Big bombshell from the Game Developers Conference today: Nintendo has confirmed the next Zelda game! The tentative title is The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks and the game will be available for the Nintendo DS before 2010.
At the Nintendo keynote, attendees were shown some footage from the game, and you can see it above. Based on what was shown, the title will feature the cel-shaded style animation seen in The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. Other observations: In the clip, Link fights a battle with a crab-like creature (a Zora?) and controls a suit of armor or sidekick with the touchscreen. Link is also shown riding a train, dressed a little like a conductor. The train has a huge cannon. Rail-shooter? Looks like it!
There's no word on whether trains will figure prominently in the game, but it sure looks that way. The title, "Spirit Tracks," could refer to train tracks, couldn't it? And boat travel was a huge part of Wind Waker, so train travel seems like an obvious (and awesome!) choice.
The game will reportedly be playable at this year's E3 and I predict a huge line if it's there. We'll be bringing more info and hopefully some screens and a trailer as soon as they become available, so keep watching this space!
Updated: Announcement Trailer Live!