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Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 2 days ago.
The game is the earliest in the Zelda timeline and tells the story of the origins of the Master Sword. Link must ensure Zelda's safety and stop Ghirahim as he attempts to resurrect his master, Demise. Fighting enemies makes use of the motion controls of Link's sword and shield. Movements are mapped to the direction the Wii Remote is motioned and enemies are designed to anticipate and block attacks.
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD is a version on the Nintendo Switch with optimised motion controls and new button controls. When playing with two Joy-Con controllers, these become your sword and shield. Swing the right Joy-Con to have Link swing his sword in-game and use the left Joy-Con to raise his shield to block enemy attacks.
Rated for younger players in the US. ESRB EVERYONE 10+ for Animated Blood, Comic Mischief, and Fantasy Violence. As players explore dungeons and temples, they use swords, whips, boomerangs, and bows to solve puzzles and defeat fantasy creatures (e.g., skeletons, giant spiders, demons). Some ranged weapons allow players to shoot projectiles (e.g., arrows) from a first-person view; players can perform various sword strikes, including a finishing attack: Link jumps through the air to strike creatures and bosses into the ground. The somewhat frenetic combat is highlighted by slashing effects, cries of pain and colourful splash effects as enemies are hit; enemies usually break apart and disappear in clouds of smoke when defeated. A handful of sequences involve bathroom humour (e.g., a character sitting on a toilet, flushing sounds).
9+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. You do need good exploration and combat skills for this game. There's quite a bit of reading although this isn't critical to progressing. You can choose whether to use the motions, which can help (or hinder) younger players.
You can only play this on older systems (Nintendo Wii and Nintendo Wii U) but can usually find it second hand on eBay.
The Legend Of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
|Wii U||£17.99||Unavailable On Digital Store|
Release Date: 23/11/2011, updated in 2021
Out Now: Switch, Wii and Wii U
Content Rating: PEGI 12
Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds
Genres: Adventure (Action, Fighting, Narrative, Physically Active, Puzzle, Role-Play and Stealth)
Accessibility: 20 features
Components: 3D Third-Person, Day and Night and Open World
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