[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 about the various games in the series and put them under one roof. The way that Skyward Sword Link takes the "adult" design sensibility of Ocarina of Time and infuses him with the energetic cel shading style of the Wind Waker speaks volumes about the game's intentions.
Having recieved the game a few days ago, I've seen that the Skyward Sword's efforts to revel in the spirit of past Zelda titles don't end with the visual design. Skyward Sword feels like a explosive celebration of everything that makes the Legend of Zelda series special -- an constant avalanche of new ideas fused with classic gameplay.
That said, I didn't expect the callbacks in Skyward Sword to be this direct. In the Iwata Asks: Skyward Sword video above, you'll see gameplay aspects of both Wind Waker and Ocarina of Time that I personally did not see coming. Hit play on the video and see for yourself if you dare, and/or hit the jump for an English explanation of what's going on here.
It looks like the desert zone of Skyward Sword involves both Wind Waker-style sailing and Ocarina of Time/Majora's Mask-style time travel. Link will have to sail the desert seas in a little ship (complete with canon) in order to fully explore this vast area.
In the desert dungeon, Link will have the ability to travel between the past and the present. Long destroyed or deactivated elevators, robots, and other mechanical devices will become fully functioning in the past. How you manipulate and interact with these functioning objects will effect how they will turn out in the present. The jump between past and present is activated by hitting "time stones" that are strewn about the dungeon. Perhaps most importantly, those robots I mentioned look awesome, like a cross between Wall-E and Wolverine.
Just more evidence that if you ever loved a Legend of Zelda game, you owe it to yourself to play Skyward Sword.
|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 ...more
|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...more
|9:30 PM on 01.29.2013|
PSA: Skyward Sword is $20 at Target until this Saturday
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|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...more
|6:00 PM on 04.23.2012|
Mega64 has trouble with Skyward Sword's controls
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|11:30 PM on 02.20.2012|
Skyward Sword art is OH MY GAWD HIS EYES ARE GLORIOUS
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|4:15 PM on 01.13.2012|
Storm's Adventure with Skyward Sword
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|12:00 PM on 01.03.2012|
Skyward Sword alphabet cracked, font available
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|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 ...more
|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...more
|11:30 AM on 05.16.2013|
Sony Japan teases Panopticon with this trailer
A Sony Japan teaser website has culminated in the release of a trailer for a game called Panopticon which, to my eyes, looks like another take on the popular Monster Hunter formula. One in which fashionable young people (wit...more
|1:45 PM on 05.15.2013|
Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies gets a Japanese web demo
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|10:00 AM on 05.11.2013|
Pokemon X/Y goes blonde, brings a panda
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