With all this recycled footage and all these re-used images, Nintendo is intentionally putting Zelda fans through incredible pain by not revealing more than a miniscule chunk of what we're going to see in The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, which will apparently be the most lengthy and expansive game yet to see release in the long-running series. The reason they happen to be doing this is quite simple: So none of the game is spoiled before release. By the time the most recent handheld game in the series that we know as Spirit Tracks was released, many gamers including myself found themselves slogging through many spoiled moments that had already leaked onto the interwebs through the earlier Japanese release of the game, including the completely ruined revelation of a certain Princess Zelda's death and reincarnation as a ghostly acquaintance for Link (although that didn't really matter too much because Spirit Tracks was average at best, in fairness). Skyward Sword on the other hand is much more exciting, and has my anticipation levels overflowing, even more so by the fact that Nintendo aren't giving away anything minus the odd tidbit in interviews and trailers. What we do know is when the game will be released. As a matter of fact, what I said earlier about a lack of art for the game isn't strictly true either, as the absolutely gorgeous box artwork for Skyward Sword was revealed the other week, and without a doubt takes place as my favourite cover for a Zelda game yet. While it's not 100% confirmed just yet that we'll be seeing this lovely art on the games UK covers (although it's pretty damn likely as almost every other Zelda game had the same box art in both PAL and NTSC regions) all we know for now is that it looks awesome. Check it out below...
|As you can see here, the Limited Edition bundle includes a gorgeous Zelda Wii Remote and a Zelda Symphony Orchestra CD packed with classic tunes and ditties. Oh, and you get the game as well.|
As you may or may not know, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword will be available in a special bundle which includes an awesome Zelda-themed Wii Remote Plus (a standard remote with MotionPlus built-in) that sports an epic shade of gold. This most certainly doesn't look like the plasticy gold crap that THQ gave to the Queen along with a copy of Big Beach Sports a few years back (quite possibly the most shameful thing anyone could ever do to her majesty) and instead appears to be a fan's dream and the perfect extra to compliment the next Legend of Zelda game. The gold Wii Remote Plus isn't the only extra you can get your hands on when purchasing Skyward Sword, however. A soundtrack CD featuring songs performed by the Zelda Symphony Orchestra will be included with every single copy of the game (yes, even the standard release without the remote) which is also a pretty awesome (and free) bonus. Not only this, but if you happen to have a Club Nintendo account and end up buying a copy of the game you can register it on the Nintendo website for a chance to get your hands on the Ocarina of Time 3D soundtrack as well, although the stocks are pretty low so I'm not sure how likely the opportunity to also grab this gift will be. Regardless, all these extra bonus items feel like a reward for us gamers (un)patiently waiting for the next Zelda game, and the first 'proper' full on title in the series to see release since Twilight Princess, which came out a whopping half decade ago.
|I neglected to mention this absolutely epic cover for US magazine Game Informer in this post (because it only popped up the other day in case you're wondering). Just wow, I'm speechless!|