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Navi Trackers is a puzzle-based treasure hunting game that was included in Japanese version of Four Swords Adventures. The game was formerly planned as a stand alone game titled Tetra's Trackers, but it was turned into an optional mode of Four Swords Adventures somewhere along the line in development. The players uses Game Boy Advances as game screens and controllers via a link cable, while the television screen shows navigators narrating the action and a basic map.
In this game, Tetra or other navigators will serve as a guide to Link as he searches the land for members of Tetra's pirate gang in a specific order to gain stamps from them. Link must collect as many stamps as possible within a given time limit. In the multi-player game, players must competed with each other to gain the higher scores. In a single-player game, player have the choice of playing against Tingle (Tingle Battle), or collecting the stamps alone within a given time limit (Time Attack).
When Tetra's Trackers was first announced at E3 2003, it was originally planned to be a stand-alone game release. However, Nintendo canceled the project as a standalone game without any official announcements. Later, the game was included in the Japanese and Korean version of Four Swords Adventures as the multiplayer mode Navi Trackers. Likely because of the difficulties in rerecording voice acting in other languages, the mode was not included in all releases of Four Swords Adventures outside of Asia.
The story takes place right after The Wind Waker, where Link has to prove himself worthy of being a pirate in Tetra's "Pirate Test". Three other pirates are disguised as Link and battling with him in a little contest. Link must pass all 12 of Tetra's test to become a pirate.
"Tetra, the leader of the pirates, has put forth a challenge!"
Link must race his way through various settings, collecting stamps from Tetra's pirate cohorts. To rise to the challenge, he will have to use all his exploration and navigation skills. Accepting this hefty task, players search for pirates placed strategically around Pirate Island and receive a stamp from each one as proof that they actually found them. Pirates must be found in the correct order, so players rely upon map information and hints provided by Tetra through the fabled Pirate's Charm. Up to four players compete to see how many stamps they can collect before time runs out.
- Experience a new level of connectivity between Nintendo GameCube and Game Boy Advance. Compete against one another to prove your skills as trackers.
- Control four different colored versions of Link, from the Legend of Zelda series, including characters from The Wind Waker. Tetra, the young leader of the pirates, guides you as you race to gather stamps from her pirate followers.
- Use the Game Boy Advance as a game screen and a controller, and race against up to three friends. Exclusive information appears on each player's screen, while Tetra guides the group along the way with cues that appear on Nintendo GameCube.
All the characters from this game are directly inspired from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker.
- Tetra's Pirates
- The word Navi in Navi Trackers is probably taken from the word Navigator.
- In Navi Trackers, Tetra and her pirate crew have full voice acting instead of the usual text-only dialogue. The game also has a primitive text-to-speech engine, possibly relying on prerecorded snippets of audio - the navigators (Tetra, Sue-Belle, and the King of Red Lions) can pronounce the two-character name the player selects at the start of the game.
- Navi Trackers features the only other home console appearance of a cel-shaded Link (the first being in The Wind Waker), as well as the only 3D representations of the four colors of Links, within The Legend of Zelda series.
- Although the rest of the Korean release of Four Swords Adventures is fully translated into Korean, the Navi Trackers mode in that release is not translated and keeps the Japanese voice acting.