Skyward Sword had been given heaps of praise by critics and fans alike when it arrived to stores a few months ago. Most reviewers were very impressed with quite a few giving the game a perfect score. Gaming magazine Nintendo Power gives out awards each March to Nintendo games based on the category it has been put in and Skyward Sword has come out as the major winner.

The latest Zelda game has been awarded with Game of the Year which is the greatest prize Nintendo Power has to offer. Skyward Sword also won in three other categories which you can find out about after the jump.

Skyward Sword also walked away with Wii Game of the Year, Best Adventure Game, and Most Infuriating (Fun Fun Island). Here’s the statement that Nintendo Power gave about Skyward Sword.

“As the 25th Anniversary of the franchises worldwide debut, 2011 was a banner year for the Legend of Zelda series. A 3D enhanced version of the beloved Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time? Awesome! An updated Four Swords on DSiWare? Sign us up! But the crowning achievement was the long-awaited Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword for Wii. The first Zelda game built from the ground up for that console, Skyward Sword has it all, from a beautiful watercolor aesthetic to innovative motion controls to and original storyline that explores the origins of the MasterSword and Hyrule itself. A massive quest makes it easy to while away hours immersed in the game’s forests, deserts, and dungeons, using swordplay and items to slay foes and solve puzzles-and we can’t think of a more enjoyable way to spend our time.”

Do you think Skyward Sword deserved Game of the Year by Nintendo Power? Is it the best Wii game of 2011? Let us know by writing your thoughts in the comments!

Source: Nintendo Power (via ZeldaDungeon)

  • Yes, it did. Yes, it was. 'Nuff said.

  • Hisagoni

    I loved the game! <3
    But Demise was way too easy!! (he was easy before i found out that i could charge the Master Sword with lightning….)
    But the game deserves the prize 🙂

    But they should make the final boss in the next game harder to beat 😛

  • I didn't like the demon references in the game. How about come up with something new?

    • SS was the 25th anniversary game, taking elements, references, and tons of other stuff from the rest of the series. The "Demon King" and "Demon Lord" references are pretty much pointing fingers at Spirit Tracks, saying "I'ma gon' copy that idea again but make it forty-three times more awesome!". And that's pretty much the deal with all of the demon references.

  • Red Bear LuX

    AM I the only person in the Zelda community that thinks this was a 'good' game but not great? And certainly not by Zelda standards. I think OoT, MM, TWW and TP are all better games [I prefer 3D Zelda to 2D] But I'd also say ALttP is also better… as is PH… and MC… Actually I personally think SS is the 3rd worst Zelda [And yet in comparison to other games still pretty darn good.]

    Maybe I am of a minority, but for me the past two console Zelda games have dissapointed, I was also dissapointed with ST on DS. And no I'm really not hating because I adored OoT on 3DS.

  • Triforcing

    Definitely well deserved. <3~

  • Goron

    Was their really any doubt?

    • Zora

      Sadly, yes, SS has receive a lot of hate because the fact people that have not played it, but only OoT and other Zelda games, so they thought a zelda game couldn´t raise their game quality, when they actually do, by a lot.

  • Goron

    I didnt play it yet because i live in the middle of nowhere but i like twilight princess better than ocarina of time maybe im just weird like that

  • Take a look at the Skyward Sword forum on ZU's forums. You'll find that SS has received a lot less hate than TP and that the "consensus" (among the negative folks) is that the game was mediocre. Just as you said. So you're not alone in your thinking!

    I disagree, however. SS is my first- or second-favorite Zelda game (it is tied with TP; I will decide MM's exact deserved high placement when I finish it). As the first home console Zelda to come out since I officially proclaimed myself a Zelda fan (TP, my second Zelda game, was primarily responsible for that), I was super-excited for the game's release, and I am a very optimistic person when it comes to new games in series that I hold dear, which is probably why I always sound ridiculously cheery when I discuss much-debated games like SS and Pokemon Black/White (my favorite video game of all time); I always look for what's great about major new games as I play them instead of contrasting them to the previous games, even if the previous game was my favorite video game of all time (a position held at one point or another by WW, TP, Pokemon G/S/C, and Pokemon HG/SS).

    So here's what I found, in brief since I'm not writing a full review here: SS's characters were deep and likable (except Fi, who, while she may not have been nearly as deep and developed and lovable as Midna, still had an interesting quirk, unlike Navi, who lacked any character whatsoever); the graphics were stunning, the new structure (sky>overworld/expansive puzzle>traditional dungeon>sky>etc.) meant that there was less free exploration, sidequesting, and just wandering around and enjoying the scenery, but it was still engaging and unique; the story was unexpected and interesting, albeit poorly executed (put off to the way-side until pretty far into the game instead of gradually and steadily progressing from the very beginning, something TP, WW, and even OoT did perfectly); the bosses were…unorthodox and absolutely huge (except for Ghirahim, who deserves a mention as my favorite villain of all time in any medium; his dialogue and tongue movements were scarring, though!), and they were really fun to fight, except perhaps The Imprisoned because I hate time limits…and its ability to send damaging shockwaves with every step made him arguably the hardest boss in the game; the music…oh, the music—I could go on and on for hours about how this had probably my favorite video game soundtrack of all time, and I am planning on doing that in a podcast segment in a couple months (though not for hours!)—let's just leave it at that.

    So…yeah. I love SS.

  • badwolf16

    I found him very frustrating when I got stuck in a loop in the second phase.
    1 He tried charging sword
    2 I tried charging sword
    3 we both charged and sliced at same time
    4 I tried charging
    5 he dashed and sliced me.

  • badwolf16

    SS is arguably the best zelda game of all time to me. Additionally, Black and White SUCKED, so yeah.

    • heroofmasks

      yea thats your opinion shoulda said ya disliked black and white i on the other hand love black/white and cant wait for b2/w2

  • LegendofMerah

    Skyward Sword deserves every bit of praise it receives, there's no doubt about that. I think it is now my favorite Zelda game next to Ocarina of Time and Wind Waker.

  • A_LINK_IN_TIME

    When it boiled down to it, there could be no other choice.

  • X_factor

    Why is ZU asking us Zelda fans if we felt SS deserved to be game of the year? Are we suppose to say anything but absolutely heck YEAH!?

  • X_factor

    If you've played Kingdom Hearts before you'd know that Sephiroth is the most difficult person to beat ever in the game. However, He always has a system so you know what he's going to next… but he's still incredibly hard to beat! Demise is like that. You know exactly what you must do, it's just hard to do it.

  • Banooru

    I thought he was difficult at first. I died quite a few times just cause I was to afraid to go near him and was stunned by his awesomeness. When you get up in his face he is actually pretty easy, as long as you keep a sharp eye (and don't mind throwing your shoulder out using the nunchuck). Then the second part, just make sure your Wii Motion Plus is calibrated (always got me!), watch for the charging slice, and charge your sword QUICKLY!

  • Banooru

    You know, I was disappointed with Skyward Sword as well, but I think it was just because it was not as awesome as I thought it would be. There are still many elements that make it a great game that I overlooked at first.

    I definitely don't think it was perfect, which just means there is still room for improvement in the next Zelda . . . we'll see if MM can ever be topped on my list ! ! ! Skyward Sword still deserved the praise this year, though. I'm glad such a phenomenal game came out on the 25th Anniversary. A grand tribute to the series, that bridges Zelda tradition to the future. Skyward Sword highlights what Nintendo needs to do to improve the series.

    And, you're not alone. I've seen quite a few comments (including my own) about how Skyward Sword was mediocre or lacking that intangible "Zelda" ness.

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  • heroofmasks

    i gotta say demis so much bettwer than malladus if theres ever another ww sequal meaning the sequal of the 3rd sequal of ss let us fight malladus's true form not some beffed up servants body but rip byrne he was always awsome

  • Zora

    Ehhm… probably yes, and if you don´t like SS and ST, JUST DON´T PLAY IT, I got a lot of friends that wish to play those games but they can´t because they don´t have money to buy them, if you don´t want them give them to me, and why do you think is bad even? What you didn´t like, or… you have not played SS or ST and you´re saying what do you think without knowing the real game, I just do not get what you did not liked?

  • Sanity's_Theif

    @ Red Bear LuX

    You're definitely not alone, in fact your opinion is the majority in real life from what I've seen, the online members are the minority obviously, IRL it goes: TP > OOT > MM > ALttP >>>> WW = SS

    Of course this is just my experience with opinions

    To me: MM > TP > OOT > ALttP > LA > WW >/= SS

  • Link and Cuccos

    If you look at ZU's poll, 50% of voters said SS had become their new favorite Zelda. So the majority likes it. But then, I guess rereading what you said, you're referring to the negative folks only for saying the game is mediocre.

  • Link and Cuccos

    No, the majority likes SS. Look at the polls.

  • Link and Cuccos

    No, the majority likes SS and fans were very impressed. It has become a favorite for many. Look at the polls.

  • xoWonderWomanox

    I was nervous at first when I saw skyward sword. I didn’t know if I was going to like it or not cause of the fact that it looked totally different. I definitely underestimated the game that’s for sure. It’s right up there with ocarina, majora’s mask, and twilight princess. It was wry unique and I think that’s why I liked it do much. It was wicked BA that you could fly the bird. All in all I think skyward sword deserved this award.

  • KingShadowSkull

    This game was amazing in every way possible, i am so glad i'm playing it, not to mention, it is one of the most challenging Zelda games at this time, gamers are seriously challenges through the dungeons, but that's half the fun, even this game, has still not made me rage quit, because the story line was amazing.

  • Sanity's_Theif

    @ Red Bear LuX

    What polls? The ones on here? You think that represents the majority in real life? LMAO

    No in real life, most people are either "meh" about SS or outright hate it, why do you think it's sales aren't as good compared to other Zelda's and it's price is dropping, get out and meet people to learn opinions in real life instead of the opinions of people on the internet, there's a hell of a difference

  • Link and Cuccos

    Where are you getting your information about "real life?" So Zelda fans are not part of real life? Your logic doesn't make sense. Do you have data on whatever "real life" people think? I've talked to fans in person and they love SS.

    And the sales are good. Skyward Sword sold 3 million in just 10 weeks. TP was still at 2 million in 10 weeks. SS is also the fastest selling Zelda game to date. Or are you seriously comparing 6 years worth of sales data with like 3 months?

  • Link and Cuccos

    Where are you getting your information about "real life?" So Zelda fans online are not part of real life? Your logic doesn't make sense. Do you have data on whatever "real life" people think? I've talked to fans in person and they love SS.

    And the sales are good. Skyward Sword sold 3 million in just 10 weeks. TP was still at 2 million in 10 weeks. SS is also the fastest selling Zelda game to date. Or are you seriously comparing 6 years worth of sales data with like 3 months?

  • Link and Cuccos

    Where are you getting your information about "real life?" So Zelda fans online are not part of real life? Real life people don't go online at all? Your logic doesn't make sense. Do you have data on whatever "real life" people think? I've talked to fans in person and they love SS, but IGN's polls and other GOTY ones have also showed how much people loved SS. Or are you saying you speaking to less than 100 people is more valid than polls that had hundreds of thousands of voters?

    And the sales are good. Skyward Sword sold 3 million in just 10 weeks. TP was still at 2 million in 10 weeks. SS is also the fastest selling Zelda game to date. Or are you seriously comparing 6 years worth of sales data with like 3 months?

  • Link and Cuccos

    Where are you getting your information about "real life?" So Zelda fans online are not part of real life? Real life people don't go online at all? Your logic doesn't make sense. Do you have data on whatever "real life" people think? I've talked to fans in person and they love SS, but IGN's polls and other GOTY ones have also showed how much people loved SS. Or are you saying you speaking to less than 100 people is more valid than polls that had hundreds of thousands of voters?

    And the sales are good. Skyward Sword sold 3 million in just 10 weeks. TP was still at 2 million in 10 weeks. SS is also the fastest selling Zelda game to date. Or are you seriously comparing 6 years worth of sales data with like 3 months?

  • Link and Cuccos

    Where are you getting your information about "real life?" So Zelda fans online are not part of real life? Real life people don't go online at all? Your logic doesn't make sense. Do you have data on whatever "real life" people think? I've talked to fans in person and they love SS, but IGN's polls and other GOTY ones have also showed how much people loved SS. Or are you saying your speaking to less than 100 people is more valid than polls that had hundreds of thousands of voters?

    And the sales are good. Skyward Sword sold 3 million in just 10 weeks. TP was still at 2 million in 10 weeks. SS is also the fastest selling Zelda game to date. Or are you seriously comparing 6 years worth of sales data with like 3 months?

    • Sanity's_Theif

      I meet anywhere from 200 – 300 people every weekend and I have heard hundreds of, rather quick, but similar opinions, about how TP is the best along with OOT, and how SS is a disappointment or looks boring and how WW was the worst Zelda

      My best friend throws huge parties every weekend, he invites frats and sororities, 2-3 DJs that work in Boston come by for free, one of the roomates is a nerd and doesn't like parties but we always mess with him and go party in his room, the upstairs is the place where people chill and talk anyways, the subject of video games comes up and I toss out the name Zelda, and the conversation just goes from there

      I'm just telling you what they're all saying

      And from what I've heard, SS's sales have dropped a lot

      • Link and Cuccos

        You do realize that the number of people you talk to is still a lot less than the tens and even hundreds of thousands who vote in the polls, who pick SS as GOTY, and all the other things? And again, did you look at the sales data of SS? Overall sales for SS is pretty good so far. A lot of people bought the game early on. It sold more in a short period of time than other Zelda games. It's going to reach a point where sales slow as all games are going to reach a slow point. It still doesn't change the fact that overall sales for SS is high still, and considering that the game was released at the end of the console's product life cycle (and knowing there are a number of fans who won't buy a Wii just for one game), I'm surprised it was able to break a record and become the fastest selling Zelda. Now, it's waiting for a few years to see what the total sales will be, and then compare it again with other Zelda games that have years worth of sales data.

        • Sanity's_Theif

          It's not the same people every week, hell I've seen about 4 recurring people besides the roomates themselves, and the opinion of the casual gamer is a lot different than that of an internet user, who btw make up the majority, plus online voting is definitely subject to alternate account voting, and Zelda fans will vote for a Zelda game in a GOTY competition no matter what(even if the game is mediocre by Zelda standards) I haven't heard that sales for SS are high, in fact I've heard they're low now, hence the price drop in some stores, fact is, I've yet to meet a person who thoroughly enjoyed SS or think it's the best Zelda, I'm saying an opinion you hear from a person IRL is a more reliable source than the internet of all things

          • Link and Cuccos

            Again, did you not compare past sales?

            TP was at like 2 million at 10 weeks.

            SS was at 3 million.

            You guys seem to think that Zelda games are supposed to sell like 5-6 million in a few months when that doesn't happen with Zelda games. 3.49 million end of January is really good! Do you know how long it took TP to reach 6.5 million? It took about 5-6 years.

            And you can't just disregard people's opinions in polls and online and think that the people you talk to are the only valid ones. Just because you heard someone's opinion in person doesn't mean it is more valid than one given online. Seriously, how does that logic even make sense? So even though there are a lot of people here, like me, who say SS is amazing, you go and think, "well, what they say doesn't count." And then it's "I've yet to meet a person who thoroughly enjoyed SS?" Really? Everyone's opinions are taken into account. Everyone I've met in person loved SS. I have friend' friends who rave about SS to them too. They obviously don't go to your parties cause they don't live on the East Coast. And by the way, hardcore Zelda fans are more critical of games than casual gamers.

            Also, do you meet tens of thousands, even hundreds of thousands of people who play Zelda? Cause I find that hard to believe that you meet that many Zelda players.

          • RedBearLuX

            What did I start -_-; …

          • Sanity's_Theif

            SS had a good start but it's dropping off, TP was still going strong longer than this and it's currently the best-selling Zelda, even more so than OOT, SS's not going to beat either one out

            You CAN disregard a internet polls when comparing them to real life opinions because you know for a fact in real life that's it's not a fake account spouting out the same opinion, so yes it is more valid than an opinion you read online by "multiple" people

            And you're forgetting the bias factor, in any poll or competition, despite what game a Zelda game is up against, a Zelda fan will ALWAYS vote for the Zelda game, just because it's Zelda, but if you ask them if you think it's the best Zelda, they'd probably say "Hell no, but any Zelda game is better than [insert game here] and deserves GOTY"

            There are not a lot of people from what I've seen, what 50? And of those that share your opinion in particular, practically insignificant, I'm not saying your opinion doesn't count, just that it's a minority, so don't go around thinking your opinion is greater than that which opposes you.

            And everyone I've met in person(300+ btw) either didn't bother with SS because it looked stupid, or straight up didn't like it, how many people do you talk to on a weekly basis?

            That last part is ludicrous, hardcore Zelda fans will defend any Zelda game and deny ALL of it's flaws despite the fact that every game has them, that's what hardcore fans are like, you can't trust a hardcore fanboy for an opinion on a game of the franchise they're so addicted to, you have to get a neutral, casual viewpoint opinion, something that's not biased, to have an opinion worth looking into, someone who can see everything objectively, and fanboys of ANYTHING are NOT a good source, this should be common sense.

            I meet thousands of people who play games rather casually, they aren't fanboys at all, they just play what they like and what they think is fun, and they're not afraid to state what they don't like and what they think is stupid, because they're more casual, and nearly everyone's played at least 1 or more Zelda games, and when I throw out the name Skyward Sword, they go off on how terrible it looks or how they hated it and stopped played after a few hours, a lot of college kids play video games casually, this should not be hard to believe

          • Link and Cuccos

            The majority likes SS. SS even beat OoT in IGN's poll. Are you going to disregard that too? You are blatantly ignoring the majority of praise fans have for SS (I'm not talking about just polls, it's comments all over the internet). There's no way you didn't see the large number of comments on major Zelda sites and gaming sites, youtube, and facebook singing praise for the game – that's more than the number of people you met in person. And really, you think all tens and hundreds of thousands of these people are going to create like 5 accounts each (including facebook accounts) just to write the same comment on the same page?

            And I never said SS would outsell TP and OoT, so I don't know where you got that information from. Also, Oot is still the top-selling Zelda, not TP.

          • dela

            sanitiy's thief your argument is quite flawed
            i go to video game stores and and talk to hundreds of store workers customers etc, and most of them love this game, cant say that makes it the majority

            you talk about how "internet people" who like the game are the minority and how your own personal opinion is the majority
            but i see you arguing with dozens of different people on various sites every day on the clock (helps that you use the exact same screen name every time)
            and every time an opinion of this game comes up you are the first too voice yours, interesting for someone placing emphasis on "real life opinions"

            I get that you just don't like the game (sorry man) but your being hypocritical

  • Jeff

    they are just pushing for more sales, that and the toys r us price drop

  • TetraZelda

    Skyward Sword definitely deserves the title. Though it isn't the best Zelda game in my opinion, I still loved the story, the controls, the sidequests, everything!!! And it had barely any competition anyway: Super Mario 3D Land is awesome, but doesn't go too far from the usual Mario game design. But Skyward Sword takes the traditional Zelda style and gives it a new, refreshing twist. Skyward Sword, in my opinion, was the best game of 2011 not only for Nintendo, but in all. =)

  • RedBearLuX

    I never said I didn't like them… read what I said. I think they're good games. Just not great games. And yes I have played SS and ST thats why I'm making a comment I'm not some random Troll, the Zelda series is the greatest series ever IMO thats why I'm on this site, and on it's worst day still beats most other games in forms of design and execution.

    But the latest Zelda's and some of Nintendo's other series even though still fantastic to play have not moved past the design qualities of the N64 era. There is so much more that they could do now, Nintendo games changed when they became 3D they evolved and became something more something other game series couldn't do [Sonic, arguably Castlevania and other] Now it's time for them to evolve again, and no I'm not saying the games should be more adult, because I don't care about hardcore/casual. They just need to become more than they were 10 – 15 years ago.

    I will always love playing Nintendo.