The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
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.