The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword shakes up the tried-and-true adventure game formula and marks a turning point for the franchise. The introduction of full motion controls to the series enabled by Wii MotionPlus technology enhances player movements while offering the most intuitive play control of any game in the series to date.
The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword boasts the most realistic sword combat of any game to date, turning every encounter into a challenge of both brains and brawn. Wii MotionPlus technology accurately translates the angle of every sword slice, effectively putting Link's blade in the player's hand. Analyzing enemy attack and defense tendencies and counteracting with precise swings of the sword provide a satisfying experience that blends puzzle-solving with a distinctly unique combat system.
Explore a massive, multilayered world that seamlessly blends soaring exploration in a sea of clouds with intense ground-based adventuring that blurs the line between the main world and traditional Zelda dungeons. Prepare for intense puzzle-solving as The Legend of Zelda game can deliver. Exploration of the forests, volcanoes and deserts requires players to think on their feet as they solve puzzles, overcome obstacles and escape deadly traps. Once they find their way to each dungeon, they are confronted by even more puzzles guarded by fiendish enemies.
The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword redefines the traditional Zelda framework and introduces an arsenal of items, upgrades and rewards unlike any game in the franchise to date. The adventure guides players into, out of and back to dungeons and areas they've already completed. Along the way, Link gathers a massive inventory of peculiar items and resources that can be used to upgrade many of his weapons and equipment.
Explore the world in flight
Link travels to different points in the world below by way of the sky. Large birds called Loftwings are the main mode of transporation. Link will ride his Loftwing to move from place to place, and drive off to land on the ground below. At save points on the ground, he can catch an updraft with his sailcloth to ride the wind back up to the sky. Holding the A button while walking lets Link dash as well, adding a element of speed and convenience to his travels.
Exciting more save features
Loftwing statues located throughout the world act as save points for Link to record the progress of his adventure. He will always return to the last place he saved, whether he is defeated, or chooses to take a break. These statues are even located inside dungeons, so Link can easily try again without too much backtracking if he is defeated therein. When returning from a break, Link can choose to be briefed on "the story so far" in case he has trouble remembering where he was to go next.
Dowsing to search land
While searching for Zelda, Link will explore a vast landscape. He will often have to return to previously visited locales to search for something new. He can find those areas to be greatly changed upon his return, and this is where Dowsing comes into play. Dowsing uses the power of Link's sword to find hidden people and items. Sound and vibration help to indicate when the target is close, similar to radar. Searching for items, people, and secret areas adds a deep element of puzzle-solving and exploration to the open field, the kind that existed only in dungeons in previous Zelda games.
Entering the silent realm
At a certain point in his adventure, Link will travel to a world known as the silent realm. It looks much like his world, and is littered with mystical "tears" that he must collect. However, this realm is extremely dangerous-teeming with powerful creatures that can defeat Link in one blow. To make matters worse, Link does not have access to his weapons or items here. Careful exploration and deep knowledge of the terrain in his home world are essential to survival in the silent realm.
A unique partner named Fi
Fi is the mysterious spirit residing in Link's sword, and an invaluable companion on his adventure. She appears any time more events present themselves, providing helpful info. While she is dependable, she approaches every situation with a purely logical perspective-anyone looking for an emotional companion will have to search elsewhere.
Upgrade your weapons and items
Link has the ability to make some serious upgrades to a number of items throughout his quest, using materials found throughout the land. More than just strength upgrades, he will be able to increase the potency of potions, increasing the endurance of his shield, make some items more useful, and much more. Dousing will be an extremely useful tool to find these precious materials necessary for upgrades.
For those new to Zelda - the Sheikah stone
If you are new to Zelda games, or just haven't played in a long time, Sheikah stones may come in handy to help you find the way. If you get stuck with a difficult puzzle or in a particular area, the Sheikah stones will show you a future vision of Link completing that obstacle so you can see how it is done.
For skilled players-the lightning round
As Link progresses, he will eventually come across the lightning round challenge-a true test of a warrior's skill. This challenge requires Link to fight all of the previously encountered bosses back to back, with no way of refilling hearts during the fight. The more Link defeats in a row, the more prizes he will obtain.