The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

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13th September 2011

New Skyward Sword details at TGS

Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses 2015 concert tour dates announced

The official Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses concert tour returns in 2015 for a new round of performances.

Now subtitled Symphony of the Goddesses: Master Quest, 2015's updated set list includes new compositions and old favourites.

Among the new additions are musical and visual excerpts from 3DS adventure The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds and the upcoming Majora's Mask 3D remake.

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Another Legend of Zelda concert announced for London

Another Legend of Zelda concert announced for London

London Symphony Orchestra prepping their ocarinas for next July.

Another musical celebration of Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda series will be held next year in London.

The Symphonic Legends London concert will take place at the Barbican on 13th July 2014 and feature both the London Symphony Orchestra and London Symphony Chorus.

The event is a separate venture from Nintendo's own Zelda concert tour - which began in London in 2011 and returned to the capital earlier this year.

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European Wii sales pass 30 million mark

European Wii sales pass 30 million mark

Wii balance board sales are nearly 42 million.

More than 30 million Wii consoles have been sold across Europe, maker Nintendo has trumpeted.

Those numbers were totted the week ending Christmas Day - 25th December 2011.

That makes Wii the best selling current generation console in Europe.

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3DS sells more in first 9 months than Wii did

3DS sells more in first 9 months than Wii did

Super Mario 3D Land, Mario Kart 7 set franchise records.

The 3DS sold more in its first nine months than Wii did in the US, Nintendo has announced.

Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7 are the fastest-selling games in the history of their franchises. They are the first 3DS games to sell one million units each in the US.

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is the 45th Wii game to sell more than one million in the US.

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Skyward Sword bug fix goes live in Japan

Zelda Data Restoration Channel up for download.

A fix for a game-breaking bug in The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword that prevents some players from progressing past a certain point in the story has gone live in Japan.

Japan chart: Mario Kart 7 soars, Zelda plummets

Plus, top 5 finish for Assassin's Creed: Revelations.

Good news/bad news for Nintendo in this week's Japanese sales charts. Mario Kart 7 got off to a storming start but Zelda: Skyward Sword dropped like a stone in its second week.

Why Skyward Sword didn't launch in Christmas 2010

Why Skyward Sword didn't launch in Christmas 2010

Miyamoto: "It would have felt like a waste."

Releasing Wii epic Zelda: Skyward Sword last Christmas might have been more convenient for the company's bottom line, but making sure the game was perfect came first, according to Nintendo's top brass.

Speaking in the latest Iwata Asks session on Nintendo's official site, CEO Satoru Iwata explained that sometimes it's important to do what's best for a product rather than for the short term concerns of the company itself, or an individual within it.

"When [developers] end up going with what's most convenient for them, they've got their priorities mixed up. And that's dangerous," he explained.

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Some retail maven somewhere must have calculated that you need a minimum of five weeks on store shelves before Christmas to make the most of the seasonal spending boom. Whatever the reason for the sudden deadline, this week's release schedule - following last week's clash of the titans - is an unseemly stampede of games of every stripe: big sequels, slick kids' games, remastered classics, motion control novelties, branded tie-ins, hardcore updates, indie hopefuls, not to mention new entries in two of the most storied video game series ever.

3D Classics Kirby's Adventure launches on Nintendo eShop

3D Classics Kirby's Adventure launches on Nintendo eShop

Plus: Bugs'N'Balls, Jam City Rollergirls.

3D Classics Kirby's Adventure launches on the Nintendo eShop tomorrow.

It is a re-mastered version of the classic NES adventure game with 3D visuals for 3DS and costs £5.40 / €6.

Elsewhere, this week's eShop update brings us Bugs'N'Balls for 3DS and DSi. The aim is to throw balls from your side of the table to your opponent's side while dodging balls they throw at you. On 3DS it is £1.80 / €2 and from the DSi Shop it is 200 Nintendo DSi Points.

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3DS to outperform DS first year sales in US

The 3DS is on track to outperform the DS for first year sales in the US, Nintendo has said.

The 3DS sold 1.65 million units in the US in the eight months following launch. The DS sold 2.37 million units in its first 12 months on sale, from November 2004 to October 2005. Half of those sales were made during the Christmas period.

In a note released today Nintendo highlighted the fact that the 3DS' first Christmas is around the corner, as are the launches of Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7.

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The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword Review

And so it was foretold. A great evil that once terrorised the land shall threaten to rise again. The gods that vanquished the evil in ancient times sealed the power needed to thwart it in a great sword and a mysterious symbol. A hero chosen by those gods shall undergo many trials to claim that power for himself and save the future of the land, and the future of a girl with whom his fate is intertwined. This is the story that has been handed down for generations.

"Oral history - the most unreliable method of transferring information," remarks Fi, your familiar and guide in The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. (She's an ethereal automaton who lives in your sword, part Navi, part Cortana, and though she's impassive and exact in all things, she's not above the odd tart line.) But it's proven a reliable enough tale in the 25-year history of Nintendo's classic fantasy adventures.

Nintendo supposedly keeps a timeline that ties these clockwork fairy tales together into some sort of coherent whole, but I don't buy it. Sure, there is the rare exception of Majora's Mask: an actual sequel to Ocarina of Time, and not coincidentally the least formulaic and most experimental game in the series. But for the most part, Zelda games are echoes of each other, handed down from one (console) generation to the next, changing the context but not the form.

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Zelda: Skyward Sword has robots

Iwata reveals fresh gameplay details.

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata initially expressed surprise that The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword features ancient robots, the company boss revealed in a new Iwata Asks interview with members of the Zelda team.

Feature: A Hero's Journey

Zelda: 25 years of music and magic with Nintendo's legendary fairytale.

London, October 2011. Thousands are crowded into the Hammersmith Apollo, one of the city's most famous theatrical venues, to hear a concert of music commemorating the 25th anniversary of The Legend of Zelda. It's an emotional night. Host Zelda Williams recalls how much the series she was named after meant to her growing up, and her voice audibly cracks at the memory. As Koji Kondo plays a delicate piano solo of Grandma's Theme from The Wind Waker, grown men can be seen dabbing their eyes. Kondo rises from his seat and the audience stands, too, applauding wildly, a number of them clad in the familiar green tunic, tights and pointed hat of their hero.

Maybe it's because the 25th anniversary concert is only a week away, but the first thing I notice is the music. The swooning classical score is augmented by real orchestration and the effect is as epic and stirring as it proved in Super Mario Galaxy.

No left-handed mode in Skyward Sword

Southpaws will have to make do.

Nintendo's incoming motion-controlled epic The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword does not feature a left-handed mode, the publisher has confirmed to Kotaku.

Skyward Sword characters detailed

Plus, new story information.

Nintendo has detailed characters, the story and locations in upcoming Wii exclusive The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, a game the Japanese company said has taken 100 staff members over five years to produce.

GameCity announces Zelda Takeover Day

GameCity announces Zelda Takeover Day

Plus, Fez to get week-long showcase.

This year's GameCity event in Nottingham features a Zelda Takeover Day, organisers have announced.

In celebration of the franchise's 25th anniversary, the event is holding a series of Zelda-themed events on Saturday 29th October.

Nottingham's Old Market Square is to be transformed into a Hyrulean marekt village for the day. Visitors will be able to craft their own sword and shield, learn to play the ocarina and stop off for refreshments at the LonLon Milk Bar.

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Zelda: Skyward Sword plot details

Zelda: Skyward Sword plot details

Lays foundation for "rest of series".

Nintendo has detailed airborne Zelda adventure Skyward Sword's introductory hours and the initial faces Link will encounter on his latest quest.

Skyward Sword, described as "one of the biggest" projects "in the history of Nintendo software development", is a prequel to existing Zelda titles.

Story elements in the game "lay the foundation" for events that occur throughout the rest of the series, Nintendo said.

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New Skyward Sword details at TGS

New Skyward Sword details at TGS

Watch out, Beedle's about.

Nintendo revealed a slew of new details about Skyward Sword, the new Zelda game that's launching later this year, at it's pre-TGS conference.

Shigeru Miyamoto took to the stage brandishing a Master Sword and Hylian Shield, which he swiftly swapped for a Wiimote and Nunchuck combination to demo Skyward Sword.

While the core fundamentals of Skyward Sword have already been revealed, the extended demo debuted the return of a few fan favourites.

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Nintendo talks Zelda Wii U ideas

Touch screen to replace MotionPlus?

Despite this year's long-awaited Wii Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword still several months from launch, Nintendo is already planning the series' next incarnation for the Wii U.

Wii Zelda: Skyward Sword release date

Wii Zelda: Skyward Sword release date

Joins the November huddle.

Nintendo's long-awaited Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword finally arrives in Europe on 18th November.

Skyward Sword sees the usual Hylian adventuring uprooted to a world in the clouds.

It is also set earlier than any other Zelda game to date, and will chronicle the story of Link constructing the series' legendary Master Sword.

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Nintendo to offer free Zelda tickets

For symphony-loving UK Club Nintendo fans.

UK Club Nintendo members will soon be given the chance to win free tickets to London's Zelda Symphony tour, Nintendo has told Eurogamer.

London Zelda Anniversary concert details

London Zelda Anniversary concert details

25th October, £33.75 for a ticket.

The Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary concert tour will play a one-off performance at London's HMV Hammersmith Apollo on 25th October, Nintendo has announced.

Places will be extremely limited - it's the only date planned for the whole of Europe.

Tickets are priced at £33.75 and go on sale 8th August from Ticketmaster and Zelda-Symphony.com.

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Iwata says no to Zelda anniversary comp

Nintendo of America's proposal denied.

Nintendo top brass turned down a request from its US wing to repackage classic Zelda games on a single Wii disc in celebration of the franchise's 25th anniversary this year, according to the latest Iwata Asks interview.

Skyward Sword coming this holiday

New Zelda timed for 25th anniversary.

The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword, the new Wii installment of Nintendo’s long-running adventure series, will be launching the end of this year.

Zelda: Skyward Sword pre-E3 rumours

Live-action prologue? November release?

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is complete, won't feature series villain Ganondorf as its antagonist and will get a 10 minute live-action prologue, according to a slate of rumours published by Zelda Informer.

Nintendo dates Ocarina of Time 3DS

Plus, Dragon Quest VI, Dead or Alive, more

The 3DS remake of N64 classic The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time launches in Europe on 17th June, Nintendo has announced.

Zelda: Skyward Sword vid reveals clues

Footage shows new MotionPlus gameplay.

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has just shown off a revealing new trailer for upcoming Wii adventure Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword at the Game Developers Conference - it's the first we've seen of the title since E3 last year.

Miyamoto: New Wii Zelda is half finished

Skyward Sword heads into the clouds.

That new Zelda Wii game we've been waiting years for? Well, according to Shigeru Miyamoto, it's only half finished - comments that undermine plans for an early 2011 release.

Nintendo explains Zelda's new art style

Helps with "exaggerated characteristics".

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword's sort of cel-shaded art style was chosen to highlight the "exaggerated characteristics" of the game's characters, Zelda mega man Eiji Aonuma has said.

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

Return of the swing.

The Legend of Zelda games may traditionally focus on the heroic adventures of mild-mannered elves and shy princesses, but the roar that met the E3 announcement of the latest instalment was anything but gentle.

Nintendo unveils new Zelda Wii

Nintendo unveils new Zelda Wii

Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword in 2011.

Nintendo has unveiled The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword at its E3 press conference in Los Angeles and said it will be out "next year".

Shigeru Miyamoto appeared on-stage and talked about the game's Wii MotionPlus-based control scheme, which allows players to control Link with a mixture of the nunchuk for movement and shield usage and the WMP for sword swings.

"With a sword this light, you can move it around as you like," he explained. "Just imagine you are holding a sword and a shield yourself," he said while playing the game, swishing his sword around on-screen to slash grass and enemies.

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Iwata talks about post-DS handheld

Plus: New Zelda out this year, Vitality too.

Satoru Iwata has told a Japanese newspaper that the next generation of Nintendo handhelds will have to be able to read the movements of players.

New Zelda may not be out next year

Nintendo's not committing to 2010.

Nintendo of America boss Reggie Fils-Aime has hinted there may be a bit of a wait in store for the next Wii instalment in the Zelda series.

Miyamoto offers brief update on Zelda

Miyamoto offers brief update on Zelda

Talks about the benefits of Wii MotionPlus.

Shigeru Miyamoto has said that the next Legend of Zelda game will use Wii MotionPlus to make swinging your sword and targeting things easier.

"We're using MotionPlus to make you feel much more like you're actually fighting while holding a sword in your hand," he said during a Q&A in Japan (thanks Wired).

"In the previous game, you aimed at things by pointing at the screen, but this time we'll use MotionPlus to create a much more convenient targeting system and a more pleasurable playing experience."

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New Zelda won't be "radically different"

Miyamoto doesn't think so, anyway.

Judging by a snatched quote from Nintendo Power magazine, Shigeru Miyamoto has said the new Zelda will be a familiar experience, despite being the first instalment specifically built for Wii.

E3: Miyamoto confirms new Wii Zelda

E3: Miyamoto confirms new Wii Zelda

WMP functionality, 2010 release date likely.

Shigeru Miyamoto has confirmed a new Legend of Zelda title is in development for the Wii.

"To be honest with you, I really wanted to announce a Zelda game for Wii at this E3. But rather than think about something to bring you to show you, we really wanted to focus on actual game development," he said, speaking during a behind-closed-doors presentation.

"However I didn't want to come empty handed, so I did bring the next illustration for the next Zelda title." At this point an oil painting-style image of Link appeared on a big screen. It featured a pale blue figure wearing a helmet in the foreground and the Legend of Zelda logo at the bottom.

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