The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass
The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass is a hand-held Zelda title that was released for Nintendo DS in 2007. This game is a direct sequel of The Wind Waker and carries over many aspects from the game, including the cel-shaded graphics, certain characters, and a series of islands that require travel by boat.
- Main article: Phantom Hourglass Staff
At the 2006 Game Developer's Conference, fans saw the very first glimpse of what would become Link's first quest on the Nintendo DS, Phantom Hourglass. The trailer showed off a game that completely utilized the Nintendo DS touch screen, rather than the more standard use of the d-pad and the control buttons. A year later when the game was released, fans were able to get their hands on a Zelda title unlike anything they had played before.
The entire game could be controlled using just the Nintendo DS stylus, using it to tap or swipe on the screen to strike with Link's sword or use the six unique items found throughout the game. The land is once again flooded in this title, meaning Link travels through the use of a steamboat equipped with a cannon to fend off foes, plotting courses across the waters using the stylus on the map, which you could also write notes on to solve puzzles or mark areas for clues or later secrets. Additionally, the game also utilized the Nintendo DS Microphone, which players could blow into or shout at in order to solve puzzles.
Also unique to this game is a timed dungeon that you slowly work your way through, unlocking more floors to it as you progress through the game, collecting items within it that you need in order to enter the next dungeon in the outside world. Eventually, the goal is to complete the timed dungeon and rescue Tetra.
One day when sailing in the sea, Tetra and her gang of Pirates are on a search for the mystical Ghost Ship. According to Tetra, the Ghost Ship is ruled by obscure pirates who don't know any of the pirate rules. She expects to find them and teach them that there are rules to being a pirate. One of the pirates starts to talk about the "Protector of Waters" also known as the Ocean King. All of a sudden, their ship is engulfed in a mysterious fog. They come face to face with the Ghost Ship. Tetra hops over onto the Ship and then lightning strikes and she screams. Link jumps to save her, but misses and falls into the ocean. He drifted to an island, where he begins his quest to save Tetra.
Phantom Hourglass originally released in June of 2007 over in Japan, but it later got a worldwide release in October of 2007. On November 20th, 2007, Nintendo of America announced a special Phantom Hourglass Nintendo DS Lite Bundle that would release on November 23rd, 2007 "Black Friday". This bundle included a gold Nintendo DS Lite with a triforce symbol, as well as a copy of Phantom Hourglass. The system is almost identical to that of a limited edition Game Boy Advanced SP.
- Major Characters
- Villagers and Shopkeepers
- Goron Island
- Isle of Frost
- Great Sea
- Great Sea
Here is a listing of all of the bosses found within The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass.
- Quest Items
- Trading Sequence
- Main article: Category:Phantom Hourglass Locations
Merchandise and Product
- Phantom Hourglass Nintendo DS Lite Bundle released on November 23rd, 2007. This edition of the DS Lite comes with a bright gold finish, bears the Triforce logo in the lower right hand corner and comes bundled with The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass for the DS.
- Phantom Hourglass Nintendo DS Duo Case Twin Pack & Comfort Stylus is a licensed game cartridges case for Nintendo DS. It released in 2007 by PDP.
- Phantom Hourglass Yujin Nintendo DS Styluses are a set of 7 large styluses, each with an item from Phantom Hourglass.