Under a month to go until the release of the first major console Zelda title in five years, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, and Nintendo can’t seem to stop teasing us about the game. They’ve sent out a press release that details one of the game’s dungeons, Eldin Volcano, and describes in more detail other items in Link’s arsenal.
• Eldin Volcano and the Mogma: After battling Demon Lord Ghirahim in Skyview Temple, Link travels to Eldin Volcano where he meets the Mogma – a new race of subterranean creatures that are also exploring this area. The Mogma help Link traverse this fiery environment, giving him key items and advice along the way.
• New Items: In the Eldin Volcano area, Link will receive additional items including the Digging Mitts and the Bomb Bag. With the addition of the Bomb Bag, players can collect bombs from bomb flowers, which are essential to puzzle solving. The Wii Remote™ Plus controller gives players a variety of ways to use bombs. Players can throw bombs using an overhead motion or roll them like bowling balls, even putting a spin on their trajectory. The Digging Mitts, an item new to The Legend of Zelda series, allow players to dig in marked areas on the ground for secret and key items hidden in the ground. In the Eldin Temple area, this includes the pieces needed to open the door to the Earth Temple.
• Earth Temple: In the Earth Temple, players must balance Link on a giant ball as he rolls across pools of molten lava. Link must also face Scaldera in this temple, while navigating a steep incline.
• Harp: As in previous Zelda titles, music plays an important role in The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword and is integrated into game play. Using the Wii Remote Plus controller, players can play a variety of songs using a Harp Link receives during the game.
And if that doesn’t get you eagerly anticipating Skyward Sword, this should: Edge Magazine has awarded the game a perfect and unblemished 10/10. Not to mention Official Nintendo Magazine‘s unprecedented 98% score for the game, the highest rating for a Wii game the magazine has ever given. Phrases like “Best Zelda game ever made,” “The Zelda series has never been this good,” and the simple GLaDOS-ified version EDGE went with – “A triumph,” were all tossed around.
Edge’s review won’t be out until October 25th, but you can pick up and read ONM’s right now. I don’t think any legitimate gaming die-hard and professional of the video game journalism medium would use the phrase “Best Zelda game ever made” lightly, so I think it’s time we all get really excited. I know I am. I already have my back-up Wii remotes charging.