The Sealed Grounds

Nearly four minutes of new Skyward Sword footage was featured in the most recent edition of “Iwata Asks.”  The video shows off several different areas, some previously featured more than others.  Unlike recent releases, gameplay is featured over storyline, so story spoilers are light.  However, the ending scene teases a potentially pivotal moment from the early part of the game.  Hit the jump to see the actual footage and a breakdown of the highlights.

Gameplay spoilers follow…

 

 

This video contains some key features that really distinguish Skyward Sword from its predecessors, mainly in terms of new gameplay and in-game cinematic features.

  • Intro sequences:  most Zelda games contain intro sequences when entering an area for the first time, but not with the length and detail seen here.  The Sealed Grounds (the area shown briefly when Link parachuted down), Faron Woods (originally shown as the E3 2010 demo area), and the Skyview Temple (shown above) all have introductory scenes showing both unprecedented length and detail.  The one for the Sealed Grounds is even interactive, with the player having to pull Link’s parachute out before hitting the ground.

Skyview Temple

  • New gameplay mechanics:  we’ve seen first-person dowsing in previous trailers, and now a new feature is added to that.  When viewing the map, the player has the option to place blue marks at any location within the area.  When switching back to third-person navigation, blue beams of light point skyward from where the mark was placed, and can be seen from all over the area (found two minutes into the video).  This makes dowsing a useful tool for locating items, rather than a tedious and repetitive means of constant navigation.

Marking the map

  • The Silent Realm:  originally shown at a private conference at E3 2011, this ghost-like realm is reminiscent of Twilit Hyrule from Twilight Princess, although seemingly more compact.  The orbs of light that Link must find are hidden in plain sight, with the only danger being the Guardians, which will chase after a weaponless Link if he is spotted.  What really makes the Silent Realm special is its music—a creepy, eerie rearrangement of the melody that plays when in normal Faron Woods, this “silent” version serves as a constant reminder that Link is in danger.

The Silent Realm

The video ends with a scene of Link entering a dark chamber, with the sword on a plinth transforming into Fi.  He’s still wearing his Skyloftian outfit and seems shocked to see her—could this be when Link and Fi are properly introduced?  With less than a month until Skyward Sword’s release in all regions, this video shows off what the finished product will look like, and, all things considered, it’s looking pretty good.  Let us know what you think about it in the comments.  What do you think of these new features?

Source:  Iwata Asks (via GoNintendo)
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  • Hack

    I´ve never done this… but… SECOND… LOL! Can´t wait for my birthday, the same as the launch date for Skyward Sword!

  • zeldass

    first time this high. I wonder why Link is shocked to see her with the sword.

    • Craig

      That's when he first officially meets her – Before that he chases her around Skyloft and leads him into the Goddess Chamber and she then pops out of the sword to introduce herself and so I've heard – then tells him he is destined to be a hero, etc…

      • Prick

        Chases who? You make Link look like a stalker! Stop that! We already know Link's the hero–you're probably hoping he's the villain and Ghirahim the Fabulous Lord gets the girl. DX XD

  • West

    Third and so excited for this game!! Think I spoiled myself watching these videos!!

    • hgfhgf

      fail third

  • TheMaverickk

    All the music is superb… I'm already humming the Faron Woods theme… and it was neat to hear that theme redone in the Siren Realm with some chimes and other instruments.

    Every area seems moody and atmospheric.

    Again we get to see the bi-pedal black beast…. hahah attacking his toes X D awesome!

    • Craig

      I'd say that this is after the Skyview Temple… I don't know. Ghirahim wants to free his Master and the monters name is "The Imprisoned One", which immediately reminds me of "The Imprisoning War", which may have actually been when he was sealed or possibly resealed in Skyward Sword – either way, I've never been more certain that the Deku Tree will be planted over the seal and the surrounding area will become Kokiri Forest.

  • fiercedeityfan

    what is that mysterious black creature???

  • Based on the looks of the black beast, I'm really hoping that's not Ghirahim's Master. I want to see something a little more…terrifying than that overgrown pineapple.

    • Darkfares

      he's not in complete form it and it says you'll encounter him many times in this game

    • Ashmic

      pineapples are scary! they're pointy evil!

    • Craig

      Well it's name is "The Imprisoned One"… Anyway, the monster is huge enough – plus if you had to fight anything bigger, you wouldn't fit most of him in the picture and would make it hard to work for the production team.

      • Prick

        No, it's the Imprisoned–don't confuse it with the Sealed One. Get it right! We know that monster's huge; the production team said so. Plus we can tell from the vid. Don't insult our intelligence. You're no super-theorizer, so don't act like one. XD B( XP

  • matt17

    Every Skyward Sword video released is a spoiler. Every new info on the game is a spoiler, no point measuring the amount of spoilers, just say spoiler warning

    • The Wii

      This dude seems to know what he's doing. Promotion anyone?

      Thought not.

    • Craig

      To be fair, if you're gonna go on ANY Zelda fansite – there's constant news… So it's your own fault.

  • Gelidity

    The silent realm music is absolutely amazing. I could keeping repeating that segment of the vid over and over again. Cannot wait for this game! I am clutching my preorder cert close to my chest and wishing that time just flies by.

  • Mr.Linkypoo

    I noticed the spider webs are a spiral

    • aeolus

      me too actually, haha, its one of the first things that I noticed

  • Ashmic

    zelda "Im behind the rock 😀 thanks sword lol jk

    I am so gonna get killed when those guardians come after me

    and anyone know why fi's side is blueish, like one side of her cape thing

    • Craig

      because her image is what the Master Sword becomes based on… So one side of her and her head is the blade, the other side is the hilt and her legs are the handle.

  • yah

    i can't wait for SS to come out it looks freakin beast!! Sucks i dont have a working wii though lol.