Over the last thirty years, we’ve all played through games in The Legend of Zelda but only one has attempted to truly teach us what the legend behind the Princess is. There’s always been a hero, a villain, and a princess, but The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is the first one to take us back to the beginning of it all.
Set at the beginning of The Legend of Zelda timeline, Skyward Sword shows us a Link without the Master Sword and a world above the land. It uses the Nintendo Wii’s signature motion controls to make the player feel more in control of Link’s sword. Development on the game began just after the release of Twilight Princess, although the game was not officially revealed until E3 2009 in the form of a teaser image featuring Link and one of the game’s main characters, Fi.
The original release of the game coincided with the series’ twenty-fifth anniversary, and was packaged with an audio CD containing music from the series’ history. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword was first released on November 20, 2011 and has later been re-released on the Wii U Virtual Console in September of this year.
We’re playing Skyward Sword this month as part of our cover story, Secrets, to celebrate The Legend of Zelda and its history over the last three decades. Later this month, we’ll post an article with our thoughts on the game, some of us playing for the first time and others returning to Skyloft for another round of adventure. Throughout the month, be sure to listen to The Free Cheese Podcast to hear our immediate thoughts and reactions to the game.