At the moment, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword seems to be largely based on classic Zelda items, with the only new item so far revealed to be the Flying Mechanical Beetle. However, the most exciting aspect of the game is not the items, but the way the player will use the items. The Wii Motion plus technology will provide a revolution in Zelda, in terms of the controls. Here are a few of the most fun-looking items Link will have in his inventory in Skyward Sword.

The Flying Mechanical Beetle
This item reminds me of the Magic Boomerang in Oracle of Seasons. Using the Beetle seems easy – just aim it with the Wii Mote, and press the button to fire it into the air. Thereafter, you use the Wii Mote to steer the beetle as it flies through the environment. In the Skyward Sword teaser trailer, we saw Link using the beetle to snatch up a bomb flower, flying bomb over towards a crack in the wall in order to blow it up. Thus, it looks like the flying beetle has a lot of potential to produce some fun puzzles. Another possibility is to have a few obstacle courses in the game which Link directs the beelte to in order to grab an item or hit a switch. Either way, the Beelte is shaping up to be a fun addition to the game.

Sword and the Whip
These are two seperate items obviously, but I thought I’d include them both here. In previous Zelda games, one would strike an enemy or object with melee attacks by pressing the attack button, but not anymore! In The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword, the Wii Motion plus technology allows for much more realistic fights than before. Flick the Wii Mote in a fashion as you would crack a whip, and Link will do the same on screen. Swing the Wii Mote like a sword, and Link will also do so. The game will take into account the direction of your attacks, too. For example, if swing the Wii Mote vertically downwards, so Link will perform a downwards vertical strike. Potentially, this could make some fights quite challenging, for you will have to take into account not only the appropriate time to attack, but also the correct direction to attack in.

Bow/Arrows and the Slingshot
The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword also features the classic Sling Shot and Bow. With the Motion Plus technology, you’ll be able to aim your ranged weapons realistically and with much more precision than before. Particularly in Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask, it was often quite frustrating to aim a bow or slingshot due to the jittery controls, but the Wii Mote should be much smoother. The Bow has a great new feature – when you shoot an arrow at some items, the arrow will pierce through the item and snag it. TheSkyward Sword teaser showed Link firing an arrow at a heart, piercing it and snagging it on a wall ready to take!



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