Zelda: Spirit Tracks will appeal to a ‘wider age group’

Young or old, it seems gamers everywhere love The Legend of Zelda series. When the new Nintendo DS offering The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks was announced at Game Developers Conference earlier this year, everyone cheered.

So it’s curious to see that, in its latest financial report, Nintendo goes out of its way to specify that Spirit Tracks “will appeal to a wider age group of people.” Am I missing something, or doesn’t the Zelda series already have that appeal? I played The Legend of Zelda on the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1987; I was 9-years-old and I had a blast. The curious usage of words might lead some to believe that Spirit Tracks will be a watered-down experience, designed to appeal to non-traditional, but that may not be case in the end. There’s little doubt the game will be great; if it’s not, our pitchforks and torches are coming out of storage.

It’s also interesting to note that Nintendo is still saying that Spirit Tracks is a tentative name, so we could be calling it something else before the game’s release “in the latter half of this calendar year.” Might I suggest The Legend of Zelda: For Babies and Your Grandmother? I kid!

In terms of financials, if you’re interested in crunching the numbers, I’ve included them in the gallery. Enjoy that!

Nick Chester