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New TLOZ: Skyward Sword details

Platforms: Nintendo Wii

Nintendo have released some fresh information about The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword's storyline, characters and Faron Woods, one of the many locations to be found in the game.

This new game – one of the biggest in the history of Nintendo software development – will also feature new story elements that lay the foundation for the events that occur in the rest of the series. This includes the creation of the Master Sword, an ancient and powerful weapon that has been a constant in the 25-year history of the Zelda series. The introductory storyline includes the following:

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Introduction: The new game's storyline begins in Skyloft, an island town suspended high in the sky, on the day before young Link™ is to compete in a major bird-flying competition. The winner of the contest will earn the honour of taking part in a special ceremony with Zelda™.

Link and Zelda: Friends since childhood, Link and Zelda have always shared a special bond. Events in the new game will add even more depth to their relationship.

Groose: Link's nemesis at school, Groose, plays a significant role in the early moments of the new game. This bully of a character not only threatens Link's chances to win the bird-flying competition, but he also reveals a jealous streak toward Link and Zelda's special bond.

Fi: Early on in Link's new adventure, he encounters Fi, the spirit of the powerful Goddess Sword. Fi's guidance proves to be crucial as Link goes forth on a challenging quest that will ultimately result in the creation of the Master Sword.

Zelda's father: Gaepora, Zelda's father, is the headmaster of Link's school. As such, he has knowledge of the history and legends of Skyloft.

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Faron Woods and Skyview Temple: The forest is the first location Link visits after leaving Skyloft, an island world suspended high in the sky. The people of Skyloft have never been to the surface, so this marks a strange new experience for Link. Traversing the forest leads him to Skyview Temple, where Zelda may be being held.

Dash: By holding down the A Button, players can make Link run faster and grant him acrobatic abilities, such as the ability to briefly run up a sheer wall to grab onto a cliff. This uses up some of Link’s stamina, which replenishes itself over time after they stop using Dash. Certain powerful attacks, such as the Spin Attack, also use up stamina. When all of Link’s stamina is used up, his movements become slower for a few moments while he recoups his energy.

Dowsing: Fi, the spirit of the powerful Goddess Sword and Link’s guide, informs Link that he can use the sword to search for things through dowsing. In dowsing mode, when Link holds out his sword, the sword will beep when pointed in the direction of the intended target which will flash. This technique can be used to search for many objects and characters in the game. In Faron Woods, Link uses it to search for Zelda, guiding him to Skyview Temple, where Zelda’s aura can be detected.

Kikwi: The Kikwi are cute, fuzzy creatures that Link encounters while exploring the forest, resembling a cross between a plant and an animal. Link can search for the Kikwi in the forest using dowsing to aid him in his search for Zelda.

Slingshot: This is one of the first items that Link receives in the game. While it’s not very powerful, it can be used to stun enemies and activate objects in the environment. As with many items in the game, players aim the slingshot by moving the Wii Remote™ Plus.Faron Woods and Skyview Temple: The forest is the first location Link visits after leaving Skyloft, an island world suspended high in the sky. The people of Skyloft have never been to the surface, so this marks a strange new experience for Link. Traversing the forest leads him to Skyview Temple, where Zelda may be being held.

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The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword will be available as a limited edition bundle on release (18th November 2011), featuring a copy of the game, a CD featuring selected orchestral arrangements from the The Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary Symphony performance and a rare gold-coloured Wii Remote Plus controller bearing the Hylian Crest. Pre-order now to avoid disappointment and to secure your copy if this is your thing.

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