The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

WII / Action / Release: Nov 20, 2011 / ESRB: U

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No leftie mode for Zelda: Skyward Sword

No leftie mode for Zelda: Skyward Sword

Traditionally, Link from the Legend of Zelda series has been left-handed. But the majority of the population is right-handed. Because you'll be swinging your controller like a sword in Skyward Sword, Nintendo has turned Link into a rightie. As it turns out, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword won't have a left-handed option, so southpaws will just have to adapt.

Read more: Controls difficult, not impossible, for lefties »

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Zelda: Skyward Sword shows off Skyview Temple

Zelda: Skyward Sword shows off Skyview Temple

Nintendo has released a veritable treasure trove of new details, screenshots, and trailers for The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. This latest flood of information covers the Faron Woods, one of the first areas of the game. It leads to the first dungeon, Skyview Temple, which is also shown off.

Watch: New moves, abilities, and creatures »

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Zelda: Skyward Sword features orchestrated soundtrack

Zelda: Skyward Sword features orchestrated soundtrack

Shigeru Miyamoto's E3 appearance with a full orchestra and the upcoming Zelda concert series indicated a heavy emphasis on the series' iconic music. Nintendo is following through in the upcoming game, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, by making the soundtrack fully orchestrated. In your mind's eye, you can imagine Miyamoto waving a conductor's baton while you play.

Read more: Miyamoto wanted to 'match' Galaxy 2 with Zelda »

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Zelda: Skyward Sword features interface options

Zelda: Skyward Sword features interface options

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword isn't shaking up the tried-and-true Zelda formula too dramatically. But, Nintendo is making baby-steps with introducing new ideas to the franchise, and getting the obtrusive Wii remote HUD off the screen seems like one we'll appreciate. Skyward Sword will actually feature three interface options to suit the varieties of players.

Read more: Standard, Light, and Pro »

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Zelda: Skyward Sword videos show off romance, swordplay

Zelda: Skyward Sword videos show off romance, swordplay

When Nintendo said that the upcoming Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword would be "like a school drama," they weren't kidding. Link must deal with all the challenges of school life, including a bully. Yes, apparently Heroes of Time can get picked on in school too!

To make things even more awkward, the headmaster of Link's school is Zelda's father. And, as evidenced by the "Romance" trailer released by Nintendo today, he and Zelda seem a lot more friendly in this latest adventure.

Watch: Can you feel the love tonight? »

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Modern Warfare 3 most wanted game this holiday, says Nielsen

Modern Warfare 3 most wanted game this holiday, says Nielsen

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is the most wanted game this holiday season, according to a Nielsen Video Game Tracking survey. The stats show Activision's big-budget shooter on 27% of participants' top 5 anticipated titles, beating its two closest competitors (Gears of War 3 and Madden NFL 12) by a margin of 8%.

Assassin's Creed Revelations and Batman: Arkham City round out the top five, at 17% and 15%, respectively. And while Battlefield 3 has certainly gained a lot of attention, it places under The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword and tied with Just Dance 3.

Read more: What are gamers saying about their anticipated titles? »

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Zelda: Skyward Sword features, item upgrades detailed

Zelda: Skyward Sword features, item upgrades detailed

Despite its focus on the 3DS, Nintendo opened its pre-TGS press conference with plenty of talk about the Wii game The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. Though the Japanese presentation wasn't translated at the time, details are starting to come out about the new revelations.

A series of tweets from Nintendo of America, and a new video detailing item upgrades, give a better idea of what to expect from this expansive Zelda sequel.

Read more: 50 hours of Zelda? »

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Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword gold controller bundle announced

Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword gold controller bundle announced

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is one of the last truly big games coming to the Wii. It's also one of the few games on the console that makes Wii MotionPlus use mandatory. If you don't have an enhanced controller yet, or if you simply want to get something shiny and limited edition, Nintendo has something for you. A special bundle will launch simultaneously with the game on November 20th, one that includes a gold Wii Remote Plus controller.

Read more: Bonus soundtrack for everyone »

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Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword launches November 20

Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword launches November 20

The next proper Legend of Zelda game has finally been given a date. Skyward Sword will be arriving on Wii on November 20th, nearly five years since the release of the last big Zelda game, Twilight Princess. Unlike Twilight Princess, however, Nintendo notes that this entry has been "created from the ground up for the Wii console," and will require the Wii MotionPlus and Nunchuck controllers.

Read more: A prequel to Ocarina of Time »

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Daily Filter: August 10, 2011

Daily Filter: August 10, 2011

Shacknews receives a slew of new screenshots and trailers for upcoming games everyday. The most anticipated titles receive their own post, because we know you're eager to see that content. For the rest, we have the Daily Filter, a place to feature all of the media we add to our enormous database on a daily basis.

Today's Filter features a race unveil for Guild Wars 2, a Gamescom 2011 trailer for Risen 2: Dark Waters, a motion capture documentary for Resistance 3, a developer diary for Machine Gun Jetpack, a motion capture behind the scenes trailer for F.E.A.R. 3, a new trailer for Ridge Racer Unbounded, a Gamescom 2011 teaser trailer for Might & Magic Heroes VI, a new trailer detailing the universe of Assassin's Creed: Revelations, and new screenshots for The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword.

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Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword trailer lifts off

Action, adventure, adversaries, airborne steeds, and general loveliness are on show in a new The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword trailer fresh out of San Diego Comic-Con 2011.

WATCH: Skyward Sword's Comic-Con 2011 debut »

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Zelda: Skyward Sword story 'like a school drama'

Zelda: Skyward Sword story 'like a school drama'

Surprisingly little has been revealed about The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword's story. However, that's changing thanks to a very revealing interview in the latest issue of Famitsu (via 1UP). Long-time series producer Eiji Aonuma discussed how the games breaks from series convention and how it ties into previous games in the series. Obviously, some may consider these points spoilers, so you may want to skip the rest of this article if you don't want to get story details.

In Skyward Sword, Zelda will simply be a childhood friend of Link's. "She's not a princess this time," Aonuma emphasizes. So, how do Zelda and Link know each other? Well, apparently they go to the same school. "Link, Zelda and their other friends all go to the same boarding school, and you've got teachers and a principal as well. It's a bit of a different setting from previous Zelda [games]." Read more »

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E3 2011: The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

E3 2011: The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

QUICKTAKE: The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword introduced Link's newest adventure at last year's Electronic Entertainment Expo, but this year, some new playable levels were available at the Nintendo booth to show off some different layers of gameplay. Fans of Twilight Princess (Link's debut on the Wii) will immediately feel at home with the series tried-and-true blend of action, exploration, and puzzle solving. New gadgets and Wii Motion Plus-supported combat add some welcome new variety to the series, which is looking as pretty as it ever has.

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The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword due holiday 2011

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword due holiday 2011

Link's next full home console outing will come this holiday season, when The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword will launch on Wii, Nintendo has revealed.

Nintendo also revealed that there'll be a special gold Wiimote released alongside Skyward Sword, so you can celebrate the series' 25th anniversary and feel like a real hero as you swing your controller to control Link. Read more »

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Video Games of 2011 We Can't Wait to Play: Steve

2011 is shaping up to be a great year for video games. Here at Shacknews we've pored over the treasure trove of titles coming this year and each picked out a select few games to highlight. Today, it's Steve's turn to share the games he's especially anticipating.

Dragon Age 2: Some fans are approaching this sequel with trepidation. The first game's varied prologues and rich customization features have been replaced by a more focused origin story and lead character. Baldur's Gate-style command combat is getting a more fast-paced approach. The game seems to be drifting more towards action than strategic combat. Read more »

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