Satoru Iwata’s GDC keynote ended with a bang thanks to the announcement of a new Nintendo DS Zelda title. Called The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks, the title reminded Dale of Nintendo GameCube’s iteration of Zelda, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker because of it's cutesy cel-shaded visuals.
The announcement trailer didn’t reveal any hard details, but we did observe Link on a train -- ushering back memories of Wind Waker’s boat -- and a dungeon-type environment.
Is it Zelda? Hell yes. Now where did I put that boomerang? Oh right, I left it in Hyrule Castle.
[Update: Yep, it’s a train instead of a boat. One of the first things you notice, aside from the cel-shaded graphics, in the Spirit Train trailer -- available after the break -- is the rail system that Link will be following through the environment on his little train of awesome. Like Wind Waker’s boat, the train has offensive capabilities. Towards the end of the vid, you see the train lighting up enemies in its path. You also see cows, and, uh ... I’m not sure about those.
In the dungeon scenes, something we lightly touched on above, you can observe a puppetmaster-style power that allows Link to control a Knight-type foe (friend?). Also, boomerang and large boss monsters confirmed. Yes!
Take a gander at the trailer. We also uploaded some screenshots of it for your viewing pleasure.]