Zelda Spirit Tracks Patch

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Legend of Zelda Spirit Tracks D-Pad Patch This patch implements non-touchscreen controls for essential actions in Legend of Zelda Spirit Tracks. I recently found out that there's also a patch for Zelda: spirit tracks that lets you control with the D-pad instead of the stylus. I gave this a try and it seemed to work nicely, but then I couldn't get past the first train section due to the anti piracy measures. Welcome to ZeldaMaster's 100% Let's Play of The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks! This will be a fully commentated Let's Play/Walkthrough covering everything!

The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks

Also known as: Zelda no Densetsu: Daichi no Kiteki (JP)
Developer: Nintendo
Publisher: Nintendo
Platform: Nintendo DS
Released in JP: December 23, 2009
Released in US: December 7, 2009
Released in EU: December 11, 2009
Released in AU: December 10, 2009

This game has unused areas.
This game has unused graphics.
This game has unused models.
This game has unused music.
This game has debugging material.
This game has regional differences.
This game has anti-piracy features.

Spirit Tracks is the sequel to Phantom Hourglass and uses a modified version of its predecessor's engine. Yes, Zelda really is a spirit, and she's even playable for the first time since The Wand of Gamelon and Zelda's Adventure ever!

  • Spirit Tracks is the sequel to Phantom Hourglass and uses a modified version of its predecessor's engine. Yes, Zelda really is a spirit, and she's even playable for the first time since The Wand of Gamelon and Zelda's Adventure ever!
  • Patch is a character from Oracle of Ages. He lives atop Restoration Wall in the Past, which is located at the north-western section of Talus Peaks and is directly south of Symmetry Village. He is known for being able to restore broken items back to their original design, as long as the one requesting the fix can complete the Mini-Game he has designed in the basement of his house, which he.
To do:
The files are organized by abbreviations internally, making it difficult to see what object is what. Someone needs to go through these one by one and find any leftover Phantom Hourglass models, or any other unused data. [/MapObject and /Npc done. What remains to be done is to crawl through all the native Models in the Map files to find any interesting level geometry. It's unlikely that there's a lot though, since unlike with Phantom Hourglass, with Spirit Tracks they knew from the get-go that they'd use MapObjects for a lot of these locations.]
  • 2Unused Models
  • 3Map Models
  • 5Unused Graphics
  • 6Debugging Leftovers
  • 7E3 Demo Leftovers
    • 7.1Unused Graphics


Course List
A list of all the stages in the game. And maybe some that aren't?

English Translation Differences
The US and European translators can't seem to agree with each other.

Unused Models

Hyrule Town House Models

There are a number of placholder models for the houses in Hyrule Town. They carry the name of the building they're supposed to represent on their front.They all look the same, so only one of them is shown here.

Train Wagon

This is an early model that shows the train wagon.

Dark Realm Temple Station Platform

DSDK is a temple station platform that is not used in the game. This platform was meant for a dungeon in the dark Realm, which was cut.

Temple of the Ocean King

DNGN.nsmbd ('DNGN' stands for 'Dungeon') is the Temple of the Ocean King's outside entrance, specifically a 3D model of it, which goes unused. In the final game, Link does get to visit what could be considered a homage to the temple, but he is teleported there instead via a statue in a remote island. It is not clear that this is in any way related to this model however.

Early Sand Temple Exterior

Early version of the Sand Temple Exterior view. (sand_temple internally.)

Salvage Minigame (leftover from Phantom Hourglass)

Model for the Phantom Hourglass Salvage Arm Map.

Hyrule Castle Town Train Station Model.

This is a leftover from before the entire Hyrule Town Map was implemented using one MapObject.


Ciela the Fairy

Ciela the fairy was ported over to Spirit Tracks with only one animation: bouncing. She is named NAVI internally, like she was in Phantom Hourglass. This is the lower-resolution model of Ciela used as a stylus pointer, not the cutscene model.

Map Models

Train Fight

Early train fight sequence interior.

Final Battle

Early final Battle Level Geometry.

Water Boss v0

This is a very early, rough version of the Water Boss arena. It only contains rough geometric shapes and crude textures, and is usually the first step in creating a Map from a piece of Concept art.

Water Boss v1

This is a different version of the Water Temple Boss Arena. While it is unused, it looks more polished for some reason (at least to my eyes).
Differences include the Arcs surrounding the central structure having different shapes and textures compared to the final one.

  • Unused Version

  • Final Version

The platforms Link uses to climb towards the pool at the top of the central structure where he fights the boss are also slightly different, and the entrance to the map is part of the platforms and not the central structure. (as can be seen by the lack of an entrance in the unused model screenshot above)

  • Unused Version

  • Final Version

Top of the Tower of Spirits

Early Top of the Tower of Spirits Level Geometry.

Tower of Spirits Staircase

Early Tower of Spirits Staircase Interior. There are 4 Versions of this, bottom, two middle ones, and the top. They all look the same though, so they're omitted here.

Hyrule Town

Early mode of Hyrule Town. There are three other versions of this.

Hyrule Town 2

Different version of Hyrule Town. There are three versions of this, TRGE, TRDA and TRBF. They all look identical, so only one is shown here. (From the Abbreviation, it can be deduced that some of those were used as Placeholders for Stations on the Train Map.)

Byrne Fight

Early version of the Byrne Fight Arena. (Called 'b_tower2' internally)

E3 Overworld Map

Early version of the Overworld Forest Map from the E3 Demo.

This corresponds to this Minimap:


Note that there is some geometry outside of the Area shown in the Minimap.The various odd missing Surfaces are due to this being supposed to be viewed from a Train perspective, not a birds eye view.

Unused Music

To do:
Compare the updated versions with the old versions.

Two unused music tracks from Phantom Hourglass were carried over to Spirit Tracks. They both use slightly different instruments and echo effects, hinting that these updated versions were meant to be used.

The Boss Battle theme is sandwiched between the Cole/Possessed Zelda battle music, and the 'Protect Zelda from Possessed Cole' battle music, so it may have been meant to play for one of those battles, or in an entirely separate part of the final boss.

Boss Battle

Great Sea

Unused Graphics

Byrne's Mouth

Byrne has a fully textured mouth, but the player can never see it since it's always covered by his scarf.

Placeholder Textures

A bunch of placeholder textures were left over in the MapObj folder.

Found in HOT0.nsbtx, the Japanese text translates to 'Merchant'.

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Found in HOT1.nsbtx.

Found in HOT2.nsbtx.

All of these were found in DRMC.nsbtx. The Kanji symbols translate to 'Forest', 'Snow', 'Water' and 'Fire' respectively. Presumably, these were used as placeholders for the realm symbols.

Debugging Leftovers


A debug font that is similar to the font used in the FDS version of The Legend of Zelda.

Unused Text

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Alongside the debug font, there is this odd-looking text file.

Unused Placeholder Minimap

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The Demon Train Map has a Placeholder Minimap.

E3 Demo Leftovers

The demo presented at the E3 convention had three modes: a train section, a dungeon section, and a battle with the first boss.

Unused Graphics


The E3 version used a small red flag on the map to show the target (the Castle City in the demo). Its graphics are still in the final, just unused.

Graphics for the title screen, mode select, and ending screens are still present, as well, plus Mic Test menu graphics. Oddly, only the English versions of the graphics are present, although there are multiple language files for the demo text.


Legend Of Zelda Spirit Tracks Wiki

To do:
Comparisons for the dungeon maps if possible.
  • E3_dungeon / map00

  • E3_dungeon / map01

  • E3_dungeon / map02

  • E3_boss

  • E3_bossm


Leftover E3 map images for the touch screen. These cover the E3 dungeon, boss room, and the outdoor tutorial area.

Unused Dungeon

The E3 dungeon is roughly a compilation of many puzzles from other dungeons in the game in a fire setting, but it's still present in the final. It can be accessed in the PAL version by using an Action Replay code to delete the current save file and replace it with one that triggers the E3 dungeon when opened (start a new game, hold L + R while saving, quit, then reload). The code is:

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There are some oddities with the dungeon, though, alongside glitches not present in the E3 demo:

  • The text said by Zelda at the beginning is unused in the final, and is fully translated in other languages.
  • When entering a new floor, Zelda exhibits a strange behavior: instead of entering first then Link coming after her, she tends to enter with him at the same time, which causes her to partly clip with the walls. She is also not supposed to be playable outside the Tower of Spirits.
  • The stairs leading to the lava pools are untextured and often have glitchy behavior.
  • Some triggers are non-functional: the shortcut door at the right side of the entrance opens prematurely, before its switch is pressed. The big chest holding the Whirlwind item appears before the enemies are defeated. Same goes for the big chest holding the heart piece in the miniboss room, which is there even before the miniboss is defeated.
  • The dungeon is totally disconnected from any other rooms from the main game.

Regional Differences

To do:
Screenshots? Text dumps?
To do:
more name changes between US and European versions.source:http://zelda.wikia.com/wiki/Forum:Region_changes_in_Spirit_Tracks

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The American and European versions of Spirit Tracks, like many other Nintendo games, contain two different English translations, due to being localized simultaneously yet independently by Nintendo of America and Nintendo of Europe. In most cases, the American translation generally takes more liberties, while the European one has more literal dialog. Some sentences with grammatical errors found in the American version were fixed in the European version. They also have different names for many of the characters, items, and locations.

The French and Spanish scripts, while being present in the American version, were completely redone by NoE down to some of the names, due to subtle differences between the European and the Quebec/Latin American dialects.

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While the American and European versions have the text aligned to the left, the Japanese version has the text centered.

Also, the Japanese version made the Tower of Spirits slightly easier. On the fifth visit, two puzzles were shortened significantly and on the sixth visit, the final floor is now entirely optional.

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The game removes the train control UI if it detects that it's been pirated. This effectively prevents the player from getting far into the game, since there is an early train driving section in the game.

The Legend of Zelda series
NESThe Legend of Zelda (Prototype) • Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
SNESA Link to the Past (Source Leak)
Game Boy (Color)Link's Awakening(Prototypes) • Oracle of Ages • Oracle of Seasons
Nintendo 64Ocarina of Time (Source Leak) • Majora's Mask (Debug ROM • Preview Demo • Source Leak)
GameCubeThe Wind Waker (Prototype) • Twilight Princess (Debug • Demo) • Four Swords Adventures • Ocarina of Time Master Quest (Debug ROM) • Ocarina of Time Bonus Disc • Collector's Edition
Game Boy AdvanceA Link to the Past and Four Swords • The Minish Cap
Nintendo DSTwilight Princess Preview Trailer • Phantom Hourglass • Spirit Tracks
WiiSkyward Sword (Demo • Save Data Update Channel)
Nintendo 3DSOcarina of Time 3D • A Link Between Worlds • Majora's Mask 3D • Tri Force Heroes (Demo)
Wii UThe Wind Waker HD • Twilight Princess HD
Nintendo SwitchBreath of the Wild
Spin-offs and Related Games
SatellaviewBS Zelda no Densetsu • BS Zelda no Densetsu: Inishie no Sekiban
CD-iLink: The Faces of Evil • Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon • Zelda's Adventure (Prototype)
Nintendo DSTingle no Balloon Fight DS • Freshly-Picked Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland • Irodzuki Tingle no Koi no Balloon Trip
WiiLink's Crossbow Training
Wii UHyrule Warriors
Nintendo 3DSHyrule Warriors Legends
Nintendo SwitchHyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity
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