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The most profound change Wii MotionPlus brings to Legend of Zelda in Skyward Sword is real-time combat based on one-to-one motion input.  Link has nine basic sword strikes at his disposal, each triggered by how you move your Wii Remote.  An additional four special sword strikes call upon you to use the Wii Remote and Nunchuk in tandem, and there’s also the new Skyward Strike.

Because of this, Link doesn’t learn any special sword skills throughout the game (like, say, the hidden skills in Twilight Princess).  Instead, Link can access all of his possible sword maneuvers from the very moment he acquires the Goddess Sword.  Your skill with the Wii Remote alone determines how effectively Link can use his blade in this game.


Vertical Slashes

Moving the Wii Remote straight up or down lets Link perform a vertical slash. A rising vertical slash (down to up) is crucial in certain boss battles, while a descending vertical slash (up to down) is very useful in fighting enemies like Keese and Chuchus. It’s easy to do vertical slashes very rapidly by shaking the Wii Remote up and down quickly, which is handy in boss battles where you have a limited amount of time to damage a boss’s weak point.  While exploring the world, you sometimes need to use descending vertical slashes to chop down stakes.