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Skyward Sword: Game of the Year?

The Legend of ZeldaSkyward Sword is not even set to be released until 2011, and with 5 months still remaining in 2010, I think it is safe to predict that Skyward Sword will be 2011’s game of the year across all platforms.

Twilight Princess was released at the end of the Gamecube’s life on an already  near dead console, and on the Wii which was not full in the market yet due to supply shortages.  Still, with such disadvantages in its release period, it managed to sell near 7 million copies. When expressing feelings concerning low sales of Twilight Princess (despite being number 2 all time in the series), Miyamoto said, “a lot of the people who would want to play it can’t find a Wii!” As of June of this year, nearly 71 million Wiis have shipped, giving Skyward Sword a much larger market base than Twilight Princess had at its prime market life. Making a conservative estimate, I think it can be safe to say that Skyward Sword will, by the end of its life, sell a minimum of 8-9 million copies, even surpassing sales of The Ocarina of Time.

Sales is not all that determines a games place in the market however. While it is safe to assume it will sell quite well, it will also bring new things to the Zelda and gaming community alike. Every time a Zelda game is released it comes to much acclaim, but as Retro Studios fine tuned Metroid’s gameplay to the Wii’s emersive controls, the Wii-motion plus will do the same for Zelda.  Gone will be the simple methodology of wailing on a fallen or unguarded opponent, and for the first time in the series will come true precision combat. As demoed at E3,  the player will literally control Link’s Sword using the wii-mote. From precision attacks, to how Link yields the Sword, where he aims and strikes, the player will be in full control.  No more will we only pull the sword out and swing wildly, this will be all about stepping into Link’s shoes and being in control.

Behind the game play will also be a brand new storyline that ties into the other Hylian myths already presented in past titles. While bringing out the nostalgia side in all of us through giving the origins of the Master Sword, and of course returning characters such as Zelda and presumably Ganon, we will also be seeing a new side of the myth and perhaps the very beginning of it all.

Nintendo has been known to make some controversial choices in graphics concerning The Legend of Zelda franchise, ranging anywhere from cartoons to the first ever T rated Zelda portrayed in realism. New to the series will be this surrealistic style that  mixes vibrant colors and a rough palette with realistic designs.  And to accompany the new graphics will of course be a fully orchestrated soundtrack, bringing new depth and excitement to the Zelda world.

On a final point, Nintendo always puts advertising dollars into its Zelda series and game critics have consistently rated the games in the high 8’s. 9’s and almost 10/10’s. Just adding good publicity to an already excited fan base, new graphics and soundtrack style, and brand new game play and controls and we are looking at the top selling and critically acclaimed game of the year, Zelda Skyward Sword.

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  • masterlinkace

    it's odd, i mean, we know hardly anything about this game in comparison to games like gears of war 3 etc. however there is no doubt in my mind that skyward sword will be a contender for game of the year, and i think will most likely be the game of the year. i mean, the thing is, it's zelda, no matter what people say, it will be great, there's no doubt about it, i mean it's miyamoto, when was the last time he fronted a bad game, or even a mediocre one. i mean the worst one he's come out with in years is probably super mario sunshine, and i think that was still brilliant. To any of those doubters out there about skyward sword, just remember that.

  • fdoj

    Its gonna fail, just like ur crappy site…

    • andyroo

      ^ fanboyism

    • Dragon

      So why are you one it?

  • http://dsultimate.net/ cheat-master30

    It's probably going to be a good game, although it might be overshadowd due to the release of the 3DS at around the same time.

    Also, I presume you mean game of the year 2011? Because I don't recall it being planned for a release this year, and 2010 will definitely belong to either Donkey Kong Country Returns or Metroid Other M.

  • 2011

    Well the first paragraph says that its talking about the 2011 game of the year.

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  • http://hiddentriforce.com kjell magne

    to cheat-master30

    2010 will be won by either Halo: Reach, Red Dead Redemption, CoD: Black Ops or Fallout New Vegas

  • Link

    all you mfers are wrong!! lol. Skyward sword will be game of the year. I just beat it and cant believe what yall are saying…@fdoj: fail? you failed just by making the comment. @cheat-master30: overshadowed by the 3DS? what's that? lol. skyward sword ftw.