E3 2011 – The Legend of Zelda : Skyward Sword
Hey, guys! As most of you already know, this week has been full of suspense with the Electronics Entertainment Convention, or “E3” for short. Microsoft talked about the Kinect, Sony talked about the Playstation Vita, and Nintendo talked about the Nintendo Wii U and the Legend of Zelda 25th anniversary. Unfortunately, my dad decided to not allow me to watch the Microsoft or Sony conferences on the first day, because he doesn’t like anything video games, but I did manage to watch Nintendo’s conference (to be honest, it was the only one I was interested in) and I also got some other news.
First, Reggie Fils-Aime announced the Wii U this morning!
At first view, it looks amazing! Being the HUGE Legend of Zelda fan that I am, I nerdgasm’ed all over the ending where they showed the Twilight Princess knock-off demo video with 1080p graphics. Oh, man… If they were to make a video game like that, I wouldn’t have words.
The specs for the Wii U look promising, though I’m not sure how well we’ll see it do in comparison to future Playstation or Microsoft consoles that will be released in the near future.
I’m glad there’s a 1080p Nintendo console now. While I honestly couldn’t care less about graphics, it’s nice to see Nintendo stepping up their game a bit. As long as they keep putting out more quality Zelda titles, I’ll be there to yell, “SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!”
Nintendo first started out their conference with a tribute to the Legend of Zelda 25th anniversary.
Pretty cool stuff to note :
・For the 25th anniversary, world-wide symphonic concerts will be held in each region Nintendo supports.
・They previewd what the concerts would entail by playing some of the Skyward Sword themes.
・With the release of Skyward Sword, there will be a special edition golden Wii Remote with a Zelda crest on it.
・The first few people who register their copy of The Legend of Zelda : Ocarina of Time 3D with Nintendo’s “Club Nintendo” will recieve a free copy of the Ocarina of Time sound track CD.
・A Skyward Sword (fully orchestrated) sound track will be available as well.
Also, they released two new trailers for both Ocarina of Time 3D and Skyward Sword today!
Both new trailers look great! I can’t wait to get my hands on my copy of Ocarina of Time 3D that I pre-ordered! It comes out on June 19th, so don’t forget to pick up a copy of your own! I only wish I had the money to also buy a Nintendo 3DS. Until I can afford one, I’ll just have to be happy with staring at my game’s front and back covers.
Skyward Sword is scheduled to be released in the holiday season of 2011. That means it’ll be released in Quater 4 of 2011 (October ~ December). I really cannot wait to get my hands on this beautiful game! The more I see of this game, the more I fall in love. According to an interview I saw on G4, the game starts out in a village in the sky. The Hylians are (if you’ve played previous Zelda games, namely Twilight Princess) made by the Oocca, who are sky beings. So, in Skyward Sword, the preceeding game to the entire franchise, you, as Link, live in a village in the sky. The world below, the soon-to-be Kingdom of Hyrule, is full of evil, which the Hylians are absolutely terrified, so they do not dare decend to the earth below. That’s all I really know right now. There seems to be either a new baddy or a villain we know quite well — Vaati! You see him in the trailer above. He doesn’t look exactly like Vaati, but with the changes in art style, the fact that this game would be the only game in which Vaati would be depicted in “realistic” style (not in a 2D, top-down style) and the fact that things can change between the changes among development and whatnot, it could very well be Vaati, but with a different appearance then what we’ve seen him as before (especially his Human form in Minish Cap). Of course, this is all speculation — the new bad guy can just be a brand new character to the series that we’ll get to know very soon.
Also, Nintendo held a roundtable conference where no video recording was allowed, so they had people talk about the new Nintendo content coming out soon over a live-feed chat. Here’s some interesting stuff they said about Skyward Sword :
Talking about the sword fight boss battle in Skyward. How the Motion Plus ups the ante. I’m actually one of a very few who said they had played and beat it! ^_^
Looking at a new area, a volcanic one, in Skyward. One that wasn’t sown on the show floor.
A new race of species– Mogmas? Magmas? They look like funnydog things poppin gout of the ground.
We see the girl from the original concept art now. The spirit in Link’s sword, as we all guessed. Named Fi (sp?). She acts as your guide as you’re looking for different pieces of a key. You can hear the sword reacting to stuff in the ground, like a metal detector of sorts.
Link slides down a sandy hill. He grabs a bomb flower and throws it down the hill.
Link just effed up some moblins. Go Link!
This tech demo is going muuuuch better than the last one. Guess it’s a good thing we really turned off our Wi-Fi.
Now we’re being showed the Siren World. It’s very mystical looking, is actually in a different dimension. He must collect certain tear-shaped items to leave. The portal to this world is in the forest from the very first demo of this game at last year’s E3.
Guardians protect these items. One hit from them can kill him because he’s unarmed in this world. Finding the item releases the guardian.
This is the same environment you traverse earlier in the game, just in a different dimension. Trippy, much? So if you memorize the layout it will pay off later down the line.
Usually in a Zelda game you solve puzzles in one area and move on to the next. This time around you’ll be returning to areas to discover new puzzles and new elements to explore. Understanding the environments is integral as you will be interacting with them multiple times and in different ways. He says the map system has been improved as a result.
Also to note : A Pikmin 3 was announced for the new console, the Wii U. It wasn’t supposed to be announced this early, but they’ve decided to go ahead and talk about it in the round-table conference.
Another good highlight about Nintendo’s E3 conference is the release of information about a new Super Smash Bros. game soon to be in development! Unlike its predecessors, this new Super Smash Bros. game will be for both the Nintendo 3DS and the Nintendo Wii U. Just like the Nintendo Game Boy Advance and the Nintendo Game Cube, the Super Smash Bros. game will have the ability to connect the Nintendo 3DS and the Nintendo Wii U for a broader experience with the game! It’s unsure how it’ll work, but it was announced by Satoru Iwata that they will have connectivity in some way.