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New Skyward Sword Character and Story Details Revealed

Posted by Corbie Dillard

A few new juicy tidbits of info

For all of you out there who are waiting anxiously for the November release of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Nintendo has just released a few new nuggets of information regarding the game's storyline and characters. It seems the developers are delving a bit deeper into character development in Link's newest outing.

  • Introduction: The new game’s storyline begins in Skyloft, an island town suspended high in the sky, on the day before young Link™ is to compete in a major bird-flying competition. The winner of the contest will earn the honor of taking part in a special ceremony with Zelda™.
  • Link and Zelda: Friends since childhood, Link and Zelda have always shared a special bond. Events in the new game will add even more depth to their relationship.
  • Groose: Link’s nemesis at school, Groose, plays a significant role in the early moments of the new game. This bully of a character not only threatens Link’s chances to win the bird-flying competition, but he also reveals a jealous streak toward Link and Zelda’s special bond.
  • Fi: Early on in Link’s new adventure, he encounters Fi, the spirit of the powerful Goddess Sword. Fi’s guidance proves to be crucial as Link goes forth on a challenging quest that will ultimately result in the creation of the Master Sword.
  • Zelda’s father: Gaepora, Zelda’s father, is the headmaster of Link’s school. As such, he has knowledge of the history and legends of Skyloft.

Nintendo plans to release even more information about the game in the coming weeks leading up to its November 20th launch in North America. And don't forget that the game will be available in both a standalone version as well as a limited edition bundle that will include a special gold coloured Wii Remote Plus controller. You'll also get a CD soundtrack chock full of orchestrated renditions of select Zelda tunes to jam to if you pick up one of the first production runs of the game.

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WaLzgiStaff

#2

WaLzgi said:

Zelda's not royalty yet she's still very special that she might as well be royalty. Go figure :P

NintyMan

#7

NintyMan said:

Will Gaepora become the owl in Ocarina of Time? If I remember right, the background on the owl was that he was a reincarnated sage, so the name doesn't seem like a coincidence. And as soon as I read about Groose, alarm bells of Ganon rung in my head.

19Robb92

#14

19Robb92 said:

Daaamn, I want this game NOOOW. All these awesome news are getting me way to excited. I just want to play it! Novembers seems so far away ;_;

Cant wait!

Cia

#15

Cia said:

Gaepora looks a lot like Rauru. Wasn't there some theory that the owl in OOT is in fact Rauru?

Ryno

#17

Ryno said:

I stopped playing The Legend of Zelda after Link's Awakening came out though I am interested in this game. Are all these Legend of Zelda games even tied together or are they a different Link and Zelda in some parrallel universe? I know, it doesn't matter, its just a video game right?

19Robb92

#18

19Robb92 said:

@Ryno
Nintendo have said there's a "Master Time-line" but they have never revealed anything. But they have said that Skyward Sword is the absolute first game in the series. So there's definitely some kind of time-line in their mind.

But there's always a different Link and Zelda per game.

Squid

#20

Squid said:

Strange... the owl in Ocarina of Time's name is Kaepora Gaebora. And I think Gaepora sounds pretty similar to Gaebora. I wonder if there's any connection between the two... ):T

BulbasaurusRex

#21

BulbasaurusRex said:

Childhood friends with a special bond? Doesn't that usually lead to being love interests (unless the characters are cousins)? It'd be nice to see a Link and a Zelda "get together" for once.

Tasuki

#22

Tasuki said:

@Ryno: It depends on the game. The LInk and Zelda in The Legend of Zelda and Zelda II are the same Link and Zelda. The Link and Zelda in ALttP and Links Awakening are different from the previous games but the same Link and Zelda for those two games. Now in OoT and MM the Link and Zelda are the same in those two games but different from all the other games. After that I sort of lose track cause I really didnt pay attention to the Zelda serious too much.

HanuKwanzMasBif

#24

HanuKwanzMasBif said:

Zelda Kaebora, presumably.
I HATE IT
It's a fine thing that they have a Mido. This is shaping up to be a fantastic game.

EvisceratorX

#25

EvisceratorX said:

Taking part in a special ceremony with Zelda? I'm suspicious of what takes place during said ceremony....

GamerZack87

#26

GamerZack87 said:

@ueI: I'm sure it's pronounced "Fee". :)
Anyways, I tried this yesterday (I played in the Sky Temple), but I didn't get too far before getting knocked-out - I couldn't figure out some of the controls without instructions to guide me... :|

Punny

#28

Punny said:

@DarkSquid: Gaebora laughs like an owl: "hoo hoo hoo!"

Link and Zelda have a special bond, huh? Maybe the sequel will involve dealing with parenthood. :D

Capt_N

#30

Capt_N said:

@Ryno: #17 - @Tasuki #22 pretty much is correct. However, different Zelda wikis occasionally list some things differently, including the which Zelda, & Link correspond to which games.

@Tasuki: #22 - I'm pretty sure the Zelda in Z2 is not the same one as in the first game, although I may be incorrect.

@Faron: #15 - Yes, I believe there was.

WaveBoy

#33

WaveBoy said:

Hated The WindWaker, don't give a Proto man's about Twilight Princess but I'm extremely excited for Skyward Sword. :D

But I seriously need to get on ALTTP this month....I don't think I'll be playing OOT 3D until after Skyward sword....Squeezing in 2 zelda games before Skyward Swords Release in Nov would be Zelda-overkill. :p

Zelda ALTTP, Super Metroid and Super Mario Galaxy 2 need to get played pronto as soon as I get my HDTV kickin! B-) for now it's 3DS a go-go.

grumblebuzzz

#34

grumblebuzzz said:

I haven't been totally crazy about this iteration of Zelda's character. I don't like her look much, I'm not digging the fact that she's Link's girlfriend in this one either. She seems very "damsel in distress" in this game from the things that have been released so far. The refreshing thing about Zelda was that she was kind of a baddonkey in a lot of ways, taking on alter egos to help Link along his journey (Sheik, Tetra). I really hope Nintendo isn't turning the renegade princess into a glorified Princess Peach in Skyward Sword.

Rensch

#35

Rensch said:

Gaepora? So the owl from Ocarina of Time is actually the spirit of one of Zelda's ancestors?

MeloMan

#36

MeloMan said:

The owl was actually named Kaepora Gae*bora*, but I'm sure there will be a connection in some way between the owl and this Gaepora... perhaps breaking apart his name (it's Japanese, right?) may lead to a connection w/ the owl. We'll see.

And for the other point about Rauru being the owl in OoT, I thought that was a given, seeing how the owl was non-existent in the future, and Rauru began speaking like he's been watching Link all his life.

Bassman_Q

#37

Bassman_Q said:

@BulbasaurusRex #21 - It was implied that they "got together" at the very end of Spirit Tracks, if you ever played that one. Of course, if they always "got together", it would be kind of like incest, seeing that every Link and Zelda are all descendants of the first Link and Zelda (whoever they might be as Nintendo will probably make another prequel to this game as well). :P

But anyway I'm kind of getting tired of all this bully-jealousy thing that they do at the beginning of a lot of the Zelda games. They did the exact same thing with OoT and the triangle between Saria, Link, and the other guy (Fido was it?). It can work if they do it once, but not twice. While I have a feeling this game will be amazing, so far the storyline just seems copied from the other Zelda entries. And that's just lazy on the writers' part. :|

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