New Zelda details emerge

Miyamoto introduces brighter, more colourful Zelda

Nintendo fanboys are celebrating the Japanese gaming juggernaut's announcement of the new Legend of Zelda game at E3 2010. The audience chanted for The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, which was demoed by the legendary video game designer and Zelda creator, Shigeru Miyamoto.

Some components of the game were direct lifts from Twilight Princess -- the shield thrust Nunchuck move, for example -- while others were loving homages to old school Zelda games, like Link being able to charge and shoot a beam of light from his sword while at full health. The archery gameplay is significantly changed to a first person shooter view -- it's unclear if you can toggle that on or off -- so that the one-to-one motions with the Wiimote and Nunchuck make sense in context.

To compensate for serious Wii Fi interference that marred the archery demo, Miyamoto showed off a new item for the Zelda series that can best be described as a remote controlled beetle that can fly around and retrieve things for Link. He also demoed a new whip item that functioned like the hookshoot, pulling enemies toward Link or knocking out groups of them in one swipe.

The game looks brighter and more colorful than Twilight Princess with big, whimsical set pieces like giant mushrooms. The inventory system looked familiar with an item-select wheel -- however Miyamoto said it was actually a much better experience than previous installments and encouraged journalists to check out the playable demo on the showfloor. The demo ended with a slightly longer version of the same teaser trailer with more sword slashes and a longer look at the new Link -- now with pants.

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is scheduled for release next year.

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