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Nintendo Reveals The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Delayed to 2011

By Mike Suszek / Tuesday, 15 June 2010

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Nintendo started off their E3 2010 Press Conference with a trailer of the latest Zelda game, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (after a little conjecture from Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime).

 

Nintendo's lead designer and Zelda creator, Shigeru Miyamoto appeared onscreen, with lots of corny graphics, and eventually burst through a lower screen to demonstrate the game onstage himself.  The game retains the Twilight Princess "look," although it seems very colorful, with an almost cel-shaded style.

 

Link, in his adult form, has his sword and shield controlled by the Wii Remote with MotionPlus and the Nunchuk, respectively.  Miyamoto's long demo is very combat-focused, and honestly seems to lack the precision we all hope for.  Miyamoto often had to swipe the Wii Remote two to three times before the sword would swing, and it didn't always react in the direction Miyamoto seemed to intend.

 

Also, by holding the B button and waving the Wii Remote around circularly, he picked items from an inventory.

 

The demo didn't go off without hitches, as they frequently said that they experienced plenty of "wireless interference," and that the rehearsal went off without a hitch.  There was even a Steve Jobs reference in there.

 

Of the newer items, Miyamoto demonstrated a beetle that Link shoots out, and the player controls its flight using MotionPlus.  Also, he demonstrated a whip that Link uses to stun enemies.

 

Miyamoto noted that Skyward Sword is both playable on the E3 show floor, and will be delayed to 2011.  For a trailer and screenshots of this latest Zelda game, head over here.

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