After reading through over 93 valid entries and struggling to choose a top twenty, and then a top ten, and finally a winner with five runners up (what is this, ZU’s Next Top Contest Winner?) we are excited to present the winner of our Skyward Sword Giveaway!

Back on July 15 we posted an article asking you, the ZU news reader, what the prize should be for this current giveaway. 184 comments later, the four most common suggestions made their way over to our monthly poll, once again asking you guy to vote on which of those four you’d want to see us give away. 134 people voted for a Legend of Zelda manga, 306 chose an Ocarina replica, an even 1,000 said they’d like a Master Sword replica, and 1,133 screamed for a pre-order of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword.

And so on August 13, the contest began with this post, letting our readers know that they had until midnight EST on Friday, August 27th to submit their entry.

To win this pre-order of Skyward Sword, we asked that you submit either a written work, an image, or a video showing us just how excited you were for Skyward Sword, with entries to be judged on quality and creativity.  We couldn’t have imagined the quality of entries that would be submitted.

So many fantastic entries were submitted, and we want to than each and every one of you. And because nearly all of them were created with some level of creativity, it made it very difficult for us to make our decision. However, a clear front runner appeared to each of us judges, and that selection was instant and unanimous.

That being said, hit the jump for the five runners up and the Grand Prize Winner!

Runner Up # 5

Name: Jacob
ZU Username: N/A

Runner Up #4

Name: Wally
ZU Username: N/A

I Want Skyward Sword because I love to sword fight but nobody will sword fight with me so I can sword fight on Skyward Sword. Also, I am a BIG, BIG fan of the Zelda games even the game boy Zelda games. I am really excited about the beetle, whip, rolling bombs and the story line. I think it is really cool that you can hypnotize eyes with your sword, the giant scorpion, shield bashing and bow and arrows. I also like that Link can drop off a cliff because he has so much courage and feel like “this is important and I need to do this”. I love that there is a spirit in Links sword, that you can shoot out laser beams, that it is al realistic motion and that the sky loft is in the sky. I mean it is SO amazing, just like the whole game will be. I don’t know that much about Skyward but I need to sword fight or else I will feel crazy. Even the simplest little things like swinging on vines and that Link can run for as long as you want him too.

Wally Heinrich, Age 9

Added by his mom:
Wally has seen the trailer for the game about 150 times and make everyone who comes to our house watch it. He watched the instruction about it from E3 more times that I want to think about.

Runner Up #3

Name: Kaylee
ZU Username: N/A

The Skyloft people didn’t know who settled their land, and they only had a legend that they told as a bedtime story to their children. It was a tale about three golden women who carved the earth, made the law, and created life. They didn’t have any other legends, so they only had their opinions to decide if the story was true.

One man, who didn’t really have an opinion of the story, was old enough to own his own house and his parents lived on the other side of the village. His job was to tend his neighbors’ goats and sheep, for he didn’t have any of his own. It was morning when he was filling the water troughs and he heard one of the neighbors’ children scream. Jerking his head up to see what was going on, he witnessed humanoid beings holding intimidating axes crawl out of the forest. They had tiny horns on top of their heads and ugly, drooping faces. Their wide eyes glared at everything they could see.

Already getting over his shock, the man yelled at the child to get inside the house.

“What about you, Link?” The boy shouted back.

Link told him not to worry and to get out of there. He gave Link a frightened look before doing as he was told.

He wove his way between the sheep and climbed over the fence into open field. He was about to follow the boy into the house, but he realized that the monsters had already spotted him.

Link didn’t have any more fighting experience than the sheep did, but his only thought was to fight even if he didn’t have any weapons. The creatures gave strange, triumphant grunts and charged at him.

Fear almost caused Link to run off and hide, but he stood his ground and waited until the last possible moment. One of the three monsters took a swing at him with its axe, and he ducked. The blade had been swung too hard and it hit the monster in the chest beside the first one. The wounded creature fell from the blow and didn’t get up.

While the other two humanoids were distracted, Link grabbed an axe from one of the monsters and drove it into its side. It gave a strangled cry as it collapsed and the remaining creature tried to make a run for it.

Link made a last-second decision and threw his axe at its retreating back. To his surprise, it hit its target.

Link was resting at the bottom of a waterfall. He had made an excuse to escape from the attention of the townsfolk who had heard about his victory over the group of monsters. They had asked him where he had gotten his training and Link would respond that it was the first time he’d fought anything.

Everyone who listened was all deeply impressed and came up with the idea that Link had a gift. He neither accepted it nor denied it, and he didn’t even feel proud about what he did.

He was about to reach down into the pool to wash his face, but a reflection of a bright light stopped him. He dropped the water he already had cupped in his hands and slowly tilted his head up.

Floating above the water was a girl.

“Hello.” was her simple greeting. Her voice was calm and almost a whisper, but Link could hear her just fine. “Are you the one who defeated the monsters?”

Her blank, pure white eyes were not unnerving, but more like a curious child’s as they observed Link.

His long green hat bounced as he cautiously nodded.

“So I assume you have had training before now, have you not?”

He shook his head and relaxed.

She looked a little surprised; an eyebrow raised just a fraction.

“So you are brave?”

Link shrugged.

“And modest, too.” She commented, a hint of a smile on her lips. The girl tilted her head, considering him for a moment, then said suddenly, “I need your help.”
Link was a bit confused, but he nodded slowly anyway.

The glowing, floating girl looked almost sad that he had answered so quickly and hesitated before turning away from him.

“I cannot explain this task I am about to give to you at this time. But it will most likely cause you great sorrow and much sacrifice. Are you sure you want to do this?”

Link noticed that she was extremely serious and he nodded again.

The girl immediately turned away and started moving in the opposite direction, and Link had to hurry to keep up with her. She led him to the end of the land, where sky was all around them.

“Jump off the edge, I will catch you.”

Runner Up #2

Name: Leland
ZU Username: N/A

Runner Up #1

Name: Erik
ZU Username: KyleLink

Grand Prize Winner

Name: Emmanuel
ZU Username: EMaN21354

Thanks for entering!

Thank you to all who entered our Bank of Hyrule contest! We had so many fantastic entries, it was a joy to judge. We had entries running the gambit from serious to hilarious, from professional-quality art to comics, from musical compositions to Impressionistic cosplay, poems and stories and photos (oh my!)… We just wish we could feature more than the five we had to select.

We will be holding another Bank of Hyrule contest soon – in fact, as soon as you want it!

What’s the next contest?

The next Bank of Hyrule contest will take place once we have received another $200 in donations deposited into The Bank. If you liked this contest, please consider adding to this contest fund! We’re really excited about this next contest because we think the prizes will make a bunch of you squirm with joy – we’re calling it the Be Like Link contest. And we’re giving away a full-size Master Sword and Hylian Shield replica to one lucky guy or gal.

Once again, congratulations to our five runners up!

And a big congratulations to our grand prize winner–you’ll be receiving an email shortly with details about how to claim your Skyward Sword preorder!

  • This goes to show how talented and entertaining everyone can be. And best of all, how they dsplayed their enthusiasm for Skyward Sword. Congrats to EMaN and the runner-ups!

    Yes! Master Sword at last! Duh-dah-dah-dah-duh!

  • Matt

    Congrats guys your stuff ROCKS!

  • Thanks a ton to all of the entrants – and congratulations to the winner and runners up. :]

    • All right, is THIS the full-length SS article you hinted at?

      • No, silly goose. 😛

        • *Slaps his head.*

          Well, the facts just indicated it might be:

          1) This was indeed full-length.

          2) It was probably "basically done" but you guys (and gal) just had to decide on the runners-up plus the winner.

          And 3) It can only make sense that if it's "basically done" it would come out soon.

          So, I don't know… It just added up to me that way. 🙁

  • Fuck! I lost!

    • bastian

      I'm sorry. 🙁 Better luck next time, though!

  • YES!!!! i made runner up #5! sure i didn't win, but to get #5 out of how many? thank u!!! 😀 this just made my day!

    • You're welcome! And thank *you* for submitting such a wonderful entry! Honestly, I wish that we could give a prize to all of the runners up *and* the winner. ._.

      • bastian

        I second that. There were so many fantastic entries, I wish we could have awarded TEN runners up with prizes. Or at least the five. Ah well.

        • this may sound kind of greedy, and i don't kno if u had the money to do so but, i think it would have been amazing if u guys gave the free copy of skyward sword to all the runner ups and gave the grand prize winner the free copy of skyward sword AND the master sword + shield. that would have been AMAZING. 😀 lol

          • bastian

            Unfortunately we don't. Each contest is funded by the Bank of Hyrule separately. This past contest relied on the $100 deposited into the Bank, which only covers one game and the shipping costs, certainly not six. Sorry!

            The next contest will begin once $200 has been deposited into the Bank of Hyrule, and that will allow us to purchase a Master Sword and Hylian Shield replica to send to the winner of that future contest.

            So, our funds for these contests come from those of you (and those of us) who have deposited into the Bank of Hyrule. And we thank each and every one of you who has done so!

          • no no it's ok. i totally understand that u could only get one copy. i dont even have any money… i mooch off my parents, other than that, i only get money on my b.day and christmas. and thanks u guys for making these contests! 😀

    • bastian

      Congrats! Your comic is great! 😀

      • thanks!! i was worried it wasn't that good. i actually didn't find out about the contest until 5 hours before the deadline so i ran to my room and made the comic. im glad u guys like it so much!! 😀 😀

  • Aniday

    Runner up #2 was hilarious.

    • Luciano92

      Thanks! I'm so happy I'm a runner-up! Yay!

      • bastian

        Congratulations! Your video was full of creativity. Drawing, paper crafts, video, costume… Great job!

        • Luciano92

          Thanks Bastian! It took a long time to complete the video, and I pulled a muscle in my back doing it, but It was worth it! This was a great contest!

  • fantasysign

    these people are ridiculous!

    ridiculously awesome! LOL to runner up #2 & i guess you're never too young or too old to enjoy a good zelda game (especially wally hahaa). the winner is well-deserved. congrats!

  • Linkmsg92

    🙁 I thought mine would at least rank as a runnerup. :/

    • Skermefaten

      You can hope for the best, but expecting to get it won't work out for you :/

      I was considering making an epic trailer, but I didn't get the chance. Oh well. 🙂

    • bastian

      I'm sorry. 🙁 Better luck next time!

  • matt17

    emmanuel is one lucky dude 🙂

    • bastian

      AND very talented! The humor, the animation, the voice acting… all pretty darn good!

  • lifesavers2

    MASTER SWORD!!!!???? YESSSSssssss…
    I call winning next contest.
    No, I called it.

    • u wanna bet buster I've been playing since 1998, Ocarina of Time and the 1's on the snes, when majora's Mask came out i thought I was gonna have a heart attack!! Oh ya thats rite, I didn't know how to play or how to turn on the n64 bcuz i wuz real little, but I wuz EXCITED!!!! No matter how old it is but I will NEVER EVER stop playing them!!! NEVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So HA! It's gonna b MINE!!!!!!!!!! HHHHHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!! I <3 LUVVVVV ZELDA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • JordanChi

        sorry he called it.

  • LoverOfLegend

    Awwww lol and i worked so hard on that drawing of Link and the background story for this contest!!! Oh well, congrads winners!! You did a FANTASTIC job!!

  • KyleLink

    XD I GOT RUNNER UP #1!!!!! I did it in just a few minutes right after i read about the contest so it means alot to me. :3
    lol to everyone else's entries and stuff.

    • bastian

      Your comic made me crack up each time I had to read it to narrow down the winners. Fantastic job!

  • zmanfriman

    I MUST SAY DAT WEN I STARTED WATCHING EMMANUEL'S VID I WAS ABOUT TO SAY "THIS WON???" BUT THE JOKE ABOUT "YOU WANT ME TO BRING TOON LINK BACK?" JUST GOT ME BY SURPRISE!!! AWESOME!!!!!! CONGRATZ! ˆˆ )

    • bastian

      Exactly. When I first started watching it, I was like "Oh, ANOTHER one of THESE." But then he takes you completely by surprise once the cartoon cuts in. 😀

      • freedom410

        Yes, I felt the same way. Bringing back Toon Link is like the ultimate threat for Zelda fans!

        • zmanfriman

          Hell ye it is.. xD

  • Icy

    Oh, %$^# I forgot about this contest.. 🙁

    I had a good idea.
    Congrats to the winners! I didn't get to watch/read them yet, but Runnerup #1 was great.
    Can't wait for the next contest!

  • Oh my god! This totally made my day. I was having a pretty crappy day too and, wow… this caught me by surprise. I just wanna say a quick thanks to all who took the time to watch my video and to the judges for liking the humor 😉
    There were some really great entries and I was really shocked, so thanks for supporting my work guys.

    • Yeah, congrats to th-EMaN! (Pun intended)

      Your video comprised of pure and unaffected humor that is somewhat rare, at least in my experience, when it comes to Zelda. I absolutely love it that you added Talon as the director; he has just the right character for it (except when he falls asleep on the job…). The subtle insinuations, voice acting, and rate of story came together in a short glorious vid which shone past all else. So THANK YOU for providing it.

      For real, what was Link's motivation?

      I believe it's bringing Skyward Sword to you…

    • bastian

      No, thank YOU for such a great video. It was one of the ones that was a joy to watch each time during the process.

      Enjoy your free Skyward Sword! 😀

    • Luciano92

      Your video was so funny EMan! I really enjoyed it. Great job!

    • zmanfriman

      ye, gud job man.. i don't mind not winning cuz I'm buying 10 copies of the game when it comes out and I'm sure it will sell out quick..

    • TrustMe

      You deserved it! I couldn't stop laughing at the "Shuuut UUUP!"

    • OMG! Sooooooooooooo friggin' AWESOME!! ilyr vid!! I'm gonna try 4 the next contest!!

  • Link-182

    Loved em all, runner up 1 and winner was my favorite!
    And the nine yr old, that was pretty awesome, reminds me of when I was that young.

  • Says the Lurker

    Man I wish my scanner had worked… stupid computer, I swear it doesn't want me to win anything!

  • MLink96

    I lost 🙁 Why didnt I thinked about an animation 🙁 I will win the next time!

  • Linkmsg92

    Is there any way to find out how close we placed to being a Runner-up? This contest was kind of disheartening.

  • TrustMe

    AAHH! I'm runner up #3!! I didn't even think I would get up there!! This made my day.

  • jau682

    where do you get the full size replicas? i’ll just buy them myself. ive wanted them forever.