A glimpse into the early stages of Spirit Tracks

Of all the glimpses into the inner workings of the Zelda series that Hyrule Historia is giving us, one of the most personal is the concept art.  It allows us to see what a game’s characters were like in their early days, and also reveals what could have been in a game had certain ideas not be abandoned during development.  Hyrule Historia contains many pages of concept art for Spirit Tracks, the 2009 handheld title for the Nintendo DS.  This game contains some of the most unique-looking characters that have been seen in a Zelda title for years:  Chancellor Cole, the Lokomos, and Malladus, to name only a few.  Hit the jump to view more concept art, and thus get a better understanding as to how Spirit Tracks was created.

The many version of Link

A look into the early days of Spirit Tracks

More concept art from Spirit Tracks

The early days of the Lokomo from Spirit Tracks

Art for Spirit Track's NPC's

By seeing all of the concept art from Spirit Tracks, we are getting a glimpse into the soul of the game and of the inner workings of Nintendo.  Click here if you’re interested in viewing many more concept art scans for Spirit Tracks.  Does seeing the original designs for a game change your perception of that game in any way?

Source:  Nintendo Everything