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 or Toon Link are fighting, Alfonzo will be conducting the train instead. In Local Wireless, neither of them appear, leaving the train with no conductor.
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:
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 (which can KO characters on top of it) and explode. The Dark Train may also dud once in a while, similar to a Smart Bomb. Players can additionally attack the Dark Train to detonate it.
The Omega form replaces the train with a flat platform resembling the flatbed rail cars. The stage is set higher above ground so the tracks aren't seen.
The Spirit Train first appeared in The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks, where Link drives 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 different rear carriages that can appear on the stage, one of them being the Trusty Freight Truck add-on from Spirit Tracks. Dark Trains are enemy trains in Spirit Tracks that attack by pursuing the Spirit Train attempting to crash into it, causing an instant game over. The conductor Link wears his engineer outfit from Spirit Tracks.
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