Reviewers from the big gaming sites have started to get grander glimpses at Skyward Swords story and gameplay. Today, the beginnings of the game were revealed, shedding light on Skyloft’s rich culture and tradition. Things go awry quickly, though, and Link begins his journey.

Huge Spoilers ahoy.

It begins with a dream, Link’s dream. He is alone in darkness and as screams ring in his ears a black mouth advances to swallow Link… Then, light. Link awakens in his room with a blue bird nudging him awake, a Loftwing.

Loftwings are special birds, and each resident of Skyloft is bonded to their own Loftwing, and it was Zelda’s Loftwing that saved Link from his nightmare, and also dropped off a letter. This note was from Zelda, not a princess this time, but the daughter of Headmaster Gaepora of the Knight Academy. This note said to meet her before the ceremony.

This day was a rather important day; Skylofts Wing Ceremony, the ceremony we’ve heard so much about. The Wing Ceremony is a tradition in Skyloft where young men undergo tasks to prove their honor and earn a status of knighthood.

When Link finally exits his house, he meets Pipit, another young native of Skyloft wearing a familiar outfit- a yellow version of what we’ve seen Link wearing for so long, a tunic and hat. As it turns out, that outfit is that of Skyloft Knights, and color indicates the year of graduation. This years color just so happens to be green.

After some activities to get you aquatinted with the basic controls, we meet Zelda, a childhood friend of Link’s. As mentioned, Zelda is not a princess; rather than a lofty, royal attitude, Skyloft’s Zelda is light hearted and spirited. In their meeting, Zelda says she’s been chosen to play the goddess during the ceremony and has Link practice for the aerial race later that day. This of course leads the player on a flying lesson to get them acquainted on using the Wii remote to guide Link’s Loftwing though the clouds.

After Link’s return from flying, we are introduced to Skyloft’s obnoxious thugs, led by Groose. Groose fancies Zelda and is jealous of Link, you see, and that is his motivation for stealing Link’s Crimson Loftwing and locking it away in hoping that Link could not participate in the Wing Ceremony. To retrieve your friend, you need a sword, which leads you to the sparring hall to practice the trademark skills Link possesses. During this time, it’s learned that Link has an even more special bond with his Loftwing, something the other villagers haven’t seen before.

After traversing a cave, Link finds his kidnapped Loftwing in a cage. At this time, Zelda returns on her own bird to help Link, telling Link of a voice calling out to her and mentioning the “surface”, a land beneath the clouds. To free Link’s Loftwing, precision is needed to cut through ropes holing the cage together, foreshadowing the need to make use the the Wii Motion Plus throughout the game. With Link’s Crimson companion free, he can finally dive off a ledge, with absolute faith the Loftwing will catch him and soar into the sky.

Upon Link’s return, it is finally time to begin the Wing Ceremony and the race. After shaming Groose and winning the race, Link Meets Zelda on top of a giant statue, where Link is given a Sailcloth Zelda made herself. With this Sailcloth, Link can fall from any hight and take out the cloth to save himself.

With the ceremony over and Link the victor, he and Zelda go on their ‘date’, riding their Loftwings. At this point, Zelda is taken by a dark, twirling murk- she is gone.

That night, Link is lead away by a fairy-like spirit known a “Fi”, and she resolves to accompany Link to save Zelda and begin the quest. She guides Link to a sword at the center of a temple, thrusted in stone. Taking the sword, Link dons the green tunic and hat that of a Knight of Skyloft and plunges below the clouds to the mysterious surface below.

What are your thoughts? Was the beginning of the game what you expected?

Source: Kotaku, IGN
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  • John

    Wow Zelda Degrassi much? haha

    • tyler

      dont even…

  • barkleylola

    This game.. I can't wait any longer!!!!!!!
    50 days.. This will be the longest 50 days!

  • peeved

    I'm tired of all these full-page ads. Especially when they take me to a completely different site and tell me I can't go back.

    • TheMaverickk

      Agreed I've pointed these out… they started a month ago… the best solution is to hit your Refresh button and hope it doesn't load up again.

      • mcdude910

        Well, actually, the best solution would be to get AdBlock Plus. I didn't even know that ZU had ads because of AdBlock Plus.

        • Darkwing

          AdBlock Plus truly is a beautiful thing T_T

  • Well, that sounds fairly generic for a Zelda game these days: someone get's captured, Link gets a sword, BOOM story starts.

  • Yeah there's a bit of a pattern forming, but the games are always fun. Despite the similarities, the game looks as though the storyline will be interesting, but the trailer suggests that perhaps the quality compared to that of twilight princess might be a little bland.

    • Darkwing

      Bland? Twilight Princess was the epitome of horrible zelda intros… it dragged on and on and on. the story didn't even start until about an hour or 2 into the game. at least from what i've heard of this game, the story interweaves between the few brief tutorials.

  • Zelda's makeover looks absolutely gorgeous. I can't wait to see her Princess attire. Also, I hope we get to teach Groose a lesson.

    • Jean D'Eau

      He'll probably absorb Ghirahim evilness and morph into Ganondorf… then seal him into a thousand years of obvlivion. Yes, I'm preparing myself for the unavoidable final boss.

      Also, gotta love hangover Link

  • robotortoise

    Wow. Cool. I gotta admit, though, seeing other people wearing different colors of Link's outfit will be kind of…odd.

    • Soeroah

      I half expected the colours to represent the student's strength. Red for combat skills, blue for scholarly expertise, green for bravery and adventure-seeking graduates.

      • robotortoise

        That would be clever, and would seem very Zelda-like.

      • Voldemort

        No, no, you're a little off. Red for bravery, blue for scholarly expertise, green if you look out for number one (or a dark wizard), and yellow for hard work and loyalty (or if you just don't really fit into the other three). I guess that makes Link a Slytherin…

    • TheMaverickk

      Actually weirder will be other characters wearing the same green tunic. Remember that the colour of the tunic indicates the year of graduation. Meaning if other Knights in training (like Groose and the others) succeed in becoming a Knight they would also be wearing a green tunic like his.

      The neat thing about this story is that the tunic has a purpose and means something.

      • robotortoise

        Yeah, that will be even weirder, though technically, it has happened in OOT and Spirit Tracks. But in the OOT outfits, didn't Link have the only one with a floppy top?

      • mcdude910

        But, remember, in Spirit Tracks, you had to watch the trainee knights in your outfit. Also, this whole thing just further proves my personal timeline theory. One part of his theory is that TMC, FS, and FSA are in a completely separate timeline from the rest of the games. We can no longer say that it was TMC Link that started the tradition of the outfit. Or at least, not in the main timeline, where SS takes place.

    • Saria_Forest14

      Yeah I totally agree. It makes Link's heroic outfit just seem…cheap or something. It was one of my complaints in Spirit Tracks for Ds.

  • Ashmic

    This is my favorite princess zelda yet, The TP one had this "too much sophistication" attitude, and WW was a loner/leader stronger zelda, this one is an anime-ish attiude yet caught between tetra and TP zelda attitude.

    I like her tho she is more emotional and open, and isn't acting uptight, shes an actuay PERSON in this game, thats what i like they did a 10/10 job on emotion, links sleepy eyes and disgusted look near ghirahim,
    ghirahams body language shows hes nuts (twiddling fingers/ excessive finger movement) everyone has a distinct person, a distinct attitude, nintendo outdid themselves, im excited beyond words

    • Ashmic

      *actual

    • My Penis

      Ghirahim shows off his nuts? Creepy.

  • icearrows

    im gonna go crazy for the next 50 days

  • soncx14@yahoo.com

    I honestly thought there'd be a little more Zelink romance…hmm, guess having them together was too much of a high hope for me =/

  • Xanox

    Ive played all of the zelda games up to this point. I havent been this excited about zelda since ocarina of time. Man I cant wait to go skydiving!

  • Linkachu

    Must…. resist… reading… spoilers.

  • GorCoronSumo

    I wonder who Headmaster Gaepora is? (sarcasm)

  • HeroofTime

    I'm a little disappointed that they change the name of Fi but I'm starting to love it =D

    • heroofmasks

      what was the name before

    • mcdude910

      Do you mean from "Phi"?

      • Ashmic

        ppl are saying, fi or phi

  • sikora360

    ive played the demo, i have 0 doubts

  • heroofmasks

    ahaaa i knew it the guy Gaepora is the owl that stats that mc isnt after ss like some say take that fans that think mc was first or atlease before oot but on the other hard not matter this game will be awsome

    • gamersonview

      is there a link between gaepora and MC?
      I'm kinda into the timeline theories so I wanna know what I've missed here :p

      • heroofmasks

        nope theres not some are still trying to put mc first becouse link doent begin with a cap at the beginning

  • cloverplayer

    Must… not… read!!!

  • Ganondorf Dragmire

    I like this new storyline.

  • TheSundanceGamer

    I wonder if Pipit will be Links freind

  • Zeal

    Groose reminds me of Ganon with his red hair and anti link attitude

  • Silver-Lynx4

    Groose LOL
    his name is funny…at least for me
    he's really Ganny-like anyway
    bad luck 4 u baddy! Zelda likes Link not u! :p

  • HerpDerp:P

    I LOVE the new look of everything and even know there wasn't any Zelink the plot was amazing, the story was amazing, and the characters were INCREDABLE! So well thought out! BIG thumbs up to everyone who helped make this game possible!!!