The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword - Deeper Hands On

We head deeper into the world of Skyward Sword.

In our previous coverage of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, we gave you a brief overview of some of Link's encounters during the first few hours of the game, specifically his time in Skyloft. After riding your loftwing to victory and spending time with the lovely Zelda, some crazy stuff happens. Obvious spoiler: Zelda disappears and Link must travel to the land below the sky to find her.

Link's Adventure moves forward.
Link travels to the Sealed Grounds and the Farron Woods where he encounters a number of enemies and characters. On the hunt for Zelda, Link bumps into creatures called kikwis that initially think of him as a threat. Upon realizing that Link isn't hostile, they give him clues as to the whereabouts of Zelda. Here, you'll search around the area for other kikwis that have been hiding, and upon finding all three, the elder kikwi, Bucha, gives Link a boomerang and information as to where it saw Zelda go.

This leads Link to the first main dungeon in the game. The dungeon itself is fairly large and divided into two sections. The first part has you solving puzzles that open floodgates, which fill up the area with water and grant you access to a door leading to the next area. The puzzles themselves aren't too difficult and the enemy types will be instantly familiar to longtime fans of the series, but it still may take a bit of time to figure out how to proceed.

Upon opening all of the doors in the first area, Link moves onto a new section and more puzzles to solve. Here, his newly acquired beetle weapon, which flies in the sky and can reach impossible-to-get-to switches and items, aids Link in reaching higher ground. He then receives a vital piece that opens the final door. The key required to open the door is a puzzle itself where you have to manipulate it with the Wii Remote to fit into the door. Opening the door greets you with the game's first boss fight and probably the first area that may cause some visible frustration. This boss battle can be extremely easy or difficult, depending on if Link is smart enough to keep his shield in good standing. This enemy absolutely loves to throw darts, and its quick striking abilities can be extremely devastating and can kill Link without the aid of his shield or proper dodging. With the right timing and countering, Link should be able to dispose of this foe with only some minor scratches, and thankfully, the motion controls work well here. Link's ability to strike both vertically and horizontally is extremely important because his foes will position their swords in such a way as to protect themselves from one kind of strike but not another.

For a series like The Legend of Zelda, it can be quite a challenge to inform players without spoiling story elements. There is a lot of content that you will experience in the early parts of the game, and what we've mentioned here, as well as in our last preview, is just a fraction of what you can expect to encounter early on in the game. We've held back on a lot because there are certain elements that are better experienced firsthand rather than told about ahead of time.

This battle can be quite challenging without a shield.

While our adventure with Link went beyond this opening dungeon and even included some sidetracking, this is where we stop telling you of our direct experience. We'll still have more coverage in other forms, but for those anxiously awaiting Link's next adventure, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword hits the Nintendo Wii on November 20.

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Discussion

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zachattack24
zachattack24

@gillygill220 Actually he was he alternated hands in the first two games depending on which direction you were facing.

zachattack24
zachattack24

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DS-man
DS-man

@xw1ng lol even though BF3 has been given a low rating by players, gamespot and other critics? XD BF3 is unbalanced whilst MW3 is spot in =P Look at the charts pal

Chrlywtrfall
Chrlywtrfall

@xw1ng My suggestion: Wait. Buy Skyrim. Play nothing but that till January. Then, play Skyward Sword will February. Next, play Batman till March. Then, sell everything but your TV, your 360/ps3, and one controller. You will then be ready for Mass Effect 3. After that, no game will ever come close you making you happy. Time to get a new hobby. Maybe Archery? Oh, skip Assassins creed and every re-hashed military FPS. AC2 was the peak of that series and Battlefield? Madden players have more brains than the knuckledraggers that play that repetitive junk online. If you follow this plan, you not only will be happier in 9 months, You'll be better looking and strong like me. Plus, you'll have more money for a sweet bow. Chicks dig archery.

xw1ng
xw1ng

i hate this year and this set of months. i have to go out and buy battlefield 3, uncharted 3, Batman arkham city, and Skyward sword all in about a month's time. then i have to figure out how to balance playing all of them. and then i have to get assassins creed revelations and transformers fall of cybertron. and i'll still be playing battlefield and zelda by that point so i have to figure out even more balancing issues. oh and i still have to set aside time to laugh and mock all the idiots who wasted money on modern warfare 3. i guess i'll have to find solace in the time i'm actually playing these fantastic games.

cbthedog
cbthedog

CANT WAIT, just got Kirby's Return to Dream Land, gotta hit that up. This'll b Wii's last hurrah! I'm PUMPED!!!

Shadowmax889
Shadowmax889

a 10/10 on edge magazine. This game smells GOTY

gillygill220
gillygill220

This game is gonna be awesome...just one thing though...why is link right handed, he's always been a lefty!

LKPWarrior26
LKPWarrior26

Never been disappointed with a Zelda title in my life. I KNOW this one will not disappoint either! Day one buy for me!!! :D

Maurik03
Maurik03

its ZELDA, its never gonna be a bad game. cant wait to buy this game

1337drawr
1337drawr

@ RPG_Fan_I_Am I wouldn't necessarily call it "deceiving", as Nintendo broke a contract they signed into. It is technically their fault for not exploring all avenues of the said agreement. Please do not view this as a fan-boy attack, as I value Nintendo as a gaming company as much as Microsoft and Sony. But when one party suddenly wants to change drastic features of a contract, a stale ending is a guarantee.

Son_Jazrin
Son_Jazrin

At this point, I don't even care what it looks like, I'm just hoping the release date doesn't change again.

cjetter
cjetter

I agree if you were to have a terrible game with good Graphics and an epic game with terrible graphics which would you chose. I don't know about you sonicXstatic but I would choose the Epic game

penpusher
penpusher

@sonicXstatic why does it need HD to make it a must buy?

Wolflink001
Wolflink001

Honestly can't wait for Skyward Sword! The more they unveil this game the more I have to turn away because I don't want the game being spoiled too much before I play it.

cjetter
cjetter

@ RPG_Fan_I_Am I know about that i just wished sony and nintendo haden't both tried to cheat eachother

sonicXstatic
sonicXstatic

@eyefrein: i'm just imagining this game with hd graphics. (Similar to Wii U's Zelda demo) that would make this game a must-buy!

RPG_Fan_I_Am
RPG_Fan_I_Am

@cjetter After Sony deceived Nintendo back in like 91 or 92 or something, I doubt that. But in case you don't know what I'm talking about, considering most people don't know, Sony and Nintendo worked together to form a new console back then. It was supposed to be a disc add on for the super nintendo. Nintendo broke off the deal last minute though because They discovered that Sony had written in the original contract that they had all rights to all games released on the console. They rewrote the contract to give nintendo rights too, but then sony decided to drop the Snes add on last minute, change the name and betray Nintendo in return.

cjetter
cjetter

sony plus nintendo equals epic video game software (if only they would work together)

Eyefrein
Eyefrein

Wish Wii could have some better graphics or at least a decent resolution on hdtv... would be a dream come true because this is a great console with awesome games, no doubt about it

WiiGranny
WiiGranny

Gramps pre-ordered my copy with the new gold Wii remote plus for my birthday gift in November. Couldn't think of another thing I wanted for my 60th birthday. Formerly N64Grandma :)

cjetter
cjetter

zelda is awsome. im getting it

LAnoirFAN
LAnoirFAN

well, i guess i have no choice :/ , i'm going to buy a wii

da_chub
da_chub

prebought and just waiting for it to arrive...

waZelda
waZelda

@hotdiddykong: Well, they may still pull a wind waker and have Zelda suddenly be revealed to be a princess after all.

jay112k3
jay112k3

gonna have to buy a wii for this

BelmontWolf
BelmontWolf

@ huntervaneg there wont be any special edition wii there will only be the wiimote plus

Mc_Trickz
Mc_Trickz

Im going to play this hehehe

huntervaneg
huntervaneg

Two years ago I took the wise decision to exchange my Wii for a Xbox 360, but with this great title I am thinking I have to get a Wii back... I hope there will be a special Wii edition of Zelda... At the moment I am getting the bundle that comes with the game, the anniversary Wii motion plus and the music CD. Bytheway, Zelda fan here, the last title that got me excited on Wii was SSBB, it have been a while!

whitesoxfan2244
whitesoxfan2244

I'm a hardcore fanboy of the Zelda series, and as someone touched on before me, I'm a little skeptical about the change. However, I know the people working on Zelda would never make any negative changes on the game which makes me want the game even more now!

trugs26
trugs26

Ah, those giant Kiwi looking things are actually called Kikwis. Very cool race :P

iortegon
iortegon

i barely beat ocarina and im working on twighlight princess so this is gonna step up my zelda game

hotdiddykong
hotdiddykong

I cant wait for this game, its definitly gonna be awesome! I love the change, Zelda isnt a princess this time around and there's actually a relationship between her and Link! I wont be suprised, there will be ALLOT of fanboys complaining against this game, especially when it gets a high score!

lozvil
lozvil

news like this make me glad i have a wii... :)

Bogue2kw
Bogue2kw

The boomerang? The boomerang is in Skyward Sword? I didn't knew that! Can you confirm or is it a mistake?

redwater11
redwater11

i thunk that this will be the best and most defect Zelda game ever

Bathius
Bathius

What can be greater then a kidnapped princess, a boomerang and a big boss with a boss key? I know. All of this all over the game and with greater weapon and upgradable items! Long live to Zelda games!

Sepewrath
Sepewrath

Didn't read it, but wanted to express my excitement for my most anticipated game of the year.

punkdsk8erdude
punkdsk8erdude

honestly i wouldn't mind some spoilers! I eat this stuff up...it makes me more excited to play the game! i'm so curious right now to the story & everything happening...this is going to be epic! Talk about building up hype! I think this game started off less hyped that Twilight Princess was but the past few months the hype has just grown exponentially off the charts....i can not wait any longer! I'm getting AC revelations on the 15th...so i'll have something to keep me distracted, and i hate to start and stop games i'm in the middle of but honestly I think i'm going to have to put down ACR once this comes in, and wait till i complete SS. Just too awesome!

almossbb
almossbb

"the elder kikwi, Bucha, gives Link a boomerang" THE BOOMERANG IS IN THE GAME!!!!??? sounds awesome

Slyfur
Slyfur

Definitely sounds great. I can't wait to fight this battle for myself, it sounds really fun. *does not comment about the obvious spoiler*

vega13mv
vega13mv

@nitzan_z Ocarina of time and A Link to the Past

Fayt1986
Fayt1986

@nitzan_z its happens in ocarina of time near the end......

nitzan_z
nitzan_z

@vega13mv name 1 game except for the original LoZ where zelda gets kidnapped/

vega13mv
vega13mv

Zelda gets kidnapped?! you spoiled it! I never woulda seen that coming!

g1rldraco7
g1rldraco7

Wow spoilers. Still I can't wait!