Japan, Europe, and North America have all received new information regarding Skyward Sword throughout the day. There’s a lot of new information, but we’re going to break it down for you.

*Spoilers ahead… you have been warned!*

New Location: Lake Floria

Lake Floria is located near the Faron Woods, but will not be visited when you first visit the woods. This is the first time we’ve heard specifics about revisiting places we have already been to. On your return trip to Faron Woods, you will find the lake, a new dungeon, and a new race of people.

Swimming will be motion-controlled and will be similar to the Loftwing or Beetle controls that we have already seen in action.

New Race: Parella Tribe

Parella are a squid-like race that live in Lake Floria. Skyward Sword will be their first appearance in the Legend of Zelda series. Not much is known about them at this point, but I’m sure theorists will be all over this one. In fact, I’ll just say it for you: Zoras.

Whip Details

We’ve known about the whip for a very long time, but we’ve got some more details about the item. A lot of this information was likely assumed by many fans, but we now have it confirmed. The whip is a weapon to defeat enemies and a tool to solve puzzles and gain access to new areas.

It’s clear now that the whip will be used similarly to the Grappling Hook in The Wind Waker. It also appears that the whip will be used to flip some switches from a distance.

Create New Potions with Bugs

Sometimes I wonder where Nintendo gets some of these ideas. As usual, potions can be created (I assume you can also purchase them), but this time the new upgrade system will also come into play. You will be able to enhance potions using bugs that you catch with the bug-net.

While I am excited to see the bug-net returning after such a long hiatus, I’m not so sure feeding Link bug juice is the best way to save the world. Regardless, it sounds like there will be plenty of potion options.

Fun Fun Island

Nintendo’s press release mentions Fun Fun Island, but doesn’t really tell us anything about it other than that it is located on an island in the sky near Skyloft and is full of fun things. It also sounds like you will have to complete a side quest before it becomes available.

One screenshot that was released (seen above) looks like a mini-game. It is probably related to Fun Fun Island.

Other Tidbits

  • One of the new screenshots from Nintendo of America shows Link wielding an enemy’s weapon.
  • Several of the new screenshots are taken from a dungeon that is likely located near Lake Floria. We’ve seen this dungeon, and it’s multi-armed boss, before, but this is our first clue to its location. It’s likely that the whip will be found in this dungeon.
  • Two new screenshots show off the Scattershot, an upgrade for the Slingshot. Based on the screenshot, it looks like the Scattershot shoots nine seeds at once.