In this week’s mailbag, Hyrule and Skyloft join together, and Link is missing all of his vital organs. It makes him invincible!

Leave your questions for the next mailbag in the comments! Jason might just answer it if you love him enough. And don’t forget to hit the jump for more answers to more questions in text form. Whoa!

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Zeldaholictimeliner: What are your opinions on the possibilities of a Four Swords game for the DS utilizing its online capabilities? Do you think its a good idea? Do you think it should be a fill game like FSA or an add on like FS? Do you think Vaati should be the villain? What changes would you make to the Four Swords formula?

Jason: I get asked this a lot. First of all I really doubt Nintendo has a game like this in mind – Four Swords never worked that well to begin with and they’ve tried various “online” minigames since in Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks which, while fun, have little replay value. However, if we’re really talking what ifs here, it’s going to be a fill game like FSA and most likely it’ll have something to do with Vaati. I’d love to see it *not* be a fill game and be a main game like The Minish Cap, which was a joy – but with an all-online game, that’s unlikely.
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Acostar62: in the new SS trailer, link never used the sword beam, do you think this is because only the master sword can? Why or why not?

Jason: Not sure, actually. My guess is no. They loved showing off the sword beam trick at E3 2010, so I’m going to assume that even if it’s exclusive to the Master Sword, there may be a way to do it with the Skyward Sword or whatever Link starts out with. Nintendo stated that it’s Link harnessing the power of the sun to do the beam, which is why he holds it up to the sky – so I do believe the ability has a connection to the Skyward Sword.
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Certifiable Frivolity: Do you think the Link in Skyward Sword will create another timeline or be part of another timeline since he is not talked about in any other Zelda game? (Example being how the Ocarina of Time Link is referred to several times in other games such as Wind Waker and Twilight Princess). Or do you think this Link is just an unsung hero of some sort and forgotten by the winds of time?

Jason: Hoo boy. Well, it’s understandable that the Hero of Time is referred to in The Wind Waker considering that its events directly follow it (a hundred years, was it?). We don’t exactly hear about the Hero of Time in Spirit Tracks – heck, we barely hear about the Hero of Winds. And in the interest of not making my brain explode, I’m going to say that Skyward Sword is not taking place in any alternate timeline (those presumably begin with Ocarina of Time).
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SonicBlueSky: In response to the question asked about Skyloft being destroyed instead of falling to Hyrule at the end of Skyward Sword: It’d actually make more sense if Skyloft crashed down on Hyrule at the end of the game. The Ooccoo were supposed to have created the Hylians and Hyrule, correct? Well, couldn’t this legend have derived from when the Ooccoo’s kingdom came crashing down on Hyrule, thus causing their descendants who survived the crash to become the Hylians of today? What do you think?

Jason: I agree that it makes more sense for the lands to merge somehow at the end of the game (or even in the middle for the “plot twist”). I think your idea makes sense but doesn’t explain how they became mutant freaky chicken people. Unless we find out that they were always mutant freaky chicken people.
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William Luker: Do you think the bird crest on the hyrule shield would have any significance in skyward sword? i mean as a form of transportation.

Jason: I swear somebody in a comment once said that the symbol on the shield is a bird because you use a giant eagle to travel between Hyrule and Skyloft. I’m more curious as to where the heck the symbol came from in the first place. There’s no Hyrule as a kingdom I’m guessing, so there’s no way that shield can bear the Hylian crest. I have a strange feeling we’re gonna find out it used to be the Skyloftian crest or something. But, traveling on the back a giant bird? That’s either badass or something Link already did in Twilight Princess!
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lugeasilver: After watching all the current footage I’ve been wondering, will Hyrule even have an actual field? I’m beginning to think that there won’t be a staple “Hyrule field” in this game at all, but instead Skyloft will act as the hub leading to closed in “sectors” of Hyrule, acting more like “levels” than new areas. With that I don’t see the presence of towns or NPC’s in Hyrule but instead that all strictly occurring in this Skyloft hub. Eh, I guess my question is your take on this theory.

Jason: Ah, the good ol’ Metroid setup. I saw enough influence from Metroid Prime 3 in the latest trailer to really hope this one is true. Skyloft would definitely make a really great hub and jumping off different edges of the floating island to get to different parts of Hyrule would be so freaking awesome.
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GorCoronSumo: What do you think the bar under the health meter is? I was assuming it was magic until I saw the little shield icon by it.

Jason: It’s probably shield stamina. I’ve noticed a lot of little stamina bars added to Skyward Sword (like the circular one when climbing vines), and this is probably a measure to reduce shield abuse by players now that they can control the shield freely. Using the shield with MotionPlus could be a really cheap way to always block enemy attacks and, in a real world situation, you wouldn’t be able to hold it up forever. Nintendo talks a lot about making the weapons in Skyward Sword realistic with MotionPlus and more accessible to new users, so this is an expected change.
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agentsimone: Do you think possibly that Skyward Sword could be a (strangely fit) Origin story for Gannondorf (or his bloodline) since Nintendo refused to comment on whether or not he would appear in it?

Jason: Maybe at the very end or something. Like I’ve said… I’m really hoping this one has nothing to do with Ganondorf!
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Sanguiluna: With the introduction in recent games of new, advanced races and locales (the Minish, the Oocca, and now, Skyloft), do you feel that Nintendo has inadvertently diminished the importance of the goddesses, as well as the Hylians as the “chosen people”, especially now that there are at least 2-3 races that are apparently even higher than them? And if this is the case, do you think that this might have a notable impact on the overall mythos of the Zelda series?

Jason: I’m wondering if we’ll find out that these races may have used the Triforce at some point to become what they were. They’re pretty incredible – the Oocca could have used the Triforce to keep their city up. Skyloft people may have used the Triforce to split Hyrule and Skyloft in the first place. So it’s not that these races are higher than the goddesses, but that they may have derived their power from the goddesses. I have a feeling a lot will be explained about this in Skyward Sword.
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HylianPwnageWho’sSecretlyJonathanSpencerInAMask: Jason, are/were you in any professional choir groups? Your singing is OUTSTANDING. You should definitely consider doing a playlist of your Zeldapella. (DO U C WAT I DID THAR?)

Your beard is awesome.

Jason: Yeah! I’m no professional singer, but I am a member of my university’s choir (I’m a choir geek, I’ll admit it), and I do private vocal lessons as well. I’ve been singing my whole life, and it’s one of my deepest passions. I’ve already got plans to make separate videos featuring full a cappella covers of some of my favorite Zelda songs (especially Dragon Roost!). These outros have been good practice for some of the songs I wanna do! Also, totally calling them Zeldapella now. Sweetness.

And yes, I too am a fan of my beardness.
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Plzlistntomahquestions: Which is the most useless item in a Zelda game in your oppinion?

Jason: Tingle Tuner. Someone’s gonna beat me up for saying that since you could do some neat things with it, but if you didn’t own a GBA and the special link cable it was totally useless.
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protorpop: Why do all people have pots in their houses? I myself, have two pots in my house, but those are for plants. In Zelda, people keep money in pots. Some people even arrows or bombs!

Jason: Hey man, don’t judge other peoples’ cultures. Gotta keep an open mind.
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  • protorpop

    first

  • Scrivs

    Nice a capella at the end

  • MegaLinkX

    Hey Jason, following your Tales of Zelda theory, maybe the Deku Tree actually connects to skyloft… Jack and the Beanstock maybe. Then when Link saves Hyrule from the Evil he realizes that the time he has spent in Hyrule has somehow made it possible for that evil to reach skyloft, and instead of skyloft crashing down, he does something with the Deku tree to separate skyloft from hyrule forever!!!!

    Also, Look at Debbie… he has 5 very long fingers, and no visible thumb. Just thought that was a bit strange.

    • mcdude910

      He does too have a thumb! It's behind his other fingers. Look at 0:51 on the GDC trailer.

      • GorCoronSumo

        Six fingers then. Still an awesome trait!

  • HeyListen

    It was discussed in the forums that that wasn't the skull kid, but just a skulltula. You can clearly see it in a high definition trailer.

    • Aethelbert

      Is there any high definiton trailer available?

      • mcdude910
  • GorCoronSumo

    "Medallions made of monster parts" now i have an image of Link with a Moblin head necklace.

    (Skull necklace from WW?)

  • GorCoronSumo

    I also can visualize a monster that is a piece of heart, and to get the piece of heart you must kill it.

  • QueenxLink

    Hahaha, I always wondered why Link never needed sleep, food, or the bathroom… Now I have a unique answer. Jason, you make the best musical endings ever! 🙂

  • zeldarules

    Perhaps the Skyward sword is the link between Skyloft and Hyrule, and the Gilded sword is the link between Hyrule and Termina.

    Or maybe at the end of the game, the Gilded sword (Debbie) is banished to Termina, and Termina is seperated from Hyrule, sort of like how the dark interlopers were cast into the Twilight realm.
    That could explain why the gilded sword is in Majoras mask.

  • This might be a long comment but I have my own views and this is a comments section… First of all though, he fires the beetle at a Skulltula, definitely not a Skull kid…
    Anyways, my replies are:

    Q1: 3DS is out in a little while and it's not a DS at all.
    Q2: I think the sword beam will be used, as it's the Skyward Sword and to use the beam, you aim it Skyward (hence the name).
    Q3: Nintendo have stated that Skyward Sword is the new first game, before Ocarina in the Timeline.
    Q4: I'm really not sure about the whole crashing down thing… at all myself.
    Q5: I also believe that Link may have the ability to summon some form of bird creature, somehow relating to how that crest came about – I even would go as far as to say that the Hylian shield, was originally a shield first made in Skyloft.
    Q6: While I don't think having gigantic wasted spaces in Hyrule is amazing, as its a chore to travel around… I reaaally don't like the idea of levels within Zelda, it takes away the exploration and adventure that the series was created because of. I'd like a bit of space between areas and rock formations, ranches or trees etc… like Ocarina of Time but maybe a tad smaller but do not take away the kingdom like vibe, it's what makes it feel great to play.
    Q7: I agree about Shield Density or whatever it would be, I think the shield can only withstand so much OR it could be linked to Link's stamina bar and determine how long he is able to hold it up, it must be quite heavy.
    Q8: I would absolutely love the idea of Ganondorf having his story told in this, maybe his birth and childhood and his master being the main enemy though, not him. Even if he's just a small part of the story just for backstory but I wouldn't like him to be the big bad in this one, Ocarina starts his turn on the chess board, so to speak.
    Q9: I found the Tingle Tuner (if you mean GBA thing), it wasn't easy to get hold of exactly… not everyone had it and it was like Virtual Boy really… Not a huge use to me anyway.
    Q10: The singing Jason, is pretty damn awesome. I used to sing, albeit to myself but nevertheless, I sang but not anymore.
    Q11: I don't get why the pot thing relates to cultures but I have always wondered this… It made more sense in the Windwaker, like how some people collect water or harvest but… Pots lying around with Rupees and hearts in…. Crazy stuff.

  • MaskedZoraMan

    I have a question. SPOILER ALERT In the middle of Ocarina of Time the deku tree sprout explains that Link's Mother brought him to the Kokiri Forest shortly before dying. Do you think that Links father could be the Link from SS?

    • cresent soul

      Link's aren't related in blood necessarily, they are related in having the same soul and are reincarnations of that soul. So you can't have 2 links alive at one time ever. And if it was blood related, it wouldn't be right to have father call the son is own name over a number of generations.

      Also, you would have noticed that Aonuma and other directors tend to say that games are set 100 years from some other game (e.g. TP 100 years from OoT, ST 100 years from PH etc.). The reason for the 100 years is that its presumed that each link lives a maximum of 100 years (like us humans) and so having 100 year games garantees that there's never 2 links alive at one time. These developer quotes supports the claim that link's are the same soul continuously reincarnated into new lives (whether or not they happen to be blood related in any way).

      • LinkMasterYoda

        But there were multiple Zelda's with the same name, according to AOL

  • CommanderLink

    guys seriously, its time for a little history on the Phoenix on the shield
    the Phoenix is an egyptian symbol of protection, and guess what it's protecting on the shield? the triforce!

  • Jason, your vocals still amaze me. They're my favorite part of the mailbag.

    And I think that would interesting if Skyloft turned into Termina, but at the same time I don't have much hope that Slyward Sword (rather, Tales of Zelda) will reveal much about Majora's Mask's past. I don't think that that was really skull kid, but rather an enemy that looks like skull kid and it's just out wishful thinking that it was him. Haha.

    But I do admit that would be cool.

    • goronbot

      if you read majoras mask comic (good choice) you could tell
      that it is a different dimmention and ruled by a beast
      (sorry if spelling is wrong)

  • veeronic

    off topic I know but why does everyone keep insisting on the idea of him being the gilded sword? it was made from the kokiri sword and gold dust, therefore it can't be in this game and him being the gilded sword is as likey as him also being princess peach, zoidburg, darth vader, midna, tilk, xena, worf and a bottle of pepsi simultaneously!!

    • geekiestguyaround

      All of that simultaneously AND the Gilded Sword! 😀

      • zeldarules

        Well, it has been stated that the Skyward sword becomes the Master Sword, and in The Minish Cap the Picori blade was eventually forged into the Four Sword, also, in Phantom Hourglass the Phantom sword had to be completly remade from scratch, so we've already been introduced to the idea that some blades can be upgraded, forged, or completely made from scratch into powerful blades.
        So the Kokiri sword could just be sort of like the Phantom sword in that in Majoras Mask it can be forged into the Gilded sword by using the original swords pieces (i.e. the gold dust).

        P.S. You made a good point. 🙂

        • cresent soul

          don't you think that logic is a bit stretched. It'll require a zelda fanatic to understand all those bits and pieces. You can't expect a novice zelda fan to pick that up and I believe fan service shouldn't be too complicated unless its made as a hidden easter egg (and this wouldn't be).

          Gilded sword started off as a small bonus in MM. I can't see anyway of just magnify its importance without complicating things and alienating new players.

  • zeldafan4040

    What are your thoughts on an all new Zelda for 3DS? Utilizing it's full 3D capabilities… ??

  • geekiestguyaround

    Re-watching the GDC Skyward Sword trailer I noticed a little something. We had already seen a Spirit Tracks-esque Whip item, but, during the Golden-Statue-thingie fight, you can see a different whip-like item assigned to the B-button. What do you think that is?

    • cresent soul

      redesign probably. What would an updated whip do? The best thing I can think of is be longer and all for certain distant puzzles to be completed. Like the long shot in OoT.

      I like your thinking actually.

    • cloverplayer

      looks the same to me. maybe i'm not watching high enough quality.

  • geekiestguyaround

    And yet another question. Taking into account that the Great Sea is Hyrule after the Great Flood, would it be viable for the World of the Ocean King to be Termina after the same or its own Great Flood?

    • Hm. That's an interesting concept. Seems plausible to me!

    • cresent soul

      I'm one of those people is set up as very other worldly and very isolated. I think the mysterious approach through MM sort of indicates that it has no connection whats so ever to any other game period (aside from being a mirror world to Hyrule).

      Seriously, any theories connecting MM to any other game seem very unlikely. If that happened, it would really hurt the awesome isolated pesonal and mysterious quality that Termina had.

      No need to complicate things. Not everything in the zelda world needs backstory.

      • LinkMasterYoda

        Yeah, this isnt the star wars prequels

  • Punnutty

    For a second I thought you was calling Ganondorf Ganondork. Oh one question who would win in a fight Link, Mario or a giant group of Daleks ?

    • GorCoronSumo

      Daleks. Unless Link had the sonic screwdriver and TARDIS as items.

  • stvian

    Lets throw in a little LotR into this. Say that Link is a Skyloftian (Elves/Ancient Hylians) and comes to Hyrule (Middle Earth) to save the land from the evil that was banished from his land (Morgoth). The Elves have made many weapons over the ages of their time to fight evil of their own lands, but at some point part or all of this ancient land falls to Hyrule becoming one land and in turn spreading ancient weapons across the land. Since it "fell" from the sky it would make sense that these parts of the ancient land or city were buried forming dungeons that the creatures have taken over.
    Now since this first Link from Skyloft has come down and starts the bloodline of the knights as spoken about in LttP all males of this bloodline are named Link or I should say most as in named after their great grandfather (Aragorn/Original Link). This bloodline is what makes it possible for Link to use these great weapons from the ancients (Anduril- Aragorn's sword/Master Sword).
    When the ancient evil is destroyed a spirit can live on in many different ways, like say an apprentice (Sauron/Gannon) so more weapons were created (Silmarils/Sages) to vanquish evil.
    We all know that LotR greatly influenced Miyamoto in the creation of Zelda, anyone that has read the Silmarillion can see these influences and add more to them. My wonder is how much they have influenced and if He and others are actually writing this 'Master timeline' to be released EPIC

    • cresent soul

      Zelda is beyond any stereotypical fantasy elves and trolls material. Sorry, but I'm very adament on this and I believe many other fans are too.

      • LinkMasterYoda

        Dude, the zelda series has enemies that are pulled from real life legends

        sorry if i misspel, I cant see what I type

  • veeronic

    I am confident we will not be seeing ganonDORF in skyward sword, ganon however… well need I bring up the line;
    "King of Darkness, ancient demon reborn. The wielder of the trident!!"
    — Princess Zelda
    skyward sword is set in an ancient environment afterall…

    • zeldarules

      Although I really DON'T want to see Ganondorf in this game, He may turn up anyway.
      Because in the manual of A Link to the Past, it states that the Master sword was originally forged after Ganon got the Triforce, so If this is the origin story of the Master sword (which it probably will be because the Skyward sword becomes the Master sword in the game) then Ganon will most likely make an appearance. 🙁

  • Keep in mind that the whole "Two worlds" formula has been the standard plot formula since A Link to the Past. Calling it Tales of Zelda because this one features the same standard plot as every other Zelda game in the past fifteen years (barring Majora's Mask) seems kind of… well, immature.

    • cresent soul

      True about the two worlds concept, but there's a big difference in SS. With Alltp (light world/dark world), OoT (young/old) and TP (normal/twilgiht), those worlds are just the same designed worlds but altered a bit. They are essentially the same layout but labeled as another world with a couple of changes here and there.

      SS however will have two completley different worlds with completely different locations and layout and everything. Big difference there.

  • mini link

    i got one question and i think it is a question that all of us ask ourselves at at one point in the game, wher does link keep all his items? like for example the ball and chain, does he have like realy deep pockets or an invisible magic bag?

    • cresent soul

      It's a game design things. But I"m sure Jason has a "realistic" explanation for that

      • cloverplayer

        actually I do, at least for twilight princess. midna "holds on to it for you" just like for the sword and shield at the beginning of the game when you first get the sword and shield.

    • geekiestguyaround

      In games, more commonly in RPGs, there is something called Magic satchel. It allows characters to carry objects that would otherwise be impossible to carry. This is to allow games to be much more dynamic. Think of it this way, how slow would Link walk if he had to carry in a realistic manner his Biggoron Sword, the Megaton Hammer, the Bow, the Hylian Shield AND the Iron Boots?

  • Swissnaut

    Since the Master Sword was said to be forged by the "Ancient Sages", do you think they're the ones that upgrade your sword in the game? Or do you think Nintendo will change that story completely?

  • cresent soul

    Q: What do you prefer?: A zelda game starting with a brand new link or a zelda game that's about a new adventure of an already established link (like MM was)?

    If you wanted a game about a new adventure of an old link, which link would you prefer? (e.g. OoT Link after MM, ST Link, TP Link, SS LInk, WW Link after PH etc.)

    • Punnutty

      ST Link, I want to know if Link and Zelda work together to beat something else.

  • NintendoMasterG

    You know, that theory if yours in the beginning sort of reminds me of Final Fantasy IX, where the planets Terra and Gaia become one. Quite the story.