Nintendo Details Some of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Shares Screenshots

Learn about Faron Woods while catching a glimpse of the game...

Joey Davidsonby Joey Davidson

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

We suppose Nintendo thought today would be a good day to not only share some information regarding The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, but also dump a ton of assets onto their press site.

This article features the information shared as well as a few of the screenshots. They gave us 20, we've decided to show you our favorites. But, before we get to that, Nintendo did detail some of what you will encounter in Skyward Sword's Faron Woods.

Faron Woods and Skyview Temple: The forest is the first location Link visits after leaving Skyloft, an island world suspended high in the sky. The people of Skyloft have never been to the surface, so this stage marks a strange new experience for Link. Traversing the forest leads him to Skyview Temple, where Zelda may be held.

The release also details a new type of creature…

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

Kikwi Tribe: The Kikwis are cute, fuzzy creatures that Link encounters while exploring the forest, resembling a kiwi fruit in animal form. Link can search for the Kikwis in the forest using dowsing. In return, they will help him on his search for Zelda.

Finally, Nintendo shared some information regarding some of the game's mechanics. Two of them are familiar, old hat, one is brand spanking new…dowsing. Here's the release:

Dashing: By holding down the A Button, players can make Link run faster and grant him acrobatic abilities, such as the ability to briefly run up a sheer wall to grab onto a cliff. Dashing uses up some of Link’s endurance, which replenishes itself over time once Link stops running. Certain powerful attacks, like the spin attack, also use up endurance. When all of Link’s endurance is used up, his movement is slowed dramatically for a few moments.

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

Dowsing: Fi, the spirit of the powerful Goddess Sword and Link’s guide, informs Link that he can use the sword to search for things through dowsing. In dowsing mode, when Link holds out his sword, the sword will beep and provide visual feedback when pointed in the direction of the intended target. This technique can be used to search for many objects and characters in the game. In Faron Woods, Link uses it to search for Zelda, guiding him to Skyview Temple, where Zelda’s aura can be detected.

Slingshot: This is one of the first items that Link receives in the game. While it’s not very powerful, it can be used to stun enemies and activate objects in the environment. As with many items in the game, players aim the slingshot by moving the Wii Remote™ Plus.

You've noticed by now that we've peppered a few of the new screenshots into this story already. Well, scroll down to enjoy a few more. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword will release on November 20th for the Nintendo Wii.

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword