Zelda Puts The Spirit In Spirit Tracks

You know that little spirit that's been following Link around in all of the trailers for The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks for the Nintendo DS? Surprise, it's Princess Zelda!

Princess Zelda has been getting herself kidnapped on a regular basis for 23 years now, and Nintendo is ready for a change. Today the company announces that for the first time ever, Zelda will be accompanying Link on his quest to save Hyrule - at least in spirit.

Seen in the GameTrailers exclusive trailer below, Princess Zelda's body still gets kidnapped, but her spirit is free to help Link out as he rides the rails on his customizable train and delves deep into the various dungeons littered about the countryside like gopher holes on a golf course. In said dungeons, Zelda's spirit will be able to possess Phantoms, hulking suits of armor, allowing the player to control both characters in order to win battles and solve puzzles. With Zelda having a constant presence in the game, fans can expect a closer look at the character than ever before.

"More than two decades into its rich history, The Legend of Zelda has introduced another historic first for players as Link and Zelda unite to save Hyrule in The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks," said Cammie Dunaway, Nintendo of America's executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. "Combining these unprecedented new story and game-play elements with the series' innovative touch-screen interface on Nintendo DS and Nintendo DSi, the game is sure to surprise and delight new and longtime fans."

Leave it to Princess Zelda to figure out a way to bug Link constantly while being kidnapped for the umpteenth time. The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks pulls into retail stores on December 7th.