Zelda is one of Nintendo’s most beloved franchises and this November it makes its triumphant return to consoles.
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is Link’s first adventure built from the ground up especially for Wii.
Using the Wii MotionPlus, the game grants fans direct control over their sword, bow, boomerang and more. Every strike, every shot and every motion will depend on the player’s skill.
“Skyward Sword shakes up the tried-and-true adventure game formula and marks a turning point for the franchise,” says Nintendo’s UK marketing assistant Roger Langford.
“The introduction of full motion controls synchronises player movements with Link’s actions while offering the most intuitive play control of any game in the series to date.”
The Sky's the limit
Skyward Sword sets up the events of the critically acclaimed Ocarina of Time, seen by critics as one of the greatest games of all time.
The adventure starts in Skyloft, a town floating above the clouds. When Zelda is kidnapped, Link must scour the world below to rescue her. His journey takes him through forests, deserts and into the series’ trademark dungeons.
And this time, players will be able to upgrade new items they discover, unlocking abilities that grant access to unexplored areas.
The game boasts a watercolour-esque art style, mixing the cel shading of The Wind Waker and the realism of Twilight Princess.
With a huge online and TV campaign targeting the masses near release, expect Skyward Sword to be as much of a landmark event as previous Zelda games.
Nintendo has prepared a special SKU featuring a copy of the game and a golden Wii RemotePlus. This controller has the MotionPlus add-on built in and bears a Zelda-themed decal.
Two big portable Zelda games already released this year include Game Boy title Link’s Awakening DX on the 3DS eShop, and boxed game Ocarina of Time on 3DS.
Four Swords returns
The Legend of Zelda:?Four Swords Anniversary Edition is now available to download on Nintendo DSi, DSi XL or 3DS. The multiplayer-focused game boasts new features and areas.
Happy 25th anniversary
To celebrate Zelda turning 25 years old, the HMV Apollo will play host to a one-off orchestral Zelda concert with a tour kicking off in 2012. A CD will come with early copies of the game.