In this week’s Famitsu magazine, an interview with the producer Skyward Sword, Eiji Aonuma, was published. In this interview, he covers all sorts of topics about Skyward Sword from the characters to the plot to whether or not we will be seeing good ol’ Ganondorf make his famous appearance. If you’re trying to avoid spoilers about this game, steer clear of the rest of this post as there are minor ones.
The interview contained a lot of little tidbits of information, some which are already known and some which are new. The actual interview has been translated from Japanese, so I’ll post a summary here:
- Zelda is not a princess in this game. She is a childhood friend of Link’s. What she does share in common with her namesakes is that she disappears during the game and it’s up to Link to find her.
- Aonuma describes the game’s opening sequence as being like a school drama. Link and Zelda go to boarding school, and Link competes in the flying contest against his classmates.
- Skyloft, the town where you begin the game, is the central hub of the game and you’ll return to it many times throughout the adventure.
- Aonuma also makes comparisons with The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask. One of the best features of Majora’s Mask was the way it explored the lives of the various characters that Link met during his journey. Skyward Sword will have lots of events and interaction with the various townspeople in Skyloft, particularly those from Link’s school, that will intermingle with the main story.
- Link will get some cool new gear early on in the game. Unlike previous Zeldas, where Link gets the most powerful and interesting items later in the story, he’ll get them very early on.
- The residents of Skyloft are unaware of the existence of a world below. To them, living in the clouds and flying around on birds is completely normal. It’s also customary for each person to have their own bird. Link’s red bird is rather rare and special and it causes him to get picked on by the people who are jealous that Link has a fancy bird and they don’t. But this special bird will play an important role in helping Link to get to the mainland.
- Demon Lord Ghirahim is an important character in the game. The demo involving him shown at E3 a few weeks ago is from early on in the game when Link first meets him. Aonuma compares him to Ocarina of Time’s Dark Link in terms of his ability to see through Link’s moves while they’re fighting. You won’t be able to beat him with mad sword-slashing, instead you will need to keep your distance, watch his moves and learn a strategy to beat him. Aonuma says that he’s a good change of pace for the boss battles, and that he changes over the course of the game. This suggests that we’ll have to fight him multiple times.
- Skyward Sword will cover the birth of the Master Sword in its story, which is connected to Ocarina of Time. It will also touch on why Ganondorf showed up. Does this mean that Ganondorf will appear in the game? Only time will tell.
- The game itself is complete and it’s currently being fine-tuned. It will be released at the same time across the world; Aonuma now realises that if the game is released earlier in some places than others, the story will be spoiled for those waiting to play the game. With that, he adds that even if the story has been a little spoiled, gamers will still have tons to enjoy.