Spirit Tracks has finally hopped aboard the North American Wii U Virtual Console.

The sequel to Phantom Hourglass was first released on the Nintendo DS in 2009, and takes place in a newly founded version of Hyrule, a long time after the cast of Wind Waker settled there. It introduced the more modern idea of trains to the Zelda series as its primary mode of transport, and gave Princess Zelda a prominent role in the story and gameplay as Link’s ghostly partner after her body is stolen.

The game was put up for sale on October 20 and is priced at $9.99. North American gamers are getting Spirit Tracks on the Wii U after both Europe and Japan, but hopefully it can keep fans from running out of steam during the wait for Breath of the Wild.

The lack of true exploration in Spirit Tracks nearly caused me to give up Zelda.

  • Ryan Haney

    I haven’t tried playing a DS game on the Wii U yet. How is it?

  • Adam Crews

    I was playing the first 3-4 days it was out and go up to level 18 of the spirit tower, graced the firewalls expansion to the map.. and it locks up… blank screen.. anyone else having this problem?

  • PHILL SHIVELY

    Thank Goodness Thank God because i was really bumbed out that it Wasn’t available