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
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.
ADVENTURE IN THE DESERT AWAITS LINK IN THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: SKYWARD SWORD FOR WII
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/.