Spirit Train (汽車 Kisha?) is a stage in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and returning in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate based on the Spirit Train that travels through New Hyrule in the Nintendo DS game The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks.
The battle takes place upon the Spirit Train, which is constantly moving to the left during gameplay. Players who stand on the tracks behind the train get quickly left behind by the camera movement, similarly to the road in Big Blue. Anybody standing on the tracks in front of the train gets rammed by it, receiving damage and vertical knockback.
Characters can fight inside the carriage of the train. The roof of the carriage is a soft platform. The train is also towing another platform behind it. Birds will occasionally carry another aerial platform on-screen. Players can also stand on top of the train itself. The train is being driven by Link, in his Spirit Tracks appearance. He stands in the background, and does not interact with the fighters. However, if Link, Toon Link, or Young Link are fighting, Alfonzo will be conducting the train instead.
The rear carriage can be replaced during battle: the train backs to the right blast line, then pulls forward with a new rear carriage, which can come in several variations:
- Basic Carriage
- Broken Carriage: has a break in the middle, meaning players can accidentally land on the track rather than the platform
- Multi-platform Carriage: has several platforms elevated above the carriage
- Coal Carriage
- House Carriage: has the Linebeck Trading Company on the carriage
Dark Trains and Armored Trains also appear on the stage. Armored Trains affect the train by ramming into it and pushing it towards the opposite blast line. Dark Trains may leap on the train and even explode; players can additionally attack the Dark Train to detonate it.
The Spirit Train first appeared in The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks, where Link would drive it around New Hyrule to reach various destinations. The Spirit Train's design is how it appears in Spirit Tracks with the Solid Passenger Car, which comes with the train engine itself, and the Trusty Freight Truck add-on. Dark Trains, enemy trains in Spirit Tracks that try ramming into the Spirit Train, also appear in this stage as possible platforms..
- Engineer Link
- Link is well known for his green clothing, a look he has sported throughout time. But in Spirit Tracks, he dons a blue uniform with a red cap instead. The cap is decorated with a dove, the symbol of the Royal Engineers. Playing the Song of Birds will call a dove to roost!
- Spirit Train
- The Spirit Train from The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks. You'll travel the lovely Forest Land as you fight, but be careful where you're standing--the last car can come uncoupled from time to time. You may see Linebeck III's shop, and Alfonzo drives if Link or Toon Link are busy fighting.
- Dark Train
- Dark Trains barrel down the tracks, blocking the way and threatening the Spirit Train. Link's cannon can stun them with five shots, though. On the Smash stage, they may explode or even leap onto the train. It is possible for fighters to attack and detonate them, creating yet another rail hazard.
- Armored Train
- These invincible trains really have it in for Link, even changing course if they need to. The Spirit Train can't outrun them, so the only option is to let loose with Tears of Light and destroy them. When they appear on the Spirit Train stage, they get in the way and change the speed of the train.
- He may look like a pirate on shore leave, but Alfonzo is actually a respected engineer and was known as the greatest swordsman in Hyrule. By the way, did you know he's the grandson of Gonzo from the Phantom Hourglass game? Even their names sound similar!
- The Link in the background will not appear when playing For Fun.