Link returns to the Wii with Nintendo proclaiming the new title as The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. Legendary game designer, Shigeru Miyamoto, took control of the green-clad hero using the Wii remote and Nunchuk to display use of the sword and shield.
To demonstrate the title of the game, Miyamoto pointed the remote skyward as Link imitated the action on-screen with his sword and the weapon charged up so that energy beams could be fired at enemies. It’s a throwback to earlier games in the series when Link’s heart containers were filled up allowing him to launch beams at Armos Knights and the like.
Skyward Sword uses the Wii MotionPlus accessory to enhance the controls used in-game. The game utilizes the A and B buttons for actions, while the Z button locks onto opposing creatures or targets. The Wii MotionPlus allows for a far more realistic approach in combat.
The game bears similarities to The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, though it’s rendered using cel-shading, similar to the style in The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, Skyward Sword acts and looks differently while offering greater control of Link. Link also is given new weapons and items, as well as a new method of carrying and equipping them.
Nintendo expects to have The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword available in 2011.