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Navi Trackers

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Navi Trackers
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Players1-4

Navi Trackers is a game mode in the Japanese and Korean versions of Four Swords Adventures.

Gameplay



Up to 4 players are able to connect their Game Boy Advances to the GameCube's controller ports and compete against each other. The objective of Navi Trackers is to run through mazes, searching for members of Tetra's Pirate Crew and collect stamps in a certain amount of time. The actual game takes place on the Game Boy Advance screen, while the map appears on the television screen. The game is narrated by Tetra, who uses full voice acting to provide the Links with commentary. Sue-Belle and Salvatore also give commentary as well. Navi Trackers also features a single-player mode against Tingle.

Players can select their gender and two Japanese characters as their names, which Tetra will say out loud.

Development

Navi Trackers, originally titled Tetra's Trackers, was based on Marvelous: Another Treasure Island, an SNES game directed by Eiji Aonuma in which players collected stamps while listening to a radio broadcast. This transmission was replaced with a connectivity function and with Tetra's voice.[1] The mode was originally in English. Instead of two Japanese characters, players could choose one English letter as an initial.[2]

Navi Trackers was first shown at E3 2003 alongside Four Swords Adventures as separate games.[3] It was announced later that year that both games, plus a new one called Shadow Battle, would be included in the same disc. However, only the Hyrulean Adventure and Shadow Battle modes were included in the non-Japanese and Korean versions of the game.

Nomenclature

Much like Link's Fairy companion, Navi, Navi Trackers derives its name from a contraction of the word "navigation."

Gallery

Video Gallery

Japanese ad
Korean ad

References

  1. "It all started with an 8 year old game called Marvelous, which made use of the Satellaview satellite transmission system. In that game, players would collect stamps while listening to a radio broadcast. We replaced with the connectivity function, used Tetra's character as the vocal guide, and incorporated the pirates. Actually, all three of us worked on the satellite broadcast project." —Eiji Aonuma (Development staff interview)
  2. The Legend of Zelda: Tetra's Trackers Images, IGN, published May 13, 2003, retrieved July 16, 2015.
  3. "Nintendo had Zelda Four Swords, and that went over well"E3 2003, IGN, retrieved July 16, 2015.
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