Skyward Sword

Release Date

Nintendo Wii
US : November 20, 2011
Japan : November 23, 2011
Europe : November 18, 2011
Australia : November 24, 2011


Publisher : Nintendo 
Developer : Nintendo EAD
Director : Hidemaro Fujibayashi
Producer : Shigeru Miyamoto


Genre : Action, Adventure
Platform : Nintendo Wii
Game Type : Optical Disc
Mode : Single Player


ESRB : E (Everyone)


Metacritic : 93% 

Skyward SwordSkyward Sword was the first Zelda title made especially for the Wii's capabilities, which when paired with the MotionPlus Wiimote attachment, finally brought the Zelda title many of us dreamed of when the Wii was first announced. While Twilight Princess was a Wii launch title, it was obviously a GameCube game port. Finally we could control Link's Sword dynamically like never before, which led to most of the puzzles and many of the boss fights in the game relying on Link slashing in a certain direction.

Chronologically, Skyward Sword is the first title in the Zelda timeline and takes place on a floating island by the name of Skyloft. This land is home to many inhabitants including our hero, Link, as well as his childhood friend Zelda. Though many of the Skyloft inhabitants question and wonder about the surface, no one has set foot on the land below the clouds.

The civilians of Skyloft travel in the sky flying on their large birds called Loftwings. Many islands far smaller than Skyloft reside in the sky, and Link can visit these to find treasures or other such oddities.

Skyward Sword, while met with critical praise from game journalists, there was some mixed reception among some fans who felt that the motion controls were at times not precise and the redundant dungeons and repeated boss fights hampered the experience. Either way, Skyward Sword was a rare glimpse of the Zelda title many of us had dreamed of when we were kids.