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E3 2010: 5 reasons Skyward Sword will rock


The story is sufficiently refreshed

Granted, the story in each Zelda is only barely noticeable, even with its grand fantasy tales of good and evil colliding in a never-ending struggle. With some exceptions, they start the same, they finish the same. Twilight Princess had perhaps the largest, most epic tale of them all, but at the very least Skyward Sword is mixing things up and presenting Link as something a bit different.

Link lives on Skyloft, a floating island shrouded in clouds. He’s lived his entire life there and, up until recently, had no idea anything existed outside those clouds. For reasons that’ll be explained by Nintendo later, Link is thrust into the lower world and forced to fight its malevolent rulers. Throughout the game you’ll have to travel back and forth from Skyloft, again suggesting a flow that’s unlike previous games. Not sure if Ganon is behind this one again though – his Twilight Princess incarnation was the best yet, so we wouldn’t mind if he took a break and let another villain rise to the top.

 

The art design is tops

This doesn’t come through in screens well, but the art style is not just Twilight Princess mixed with a Wind Waker candy shell. While Link and the immediate enemies may look like that, the sweeping vistas look more like a moving Van Gogh painting than “regular graphics.” It’s not as striking as Okami or Muramasa, but it does already stand out from prior Zelda games and will undoubtedly have some amazing visual tricks that we haven’t seen yet.

Probably won’t see much more of this for a while, so soak it in while you can.

Jun 17, 2010

32 comments

  • gamefreakl1996 - July 14, 2010 7:39 p.m.

    looks 75% good but 25% ok to me, im still gonna get it though
  • smbfanboy - June 21, 2010 1:43 p.m.

    Can't wait to play it!
  • sarge_51 - June 20, 2010 5:29 a.m.

    Well, it looks like I must be the one to ask the question that's on everyone's minds, but nobody has voiced: What will the consequence for attacking a cucco be? In the pre-Twilight Princess games, the consequence was always Poultry Armageddon. Your victim's cucco buddies protected him by relentlessly dive-bombing you. Now, in Twilight Princess, we saw a different approach; when you attacked a cucco enough, you got the opportunity to control that cucco for a short period of time. Ultimately, this had no real fruit beyond its inherent awesomeness. Except for the chance to make a cucco swim. Which was cool. So, will Skyward Sword feature Poultry-geddon? Will it offer another chance to pilot a cucco? Or will it branch off in an entirely new direction? I suppose we'll just have to wait and see.
  • lovinmyps3 - June 18, 2010 8:14 p.m.

    #6: It's Zelda!! Zelda can never go wrong!!
  • Modroneman - June 18, 2010 7:26 p.m.

    Zelda games are a buy no matter what. Zelda games are just so well done.
  • ninwiilink - June 18, 2010 6:10 p.m.

    Maybe with all the "sky stuff" they will use Vaati once again... but I prefer ganon :3
  • NeonSalmon - June 18, 2010 3:54 p.m.

    i really hope they change those moblins and mushrooms by release time
  • Limbo - June 18, 2010 7:20 a.m.

    Zelda is probably my favorite game series. The art style in this looks just fine to me, it is basically the N64 game graphics with a touch of Wind Waker to it. I really like the cel-shaded style in Wind Waker, but I'm glad they didn't use it for this game. Adult Link would look really weird if he was cel-shaded. I really hope that 1 to 1 ratio for the sword and shield actually work. It was something I was expecting in Twilight Princess and it disappointed me when I discovered it was just ficking your wrist. Either way, it's Zelda, so it will be good no matter what.
  • GoodGuyWithACrappyJob - June 18, 2010 5:52 a.m.

    Our wretched species is so made that those who walk on the well-trodden path always throw stones at those showing a new road. It's almost the opposite in this case, at least from Voltaire's point of view. All these reasons to look at this game are great ones, but they could be applied to almost any itineration of Zelda. Not that that's bad, and the final product is still a year away, so I'm gonna give it a chance. I'll wait and hope for this one, because it really has that sheen, the kind of thing that makes you look twice and wonder... And it's Zelda? Since when has Zelda not been amazing? (The ones who shouldn't answer this question, you know who you are).
  • TriforcePlayer - June 18, 2010 5:13 a.m.

    Mega DITTOS
  • Shagnasty - June 18, 2010 4:55 a.m.

    :( I loved Windwaker's art style and Twilight Princess's art style, but mixing them together looks... pretty gay.
  • Mexiflan - June 18, 2010 4:44 a.m.

    Even for a second,i loved to see Majora's Mask with modern dat graphics.
  • Tenfey - June 18, 2010 4:30 a.m.

    Also number 6: It's Zelda.
  • GameManiac - June 18, 2010 4:19 a.m.

    Why are people so worried about the graphics? What's truly important is the gameplay. Nintendo has proven that time and time and time again. Thank goodness I got Wii Sports Resort and don't need to get a new WiiMotionPlus apparatus.
  • taterboob - June 18, 2010 3:31 a.m.

    @mgkyo666 I don't think it's so much that Link looks like Justin Bieber. It's more that Justin Bieber looks like an effiminate elf boy.
  • FrozenImplosion - June 18, 2010 2:57 a.m.

    I LOVEDDDDD Windwaker's graphics, it's probably my favorite of the series. But this new style just isn't hooking me. It was ok when the main character was a kid, but it just looks really strange to me to see grown up Link in the almost cel-shaded looking new Hyrule. Either way, I'm sure it will be extremely fun :D
  • Cyberninja - June 18, 2010 2:40 a.m.

    i personaly like the art it reminds me of the 64 games which were great
  • KREATIVEassassin - June 18, 2010 2:38 a.m.

    For whatever reason, I just cannot bring myself to give a damn about this game. Everything I've seen about it I find incredibly unimpressive.
  • oldbaconface - June 18, 2010 2:30 a.m.

    I have new hopes for this game. I'm glad the controls actually work.
  • ATLAS - June 18, 2010 2:28 a.m.

    @crumbdunky So you're not going to buy a Zelda game just because of the graphics? You say multiple times that you're sure it'll be a great game, but you keep complaining about the art style and how Nintendo isn't shaking it up with this one. Every sequel is a retread in some form or another. Some add great new features and new gameplay mechanics, others are just the same game with "2" slapped on the cover. Zeldas are good retreads. If there's a retread out there, it's definitely Modern Warfare 2. Wow.

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