Zelda: Skyward Sword game-breaking bug confirmed

Link's latest adventure shipped with a glitch that requires players to restart the game or load a pre-bug save file; Nintendo offers a way to avoid problems.

In 25 years, Link has proven to be an adventuring juggernaut, unstoppable in his quest to save Hyrule and Zelda. But a simple bug in Skyward Sword is capable of doing what Ganon never could, putting a premature end to Link's quest.

A quest bug could leave Link in the lurch.

As reported by fan site Zelda Informer and confirmed by GameSpot with a Nintendo customer service representative, a bug in Skyward Sword's Song of the Hero quest can render the game unfinishable for players if they perform a series of tasks in a specific order.

The bug crops up if players go to the Lanayru Desert, then speak with Golo the Goron in the Lanayru mine before finishing the Thunder Dragon's event, and once again after completing the event and receiving the Thunder Dragon's song (but before visiting the volcano or forest areas). Nintendo said players can avoid the bug by collecting the Water and Fire Dragon songs before going after the Thunder Dragon song.

If the bug conditions are met, scripted events in the forest and volcano areas will not happen, leaving players unable to progress any further. If the game is then saved, the bug will likewise be preserved, leaving players only the option of starting over from the beginning of the game or going back to an earlier save file and progressing from there.

Nintendo said that it is "documenting all feedback on the issue."

For more on Link's latest, check out GameSpot's review of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword.

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208 comments
zzamaro
zzamaro

wow, I am almost at the end of the game, and I didn't expect this to be almost at that part, a bug like this is big and it sucks because you will probably have over 30 hours of gameplay and it can be lost if someone gets the bug.

 

 

noah364
noah364

Last time I looked on the Wii shop channel, they had an application that said it fixed a bad bug in Skyward Sword. Now I know what that bug is.

S_Pac_316
S_Pac_316

I doubt Nintendo will make a patch to fix this. With all due respect, it doesn't seem like they fully grasp the internet or the Wii is not fully capable to do these things as far as I know. So I'll just make sure to follow the quests in that order to avoid this bug.

greenyxi
greenyxi

This is good to know, considering I only just finished the first temple. The only other time I remember Nintendo having a game-breaking bug is in Super Paper Mario (Wii).You had to talk to a certain character...can't quite remember.

ShadowmanX5
ShadowmanX5

How to start an argument over the internet: Step 1: Express personal opinion Step 2: Wait...

pelvist
pelvist

@hurricaner I think your sarcasm detector is broken mate.

hurricaner
hurricaner

@pelvist To assume that only PC games have bugs is extreme bias on your part. ALL games have bugs, it's only that on the Xbox 360 and PS3 they automatically patch the game up for you so you don't see them (Especially on the 360 where they force you to patch it or else be disconnected from live), on the Wii it is optional to patch your game (However, you need to buy an adapter to connect your Wii to the Internet). The PC has services similar to the Xbox 360 and PS3, namely Steam (Which is the refuge for PC games since Gamestop refuses to stock PC games on their shelves, and if they do stock up on them, there are only 2-3 of them). Hell take Fallout 3 and NV as an example, it was released on the PC, Xbox 360, And PS3, and ALL of the versions had bugs in them (Which a good deal of them were patched up).

Zipporah
Zipporah

How could Nintendo screw up this badly. I mean this is Nintendo not Atari.

Shadowmax889
Shadowmax889

@DenverNick this kind of bug it is just one bug. Skyrim how many bugs it have?? OK Bethesda can patch it but that is just lazy releasing a game not completely debuged because later on you can patch it. Besides PS3 version of the game is unpatchable so WTF

iHarlequin
iHarlequin

Glad I did the exact same route the article suggests: forest, volcano and desert. Still good to know for my Hero mode playthrough :p.

Gamester7z7
Gamester7z7

Who wrote this article, Tom Mc Shea?

thenerd64
thenerd64

I just finished the water and fire. is it safe to talk to the goron?

Bane_09
Bane_09

@DenverNick Bugs like this exist in most of their games? I'm sorry but it sounds like you just pulled that out of your ass, I have a pretty good collection of Nintendo games and have never once had a problem. Skyward Sword is the first time I have even heard of a Nintendo game having a game breaking bug

DenverNick
DenverNick

@NeonNinja Of course Skyrim is going to have some issues, all big games do. The important thing is that Bethesda is working to fix the issue and will solve it eventually. I believe they even came out and said that at least the backwards flying dragons would be fixed by today. The real issue at hand here is that Bethesda is trying to fix Skyrim. From the quotes here, it doesn't seem that Nintendo has any intention of fixing this issue, they just want you to play the game differently, which takes away from the experience. If I am offered a choice of doing three things, but not really because one may kill my game, that is not good. What is worse is that it will always be that way. Skyrim will not always have problems. It's sad really. I used to own a Wii, and currently have a 3DS. But if they cannot get their act together and offer online updates to fix these types of issues, which exist in most games, then they are going downhill quickly. I don't care that the graphics aren't up to par with 360 or PS3, but if they can't even fix a game they shipped broken, then they will not get my business. That's like buying a new car that can only turn right. Then you go to the dealership and they say "don't worry, just make 3 rights and you'll be headed in the right direction".

calvinsora
calvinsora

@parrot_of_adun: I understood what you were saying, that's not the problem. I just think the hyperbole is uncalled for, but I see now that you weren't saying it simply to annoy.

parrot_of_adun
parrot_of_adun

@calvinsora I find it odd you didn't immediately grasp what I was trying to say, honestly. The context was provided by NeonNinja (I was, after all, responding to a post of his). Also, while you argue that more people playing Skyrim does not necessarily mean they like it better, if anything could be gleaned from those numbers, it's that it's at least somewhat more probable.

OseiWar
OseiWar

The same thing happened in Metroid Other M

calvinsora
calvinsora

@parrot_of_adun: I could go into the argument that *more* people playing a game doesn't mean that they prefer said game, but hyperbole is only relevant if put into clear context. Nothing was gained by saying that the rest of the world prefers Skyrim over Skyward other than annoying those that genuinely think the other way and giving off a sense of superiority over another group.

so_hai
so_hai

This is very unusual for Nintendo - their first-party games are usually solid as a rock. Looks like the Mario Club (QA testers) spaced on this one...

parrot_of_adun
parrot_of_adun

@NeonNinja I can't tell if you don't know what "robbery" means, or if you're just being facetious. Either way, this argument apparently can't go anywhere, so I won't waste my time: I concede. Bethesda IS in fact just taking peoples cash without consent...

NeonNinja
NeonNinja

@parrot_of_adun I say it's robbery until the issue is fixed. Bethesda knew the game wasn't ready and they still shipped it out, took the praise and ran with it. They're obligated to fix it. You don't just take people's money with a game that's broken on one platform and then not fix it. I'm certain it will be fixed, but it shouldn't have been released in its broken state to begin with.

parrot_of_adun
parrot_of_adun

@NeonNinja It STARTS at about 60 hours, it takes awhile to make a big difference. Anyway, I was trying to point out that while a problem, it's not one that completely prevents people from playing, and will be fixed. Therefore, likely wouldn't be considered robbery by most. I'm not really trying to compare the games, that was you, I'm just saying that Skyrim on PS3 isn't robbery.

origamistyle
origamistyle

Damn, again? I haven't touched Twilight Princess since I got stuck in that infernal cannon room during my second time playing through the game. I can definitely understand how a bug of this nature can slip through the cracks into a product release. Even extensive testing can't explore every possibility in a large, event-driven game. I just hope Nintendo now understands the importance of a patch-delivery mechanism.

NeonNinja
NeonNinja

@parrot_of_adun As someone who owns The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, TES IV: Oblivion, Fallout 3 and Fallout New Vegas I can tell you that 60 hours in Skyrim is barely scratching the surface. And this higher critical acclaim, where the hell did that come from? GameSpot? The games have similar levels of acclaim, GS being the only one that's different. And this slowdown that you're talking about builds up to the point where the game stops functioning if you keep playing with it.

parrot_of_adun
parrot_of_adun

@NeonNinja Really dumb? Have you ever before tried to interpret data? Much better sales + higher critical acclaim + millions of hours played in a relatively short time = people like it more, thus my original statement. You said that giving a Skyrim on PS3 a higher score was basically allowing people to be robbed. I argued against that, and I still can't imagine very many people feeling robed after buying Skyrim on PS3 (after all, the big problem you're thinking of is just some slowdown that occurs after some 60 hours of play, and is a bug likely to be fixed soon).

Rovelius
Rovelius

@thenerd64 Can't talk about that, mods are watching Pretty much posted it for people "in the know"...

jayd02
jayd02

@frankblack789 so you are saying that activision didn't patch black ops? The system can have patches they just don't do it. Next time do some research instead of using your imagination.

cyraxkilawatt
cyraxkilawatt

Okay, it doesn't seem that hard to avoid the glitch just get the Water and Fire Dragon Songs first, why are so many foaming at the mouth to attack this game over a bug. Bugs happen in games,no game is perfect just learn how to avoid them, or get patches when possible. and another thing, what's with the Skyrim Vs. Zelda SS ruckas, they are both fine games and I look foward to playing Skyrim someday as well.

NeonNinja
NeonNinja

@parrot_of_adun None of your links say anything about the ps3 version. Why would you even link those to begin with? I'm certain skyrim has sold well on ps3. The assumption that you're making however is still really dumb as we have no idea how skyrim will sell on ps3 on comparison to Zelda or how all of the versions sell in comparison to this game. What we do know is that skyrim on ps3 is broken and gs still saw fit to not point out those flaws.

parrot_of_adun
parrot_of_adun

@NeonNinja @calvinsora It's called hyperbole. As you guys seem not to have understood that, I'll elaborate: It seems likely to me that a greater number of people would prefer skyrim, on any system, regardless of bugs, to skyward sword. I make these assumptions based on [URL=http://www.gamespot.com/news/skyrim-soars-past-battlefield-3-on-xbl-activity-6346939]numbers[/URL], and [URL=http://www.gamespot.com/news/skyrim-dubbed-most-played-game-of-2011-by-raptr-6347269]more numbers[/URL]. Sorry to have caused such a ruckus by implying that Zelda related products are not the greatest thing humanity has ever achieved. I'm wrong there...

hitman047m4
hitman047m4

@dRuGGeRnaUt actually I finish the game last week, and I am almost at the Song of the Hero part in Hero Mode, and so far my experience was not affected by this. I played Twilight Princess as well, and again my experience was not affected by that bug either, or another game that I have played from any console. It is not fanboyism, and you do not know me to call me fan boy, beside we can all start calling each other names and that won't make things right either, and will only prove how wrong we are in attacking each other. I am not DOWNPLAYING any bug... it is called being realistic, Nintendo screw up big time, so what? So has any other company. Stop crying about it and move on, the world does not revolve around you or what you think. There have been (and there will be) other bugs and still people will give theirs thoughts about it whether you like it or not. Your statement that most people you know that will get this game are young gamers is completely moronic and stereotypical. Sadly, you are just regurgitating what other video game companies have created lately regarding their competition. Yep, the hardcore gamer and HD graphics mentality, just to cite a few. For all we know you could be the kid at the other end whining and complaining that mommy never bought you a Nintendo console. Just because your game preferences are different than others that do not give you the right to categorize the rest as "younger" gamers as you think.

thenerd64
thenerd64

@Rovelius Rovelius Posted Dec 8, 2011 8:17 pm GMT Game Breaking Bug Glitch Fix 00955D52 00000015 005A9AE2 00000015 Hacks not always a bad thing ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Where do I enter the code at?

dRuGGeRnaUt
dRuGGeRnaUt

@hitman047m4: "This bug can be avoided easily".. ya, as long as you keep up on video game news on the internet! If people don't know about this glitch, how can they avoid it? - I can't believe someone is DOWNPLAYING a bug that makes you have to re-do an entire game. Fanboyism is a strange beast. You can bet if any other franchise had a major game breaking bug, and STILL has not been patched, it would be a big deal.. just cause its Zelda and Nintendo doesn't mean its okay. - My bet is that nintendo will not patch this. Most of the people I know that are getting this game, are younger and getting it for christmas.. and MANY of those do not have their wii's hooked up to the internet. So I don't know. I could easily see Ninty saying "we've told you how to avoid it, good enough"

wwlettsome
wwlettsome

Well as long as they are "documenting feedback" all seems fine. Ha!

Halloll
Halloll

damn Goron shooting link in the knees, now he has to stop adventuring.

moviequest14
moviequest14

@cstv : The gamespot run 'Most Popular' category in which they have kept Skyrim up every week since it was released (and more than likely even before then) but even gamespot is innocent compared to the extreme bias shown towards Skyrim by g4..I'm just sayin...if movie sites showed this much favoritism and bias to a certain movie there would be hell to pay..but alas bias goes unnoticed here.

Rovelius
Rovelius

Game Breaking Bug Glitch Fix 00955D52 00000015 005A9AE2 00000015 Hacks not always a bad thing...

chrono_ts
chrono_ts

I did the Thunder Dragon first on my game, but I didn't talk to the Goron after I finished it. That must not have activated the glitch because I went through the rest of the game with no problem.

rasputin177
rasputin177

I have to clarify the game was much less open ended in terms of the world then Zelda. You were only able to go forward or back wards. Each town had a "lady with crystal ball" Each end of the small "town" which also had a few other shops, would have the opening to a cave. The music was very similar to Zelda as was the theme. Please please please does anyone know?

MinerAvatar
MinerAvatar

@t_princess06 Not every Bethesda game is that bad, sure Fallout New Vegas had some big issues to say the least, but it seems to run pretty good now. Look at their other games made by them and 2K, Borderlands, ES4, Skyrim, the Bioshocks, Fallout 3, Civilization, and even their spots games like NBA and MLB. No unresolved gamebreaking issues in any of those games. Don't let one game cloud your view of them, if you do that, then you would have to say Nintendo makes broken buggy games just look at Zelda: Skyward Sword. :)

rasputin177
rasputin177

Kind of random but thinking about playing Zelda as a kid made me think of perhaps my favorite game as a child. I can't for the life of me think of the name. It was a PC game in the early 90s and was ALOT like Zelda. You were a boy like him and you go into different dungeons the one thing that stands out is that when you reached a new area you would meet with a fortune teller women. She had a crystal ball that was important. I even think the name was like Zelda. Does anyone have any idea what I am talking about? I have spent the last 5-6 years trying to figure it out.

OldKye
OldKye

@HoY4 well said though I'm glad i never moved my soul caliber 3 save data cause i had no idea about that one lol

rasputin177
rasputin177

I love Zelda first game I ever played with my father. But my god a large section of the community is immature and unwilling to even discuss a possible flaw in their beloved series. Fan boys on crack, who never grew up and learned how to objectively view a game or even situation. You cheapen this beloved series in my opnion.

MinerAvatar
MinerAvatar

@HoY4 You do know many updates are for new DLC and have nothing to do with bugs in a game right? Ever notice how when there is new DLC you almost always get an update to go with it? Sorry but not every game released today has a gamebreaking bug like this, it is different, even more so for Nintendo. Its one thing to have a game freeze up, you can reload. You get stuck/fall into the floor, reload. Sure you might lose a few minutes because of it, but whatever. Those are minor bugs. Its another thing when you can't complete the game. I don't know how long it takes to do those missions but I best its longer then just 10 minutes. As the article stated if you did do those missions, your out of luck, start over. That is a major bug. That all said I am sure Nintendo will make a patch and its good they are letting people know how to avoid this major bug at least. As for people that have the bug however, or don't know to avoid it, well I hope you can see why they are upset.

hyper_trunkx
hyper_trunkx

i just started the water dragon's quest yesterday..good to know. then again i probably woulve avoided it anyway without knowing becuz if u get them in order, the bug wont happen.

edranyesul
edranyesul

I don't know what's up with all the Skyrim and Zelda hate going back and forth. I'm "only" 28 years old, but if two ground-breaking games were released concurrently more than 10 years ago, this silly bickering would never happen. I've always loved Zelda games, and I'll keep an eye out for this glitch when I play it. As for Skyrim, if it's half as good as everyone says it is (even though it's not at all the genre I enjoy), then I'll try it and perhaps enjoy it. Some are acting as though this is the first time a bug has ever plagued the Zelda series - Twilight Princess had the exact same problem in a room with some kind of cannon (actually worse, where you couldn't even leave the bloody room). That wasn't exactly the kiss of death for that game. Now would everyone just shut up and get along? :)

hitman047m4
hitman047m4

@HoY4 I agree with you. I am a programmer in the game industry, and the amount of problems rise exponentially as the game scope gets bigger; moreover, when later design changes are implemented in the life cycle of the game, can also create mayor issues with what is already done. There are many factors that gamers do not take into consideration, and often give ignorant comments criticizing the game developers. This game bug has already being blown out of proportions, since it can be avoided easily. @TheQue If people are bashing Bethesda, then let them... that should not stop you from playing; that only shows you how bias people are when it comes to criticize products, and end up getting stuck in this comparative mind set... and I am talking about both sides. Now a days, patching is a necessity for some titles (or all), since any bug can creep and that gives a chance to developers to fix it; however, you have to give credit to Nintendo's no-patch policy since its what they believe; also, this can be seen as setting a gaming development standard for many developers/publishers that all they do is rush game titles (for any reason) out their doors.

cstv
cstv

WOW just WOW there is a complete separate article on a Zelda glitch and no mention of the unplayable mess that is Skyrim on PS3, GS are way too busy marketing that broken game, everyday an article on skyrim, walkthroughs, useless articles, start selects...shame on you GS, so friggin biased!!! Look at IGN, it has at least mouthed what problems PS3 owners are facing with skyrim....learn something!!