Mine Cart

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Mine Carts,(OoS | SS | BotW)[1][2][3] also known as Rail Carts,(OoS)[4] and High-Speed Carts,(TMC)[5] are recurring Objects in The Legend of Zelda series.[name references needed] They serve as a short-term means for transportation in the games in which they appear.

Characteristics

Mine Carts, simple vessels with wheels, appear mostly in Dungeons (usually fire- or mine-themed) and certain Mini-Games. They are essential to the navigation of the Dungeons in which they appear, as they are often able to break open doors that Link cannot. Mine Carts always run automatically along a defined track, though Switches that alter the Cart's path can often be found near the tracks. In all its appearances except in The Minish Cap, Link can use his Items while riding in the Cart, either to defeat Enemies or to flip the Switch that will change the Cart's path.

Location and Uses

Oracle of Seasons

Mine Carts are bluish in color and are heavily featured in Dungeons. The rails they are set on can sometimes have their direction changed, should Link hit a nearby Rail Switch. On occasion, gates will block the Cart's path, which can be lifted by a nearby Switch. Mine Carts are featured in the Gnarled Root Dungeon, the Dancing Dragon Dungeon, the Unicorn's Cave and the Sword & Shield Maze.

Oracle of Ages

The Mine Cart is the centerpiece of the Target Carts Mini-Game on Rolling Ridge in Oracle of Ages. The object of the game is to hit crystal-like targets using the Seed Shooter while riding in a Mine Cart.[6]

Mine Carts also appear in the Wing Dungeon and the Skull Dungeon.

The Minish Cap

In The Minish Cap, the High-Speed Cart appears exclusively in the Cave of Flames. Compared to its other appearances, the High-Speed Carts in this game travel at an extremely high velocity, practically flinging Link out of the Cart when it comes to a stop. Since Link must hold on to the Cart with both hands to avoid being thrown out, he cannot use his Items while riding in the one. Occasionally, High-Speed Carts are found flipped upside-down, and must be righted using the Cane of Pacci.

Oblivious to the speed at which the High-Speed Carts travel, Link and Ezlo are greatly startled and dazed after their first ride in the Cart.[7] However, Link smiles afterwards, suggesting that he enjoyed the ride. Contrarily, Ezlo does not share Link's humor.[8]

Spirit Tracks

The Mine Carts of Spirit Tracks have no wheels and run on one single rail, therefore they are more of a monorail than a conventional Mine Cart. When the Cart reaches the end of its track, it will dump Link out, causing him to fall face-first to the ground.

Mine Carts are featured heavily in the Fire Temple, where they are the centerpiece of a puzzle on the final floor of the Dungeon, where the Boss Key is obtained. Switches that alter the Cart's tracks are flipped by using Arrows or the Boomerang,[9] the only weapons Link is able to use while riding in the Cart. The Mine Cart is also essential to defeating the Dungeon's Boss, Cragma.

The Mine Cart also appears in a part of the Pirate Hideout Minigame, where Link must rescue a prisoner kept within the hideout while fighting off Miniblins coming in on their own Mine Carts.

Skyward Sword

Main article: Rickety Coaster

Skyward Sword is the first console Zelda game to feature Mine Carts. They are found throughout Lanayru Desert, Lanayru Mining Facility and Lanayru Gorge. Link can ride empty Carts to traverse the terrain. In the Rickety Coaster Mini-Game, he can control the speed and direction of the Cart with the Wii Remote to remain stable on the sharp turns of the track. Other Carts carry Timeshift Stones which move and change the surroundings when Link activates them. Mine Carts in the Lanayru area levitate, seemingly with magnetism.

Tri Force Heroes

In Tri Force Heroes, Mine Carts appear in several Levels of the Volcano, operating on looping tracks that will branch off once certain objectives are completed.

In the second Stage of Hinox Mine, the Mine Cart passes by a ledge with Bomb Flowers, which the Links must grab with a Boomerang and use to destroy a nearby Block, revealing a Shock Switch. When the Mine Cart loops back around, they must form a Totem to hit the switch with an Arrow, re-routing the track toward the Triforce Gateway.

In the third Stage, a Shock Switch must first be struck from the moving Mine Cart to direct the Cart into a large loop, where the Links must activate three more Shock Switches using carefully-placed Bomb Flowers or Arrows. This opens a door to the next Triforce Gateway.

In the fourth Stage, the Links board a two-car Mine Cart and are soon met by Hinox the Eldest riding in his own Mine Cart on a parallel track. The Links battle the Hinox by catching and returning the Bombs it throws, while the Mine Carts take them around the entire Stage's perimeter. After the Hinox takes enough damage to be knocked out temporarily, he will be joined by Hinox the Elder in another Mine Cart. The Links must survive their barrage of Bombs and defeat both Hinox Brothers to clear the Level.

Mine Carts are later seen in the second Stage of the Fire Temple, where the Links appear on octagonal platform above a pool of lava. A Hinox emerges on a Mine Cart, looping around the platform and continuously throwing Bombs, which the Links can retrieve and throw back. After the Hinox is defeated, two more Mine Carts carrying Hinox will emerge. Once all have been defeated, a stairway lowers onto the platform, leading to the Triforce Gateway.

Breath of the Wild

Mine Carts can be found in the Abandoned North Mine. They do not feature any propulsion systems, though they may be propelled forward with the Stasis and Remote Bombs Runes.

Tears of the Kingdom

Mine Carts bearing the Crest of the Gorons appear in the Eldin Region and below Hyrule's surface. Stone Mine Carts are used in Scorching Climates. Other Mine Carts appear on the Sky Islands. They can be placed onto Rails with Ultrahand, though they do not naturally propel themselves forward. They can be moved along Rails with Fans that are attached to them with Ultrahand. When Fused onto a Shield, Link is capable of Shield Surfing on Rails.

Nomenclature

Names in Other Regions
LanguageNamesMeanings
Japan
Japanese
トロッコ (Torokko)[10]Same as English.
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References

  1. The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages—Official Strategy Guide (Pocket Guide), BradyGames, pg. 52(OoS)
  2. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword—Prima Official Game Guide, Prima Games, pg. 107
  3. Creating a Champion, Dark Horse Books, pg. 296
  4. The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages—Official Strategy Guide (Pocket Guide), BradyGames, pg. 51(OoS)
  5. The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap—The Official Nintendo Player's Guide, Nintendo of America, pg. 32
  6. "Welcome to Target Carts! Fire your Seed Shooter while riding in a cart. If you hit enough targets, you win a prize!" — Goron (Oracle of Ages)
  7. "This must be what the humans who built this mine used to get around in here. Maybe we should hop in. Hm? What? After all this, you don't expect me to believe you're scared! There's nothing to be afraid of here! Come on, let's go!" — Ezlo (The Minish Cap)
  8. "Sweet jumping jellyfish, that was awful! Hey, kid, what are you smiling about? I knew it was madness to risk our lives in that rickety human contraption! From now on, let's just stick to our feet! Well, I mean...your feet." — Ezlo (The Minish Cap)
  9. "Jump in the cart and keep an arrow ready for when you find the switch." — Gossip Stone (Spirit Tracks)
  10. Nintendo Official Guidebook—The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap, Shogakukan, pg. 35