A new DS adventure awaits, complete with touch screen controls.
It's already out in Japan, but westerners will have to settle for the E3 2007 trailer Nintendo showcased.
Last updated: 05/09/2006 by Mike Sklens
Lots of new information has been revealed at the 2006 Electronic Entertainment Expo about Link’s latest adventure. Phantom Hourglass takes place “many months" after Wind Waker, and follows the story of Link and Tetra, who, along with Tetra’s pirate crew, are off searching for new lands. They discover an old abandoned ship, which Tetra decides to explore on her own. She gets in trouble, and Link goes in to rescue her. However, falls into the ocean while trying. He is awakened by the voice of a fairy, who joins him on his quest to save Tetra and get home.
The game is controlled almost exclusively via the DS’s touch screen and stylus. From the video shown at the show, it appears that players directly control the fairly, which Link follows. To do a spin attack, a sweeping motion is drawn, and touching characters will start a conversation with them. Paths can be drawn for Link’s boomerang to follow, and also to map out paths for Link’s ship. The ship follows the path automatically, and the player is given control of the ship’s cannons. A map occupies the top screen, and can be switched down to the touch screen, where notes can be written on it.
The game also includes a multiplayer mode, which pits two players against each other. This multiplayer mode is local wireless only. One player controls Link, who is trying to collect enough Force Gems, while the other player controls Link’s enemies.