Skyward Sword in 'final completion stage,' will trail Ocarina of Time

The next Wii Zelda game is headed into the homestretch--but isn't expected ahead of the 3DS remake of the N64 classic, due after early June.

When Nintendo dated and priced the 3DS for the West earlier this month, it said to expect the Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time remake between the March 27 launch of the handheld and early June. Later, though, in an interview with MTV Multiplayer, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime said not to expect the game--as well as the Kid Icarus reboot--until after the Electronic Entertainment Expo, which runs June 7-9.

Don't look for Skyward Sword until a while after E3.

Now, Nintendo has revealed the launch timing of another of its major 2011 titles. In a supplemental presentation to the company's financial report last week, company president Satoru Iwata went over his company's plan for the coming year. One of the topics touched upon was the release timing for The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, the second all-new Zelda game for the Wii console after 2006's Twilight Princess.

Speaking of game designer Shigeru Miyamoto, who is overseeing development of Skyward Sword, Iwata said that, "His team is now entering into the final completion stage of the game." However, that doesn't mean it will arrive soon. Switching to the subject of the Ocarina of Time, Iwata said that that game is "expected to hit the market earlier" than Skyward Sword, which still has a general "2011" release window. The latter game had originally been slated for an "early 2011" launch.

For more information on The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3DS remake, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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cellshadingdumb
cellshadingdumb

Personally I would like to see nintendo do a darker and possibly more adult oriented take on the zelda series. Nothing as dark or adult oriented as like dead space but something that isn't so "kiddy". Don't get me wrong I have loved all the zelda games that I have played it's just now that I'm grown up I'd like to see at least one game in the series that's matured like I have.

jesus123link
jesus123link

I STILL THINK OCARINA OF TIME IS THE BEST ZELDA GAME EVER....WHAT DO U GUYS THINK/GIRLS????

dawnofhero
dawnofhero

@MagicLink95 I know Zelda is catered for all audiences to enjoy, it's just that some titles are more 'mature' looking than others.

MagicLink95
MagicLink95

@dawnofhero: I didn't say anything about that, it's just that all the Zelda games are made for kids. Also TP Link isn't the Hero of Time, although I don't think you meant to imply that.

dawnofhero
dawnofhero

@MagicLink95 Look at Wind Waker's graphics and compare them to OOT, MM, and TP. There's a huge difference between that bug-eyed toon link and the Hero of Time.

MagicLink95
MagicLink95

@dawnofhero: You said said that Wind Waker's Link is for kids. Fail! OOT was made for kids. So was OOT, MM, TP, and the NES, SNES, and GB games. Fail!!!!!!!!!!!!

lozrules
lozrules

so 1st they say early 2011, now after E3, then theyll say Q4 2011, then itll be released like june 2012! but in the end, itll be worth it

clyon01
clyon01

anyone have an idea of the date in 2011?

clyon01
clyon01

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TheIfym20
TheIfym20

Oh god, the release for this game is going to end up being like the release for the twilight princess. Don't expect this game to come out this year because nintendo is famous for pushing back release dates on highly anticipated games...hence SSB: Brawl. By the time it came out I already had my fix from meele.

femmzzz
femmzzz

Even though Skyward Sword doesn't have the graphics like Twilight Princess ( the game in which you want to explore and explore and explore more because the graphics and colors are beautiful) I still am really looking forward and very curious how Skyward Sword is going to be.

Mitch-F
Mitch-F

This will be a great game; however, for twilight I enjoyed playing it a lot more of the GC then on the wii. But for Zelda im willing to wave my arms around and look like and idiot... according my girl friend, to enjoy it!

Blacer1
Blacer1

Really looking forward to Skyward Sword, looking forward to tiring myself out by beating up every enemy in my way. I also really like the nice cell-shaded graphics. The only thing i would like to see dissapearing is the onscreen wii-mote and nunchuck. :)

dovberg
dovberg

I have played every other console zelda and loved them all but if this is wii only I'll pass(maybe their next system will be bc).

Payback7
Payback7

WOOT!!! Can't wait to get into Zelda SS - have loved every Zelda game I've played!! :)

Animatronic64
Animatronic64

Eh, I'm 50-50 on Wind Waker. I liked the music and was okay with the graphics (it's the character models that bothered me), but then I got to the triforce part. That single handedly made me quit playing the game. Forever. However, Skyward Sword looks awesome. I love the graphics.

fatBORCH
fatBORCH

I feel sorry for those who couldn't look past the graphics to pick up Wind Waker. That was a truly epic game. The fact of the matter is that regardless of what the game looks like, its going to be amazing. It could be a stick figure for all I care, if it says Zelda, I'm buying.

Gregge17
Gregge17

Why is a female doing the voice over for Miyamoto? Anyways, sounds like the man's got a plan and me cannot wait.

HonorOfGod
HonorOfGod

Gee um can we at least get a new trailer? I am guessing they are making major fixes do to the reaction of the gamers when it came to the games shadow effects and what not. The desing it self was beutiful cell shade but when Ninty showed it ..it look like a free to play cheap MMO. The fact that we have not seen anymore of the game since tells us that they are in fact working on the games looks and presentation. Can we at least see some concept are Nintendo?

Dekanis
Dekanis

It is quite simple really... Skyward Sword takes place 100 years before Ocarina of Time... and Twilight Princess is set 100 years after Ocarina of Time... So this is a Link that is new to us... Same as the fact that there are multiple Zeldas and Ganondorfs. It is interesting that we haven't seen any characters other than Link.... it keeps the story hidden from us and cancels out spoilers, or over hyping anyone too early.

gudni
gudni

Skyward sword will most likely be Wii game of the year and i really REALLY hope it will be good enough to be nominated for overall game of the year(for a Wii game just being nominated will be amazing).

Jimbobthon
Jimbobthon

Skyward Sword looks awesome. In my opinion, the graphical style should please those who wanted cel-shading, but not in the sense of the toony Link in Wind Waker. I'll be pre-ordering nearer the time of release. As for OOT-3D, i'll give it a miss most likely. I have enough incarnations of Ocarina to keep me amused for years. But the 3DS itself is an intreging machine, and one i'll be taking a look at.

RPG_Fan_I_Am
RPG_Fan_I_Am

@dawnofhero actually, dispit his rather... umm.... rude I guess.... way of putting it, Sir_Torrigan is correct. There is no "Real" link. each story usually starts off with a nameless person in a green suit. Later you find out his name is strangely Link, who is always different from all the other Link's So they could name Link in this game something completely different if they wanted to. theres not a single "Real" Link unless you consider the Original game, "Zelda" or "Zelda II Links adventure" on the NES to be the real one..... I will agree with you that the OoT Link was my favorite Link to though :)

AnimeKen15
AnimeKen15

I am so freaking excited for SS!

derk4
derk4

Is more excited for a Zelda in 3D, rather than another cartoon Zelda game. But in the end, i'll buy both.

SkeithHaseo122
SkeithHaseo122

i hope Miyamoto will have someone to take his place if he retires because he does come up with awesome ideas

xXDa-KidXx
xXDa-KidXx

Good, now all we need is a new trailer, and screens. Also, stop complaining about Link being right-handed, it shouldn't matter.

g1rldraco7
g1rldraco7

Another Link to control? I love the Ocarina of Time one. He's my favorite and the best of all the Links in my opinion.

dawnofhero
dawnofhero

@Sir_Torrigan The only Links I can appreciate are from OOT, MM, TP, and the ones from the NES, SNES, and GB days. I could never bring myself to play those toon, bobble-head Links with the stubby feet and dopey faces. Sorry, but that Link is for kindergartners and elementary kids, and I don't care how 'fun' those games may be. The Hero of Time Link is the best in my opinion, and Nintendo should go back to that design.

Sir_Torrigan
Sir_Torrigan

Nearly every Link is a different one, except for Ocarina of time and Majora's Mask's Link. So I think it's safe to say he will be different. And there is no "real" Link, Link has and always will be several hero's in green clothes and a funny hat saving princesses in magical lands.

dawnofhero
dawnofhero

It's nice to see the 'real' Link return in OOT 3D. I'm not sure, though, if the SS Link is the same Link from TP? That would be weird, seeing how SS Link is from the sky and all.

cbeck002
cbeck002

@Jason_the_Mason Open YOUR mind and quit hiding behind a company that consistently relies on a gimmick to carry its sales in lieu of actually progressing with its hardware and games. I loved Ocarina of Time, but that was the last time I was willing to pay for the same game Nintendo had been shelling out for (then) 10 years. As for the motion controls, the only Wii games I've played that were not annoying or frustrating were ones where they barely used or entirely left out the motion based gameplay. Face it man, motion controls are best left to the casual audience and party games, find a way to actually evolve the series and make Zelda interesting again.

mardinn
mardinn

Why is Link Right Handed?

narutoquest
narutoquest

I'm kind of crushed to hear that they're pushing back the release date.I was really looking forward to playing this soon. I also don't like that on my gamespot wii newsletter the given release date was 12/31/11. While it happens to be my birthday, I do not want to wait until the very last day of year to play this. I hope that date isn't accurate.

jd130oo
jd130oo

@ elozl Rage comics are the best! I'm hoping to see an updated trailer or gameplay video soon...

SapSacPrime
SapSacPrime

But will this one be out before Nintendo's next home console or are they starting a new tradition the same way they did with TP? :cry: I seem to spend the majority of my life waiting for the next Zelda game.

kaziechameleon
kaziechameleon

Ha, the last we saw of the game it looked horrible, actually worse than twilight princess.

diggyman
diggyman

well i, for one, am excited to play skyward sword, and to try out the motion plus controls. yes Miyamoto san had a hard time with it on the e3 stage, but he explained why (i.r. interference). Later at that SAME expo, many of the fans who tried it for themselves said the controls were fine. and it's not like Nintendo hasn't programmed sword movement for the motion plus before. In Wii Sports Resort, i found my slashing and blocking to be pretty accurate. There's a good chance they took a programming cue from that event. Bottom line: the controls are gonna be fine... It's Flippin Zelda for cryin out loud!

WALLIX
WALLIX

@bl1980 I agree. You also get the same reaction when you tell the Halo fanboys that it was a PC game first and Bungie wasn't associated with Microsoft in any way. But yes, Twilight was indeed a port to Wii. This will be the first, "Pure" Zelda game for Wii.

0Aragorn0
0Aragorn0

As I see it, there are two reasons for moving the release post Q1. 1) They are lying on the games progress and it's not really as close to release as they are claiming. 2) They are doing what they did to Zelda during the Gamecube-Wii transition. They delay release on one system to promote sales on another (more expensive) system. They also are using the extra time to build awareness/hype and marketing for the game. I'm not really complaining just as long as they use the extra amount of time to make a better game that does the Zelda fans justice.

Lenighma
Lenighma

I can't wait for more Zelda games. Any Zelda game is worth looking at, if you ask me! And these new Skyward Sword developments have me all giddy! More Zelda time continuum conspiracies!

0Aragorn0
0Aragorn0

@bl1980 I totally agree it was a gamecube port to the Wii. And if I recall, they delayed the release of the gamecube so the Wii version would come out first (most likely to promote Wii system sales).

ZeroOne0
ZeroOne0

If it's anything like the travesty they showcased at E3, it's gonna suck big time. OOT remains my all time favorite, but I'm not blind. I know a crappy game when I see one. Visually it's inferior to TP, and in terms of gameplay it just looks clunky and unsophisticated. What does it matter though, most gamers will lap it up regardless.

Jason_the_Mason
Jason_the_Mason

@cbeck002 "I'll take Ocarina of Time over Frustrating Motion Controls any day." I fail to see how Skyward Sword's motion controls are frustrating, seeing that they are expertly implemented and the vast majority of people who have tried it say it works like a charm. Open your mind and stop parroting all the cynicism you hear in an attempt to fit in. By the way, Ocarina of Time 3D has motion controls as well, however optional they may be.

kwanzudood
kwanzudood

Don't they just have to cut and paste the story from the other Zeldas?

kwanzudood
kwanzudood

No pun? "Skyward Sword on the edge of completion"

MathMattS
MathMattS

How much would anyone care to bet that Skyward Sword will be out in the Fall?

bl1980
bl1980

I guess I'm the only one who can come to grips with the fact that Twilight Princess was a port. Not a true Wii game. Not even the editor of the article can come to grips with that. It was on the Gamecube before it came to the Wii.

EXxile
EXxile

@elozl: That's what she said... Looking forward to both Ocarina of Time 3DS & Skyward Sword