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The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks Ever since Nintendo welcomed the casual gaming market (and its money) with open arms, there's been a sense that the company has turned its back on the core gamer audience, but there's also been a renewed hope that the next big core event game is coming sooner rather than never.  Not too long ago Nintendo announced a locomotive-based The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks for the Nintendo DS which many took as a glimmer of hope.  All seemed well until Kotaku mentioned this statement from a recent Nintendo investment guide:

Buried in the midst of Nintendo's 2009 fiscal year results is a small note about the upcoming Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks. It's interesting to see how the game's described to investors, rather than fans. While the game is mentioned only in passing, the report hints at the game's direction, saying that "The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks...will appeal to a wider age group of people, and will launch in the later half of the year". Hrm. Make of that what you will.

Did somebody say Train Training?  I may be a Nintendo refugee in the land of the Sony PlayStation nation these days, but I still really want to go home again.  Spirit Tracks will most likely make an appearance at E3 next month, and as long as there's a solid adventure on display at the heart of the game, I think we'll be alright.  Maybe there'll be a rock garden to cultivate or cuccos to raise as a side quest mini-game, but as long as there's a grand evil to stab with a sword (or ram with a train)... well, you know the rest.

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