The DS Zelda Games: Over or Underrated?


Matthew Kelley

The Legend of Zelda Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks are two games I feel aren’t given enough attention. One of the biggest reasons these games are underrated is because of the constant repetitiveness. In “Phantom Hourglass”, you go to the Temple of the Ocean King many times throughout the game. That’s not the worst part though. The worst part is the puzzles reset every time you leave which requires you to do 90% of the puzzles again. In “Spirit Tracks,” You are in the Tower of Spirits which you also visit a lot in the main story, but it is better than the Temple of the Ocean King since the puzzles don’t reset.

Another reason the games are underrated is because of the controls and gimmicks. Phantom Hourglass does not have these problems while Spirit Tracks does. Spirit Tracks uses the stylus and mic way too much in the game and they don’t even use the buttons. Now for some reasons Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks are overrated. The storyline in both is the biggest reason. In Phantom Hourglass, You sail the seas with your captain, line back, to go and find different treasures and dungeons in the ocean. On the other hand, In Spirit Tracks you are a locomotive operator who breaks the princess, Zelda, out of the castle. Just then Zelda gets murdered and travels along with you to bring her back to her body and stop the reviving of Malladus. I honestly highly recommend these games. I do think they are very underrated especially in the Zelda community.