Nintendo has announced that for the first time in the 23 year history of The Legend of Zelda series, Princess Zelda is escaping from the villainous clutches of the underworld and joining the adventure with Link.

In The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks, the spirit of Zelda accompanies Link on his quest to save Hyrule. Zelda's spirit can take control of hulking suits of armour known as Phantoms, allowing the player to direct both Link and these new allies as they battle enemies, solve puzzles and uncover secrets.

Zelda will also ride alongside Link on his customisable train, offering advice that will help players find new areas, storylines and items.

The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks launches in Europe on December 11, 2009.