US retail chain Best Buy is currently running a fantastic offer for the beloved Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. If you enrol for a free Reward Zone card then you’re entitled to get Skyward Sword for the ridiculous price of $14.99. The offer is only available if you purchase the game at your local store, so you won’t be able to purchase it online.
Because The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword launched in November 2011, it makes sense that a new title in the franchise was not present at this year’s E3. Although it wasn’t on the show floor, Shigeru Miyamoto is thinking about the next console Zelda. Miyamoto reiterates that the Zelda HD experience shown at E3 2011 was only made to display the graphical capabilities of Wii U.
Miyamoto wants to find out what most people want for the next Zelda – including both casual and dedicated gamers. Miyamoto wants Wii U’s Zelda to reach a large audience and be attractive for all types of gamers. Nintendo Land will feature a Zelda attraction – perhaps this is Nintendo’s way of introducing more people to The Legend of Zelda series.
“With the last game, Skyward Sword, that was a game where you had motion control to use your weapons and a lot of different items, and I thought that was a lot of fun, but there were some people who weren’t able to do that or didn’t like it as much and stopped playing partway through it,” Miyamoto said. “So we’re in the phase where we’re looking back at what’s worked very well and what has been missing and how can we evolve it further.”
The next Super Smash Bros. is not going to be released any time soon – in the meantime, play Project M. Project M is a Super Smash Bros. Melee-inspired mod that can be applied to Super Smash Bros. Brawl. The mod is legal because you need to have a copy of Brawl in your possession.
Project M’s purpose is to make Brawl’s gameplay mechanics similar to Melee’s style. Project M also removes the random tripping prevalent in Brawl, balances the characters, and adds new stages such as Skyward Sword’s Skyloft. The mod is free of charge and can be downloaded from Project M’s website.
“Project M is playable on ANY NTSC Wii, without any hardware modification, and even without any longterm software modification. All that is needed to get started is an SD card and a copy of Super Smash Bros. Brawl.”
Toys “R” Us in the United States is selling the fantastic The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword for the bargain price of $29.99. It’s generally quite rare to see first party Nintendo games at a reduced price, especially since the game didn’t launch so long ago. The Legend of Zelda: skyward Sword is one of the best games on Wii so if you haven’t already purchased it nows your chance.
A poster over at Neogaf has discovered that Nintendo is currently distributing an alternative box-art for The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword in Europe. This alternate box art was previously only available in the East, but it seems to have made its way to the West. I’m sure the collectors amongst you will be hunting feverishly for this one.
BAFTA has revealed that The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword has been nominated along with nine other games for the all-important Game of The Year award. The Game of The Year award is the only one of its annual video game awards that is selected by public vote. Here’s the ten games you can choose from:
- Batman: Arkham City
- Battlefield 3
- Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
- FIFA 12
- LA Noire
- Portal 2
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
- The Legend Of Zelda: Skyward Sword
- Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception
The Legend of Zelda producer Eiji Anouma has revealed in the latest edition of Game Informer that the Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword art style and the storyline will most likely be a one-off and that we will be seeing something completely different for Zelda Wii U.
“With Wind Waker, the graphics were suited to handheld gaming. Also the game ended with Link embarking on a journey, so it left open the possibility of what comes after the game. With Skyward Sword, positioning it as the first Zelda game means everything else connects to it and comes after it. It becomes a little bit difficult to do something else within that world and certainly much more difficult to do something that comes before it.”
GameSpot has awarded the fantastic Xenoblade Chronicles Wii game of 2011 beating the mighty Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. Judging from the Youtube comments it seems a few people are shaking their heads over this decision. I can see why GameSpot had such a hard time deciding as they’re both fantastic games.
Respected UK gaming publication Edge Magazine has published its game of the year lists. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword which received a perfect ten out ten review score has won the mainstream game of the year award beating both Skyrim and Dark Souls. Nintendo also scooped up the award for best publisher of the year and portable game of the year with Mario Kart 7. Here’s the full list:
Edge Awards 2011
The winner is in bold and below it are the two runners-up.
Mainstream Game of the Year
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Indie Game of the Year
Portable Game of the Year
Mario Kart 7
Super Mario 3D Land
Best Online Experience
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
Best Visual Design
Child of Eden
Best Audio Design
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
Publisher of the Year
Studio of the Year