


Everyeye.it

Nintendo delivers a new epic adventure, and even if the train sections are quite boring, puzzles and dungeon design greatly entertain the player.
85


Edge Magazine

Spirit Tracks' aging tricks continue to carry you cack into the narcotic realms of pure ritual, until you're deep in the caverns yet again, holding the magic yellow boomerang once more, and wondering what quirky brilliance it will bring with it this time. [Christmas 2009, p.92]
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NTSC-uk

In summation, it looks great, the music is wonderful and no matter how frustrated the player gets with any one puzzle, it's an enjoyable enough experience that they won't want to stop until they've finished it.
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games(TM)

It's a fine submission in a long run of fabulous games, but not one that will swing Zelda in a brand new direction. [Issue#91, p.108]
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Thunderbolt

If you own a DS, and you agree that touching is good, then The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks is for you, and anyone looking to embark on a casual quest that looks and feels good will feel right at home here.
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VideoGamer

This is my problem: loving Spirit Tracks means excusing failings games in other less-loved series might not get away with. Criticising it, on the other hand, does a disservice to how wonderful it truly is. Which horn do I run into? The answer is: both.
80


Metro GameCentral

A relative low point in Zelda history but still a hugely addictive and superbly well designed adventure.
80


Eurogamer Spain

Maybe its developers should have paid more attention to secondary missions, as the main adventure is too lineal. But even with that minor flaw the game is very well designed, with great graphics and entertaining playability.
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Game Informer

In my tenure as a game critic, I haven't come across a game that fluctuates between highs and lows as frequently as Spirit Tracks. I often found myself taken aback by an amazing puzzle, only to be bored to death on a train moments later.
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Play Magazine

If you like Zelda-if what makes Zelda good for you is the Zelda-y stuff that's always in these Zelda games-then you're going to find more of it here. All the charm, all the polish. All the thoughtful puzzles and gorgeous detail. But if you're looking for something new, you're going have to wait until the next train arrives. This is another The Legend of Zelda game: The formula we know, the formula we love.
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RPG Fan

The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks brings little new to the franchise, and that would be fine if what it did introduce wasn't tedious and clumsy. The train is an abomination. And, while there are good puzzles and fun dungeons, everything seems a little tired, brief, and empty.
80


NZGamer

A list of each small nuance would make for a pretty boring review, so as superficial as it is we've given away as little of the story and the temple-to-temple action as possible. Much of the joy is discovering it all for yourself.
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Kikizo

Spirit Tracks is still such a polished and wonderful game that its faults are only relative to other entries in the series and is therefore still better than 99% of all handheld games out there.
80


Modojo

The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks is an excellent addition to Nintendo's celebrated franchise and a great way to close 2009.
80


Giant Bomb

Though parts of Spirit Tracks are a little disappointing, most of those low points are offset by its terrific puzzle design and a great, fun story that feels noticeably different from the standard "save the princess" saga that series fans are used to seeing.
80


GamePro

While it isn't perfect, Spirit Tracks does enough things right that you won't regret persevering through the initial sluggishness. Once the game picks up momentum and speed, it packs a locomotive sized punch, one that doesn't reinvent the wheel but still manages to do the storied franchise proud.
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Gamestyle

Maybe it's indicative of Nintendo's current business model; making family friendly games that are simple, and won't rock the boat. Yes, they had a winner with Phantom Hourglass, but Spirit Tracks reeks of complacency.
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Gameplayer Sweden

Without question a solid game experience, but you still can't wash off that feeling of the Zelda-franchise getting a little exploited here. As a direct sequel to Phantom Hourglass it does it's job good, but maybe too good since it's almost a carbon-copy of the previous game. The railroads are a new addition of course, and the time-limit is gone, but in all other aspects this is the same game more or less.
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Gamer Limit

Spirit Tracks is the weakest title in the series. It isn't a bad game, but it symbolizes a need to retire Link before his career is tarnished.
70


RPGamer

Aside from the travel issue, Spirit Tracks is, in every way, a better game than Phantom Hourglass. Sadly, the travel gets so frustrating later in the game that it really drags the whole thing down.
70


The A.V. Club

But like the train you conduct, much of Spirit Tracks feels rigidly stuck on rails.
67


BigPond GameArena

Your 15th trip through the barren Hyrule countryside sums up not just dodging trains in Spirit Tracks, but basically the entirety of Spirit Tracks.
60


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