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The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

Platform(s): Wii
Genre: Action/Adventure
Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Nintendo
Release Date: Nov. 20, 2011 (US), Nov. 18, 2011 (EU)

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'The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword' (Wii) Unveils New Game Elements - Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 1, 2011 @ 11:32 a.m. PDT

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword introduces full motion control to synchronize player movements with Link's actions while offering the most intuitive play control of any game in The Legend of Zelda franchise to date.

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword sends this storied series to new heights and marks a turning point for the franchise.

The game uses the precision motion controls of the Wii Remote Plus (or a Wii Remote controller with a Wii MotionPlus accessory) and Nunchuk controllers to map on-screen action to the player's movements. When a player swings the Wii Remote Plus controller, Link appears to swing his sword in exactly the same way.

Different enemies have different battle tactics, so players must analyze their approach and develop counterattacks that play on the enemies' weaknesses. The game's wide array of items also use full motion controls, letting players roll bombs, shoot arrows and guide flying objects like never before.

The game includes a massive, multilayered world that takes players from dark dungeons to a diverse overworld to cloud cities in the sky, requiring a combination of puzzle-solving and swordplay to unlock all of its secrets. Link soars through the air on the wings of a majestic bird while exploring the game's sky area, providing players with unprecedented freedom of movement as they progress on their adventure. The quest lays the foundation for the events in  The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, which is frequently cited as one of the greatest video games of all time.


Link continues his epic quest and travels back to the Eldin Volcano as additional discoveries have uncovered new portions of the map. Players will dig the new items and find a new way to traverse through this area. Newly revealed game elements include the following:
  • Return to the Eldin Volcano and the Fire Sanctuary: Link travels back to this volcanic area to journey into the Fire Sanctuary, a dungeon that sits on top of the volcano’s summit.
  • New Items: In the Fire Sanctuary, Link receives yet another new item – the Mogma Mitts. Using these, he is able to access underground tunnels by digging through soft patches in the ground to explore the subterranean areas in this dungeon.
  • The Quest Continues: As Link makes his way through this treacherous area and continues on his quest to find and help Zelda, a massive eruption throws him from atop the volcano.
  • More Fun in the Skies: When Link returns to Skyloft he can look forward to a multitude of fun diversions, including Pumpkin Pull, a challenging game of target shooting that involves flying pumpkins.

Key Features:

  • Thanks to the required Wii MotionPlus accessory, every movement of Link's sword matches the player's motion with exact precision. If players motion left to right, Link swings from left to right. The precision play control is applied to enemies as well, as players must contemplate strategy when battling opponents that actively try to defend against attacks.
  • Wii MotionPlus puts an arsenal of items at the player's disposal. It offers a multitude of actions with just simple, intuitive motions. Players will try their hand at firing a bow, tossing bombs and using a whip to battle enemies and solve puzzles.
  • The game will also introduce a distinct new graphical style perfectly suited to the franchise's fantastical universe, like a painting come to life.
  • The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword will offer a multitude of new gameplay mechanics, giving it a refreshingly different feel from all of the past titles in the series.

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is now available for pre-order at major retailers throughout North America.


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