Nintendo has once again updated their Japanese Skyward Sword website with new trailers and screenshots. This time, we’ll be looking at a mountain and a fire-based dungeon. The setting is something we’ve seen before, but the trailers provide a bit of new insight.

Hit the jump for videos and some brief speculation.

*Spoilers ahead… you have been warned!*

The first video is an overview of Eldin Volcano. Once again I find it intriguing that the names from Twilight Princess are showing up in Skyward Sword. I’m going to go ahead and call this the earliest Death Mountain we’ve seen.

The video also shows the Mogma in detail. We’ve seen them before, but I believe this is the first time we’ve seen one above ground.

The digging mini-game is another new addition. We knew there would be mini-games, but it’s great to see one just the same. They are always a fun diversion from the main quest (or sometimes frustrating diversion; I’m looking at you Bombchu Bowling).

The second video isn’t very exciting, but it does show us exactly how flight works. You’ll see Link fall from Skyloft, select a destination, and return to Skyloft.

The long travel times of The Wind Waker, Phantom Hourglass, and Spirit Tracks are gone. Flying to your destination looks to be quick and painless.

The third video is what I consider the most interesting of the three. It’s an overview of the Earth Temple.

Pay attention to the fight with the Lizalfos. They jumped around and dodged some attacks in Ocarina of Time, and they are doing it even more this time around. I hope this is just a taste of what we can expect from enemy AI.

The short battle with the Chu-Chu is also important. Some players (myself included for a time) have worried that fighting normal enemies was going to become frustrating because of the “puzzle-based fighting.” This quick fight with the Chu-Chu is a great example of the Skyward Sword fight mechanics being used in a way that is unobtrusive.

So far, I think we’ve just seen too many videos demonstrating that enemies can block. The videos don’t often highlight how a good player can quickly dispatch enemies once you learn how they will act.

The video also highlights puzzles using the Sailcloth, Dashing, and Bombs. It’s a very interesting video.

Unfortunately, we don’t have anything in English right now. If Nintendo of America follows their typical pattern, we’ll have translated videos tomorrow.

  • djoftime

    This game keeps looking better and better 😀

  • Kyo

    Lizalfos may be a challenge

    • rookie

      Yeah, I know. You have to get them to taunt you to defeat them.

  • Leendy

    I really can't wait for this game~!!!!!! >xD

  • EraZ3712

    Haha, I found it somewhat funny when Link slides down hills on his back. (Though it could be VERY annoying when playing the game. ^^;;;)

    I’m glad that the long travel-time from Wind Waker and such are gone, though there is some loss of the adventure spirit and the feel that you know how to navigate the seas (or tracks) using compass and map. I guess it’s preference, maybe.

    Finally, I REALLY enjoyed seeing that battle with the LIzalfos. I’ve been wanting the AI’s of enemies to be more challenging than the simple-to-defeat enemies from Twilight or Wind Waker. That Lizalfos has some moves~ (which reminds me how smoothly and elegantly Ghirahim evaded LInk’s attacks. And I think I spelled his name wrong. – -;;;)

  • JuliiD

    I really want to see what happens if you dont activate sailcloth…….

    • Soeroah

      You and everyone else who ever saw Link use his sailcloth on the many Youtube videos :p

    • rookie

      I think his Loftwing swoops down and saves him… I've heard that in an article here or from IGN.

  • This entire world is more beautiful than the 3D Hyrules, and Termina, that we saw before. If only we didn't have to be so waitful(?) to explore it.

    • John

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      • teh xbox

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      • I don't know if you're the same guy in the comment above, but I hope you stop the masquerade. A lot of people can actually become offended by the statements you made.

        • teh xbox

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  • Ashmic

    the only thing i don't like is it has cutscenes to every "going into a new room" like in resident evil : i hope they weren't adding that as "cutscene time"

  • Ashmic

    and i can already tell when i fight those lizards im gonna be swearing up a storm loool

  • EverEndingStory

    The Lizalfos is just dancing on him! And at the very end of the Lizalfos clip, he looks like he's taunting Link! Looks like some real challengers are stepping up to Link in this game.

  • Kyle

    I want to let people know that there is an ad on this site that redirects you away from this page.

    • rookie

      I knoooooow! Hate that!!!!!!!!!!!! >: (

  • Kyle

    Guys and gals: This is the same old song and dance over and over again: "This will be the best Zelda game ever!" "This will be the BIGGEST Zelda game ever" "This will be the hardest Zelda game ever" "Ohhh look at all those monsters!" and then delays happen which we wind up with half of what we see.

    Then people take sides by either hating the product out right or refusing to see the problems the product has by pretending to be satisfied when they are really wishing for that zelda game with complicated AI and a new way of doing puzzles. Not to mention a bad ass dragon to ride as transportation instead of teleportation.

    • anon

      No one cares. Let them think what they wanna think. You either play it, or you don't. Every single thing is up to you.

  • amrole

    You make a good point.

  • amrole

    The fan base is a pretty big one and people have their own points of view. It would make it imposable to satisfy everyone and in doing so; it could ruin the series. All in all, we are just excited to see a new game.