Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime has exclusively revealed that the recently released Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword has sold over 535,000 copies since its U.S launch on November 20th making it the fastest-selling Legend of Zelda game ever.
Famed industry analyst Michael Pachter has told Industry Gamers that he believes that Wii owners will migrate to PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Move this holiday season. However, Pachter predicts that the Wii will be the top-selling console in November and December, then fall back into third place forever after. Do you agree with Pachters predictions?
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword has received many spectacular review scores from numerous publications. Is this really Link’s greatest adventure yet? Read on to find out.
How did you find the motion controls?
I must admit that initially it came as a bit of a shock to play a game that was pretty much entirely dependant on motion control as I had previously been playing games that relied solely upon a traditional analogue controller. I must confess though that after about an hour I was converted to Nintendo’s vision that motion control is the most enjoyable and entertaining way to play a Zelda title. Yes, it may take a short time to get used to the controls, but I have to say that if you are having trouble managing them then that’s not a problem with the game, but with you.
How impressive are the visuals?
When Skyward Sword was first revealed to the public at E3 I was admittedly slightly disappointed. I was one of those that would have liked to have seen a more gritty and darker side to the Zelda franchise, however, after actually playing the game on Wii I’m confident that Nintendo made the right decision with the art direction in the game. Sure, it’s all rather colourful and cartoony but it really compliments the aging hardware on which it’s been built. This is the best looking game on Wii and I don’t think anyone who has played it could refute that claim.
Is this the best Zelda yet?
The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword is an ambitious game. It’s the first title to really build upon Wii MotionPlus and deliver exactly what Nintendo promised the Wii was all about. It’s taken a while but the wait was more than worth it as The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword is truly a spectacular title full of memorable characters, exciting locations and a unique control scheme that really does put your skills to the test. Could we have asked for a better Zelda game for Wii? I honestly don’t think we could. Is it the best Zelda game ever? Quite possibly.
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword for Wii and Super Mario 3D Land have both entered the UK all-formats chart at number seven and nine respectively. Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games 2012 also entered the charts at number 20 for the week ending November 19th. I would expect all three titles to chart higher next week.
Earlier this week Nintendo Europe asked gamers to choose the reversible cover art for The Last Story and Pandora’s Tower. The fans have voted and these two images are the ones you’ll be seeing in retail copies when the games ship sometime next year. The first image is for Pandora’s Tower and the second image is for The Last Story.
Nintendo of America has unleashed the first wave of Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword television adverts. The new advert which is titled Falling Swords depicts exactly that with Link’s trademark Sword and Shield crashing through into apartment buildings finished off with some super smooth gameplay footage. Not a bad effort at all.
UK super market chain Asda will be selling the Wii for a mere £89 ($140) as the company prepares for the Christmas onslaught. The white Wii console includes both Wii Sports and Wii Party making it a fantastic deal for anyone that has yet to pick up a Wii.
Nintendo of America has issued a press release detailing Link’s adventure into 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.
• 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 has released another fantastic Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword trailer. The latest video gives an overview of the game and has roughly five minutes of Skyward Sword action. As with most videos there’s plenty of spoilers contained within. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is released November 18th in Europe and November 20th in North America.