Over the last 24 hours, Nintendo (and some other sources) have released tons of new information about Skyward Sword. The most exciting news is the revealing of the last major area in Skyward Sword. As usual, this post contains a ton of spoilers, so hit the jump for details.

Spoilers Ahead: You have been warned!

 The Lanayru Desert

The Lanayru Desert looks to be the most interesting desert ever put in a Zelda game. There’s no sign of the Gerudo (yet!), but you’ll meet a robotic Stalfos pirate named Scervo. Scervo is an overworld boss fought primarily with the sword and shield.

You’ll also meet the familiar Gorons and another new race of robotic creatures. The new race have been officially named “Ancient Robots.” The civilization they are a part of is in a state of disrepair. As you travel across the desert, you’ll find crystals that will set back time and bring their ancient civilization back to life.

This time mechanic is reminiscent of The Temple of Time in Twilight Princess.

As you travel across the desert, you’ll find the Clawshots and travel in mine carts.

The Lanayru Mining Facility

Moldera, the boss of Lanayru Mining Facility

Link will travel through the Lanayru Mining Facility on his way to his next destination. You’ll use the time mechanic again inside this dungeon. Interestingly, the Mining Facility is one of the most technologically advanced dungeons we’ve seen in a Zelda game.

Inside, you’ll fight robotic creatures and find the Gust Jar.

The boss is Moldera, the scorpion boss that was previously seen at E3 2010.

Nintendo’s Press Release

We’ve got the full copy of Nintendo of America’s press release below. Nintendo has also updated the Japanese Skyward Sword website with new videos and pictures. You can view it at http://www.nintendo.co.jp/wii/souj/world/index.html.
As usual, the English site has been updated with new information. Curiously, there are some contradictions on the official names for the Gust Jar/Gust Bellows and the scorpion boss. You can check out the English site at www.zelda.com.


Nov. 4, 2011

Nintendo has revealed more details about the captivating areas, items and game play in the massive The Legend of Zelda™: Skyward Swordgame, launching exclusively for the Wii™ system on Nov. 20. This week, Link™ journeys through the Lanayru Desert, where he must find his way through the puzzles in the Lanayru Mining Facility, sail across a sea of sand and discover new items to add to his collection. Newly revealed game elements include the following:

  • Lanayru Desert and the Lanayru Mining Facility: In this vast area, surrounded in all directions by sand, Link must search for the Lanayru Mining Facility. As strange a place as this is, Link will encounter characters both new and familiar, such as Gorons. Inside the Lanayru Mining Facility, Link will follow the path of mine carts through this expansive area, experiencing new puzzles and challenges. He must also face the dungeon boss Moldera, a fearsome giant scorpion.
  • Sand Ship: Late in his quest, Link returns to a different area of the Lanayru Desert as he sails across a sea of sand in search of a hidden ship.
  • New Items: In the desert, Link will receive two new items – the Claw Shots and the Gust Jar. The Claw Shots allow players to grapple and pull themselves toward otherwise unreachable areas. The Gust Jar can blow a burst of air to stun enemies or clear paths through piles of sand. Players will find the Gust Jar essential to solving the puzzles in the Lanayru Mining Facility.

Nintendo will continue to regularly provide fans with select details and information about the game prior to its Nov. 20 launch. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword will be available as a standalone game or as part of a limited-edition bundle that also includes a gold-colored Wii Remote™ Plus controller. Additionally, every copy in the initial production runs of the game will come packaged with a special music CD containing orchestral arrangements of select songs that were performed at The Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary Symphony Concert on Oct. 21 in Los Angeles.

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is now available for pre-order at major retailers throughout North America. A deposit may be required for pre-orders. See individual retailers for details. For more information about the game, visit http://www.zelda.com/skywardsword/.

  • Ashmic

    alot of "deserts" ;]!

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  • harry pothead

    Robot Pirate Island? 😀

    • e5ywe

      chocolate muffins

  • Erathes

    Yay the gust jar from minish cap is in this game! I can't wait to check out the that sand ship in the desert, it sure seems interesting.

  • Darkfares

    GUYS! Vote for The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword on Spike video game awards for Game of the year! http://www.spike.com/events/video-game-awards-201… SPREAD THE WORD

    • TheMaverickk

      This should be front page banner on the site… all Zelda fans should be supporting Skyward Sword!

      • rookie

        I agree! I just voted for it! Everyone else better too…hopefully we'll see SS as Spike game of the year!

    • rookie

      And thanks for telling us, Darkfares.

  • TheMaverickk

    We've seen the area in video's since shortly after E3. It just needed an official name. Makes sense that the Desert is named Lanayru…. it's where Nayru's Love is found in Ocarina of Time… it's also the same name of the province that connected to Gerudo Desert in Twillight Princess.

    Seems like a pretty good fit!

  • It's also stated that in the Harp Trailer, on the bridge scene, you can see the Triforce Crest in the background. It's the same on found in the Mining Facility.

    • heroofmasks

      its a lyre

      • rookie

        AAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH! Can everyone stop correcting the harp/Lyre thing!? I'm not trying to be mean, and I see the difference between the words, but its just. Not. Necessary.

  • guest

    Cant wait to play this game

    • uil

      im good at this game

  • GanonLives

    Come on, there has to be Gerudo. Especially if this takes place before OOT, I will keep my fingers crossed for my favorite characters of the series.

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  • heroofmasks

    man nintendo revieled new zelda game fore 3ds and myamoto is thinking of a remake of mm but it wound be out before new one if they do he said they just made a remak so a remake adter a remake wount be right

    • jimbob

      yes a girl

  • erik destler

    This game is just setting itself up as a prequel to Minish Cap

  • rookie

    Everyone needs to scurry on over to the spike website and vote for skyward sword as game of the year! There is no reason not to, no sign-in is required, and come on! We're all here, aren't we? LOZ is the best! There is no excuse for anyone who can read this comment to not vote for Skyward Sword as #1! The Link (ha,ha) is up with Darkfares, so go and express your love for this series and your excitement for this game!

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