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The Legend Of Zelda: Skyward Sword Preview: Hope You Like Sand

Nintendo has released a pair of new trailers and a mess of screens for its upcoming game The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. While Link is purportedly the star of the show, it's pretty clear that sand is doing most of the heavy lifting here.

The Lanayru Desert is just one of the areas Link will explore on his quest. If you've played any of the 3D Zelda games, you'll recognize some familiar elements, such as laser-firing statues and sandy waterfalls. The dual hookshot makes a return, though it's being called the Claw Shots in Skyward Sword. A new item called the Gust Jar lets Link expose hidden paths and topple certain enemies. Look for the game on the Wii this November 20.

In this trailer, we get a nice view of the desert. Expect lots of navigation-based puzzles as Link works his way across deadly sand via a maze of elevated platforms. Magic stones revitalize the arid environments. It should be interesting to see how the place looks once Link's finished. There are also glimpses of mine-cart rides and a spooky pirate skeleton. He must have gotten lost.

The Lanayru Mining Facility is the area's dungeon, and as such it's filled with deadly traps. Here you'll see the Gust Jar in action, as well as an encounter with a scorpion boss. Why does he have eyeballs in his claw? Don't ask. It's a secret to everybody.

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  • Wish I could borrow a Wii for this game, looks really good.
  • Cant wait to play!

  • This is cool.

  • This looks like it is going to be a very interesting Zelda title. I can't wait to hear what other people say about it because i do not have a wii personally (and already spent my money on BF3)

  • Oh I can't wait!

  • I'm really digging the newer art style. Although the princess looks a little weird, if that's her...
  • Zelda is basically the only reason I own a Wii. That, and the few other gems that pop up like Epic Yarn and Mario Galaxy. I honestly can not wait to play this n___n
  • I can already tell the controls for the cart level is going to piss me off. Also, IS THAT THE POLTERGUST 3000??!!!
  • Also guaranteed for Zelda... desert, fire, and water levels.  Seriously.

    Hookshots are always cool though.

    Check Zelda and... Impa?

  • I keep telling myself don't buy a Wii just stick with PC.

    But Nintendo just keeps busting my balls.

  • It's a secret to everybody, eh?

  • I can't wait to dust off my wii, Zelda is honestly going to replace my skyrim play time when it comes out.
  • This MAY give me a reason to play with my Wii again. <Insert non-clever joke about masturbation here>.

  • I'm looking forward to playing this game

  • Gust Jar makes me think of Minish Cap. The more I see of this game, the more I want it.
  • Looks like you have to get the pirate boss or mini boss to walk the plank, very cool. But who is that with Zelda in the screenshots?
  • I'm beginning to get slightly confused by Nintendo's renaming of all the provinces. Yes the names line up with those of Twilight Princess, but isn't this supposed to be the earliest game in the official chronology of Hyrule? If that's the case, where does TP now fit? I thought, again according to official Nintendo sources, that TP lined up Wind Waker on the alternate timeline theory? Though again I've heard they've now backed away from the alternate timeline, so maybe they're repositioning TP as earlier in the series, but then how can TP come before Ocarina? Please explain, Nintendo.
  • The fourth picture... WHAT IS THAT
  • All that sand reminds me of the spinning top, hope they bring it back........

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