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The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword Release Date Set

by Neal Ronaghan - August 17, 2011, 8:15 am EDT
Total comments: 11 Source: (Press Release)

Listen! Skyward Sword is coming out in November.

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is coming out in North America on November 20, and in Europe on November 18, according to a press release from Nintendo.

The press release reiterated that the game's story is the precursor to Ocarina of Time, which recently saw a 3D remake on the Nintendo 3DS in June.

There is no word as to whether or not Skyward Sword, which requires the use of Wii MotionPlus, will come bundled with a MotionPlus device, much like previous MotionPlus-required games (Red Steel 2, Wii Sports Resort, FlingSmash, Wii Play Motion). At E3 2011, Nintendo revealed a Zelda-inspired gold Wii Remote Plus, but it is unknown how that will be distributed.

A Japanese release date was not confirmed, but given Nintendo's earlier hopes for a worldwide release, it's safe to assume that Japan will be receiving Skyward Sword around the same time, if not earlier.

Nintendo's New Zelda Game Soars Skyward on Nov. 20

Master the Sword in Link's Newest Motion-Controlled Adventure for Wii

REDMOND, Wash., Aug. 17, 2011 – Nintendo's celebration of the 25th anniversary of The Legend of Zelda™ series continues in full force with the announcement that The Legend of Zelda™: Skyward Sword will launch in North America on Nov. 20. The epic adventure, created from the ground up for the Wii™ console, sends this storied series to new heights and marks a turning point for the franchise.

The game uses the precision motion controls of the Wii Remote™ Plus (or a Wii Remote controller with a Wii MotionPlus™ accessory) and Nunchuk™ controllers to map on-screen action to the player's movements. When a player swings the Wii Remote Plus controller, Link™ appears to swing his sword in exactly the same way.

Different enemies have different battle tactics, so players must analyze their approach and develop counterattacks that play on the enemies' weaknesses. The game's wide array of items also use full motion controls, letting players roll bombs, shoot arrows and guide flying objects like never before.

The game includes a massive, multilayered world that takes players from dark dungeons to a diverse overworld to cloud cities in the sky, requiring a combination of puzzle-solving and swordplay to unlock all of its secrets. Link soars through the air on the wings of a majestic bird while exploring the game's sky area, providing players with unprecedented freedom of movement as they progress on their adventure. The quest lays the foundation for the events in The Legend of Zelda™: Ocarina of Time™, which is frequently cited as one of the greatest video games of all time.

"The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is the biggest game in the series yet," said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America's executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. "We've just scratched the surface of this massive experience, and we look forward to sharing additional details with fans as we approach the Nov. 20 launch."

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is now available for pre-order at major retailers throughout North America. A deposit may be required for pre-orders. See individual retailers for details. For more information about the game, visit http://www.zelda.com/skywardsword/.

Remember that Wii features parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about this and other features, visit http://www.nintendo.com/wii.


TurdFurgyAugust 17, 2011

Marked my calender!

TheFleeceAugust 17, 2011

This is the only Wii game I want to play this year. Well, at least the only one being released for North America that I want to play. I should be happy or excited, but more than anything I'm sad about it.

NinSageAugust 17, 2011

can't wait!

Ian SaneAugust 17, 2011

Cool!  Just in time for my birthday!

CaterkillerMatthew Osborne, Contributing WriterAugust 17, 2011

Yippi! November is going to roll around so fast. I remember as a kid 6 months felt like a life time. Well it is when you only have 3 or 4 years worth of memorable experiences. 

dack25August 17, 2011

Haven't bought any good Wii games all generation but I'll buy this along with Gears 3. Hopefully theyll have a bundle with the motion plus because I don't have that attachment.

CericAugust 17, 2011

Did they give a year?

broodwarsAugust 17, 2011

Well, that release date isn't surprising, as it more or less falls into the traditional date previous Zeldas have used.  The real mystery for me will be whether NoA is going to change their minds on the Rainfall games before then, as that'll determine if I buy Zelda in a manner where they actually see money from it.

Killer_Man_JaroTom Malina, Associate Editor (Europe)August 17, 2011

Great stuff! That'll be near enough 5 years to the day from the release of Twilight Princess. Fortunately, I'll have Xenoblade Chronicles to tide me over until then.

Mop it upAugust 18, 2011

That's about what I was expecting for the date. It's a little close to the holiday season though, so I may not be buying it until after Christmas. I'll be tempted by that gold Wiimote though... I wonder how it will be offered.

CalibanAugust 18, 2011

Quote from: Mop

I'll be tempted by that gold Wiimote though... I wonder how it will be offered.


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