Zelda: Skyward Sword getting gold controller bundle

Limited-edition $70 package to include Wii Remote Plus with Triforce theme; all copies of Link's latest to include CD of orchestral performances of series' music.

Nintendo today confirmed Zelda: Skyward Sword is going gold, but not in the way companies usually mean. Rather than announcing the completion of the game's development, Nintendo was revealing a limited-edition bundle for the game that will include a gold-colored Wii Remote Plus.

The $70 bundle includes the gold remote, but all copies of the first run of Skyward Sword will have the bonus CD.

Set for release November 20 alongside the standard edition of the game, the limited-edition controller bundle will sell for $70 instead of the standard version's $50. The gold controller was originally unveiled at Nintendo's E3 2011 press briefing, but it did not say at the time how gamers would be able to get their hands on one.

Regardless of which version gamers buy, they will still be getting an extra at launch. Nintendo has said every copy of the initial run of Skyward Sword will include a CD featuring orchestral arrangements of music pulled from the series' 25-year history.

Designed around Nintendo's Wii Remote Plus (or Wii Remote with MotionPlus accessory), Skyward Sword features a new combat system that approximates one-to-one controller-to-sword motion. Beyond giving Link new ways to cut up the usual assortment of carnivorous plants, disembodied eyeballs, and orcish monsters, the game features new gadgets and abilities for the lithe protagonist to employ.

Link can now roll bombs like bowling balls, channel his inner Indiana Jones with a whip attack, or retrieve hard-to-reach items with a remote-control flying beetle. Players will also get a new form of transportation, as Link will be able to ride a bird through the clouds to get from place to place.

Despite those tweaks, Skyward Sword will retain many of the distinctive traits of the series, including its standard breakdown between puzzle-laden dungeons and a sprawling overworld. Nintendo is touting Skyward Sword as "the biggest game in the series yet," with a story that serves as a prequel of sorts to the Nintendo 64 classic The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time (recently remade for the 3DS).

For more on the game, check out GameSpot's previous coverage of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword.

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Discussion

230 comments
snake1mi
snake1mi

@nintendoboy16 Yeah, Im buying this! Only thing left is the premium gold wii, lol..

omenjamlord
omenjamlord

@HonorOfGod: cheers man! Ive pre-ordered the bundle, €60 here for it, not a bad price considering everything you get with it, just have to wait now! :)

HonorOfGod
HonorOfGod

@omenjamlord The gold controller it brings has motion plus built into it so you will be allset if you get the bundle. They sell motion plus ready Wii motes in all colors as well in stores. Its worth getting the bundle like I did because a motion plus for a non motion ready remote will cost you around $20 anyway and that is what they are asking for a full fledge motion plus remote with the game included plus a music CD.

omenjamlord
omenjamlord

Does anyone know if this comes with the Motion Plus thing? Or is it built into it? I never bothered buying it and just wondering!

penpusher
penpusher

Pre-ordered the limited edition yesterday :) that gold controller is so mine!!!!

iortegon
iortegon

looks like the legend of zelda is going for the gold hehe

pearldrummer
pearldrummer

Just pre-ordered this bundle. Another wii controller in the house wont hurt, especially with mario kart, plus it will match the gold controller that came with my 007 bundle. Really looking forward to the game, hopefully it lives up to all the hype. Looks like it will be the wii's last big holiday season.

nintendoboy16
nintendoboy16

Zelda's Golden Wii Remote would go great with Goldeneye's Golden CIassic Controller Pro. :)

coop36
coop36

Nice touch on the soundtrack, but they got a bit carried away with the gold stuff.

FlyingAce1016
FlyingAce1016

is it for pre-order only, or limited edition after release in stores? Like can I pick it up or will I 'have' to preorder it

sagi401
sagi401

Brillant, it's lovely that Britain gets it first this time, Twilight Princess got America first and all the others got Japan first.

Aliastro
Aliastro

Most Definitely Getting this first day its out

coolguy90-
coolguy90-

just looking at the boxart alone has confirmed my purchase for this game.

Wolflink001
Wolflink001

@dxdevilex0 Wow, are we seriously gonna complain about the box art? Just, no commet...

Justforvisit
Justforvisit

@roy_newell You realize it's not ONLY painted gold, it's also a Wii Plus Remote which you'll need for this game. And those alone cost about 30 € when my mind serves me right, so you'll get it for only 20 € more + a Soundtrack CD. More than a fair deal if you ask me. And Nintendo Dead? Nah, on the contrary, they finally awaken out of their casual game slumber with games like this, Xenoblade Chronicles and The Last Story.

jambubby74
jambubby74

@hatieshorrer You might have a point if you could convince anyone on this message board that the top selling Wii games you mention are worth owning. They are not, and you know it, so stop defending something based on products no self respecting gamer would ever consider buying. That is what my brother in law buys for his kids for heaven's sake because he doesn't use the internet to read reviews. Give me a break! That is what is meant by bad third party support. Shovelware does not equal good third party support.

hatieshorrer
hatieshorrer

@roy_newell Your not making much sense as far as third party developers are doing half of the top five selling games for Wii are third party and the DS has much better third party support then the PSP. As for console sells the Wii and DS are the best selling home and portable consoles. Also Nintendo will never dominate the game industry like it did in the 80's and early 90's because MS and Sony have learned from what Nintendo did right and what others did wrong.

hatieshorrer
hatieshorrer

@Wolflink001 Why not just upgrade your reservation like I did and if you dont want the CD you probably could sale it on Ebay for the $20.00 more that your paying.

Shadow_Fire41
Shadow_Fire41

also, it'd be nice if nintendo would give us American Terriotories Xenoblade........i mean come on, you claim you want to win back the core audience, then NOA denies us. its selling better then Ocarina of Time in France! Zelda is the only thing i see on the Wii announced (thats not Xenoblade, Padora's Tower, and Last Story) that i would even bother with, MAYBE rent Kirby.

Wogrim
Wogrim

Cool but I don't need another controller. Very happy about the music.

ocarina_jedi
ocarina_jedi

Well, this was already a Day 1 purchase for me. Looks like I'll be getting the Limited Edition too, since I need a Motion Plus controller. The CD is really awesome too, I'll look forward to that. But since that comes with the standard copies as well, I almost feel something more should be included in the bigger edition.

BloodMist
BloodMist

@roy_newell Dude, if you're going to bash a company that constantly delivers excellence in their field just because you can't see it, especially in an article for another example of said excellence, then just get over it and stop buying their products already. They won't miss your money, and nobody will miss your nonsense filled whining.Go play one of those generic action games that saturate the market if you're so hungry for another game to play, I'm sure your ADD addled brain will stay satisfied for another couple hours until you gotta go whine about something else that has no basis in actual thought. Anyway on topic, this is a perfect bundle, I'll be getting it day one and enjoying the hell out of it.

Wolflink001
Wolflink001

I only wished the Golden Wiimote was included with the reserved copies...

roy_newell
roy_newell

@x7c8r9 Is that not what I said. Read properly, they rushed it out when games were not ready for it. That was to be the first with the new handheld out OVER the Vita. And yes, way before the Vita, they were trying to build a big fanbase prior to the Vita releasing. All they've done is build a small fan base, and irritate a lot of proper nintendo fans like myself. All I've wanted to see from nintendo is the success they used to have, sadly ever since the N64 its been disappointment followed by disappointment and I can lie to myself that they're still on form no more. 10 years is long enough for me to believe the nintendo revolution is coming. Sadly, they are just getting dumped by more and more 3rd party devs. Even the Wii-U I was expecting a lot more devs getting on board with it by now but all I see is new multiplat titles being announced with no mention of Wii-U so looks like its gonna happen all over again.

x7c8r9
x7c8r9

@ROY_NEWELL actually the 3DS was announced and released way before the vita. it's Sony who's rushing the vita to compete with the 3ds.

roy_newell
roy_newell

How can everybody be lapping this up? I was always a big nintendo fanboy but come on, nintendo have been playing a bad game to us faithful nintendo lovers for a long time now and think a coloured controller is redemption for the past year of absoloutly no games worth playing let alone spending money on since donkey kong. They tried to rush the 3DS out to beat the Vita and it still has sweet FA in terms of content, the online efforts that are supposed to be an improvement over the bad press they got over the wii efforts and they're virtually identical. Sorry but nintendo, you won't win me over with a painted controller, I'm not buying a new control so I can play the one game left thats coming to wii thats gonna be any good, and even that, Zelda. Whilst I always loved Zelda, they just don't have the same impact any more. And lastly, does anybody really believe given that the wii has been dead on the new game front for ages and a lot of people of sold them. Do you guys really think nintendo won't cash in on the wii-u with a new enhanced version like the did with twilight princess on gamecube/wii. It'll happen again with Wii/Wii-U and there will be a 1080p version on Wii-U and if you're all lapping up this gold controller, you'll definately lap up the Wii-U. I'm still undecided, nintendo just seem to make the same mistakes time and again. And after buying into them with the gamecube and wii and being burnt twice, I won't be played again based on what I remember as a kid

skully911
skully911

if you think its the same stale game tachsniper, why do you keep playing them? the other thing is, you may not think your wrong, but it seems everyone else does... might be something to think about

tachsniper
tachsniper

well then fantastic, if Skyward Sword finally innovates the Zelda series then awesome i would love to be wrong. thing is i don't think i am and i feel this is just the same stale Zelda game we have been getting since the N64 days.

Troublesume
Troublesume

Best Bundle Yet! The Zelda Series is just always worth getting like a few other series on wii

XeonForce
XeonForce

Hold on, I can get Motion+ controller (finally) AND a orchestral soundtrack with my copy of the game? Skyward Sword is officially one of my most anticipated releases this year!

moviequest14
moviequest14

@ tachsniper : Even the features I mentioned are only the more basic ones....every title still also includes new weapons,locations,characters,(obviously) story,enemies,transportation,graphic style,music,and countless other features...I dare you to name one other game series that has as much of a differences-to-sequel ratio as Legend of Zelda.Ahhh....Like Zelda II hmm? That title is often noted as the black sheep of the Zelda franchise...the sidescrolling and various changes were so different from what people didn't even feel as though it was still Legend of Zelda. anymore...and excluding that tile Zelda has managed to get the perfect balance of completely new,innovative,and fresh ideas while still keeping what makes Zelda...well...Zelda.And to put it frankly your so-called ''evidence'' are ridiculous accusations that are completely made up and hardly worth the comment space. You can come up with whatever bitter LOZ hate you want,the truth remains that Zelda still keeps things fresh and new with each new title...much more-so then most games (and I dare you to name one other that does change things any more.)

hatieshorrer
hatieshorrer

@tachsniper See thats why everyone is laughing at you. Most of the Zelda games consist of exposing an enemys weak point and whaling on it with your sword but in Zelda SS you have to use pin point sword strikes to hit its weak point. Most Zelda games have you collect items to get access to areas you couldnt reach otherwise but is Zelda SS you also have collectibles that can upgrade your items and possibly have to choose which one to upgrade for to gain access to new areas. The most hilarious is when you suggest that Zelda should go 2D after saying that every other RPG makes the same changes. Every other stale franchise is using 2D portions to make the games seem new I cant think of anything more like what every other company is doing or superficial. In Zelda SS we can move in three dimensions by riding on a fly bird. Zelda SS is the biggest change in the Zelda franchise and your complaining it should go back to 2D despite the piles of 2D Zelda games that already exist.

Vanyelk
Vanyelk

They shouldn't hype something too much, it will not end well. Also so far I'm not impressed with the graphics. I think part of Ocarina's appeal was, at the time, it did not look like a kiddy game. I mean still it was nice and not gory Resident Evil but still, there were times I just used to ride around the field watching the sunset and hunting ghosts. Also that shock of first seeing Hyrule Town as an adult was wonderful. So really I was hoping for graphics of twilight and game play of Ocarina, majora's mask or even WW (which, cutesy graphics aside was fun, especially when you would sight the ghost ship)

thenerd64
thenerd64

I need a new controller anyways, and 20 extra bucks isnt too bad...

LoneWolfTifa
LoneWolfTifa

I'm going to preorder this soon! :D Amazon is amazing.

SuperMessy
SuperMessy

I don't need a new controller but I want this day one!

BelmontWolf
BelmontWolf

amazon UK doenst even have this bundle set up on its site yet bad show getting me all excited with a false link gamespot if i was american i would sue =P

GC4ever
GC4ever

just reserved it an hour ago!!!!

Infinity_Gauntl
Infinity_Gauntl

Give me better Graphics and a better controller then i'd buy this.

jasongm
jasongm

I might as well get the one with the gold wii mote since i never got into any wii game that uses this.