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The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword  



Reviewed: 9.5/10: Superb
( wii version reviewed )





6:00 PM on 03.08.2013

Animated Skyward Sword diorama is part delicious cake

Parents can be really awesome when it comes to cake. I remember for a birthday long ago, my mom made me a prehistoric landscape cake populated by dinosaurs, rough terrain, boulders, trees, and an erupting volcano. I thought ...

Tony Ponce




3:00 PM on 02.16.2013

Laura Shigihara made another Skyward Sword vocal mix

Plants vs. Zombies composer Laura Shigihara already melted our hearts last month with her wonderful rendition of Skyward Sword's "Ballad of the Goddess." The Skyward magic doesn't end there, as now she attempts to make peopl...

Tony Ponce




9:30 PM on 01.29.2013

PSA: Skyward Sword is $20 at Target until this Saturday

You know how Nintendo is known for never reducing the price of their first-party titles until years later under a re-release line of games? Well, this week is one of those extremely rare cases where a retailer is significantl...

Brett Zeidler




10:30 AM on 01.18.2013

Adorbs! Laura Shigihara's Skyward Sword vocal arrangement

I got more than a little excited during the opening cutscene of Skyward Sword when Zelda started singing "Ballad of the Goddess." With an actual voice! The lyrics were gibberish, meant to represent whatever pre-Hylian langua...

Tony Ponce




6:00 PM on 04.23.2012

Mega64 has trouble with Skyward Sword's controls

Your experience with Skyward Sword's controls can vary immensely from the next guy's. Some people had no trouble whatsoever becoming acclimated with the motions, whereas others could never get the sword to go where they want...

Tony Ponce




11:30 PM on 02.20.2012

Skyward Sword art is OH MY GAWD HIS EYES ARE GLORIOUS

Character design in today's "AAA hardcore" games seems to continually move away from the cartoon surrealism sensibility that was once the norm. Back then, Earthworm Jim was our Gears of War, Q-Bert was our Catherine...

Jonathan Holmes




4:15 PM on 01.13.2012

Storm's Adventure with Skyward Sword

Oh my God. How could I neglect my Destructoid homies?! Especially after spending so much time on those f-ing annotations. I put the annoying links in the video so I didn't have to put the annoying links in the post. See? I D...

Storm Dain




12:00 PM on 01.03.2012

Skyward Sword alphabet cracked, font available

The Hylian alphabet was said to be uncrackable, but one Zelda fan figured it out anyway. Zelda Universe forum member Sarinilli found some small text in the Lanayru section of Skyward Sword and was able to use that to translat...

Dale North




11:00 PM on 12.21.2011

Skyward Sword 'patch' is an entire fricken Wii Channel

Well... that's one solution, I suppose. To recap, Nintendo acknowledged the game-breaking bug in Skyward Sword and started making plans to correct it. You could mail your hardware to the company directly (ick!), or you could ...

Tony Ponce




10:45 AM on 12.15.2011

Nintendo will patch save files for Skyward Sword bug

Ah, game bugs. There's an infestation lately. The ones in Skyrim are fun, though. Sometimes. But not being able to progress in The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword? Not so fun. We told you earlier that there are directions to a...

Dale North




3:15 PM on 12.12.2011

Skyward Sword controls: The future of the Zelda franchise

There was a time when The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword might have been a button only affair, with nary a motion control in sight. But Legend of Zelda producer, Eiji Aonuma, explained to Official Nintendo Magazine that he co...

Fraser Brown




5:30 PM on 12.06.2011

Live Show: The Legend of Mash Tactics: Skyward Sword!

That's right, today on Mash Tactics we will be playing Nintendo's latest masterpiece, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. It's going to be an extra special event, as we will have an exciting guest all the way from the land of...

Wesley Ruscher




5:15 PM on 12.06.2011

Nintendo confirms game-break bug in Skyward Sword

Oh, Nintendo! Remember the cannon room glitch in Twilight Princess that prevented players from progressing? What are the odds that there would also be a game-breaking bug in Skyward Sword? Does this make it a trend now? Will ...

Tony Ponce




1:30 PM on 11.23.2011

Dude, Zelda's controls don't work like... WHOA, DUDE!!!!!

Chief, I know you're getting into the game, but I think you're taking the "immersion" bit a little too... HOLYFLYINGCHEEZUSWHATDAF*CK!?!?!? Skyward Sword is Serious Buisness [YouTube]

Tony Ponce




1:30 PM on 11.21.2011

Skyward Sword should've given us control of its controls

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword was released today, and the game is already buzzing with controversy. Specifically, some reviewers and players are insisting that the game's motion controls are fantastic while others a...

Jonathan Holmes




10:00 AM on 11.20.2011

Happy Skyward Sword Day!

Good morning, everyone! It's a beautiful day outside! The birds are chirping. The brisk autumn air is dancing around the colorful, fallen leaves. The villagers are gathering in the center of their beautiful, floating city. Th...

Chad Concelmo




12:00 PM on 11.19.2011

Review: The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

If the Wii had launched with The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, everything would have been different. Instead, the console launched with The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, a game that sent all the wrong messages to thir...

Jonathan Holmes




12:45 PM on 11.18.2011

Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword looks incredible on PC

PC? Yeah, PC emulation. Those naughty kids using the Dolphin emulator to play Wii games are now enjoying The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword in all its high-resolution glory, running at 1080p. Yes, there are emulation bugs, bu...

Dale North




8:00 PM on 11.15.2011

Keep on milking Robin Williams, Nintendo!

Okay, Nintendo. We get it. Robin Williams is a total videogame nerd who named his daughter after Princess Zelda. One thing, though... Zelda Williams isn't in this commercial! I don't want extreme closeups of Robin's creepy old man lips! The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword: Robin Williams "Origins" Commerical [YouTube]

Tony Ponce




7:30 PM on 11.15.2011

Penny Arcade is making a Skyward Sword comic

If you visited Penny Arcade today, you would have learned that the boys were tapped by Nintendo to do a special five-page Skyward Sword comic. I've enjoyed Mike Krahulik's artwork as it developed over the years, and I am real...

Tony Ponce




2:00 PM on 11.13.2011

Jimmy Fallon does NOT deserve that Link on Epona statue

This week on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Reggie Fils-Aime once again made a guest appearance, this time to showcase The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. Not only did Jimmy get some early playtime alongside the Meat Man, he ...

Tony Ponce




11:30 PM on 11.07.2011

Skyward Sword takes even more from Wind Waker and Ocarina

[Warning! Spoilers in the video above, and in the text below the break] Since the first time we saw the game, I've had a feeling that The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword would take all of the things that I love abou...

Jonathan Holmes




8:00 PM on 11.05.2011

TtWaV Teaser: Should Skyward Sword be rated M?

[Talking to Women about Videogames is a series where Jonathan Holmes talks to different people who are women about the biggest videogame news of the week for some reason.] Nintendo has a track record for including gende...

Jonathan Holmes




10:45 AM on 10.31.2011

Zelda and Robin Williams return in this Skyward Sword ad

Nintendo is riding the Princess Zelda / Zelda Williams connection to the bitter end, but I'm really not bothered. Robin Williams is a such a cartoon character in most everything he does, and his daughter is oh so lovely. Mor...

Tony Ponce




9:00 AM on 10.21.2011

Here's some Zelda: Skyward Sword gameplay videos

Oh what's this! You can't get enough of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword? Casey Baker's words just not filling your brain with enough knowledge? WELL THEN HERE'S SOME NEW VIDEO! We got three total and each one shows off so...

Hamza CTZ Aziz




7:00 AM on 10.21.2011

The incredibly immersive world of Zelda: Skyward Sword

One thing I haven't really had a chance to get into in my last couple of previews of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is how much more immersive the entire world actually is compared to past Zelda games. In some ways, it's ...

Casey Baker




10:00 PM on 10.19.2011

Skyward Sword not originally destined for motion control

In an extremely interesting, though not so surprising revelation from the latest Iwata Asks it seems The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword was initially intended to sport a purely button-based control scheme. Appa...

Liam Fisher




10:00 AM on 10.14.2011

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword gets new screens

Here are some fresh screenshots for The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. They have swords and monsters in them, which is a refreshing change of the pace for the series.  This game has been on the cards for so long that I ...

Jim Sterling




6:15 PM on 10.07.2011

Skyward Sword opening cinematic, beautiful but baffling

[Update: Added English translation] The wait for The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is almost over. I don't know about you folks, but I'm more excited about this than I have been about anything with "Zelda" in its name for o...

Fraser Brown




9:00 AM on 10.07.2011

Here are Skyward Sword vids of dowsing and the Sky Temple

In our most recent preview of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Casey told us a bit about the new gameplay mechanic called dowsing. It basically acts as a magical compass, allowing you to easily find certain points of inte...

Brett Zeidler




7:00 AM on 10.07.2011

The first dungeon of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

In our last look at The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, we were introduced to the floating city of Skyloft and Link's obstacles towards knighthood. We met Zelda again as we would meet any old friend, yet she was soon taken aw...

Casey Baker




1:15 PM on 10.06.2011

Skyward Sword is Nintendo's 'biggest game project ever'

Nintendo wants you to know that The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword will be worth the wait, promising that the game will be the company's biggest project to date. Yes, even bigger than Ice Climber! "This is the biggest project...

Jim Sterling




3:00 PM on 09.29.2011

Don't be afraid of heights in Zelda: Skyward Sword

Seriously, I would just love living in the world of Skyward Sword. Look at how Link and Zelda just jump off the cliff without any fear. I don't know if I'd be able to trust the birds like that to catch me, but I guess I'd ha...

Hamza CTZ Aziz




4:45 PM on 09.15.2011

Feast on these (tardy) Zelda: Skyward Sword videos

We f*cked up royally. A bunch of incredible new Skyward Sword videos came out a few days ago, but we failed to post any of them. Chances are you've seen some of these by now, but if you haven't, I'll cut to the chase. The ab...

Tony Ponce




3:15 AM on 09.13.2011

Skyward Sword gets Super Guide, Boss Rush Mode

Nintendo unveiled some new information regarding The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword today at their 3DS Press Conference. After series creator Shigeru Miyamoto took the stage for a demonstration of the game it was reveale...

Kyle MacGregor




12:45 PM on 08.29.2011

Skyward Sword special edition has a gold Wii remote

Nintendo announced today information regarding a limited edition bundle for The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. The package, which will retail for $69.99, comes packaged with a gold controller. Additionally, every copy of Sky...

Conrad Zimmerman




8:00 AM on 08.17.2011

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword releases Nov 20

Nintendo of America has announced that The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword will finally launch on November 20. Took 'em long enough, right?  "The game includes a massive, multilayered world that takes players from dark du...

Jim Sterling




10:45 AM on 07.25.2011

Zelda: Skyward Sword getting item upgrade system

The next addition to the Legend of Zelda series is delving deeper into RPG territory with word that it will feature a full-on upgrade system for items and weapons. Until now, Link would just get more and more cool gadgets wit...

Jim Sterling




8:20 AM on 07.21.2011

SDCC: The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword trailer is good!

Here's a lovely little trailer for The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. It shows off a little of the "school" setting that we'd previously heard about, and reveals some more gameplay and dungeons. It looks like a fairly typical Zelda game, which means it will likely be excellent. Also, I don't know what that dumpy little squirrel-bird is, but I want one in real life!

Jim Sterling




10:45 AM on 07.18.2011

Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword playable at Comic-Con

Nintendo seems really excited about this: The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is going to be playable at this week's Comic-Con in San Diego. Is that a big deal or something? Does anyone care about this game? Never heard of it....

Nick Chester




4:20 PM on 06.29.2011

Zelda: Skyward Sword is like a school drama

Zelda series producer Eiji Aonuma has revealed some plot details for The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, indicating that the game has something of a school drama feel to it. Link and Zelda start this game not as an ...

Jim Sterling




1:00 PM on 06.17.2011

Nintendo won't do Legend of Zelda Anniversary collection

It's the 25th anniversary of The Legend of Zelda, and those expecting more than we've already been told we're getting are set to be disappointed. Both president Satoru Iwata and designer Shigeru Miyamoto have shot down the id...

Jim Sterling




12:46 PM on 06.08.2011

E3: Skyward Sword's new villian is something special

Demon Lord Ghirahim, a character who is rumored to be the primary villain of Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword has just been revealed, and he's pretty amazing. The androgynous, antagonizing, blatantly hard gay badass is a uniqu...

Jonathan Holmes




11:27 AM on 06.07.2011

E3: Nintendo announces Zelda concert series

Shigeru Miyamoto, the executive producer of just about everything at Nintendo, has just announced a series of Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword concerts that will occur at various regions around the world this fall. For a series with the musical history of Zelda, this should be pretty mind-blowing. More details about the exact dates and locations of these concerts will be available soon.

Tyler Jones




11:16 AM on 06.07.2011

E3: Skyward Sword arriving this holiday with gold remote

Nintendo announced at their E3 presentation that The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword will be soaring its way into shops and sweaty fanboy palms this holiday season. Shigeru Miyamoto also revealed that a gold Wii Remote will be...

Xander Markham




8:30 PM on 06.15.2010

E3 10: New Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword videos

As many fans had hoped, Nintendo revealed the latest installment in the Legend of Zelda franchise today. Nintendo bigwig Shigeru Miyamoto took the stage to demo The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, braving fierce deku babas, ...

Bob Muir




6:25 PM on 06.15.2010

E3 10: Here is The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword trailer

Nintendo opened up the conference this year with the world premier of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. Blending the visual styles of both Wind Waker and Twilight Princess, it was quite the sight to behold. Now you can wat...

Tony Ponce








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