Navi Trackers

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Navi Trackers is a game mode in the Japanese and Korean[note 1] versions of Four Swords Adventures.[1]

Gameplay



Up to four 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 or medals 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 when addressing that player.

Story

To judge whether Link is worthy to become a pirate, Tetra has set up a series of 12 tests. Three members of Tetra's Pirate Crew have also disguised themselves to look like Link. Upon passing Tetra's Tests link will be presented with one of six Certificate of Achievement's


Development

Navi Trackers, originally titled Tetra's Trackers[1], was based on the Broadcast Satellite version of Marvelous: Another Treasure Island, a 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.[2] The mode was originally shown in English; instead of two Japanese characters, players could choose a title of "Mr." or "Ms." followed by one English letter as an initial. [3]

Tetra's Trackers was first shown at E3 2003 alongside Four Swords Adventures as separate games.[citation needed] 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 outside the 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 ナビゲーター (nabigētā).

  Names in Other Regions  
LanguageNamesMeanings
EnglishBR
Navi Trackers
Japanese
ナビトラッカーズ (Nabi Torakkāzu)Same as English.
Korean
나비트레커즈 (Nabi Teurekeojeu)Same as English.
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Gallery

Video Gallery

Japanese ad

Notes

  1. The Korean version of Navi Trackers is imported from the Japanese release, and while the game box is written in korean, Navi Trackers was never localised. The Name 나비트레커즈 (Nabi Teurekeojeu) is a phonetic transcription of the Japanese name.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "The Japanese-only game mode known as "Navi Trackers" was originally called "Tetra Trackers" and the rules focused on collecting stamps. It ultimately became medal collecting." (Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 267)
  2. "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.)
  3. The Legend of Zelda: Tetra's Trackers Images , IGN, published May 13, 2003, retrieved July 16, 2015.