With all of the excitement surround the new Nintendo console and the stellar-looking 3DS lineup, you might be forgiven for forgetting the fact that there is a new Legend of Zelda game in the works for release on the Wii. Well we are here to remind you, as Nintendo also showed off a lot of new screenshots, details and even a new trailer for the new Skyward Sword game at E3. The new title will see players control a very traditional-style link, in what is a prequel to the Ocarina of Time story. But this time, the game also features full motion controls – making the most of the Wii MotionPlus to synchronise the movements of the player with those of Link on-screen.
The new and exciting features in this title are:
• The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword boasts the most realistic sword combat of any game to date, turning every encounter into a challenge of both brains and brawn. Wii MotionPlus technology accurately translates the angle of every sword slice, effectively putting Link’s blade in the player’s hand. Analyzing enemy attack and defense tendencies and counteracting with precise swings of the sword provide a satisfying
experience that blends puzzle-solving with a new and distinctly unique combat system.
• Explore a massive, multilayered world that seamlessly blends soaring exploration in a sea of clouds with intense ground-based adventuring that blurs the line between the main world and traditional Zelda dungeons. Link™ soars through the skies on the back of a noble bird and dives beneath the clouds to the continent below in an epic quest that lays the foundation for the events in the critically acclaimed The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
• Prepare for intense puzzle-solving as only The Legend of Zelda games can deliver. Exploration of the forests, volcanoes and deserts requires players to think on their feet as they solve puzzles, overcome obstacles and escape deadly traps. Once they find their way to each dungeon, they are confronted by even more puzzles guarded by fiendish enemies.
• The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword redefines the traditional Zelda framework and introduces an arsenal of items, upgrades and rewards unlike any game in the franchise to date. The adventure guides players into, out of and back to dungeons and areas they’ve already completed. Along the way, Link gathers a massive inventory of peculiar items and resources that can be used to upgrade many of his weapons and equipment.
New screenshots of the game follow after the trailer below:
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword will be released before Christmas 2011, exclusively for Nintendo Wii.
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