Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The Legend of Zelda: The Skyward Sword Gameplay Initial Impressions

The video above shows more elements of the gameplay in Nintendo Wii's The Legend of Zelda: The Skyward Sword.

The good:

  • 1:1 swordplay motion tracking with the Wii Motion+ add on to the Wii remote as well as the ability to use items like the sling shot and bow without pointing at the screen; basically it's all controlled through the wand now.
  • Control of the shield via the nunchuck attachment.
  • The ability to determine what to do with bombs via different control motions, throwing, rolling, etc.
  • The beetle item, allowing the player to send a remote drone out to help collect hard to reach objects and presumably for solving puzzles.
  • The addition of a whip to the items list, very cool.

The bad:

  • I'm still a little less than thrilled about the overall look of the game, at least in the forest areas that were presented. It seems a little too colorful ala a Mario game. Perhaps the graphics are cel shaded?

The ugly:

  • A most likely release date of 2011! Really Nintendo?

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