Legend Of Zelda: Skyward Sword – Release Date in 2011

By Alan Ng - Mar 8, 2011

We have some great news for Nintendo Wii owners now, as Nintendo just announced more details for the highly anticipated new Zelda game for the Wii.

As taken from Nintendo’s E3 keynote in Los Angeles, the new title for the game is Legend Of Zelda: Skyward Sword. As you would expect, the game is a complete step up from the last Wii Zelda game, and this one will feature tight user control with the Wii Mote combined with MotionPlus.

Here is the important bit. Nintendo announced that the game will release sometime in 2011. This could be a disappointment to those who were expecting it to land at the end of the year.

We were impressed with what we saw though, and I’m sure you will be too. We don’t mind waiting for this. We’ll bring you full details on the game and a trailer soon. Let us know your thoughts on this.

Also See: Zelda: Skyward Sword release date info: No Wii U Launch

  • KuroeKnight

    I love all Zelda games (except for the CD-1 ones) and trust me when I say that when Nintendo is going to release their new console it will rule over all of the other consoles out there…

  • mitsos

    ti tha ginei re paidia exo barethei perimenv toso kero gamoto o mpo!!!
    what is going on guys ,i m bored i ve been waiting for long time for this game what aboyt the release date?

  • lyjewjhrw

    ur all bitches

  • Putricide

    To be real honest, I think these graphics are even better than those of Twilight Princess!
    Same realistic looks (little more cartoony) but much much brighter!
    Even though everyone should know it's not about graphics.

    • Voice of Reason

      actually it is about graphics
      people just get the priorities about graphics wrong
      in windwaker (the wind sounding cartoony) the graphics were made to compliment the story
      in twilight princess (the twilight being dark and restless) the graphics were made to compliment the story
      in skyward sword (the sky being bright and lively) THE GRAPHICS SHOULD BE MADE TO COMPLIMENT THAT!!!!!!

      graphics don't make the game, they just help tell the story… if we have dark restless graphics in a setting that is bright and lively, WTF?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000166563562 Dimitris Tsakagiannis

      It’s actually because it has better graphics than twilight princess because twilight princess was just a port of the gamecube without any graphical improvment,but as you said it’s not about graphics

  • alex

    I read that this game might abandond the transition from over world to dungeon game play thing all the zelda gamees has, Its also said to take place before ocarina of time being the first zelda game in the time line. it explains how hyrule came to be and how the masters sword was made (the sword used to be the skyward sword) ALWAYS REMEMBER ITS ZELDA. There has not been a single zelda game i have not loved to death, besides the second one and the ones for CDI of course. Dont worry Zelda fans, this wont dissapoint either.

  • Jeff

    I checked Walmart pre-order for TP and it says…
    "Preorder this item today and it should ship on 09/01/2011"

    Are they just estimating?

  • xsammekex

    skyward sword will be released on 15may in belgium

  • zack timless

    I think they should make the games hardcore like they did in the past, like A link to the past and oot… but still i have high hopes for this new game and i hope they dont screw it up!

  • Evan

    I think its safe 2 say that nintendo needs to got rid of this "toon link" and start making a new home console that supports HD hopefully they make there zelda games more like TP.

    • Voice of Reason

      this isn't toon link moron, it is not cartoon graphics it is lively graphics

      twilight princess is called twilight princess because the story revolves around the twilight, and its graphics have to go hand in hand with the story

      skyward sword (SKYward sword, when you look at the SKY it is lively… or am i incorrect)
      SKYward's swords story obviously revolves around the SKY and therefor the graphics should compliment the story details… thats what makes the game good

  • Speedcake

    I think this looks like a great game. I'm very excited for the actual gameplay. I like the mix of Windwaker and Twilight Princess. It's very unique. I may be stepping out of boundries, but I loved Windwaker for it's story, and OOT for the overall gameplay. I may be a girl, but I do care about how my Legend of Zelda games are!

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  • b0n3z

    I love all of the LoZ games and I really hope this one will bring me as much fun as all the ones I've played so far. I grew up with the LoZ games and I do not doubt this one will be downright awesome too. I'm looking forward to playing it.

  • i<3 zelda

    its twilight with the windwaker texure

    • Voice of Reason

      twilight graphics are N64 restored graphics that are darkened

      its N64 graphics with windwaker texture get it right!

  • jack legand

    why is evry one complaining about graphics you wanted relistic for wind waker yo wanted cartooniefor twilight princess now you want it more relistic come on now make up your mind. ps:ther fusion of both

  • Eion Kilant 739

    The game looks promising and I just hope it comes out in 2011. Although I don't mind delays, just more time for the game to be awesome.

    Note: OoT is confirmed to be the first in the series. SS is a prequil to that first game, making SS the first Zelda game.

  • camisha

    does anybody know the actual date for the release, or is there not one even set yet 😛 plz help ive been lookin everywhere

  • OverDriver

    It would be great if they could make this game for the PC as well, people could make some awesome mods as well :).

  • Ashley

    It comes out in November. Confirmed this at GameStop. It was originally supposed to come out next month on the 2nd AND December of last week…but they changed the date again. HOPEFULLY to just improve the game and not make us go insane.

  • Jedi (Mc)Knight

    I freaking love all Zelda games! OOT and MM were awesome because of the puzzles. WW because there is so many things to do so it lasts longer. TP is by far the best as far as fighting goes, and it has an awesome story. And Skyward sword is going to be just as good. Zelda is the best video game series ever made, so every single one of the games is one the best games ever made. They are all Zelda in different ways, why do you guys have to pick favorites and take sides?

    • Voice of Reason

      uhh no WW may have had more things to do… but what made it last longer is the constant sailing back and forth… made it incredibly boring… plot good, gameplay meh
      TP IS NOWHERE NEAR THE BEST, the story is not awesome… it is good, at best. the fighting is the same as every other zelda (other then horseback combat and walking and slashing) and they did take a combat movement out of all the console zeldas after MM which is without in Z-targeting you just guard and press B to slash while fully protecting yourself (i'm not even too sure its in OoT may be just in MM) and i fricken love just that 1 feature of MM duck behind shield and stab continuously…
      and no just because zelda is ONE OF THE BEST not the best… does not make every zelda pure gold… there is some part of each of the games you must loath.

      i for example hate the twilight bug hunts and the first time you go to the castle in TP
      i hate the constant fricken sailing and far too many puzzles of WW
      i hate PH for the same reason as WW
      i hate the constant rewinding of time and the ikana bit of MM but i do like the timer countdown…
      and i hate the shadow temple of OoT
      what i really hate though… is the fact they took the ocarina out of the series… completely destroyed twilight princess only allowing you the damn grass whistles… sucks

      however great each game is (and they all are) the best is decided by the factors of the people who hate or love the certain many aspects of each game and the game that has more people loving the most aspects makes it the best, which at the current moment is OoT… which is also getting a remake on the 3DS… which is going to be a downer for many people even though they say they love it… because it simply is just missing something that nobody would be able to put a finger on… which i will do now: seen it, played it. people are itching for it so its being made, once its made people are gonna be let down because they already know the events that take place… however if they go and play the N64 version it will still seem incredible, because when they played it for the first time it was incredible. thats why OoT beats the sh*t out of any of its sequels, because it happened first, and there was a certain mysterious factor in the story

      which gets to my next point…. this is why SS will be a legendary game… it is not a sequel after OoT it is a prequel, it has the mysterious factor about it because it happened long before the events of OoT, so you can't really pick up any small story bits and piece together a real and accurate past that happened before it.
      and all people are fighting about is graphics, and gameplay
      for 1… the gameplay is pretty much completely new for the series, using wiimotion+ opening thousands of new possibilities, gameplay is in the bag for this zelda, and graphics. people are arguing back and forth that they are awful and they aren't gonna buy it because of the graphics… what they don't understand is that twilight princess was simply the N64 graphics restored and darkened, and they call it new graphics they call it "TP graphics" and something more is that its called TWILIGHT princess for a reason (story tidbits include the twilight which is sorta dark and restless, like the twilight), the graphics MUST take on a darkened scheme to properly tell the story…. this zelda is called: "SKYWARD sword" (and many story tidbits in SS are gonna have to do with something from the sky) when you look at the sky it is bright and lively, so bright and lively graphics ARE required to tell this story properly.

      i honestly don't see the point in fighting which is better because TP was mediocre at best, mostly because the story was pre-guessed easily, the gameplay while new was sorta disappointing, and the graphics fit the story just right (though i am vexed because i dislike the dark atmosphere, but i can't argue for they accompanied the story perfectly)

      it is called THE LEGEND OF ZELDA, it's gonna be different whether you like it or not because the sub-title determines the personality of the story
      and anybody who fights over which is best are simply immature morons too addicted to cod (and have become dependent on graphics for entertainment) to realize that story and graphics are and must be co-existing details that must work together to make a game good… but i forgive all you morons… you countless hours of playing a crap game like cod has made you devalue story…

      LoZ is cultural not catastrophic…

  • Decu-ScrubFan

    OOT was obviously the best, WW, PHG, and ST were to cartoony for my taste.
    I've beat them all and OOT had the best gameplay, plot and the best graphics for me. WW was good but when I found out that I had to gather the triforce, I just found it stupid.
    I think Nintendo has sort of strayed away from the ''Hero Of Time'' thing, in my opinion they need to start focusing on that a bit more. They also forgot one of my favorite races. The Decu-Scrub.

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  • Soroxas

    what I saw it was very Good i like it. Don't Start judging until You guya play it

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  • Zelda girl

    why does everybody only like ocarina of time, i have'nt played it so tell me what its like.

    ps. i LUV TP its not the worst!

  • Steve

    Haha. I like all the people who say OOT was the best Zelda game ever. Don't get me wrong it was a great game but not nearly as good as Majora's Mask, Zelda II and A Link to the Past. Even though Master Quest was a remake of OOT i found a hell of a lot better than the original. The dungeons were actually CHALLENGING. Skyward Sword is shaping up to be a great game, keep it up nintendo.

  • kevin

    i´m waiting… but i dont like the new graphic game style whats happening with nintendo? and worse.. my wii can't read my discs it sucks.. im a big nintendo fan but i not a kid now and nintendo is makin games for cooking…!!!!!!!! jum i like zelda more than any other game but with this games?…. mmmm nintendo is just re-making its games… what happen with innovations?… they sell again and again the same games… like TLZ OT 3Ds a juicy ofert but i passed that game again & again…

  • Etwan

    As far as i'm concerned, if you didn't love every zelda game, your not a real zelda fan, and there for don't deserve to be alive.

    But back on topic, this whole wait for Skyward Sword is driving me nuts! I really hope it's worth the wait and that it at least pulls a close third behind TP and OoT.

  • will chastain1

    im pretty sure the set release date for this game is 11-02-11 , at least thgis is what the game stp in my town has it to be

    • wednesday

      Actually a game informer employee told me that skyward sword isn't gonna come out until the holiday of 2011

  • Kassie

    i liked the mini clips in the legend of zelda twilight princess! I hope they have that in the new one! i beat all of the games and i want MORE!!!! I hope they make a game were midna returns!

  • Wednesday

    I really like TP and OoT best of all. But I'm skeptical about this new one mainly because of the kids' graphics. Let's hope nintendo can grow up a bit and that toon link dies a slow and well deserved death.

  • JustCoz

    Every Zelda game had its pros and cons before its release but when its finally released almost all the supposed cons are forgotten and the game is always loved for what it is,a unique zelda experiance full of epic adventures,interesting challenges,and usually somebody to save. This 1 shouldnt be any different. Let them do what they want with graphics,so long as we get what we expect from a Zelda experiance. I've loved Zelda games since I played OoT when I was like 6.They have been 1 of the things that made me me,and if they want to make something toony,I'll accept it as long as I get what I love. Matter of fact,I recently got out my old N64 and my zelda games and started replaying them again. (sorry if this is a double post,this thing isnt loading well on my comp.)

  • Morgan

    Personally I am not too big of a fond of the motion controls, however I really enjoyed TP.
    I think Nintendo should announce an alternate control accessory/hardware.

  • G-man

    Why should one care to much about graphics!!! and the reason why nintendo games are always great, is because it doesn't just focus on the graphics, it focuses on the gameplay. PlayStation games are always these shooter games. That's it, that's all! it is like the developers just basically said '' lets make a game with REALLY high graphics!" then two years later they ask themselves: "um.. what should the gameplay be? I dunno… let's just make it some bloody shooter game!"

    I Think SS will be a great game, no matter the graphics. WW was my fav, and TP was runner-up. TP might have been a bit tooo dark and there was no… no other characters and talking. like in WW there was the tree guys, the wind town (gosh such a long time since i played it, forgot all the names) the boat etc. and side quests. oot was also my fav. Naturally.

  • szechuan.

    why the hell is he in pants, not tights ?! xD
    but seriously. the graphics are too much like WW,
    which is too cartoony for the human like – Link. : /
    thats just my opinion…
    and why is he right handed this game? D: :(

  • jeremy

    it looks to childish hope fully is harder thn twilight prinses it took me a week to beet it want to play this 1 exspecting a chellonge 😉 ………………………………………. i think they should remake the casic zelda games into 3d and th gameboy ones :) a tht my idia… o yea make sure you give th boss a life jug insted of 10 hit killz and add a dificalty level and i am a zelda freak i know wut im talkin about probly th only one tht finished zelda 2 adventure of link…. so i kno wut im talkin about :) HARD CORE ZELDA FANETIC, tht my sugestion if yea reed it probly a lot of people would agreee with me 😉

  • Franco

    The game will be a prequel to OoT, for people who don't know…

    ALSO, for all the people who is complaining about the graphics and stuff, I really believe you are being really stupid. The game WILL be awesome, I'm pretty sure it'll have a great story (or at least I'm really optimistic about it). And about the graphics… Each game is unique. You can't judge it or compare it with other Zeldas because of that. What you need to do first is give it a chance, play it, and then speak.

    Best wishes~~

  • kim

    Everytime I go to the game store I haved this game reserved at they tell me dates of release are further and further away…for a game that was supposed to be out before Christmas 2010 it most recent release date given is NOV 2011!!! By the time the game comes out my WII will be obsolete : ( It almost already is!!

  • beatthashizz

    they say the date is 4/2/11 acording to gamestop because i reserved it today.
    go to
    alot of info
    g4tv.com tells you alot also

  • krackphox

    You've got it all wrong, man. The best Zelda game was Link to the Past. psh

  • Linkums

    guys skyward sword is its own type of game in itself. ocarina of time and twilight princess were too similar, but this is going to be the best one yet.



  • Samuel

    Why don’t a release it now!!

  • Samuel

    I like the twIight princess the best out of all of them. But I agree I think the new one is a little toon’sh..

  • samantha

    i think that this will be cool, whith wii motion plus and stuff. link looks cool, but i like TP's backgrounds better.
    i noticed that in most of the zelda games, link has no pants! looks like there adding that affitially to his outfit…

  • http://hi your all addicted to zelda

    you are all addicted to zelda: And link is on smash bros too :)

  • hey

    your all addicted to zelda and link is in super smash bros too {0.0}

  • Volexen

    I think this game will be one of the best ones in the series I like all the new gear too especially the one that picks up the bombs

  • Volexen

    This game looks awsome but i wonder if they will make a remake of majoras mask at ony point in the futrue i also like the graphics because it looks like normal link and toon link stuff plus some of the new gear is cool

  • Guy

    Quit whining about graphics its the gameplay that matters

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  • Tony

    It would be great if they came out with a motion version and a non-motion version. motion version being they way it looks like now, and non-motion version would make it so you can play with gc controller,classic controller and/or wiimote and nunchuck minus motion features. Or atleast a built in option in the game that makes this able.

  • boodaba

    Nintendo is just trying to please people. People liked the cell shading from WW and the graphics from TP so they mixed them. And personally these graphics seem to look more like OOT graphics than TP did

  • TpLoz

    I'm kinda glad they made it a bit different,image having the same things over and over again that would just be plain boring.

  • Athena Asamiva

    You people need to stop complaining, who cares what its like…. if you are a zelda fan you know even if WW PH and ST were toon they were still good stories in all of the zelda games. just be happy they decided to continue making this series because they could have officially pulled the plug on zelda. It'll be the best game yet better than TP or OOT or even both together.

  • Alpoko

    why dosse the link look relalistic but the graphics don't?

  • paulhoyer

    TP is toilet paper

  • paulhoyer

    TP is 'toilet paper' compared to skyward sword washrooms!!

  • Blade

    i dont care how the graphics are the only zelda game that nintendo shouldn't have made was zelda cd but ever since then all the zelda games were the best before and after it was made in my eyes… this game is gonna be EPIC!!!!! i know it… so until it comes out im gonna be playing zelda.

  • jack

    the legend of zelda is cool i played all the games like 50 times

  • MIchaelFenn

    I think they should add a little more teen and adult Tetra but keep the same charistics of link, so keep them both short.

  • A. S. Tidwell

    When EXACTLY will it come out?!?!?!?!
    I am a SERIOUS Zelda fan, ChaCha answers said it would come out 12/31/2010!

  • manuel

    these is better now theres a new legend of zelda and now u could hit the monsters by swinging the wii remote aswome i wanted now

  • zeldarules

    zelda is a good game and my fav is tp but i think they should stop makeing zelda cartoonish because it makes it look horrable

  • Windwakermaster7

    I hope for a mix of Wind Waker and Twilight Princess. Have some elements from each like the comic relief in Wind Waker and the stunning moments from Twilight Princess.

  • Twilight Princess

    I really love oot and tp!!!!!! I really wish they would put graphics lik tp though…. I hate the cartoonish graphic crap!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • FIZZ

    TP IS THE BEST ZELDA GAME!!!!! idont care wut u say,its the best…… LONG LIVE KING GANONDORF!!!! oot waz a pretty good game too…

  • FIZZ

    i wish after you beat the game, you could roam around freely…. On TP i waz hopin that…. cuz every one went home…and i wanted to play after…. LONG LIVE THE KING OF EVIL-GANONDORF!!!!!!!

  • FIZZ

    ZELDA TWILIGHT PRINCESS IS THE BEST ZELDA GAME! the graphics are awsome….wolf (favorite animal) link is of the chain….and i hope skyword sword is a continuation of TP…. OOT is pretty cool… but its an old game… and the graphics kinda suck…. but i like it…….

  • Donkey Kong

    twilight princess is the best!

  • Keyairah

    It is so soon to be released! Amazon already has is ready for pre-order! Although even Amazon doesn't know when the release day is going to be set.

  • Reagan Mojica

    I really don't care how it looks , I LIKE ZELDA NO MATTER WHAT! WHOOHOOO!

  • Zelda gamer

    Before the release of wind waker people were criticizing the graphics!
    Then it came out and it was a super beautiful game!
    Zelda its about story and gameplay, thats why some of us still like to remember and play a bit of alttp! =)

  • Bree

    I think all of you should just stop your bitching. they work hard into making new zelda games. If you don't like it then stfu. Nothing nintendo comes out with will make you happy i guess. You're always whining for a new game, and when nintendo gives you what you want, you whine some more. nintendo is trying out new ideas, but you don't like that. So if nintendo made all zelda games like OoT, would that make you happy..? That they would be manufacturing the same like game over and over again? No, I don't think you would like that either. If you don't like it, either make your own zelda games, or shut your vag. I'm so tired of people whining about how nothings ever good enough for them. Sorry that you have sand in your vag about being unable to relive the old zelda game days. You all sound like a bunch of old veterans or something.

  • awsmme

    zelda games are awsome and TP is the best ive played so far and it has pretty good grafics

  • link

    i do not think link should be right handed it is just wrong

    • LoZFan

      It is probably a matter of which hand you are dominant with. The person playing could be right handed.

  • Ganon

    Comes 2011 jan 19!!!

  • link with =

    i already preordered it XD

  • LoZFan

    First of all, people need to stop trying to make this Zelda game into an older remake. I know all of you like Zelda games, and are dying to see a remake of those great games. Quite a few of you have been asking to see OoT remade. Nintendo announced that they WILL be remaking OoT for the 3DS. That may come as a bummer to some who don't feel the need to purchase a new system, but ask and you shall receive. The clips they showed you of the game were 6 months ago! Everyone should know that they are doing their best to meet the demands of the huge fan base. Furthermore, it's a Zelda game! Anyone who questions if the game is going to be awesome needs to play more Zelda games. Every Zelda game made to date has been fun, entertaining, and above all AWESOME. I'm 100% sure Nintendo is going to make this game just as great or even greater than some past Zelda games.

  • Long liv zelda

    Zelda oot was great i beat it the release date is april 2 so its a long long wait

  • OoTxPhoenixKnight :)

    Tbqh, I say that Twilight Princess was good because of the graphics and the fact it used the nintendo's wii 'mote to motion the sword but the mix between 2 worlds was just too much! I mean you had the normal, then the twilight, talking to animals and all that's just weird. OoT had a great storyline although it was made ages ago. I like the sages and the weapons like the bombchus!! :) But, In my opinion, OoT was by far the best game in the zelda series followed by TP, WW , PHG (Phantom hourglass) then MM. I though little of Majora's mask because of the useless mask >_<' and the fact that you had to complete a whole temple in less then 72 hours, so many times!! ahh ><'. I think the reason that most people like TP is the fact that it used wii-based controls which made it a lot more fun! But, I think, that people haven't actually played OoT, so, that's their loss :)

  • Guest

    This is gonna be awesome!!! I personally don't care what the graphics are gonna be like, as long is it has the qualities that make Zelda games great. But I do agree with some of you people-there needs to be more TP-type graphics and adult scenery. I also hope that Nintendo keeps the storyline great. TP storyline was the best. My fav Zelda. I hope that SS will be as epic as TP was. And also-new items!

  • caitlin barry

    this game better b epic i bet it will be

  • Jonathan

    Link should have the sword in his left hand as always …
    and I think the GameCubes Zelda twilight princess is better than the Wii … because is the classic version…

  • Jonathan

    Link should have the sword in his left hand as always …
    and I think the GameCubes Zelda twilight princess is better than the Wii … because is the classic version… its better

  • josh

    i dont think these graphics are as good as twilight but it still kicks ace….!…..i was hoping to get this game for christmas but i guess i have to buy it with my own money i have to agree with you guys OOT is the best zelda game ever made i beat every single game ever out :) and im only twelve

  • Chocolate

    Ok people, just going to throw this out here, this game is made by Nintendo so it's going to be good. If you're not getting this game because the graphics are kind of like WW, then you can go play COD, because I know that you probably think that is the best game ever made.

  • jenny

    l wish l was palying this game right now l love zelda games

  • fireproff

    personally id like to see nintendo redo Oot just the graphics not the gameplay or story line and mabey redo majora’s mask too but make it longer

  • Bekå

    Easy, OOT is not the best Zelda game in my opinion. Majoras Mask is, definately, because of the huge side missions and all the crap you can complete after completing the game. The graphics should be like twillight princess indeed.

  • Connor Marshall

    Im curious… is Ganondorf going to make a return? hes my favourite enemy, i mean end of Twlight Princess he said he'd be back

  • kkk

    u all are gay nerds who need to get a life

    • bobby

      im not gay


    I think thhis will be the best Zelda ever I love all Zelda games all time favorite series
    Stop whining this is perfect has everything I wanted i actually like the new graphics their awesome
    realistic graphic dont always mean good graphics
    I love all zelda games but actually in a different order

  • Micah

    Heres what I like about it:
    They're going back to the classic, more cartoonie, artsy look of LTTP while also taking advantage of the new capabilities available with 3D graphics and the wii motion plus. I really hope I don't get brutally flamed for saying this but the further Nintendo gets from Twilight Princess the happier I'll be.

  • bobby

    hi want the nintendo 3ds

  • Jack

    Just so you guys know (don't know if anyone has posted it on here yet), this game is meant to be a prequel to OoT. That alone makes it insanely badass.

  • kelia~ <3

    i wish nintendo would just announce the specific release date already. i wanna mark the days on my calendar… apparently skyward sword is supposed to have a different gaming style, not just the dungeon-to-field-and-to-dungeon-repeats again. wonder how that'll turn out. (ZELDA LIVES FOREVER!!!)

  • Erin

    Stop fighting about which one is best if you're a straight up true Zelda fan then you like all of them and each and every one of them is BAMF and no game can top Zelda PERIOD.

    • kelia~ <3

      every one is farrrrrr better than the last. except links awakening. that one sucked other than that- AGREED.