I decided to start the next game in my pile o' games with Spirit Tracks. It plays fairly close to Phantom Hourglass, but they seem to have learned from at least some of their mistakes in PH. Having Zelda actually tag along is an interesting change, even if she is just a spirit most of the time. She does make herself useful on occasion.
It's a pretty enjoyable game. The biggest problem I have right now is the setting. Link piloting a train just doesn't feel right for a LoZ game.