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Kukiel is a character in Skyward Sword. She lives in Skyloft and is the daughter of Wryna and Jakamar. fandom.comKukiel - Zelda Wiki

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD is now available on Switch, and it looks like Nintendo's having all sorts of fun in its marketing efforts.

On social media, the company's shared a selection of screengrabs from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, recreating classic moments from Skyward Sword using fighters, items and more. Link and Zelda appear, naturally, but there are also a couple of shots featuring Ghirahim (who's available in Ultimate as an Assist Trophy), and a couple of items that you'll recognise from Link's Skyloft adventure.

Our favourite, though, absolutely has to be that Falco-Loftwing abomination. Just look at it.

Have you picked up Skyward Sword HD? Our full review for the game is now live, so feel free to give that a read to hear our thoughts and see whether or not it might be for you.

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Zelda: Skyward Sword HD The Imprisoned Boss Battle - How To Beat The Imprisoned

Nintendo Life 19 July, 2021 - 10:01am

An enormous great hulking beast that's been sealed away at the very bottom of the spiral in the Sealed Grounds, The Imprisoned breaks free from its magical prison a total of three times during The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD and it's up to you to put it back where it belongs.

This bevvy of face-offs that dot the storyline as the campaign progresses have come in for some flak over the years and, we guess, it's not hard to see why, as they all pan out in pretty much the same manner.

There are a few bits and bobs added as they progress but ultimately your strategy for besting The Imprisoned doesn't change much throughout your three meetings. Oh, and you've got Groose and his Groosenator on hand to help you later on so there's no possible way you can lose.

Right from the get-go here the only thing on The Imprisoned's mind is reaching the Sealed Temple at the top of the hill. In order to stop it from doing this we're going to run after the lumbering idiot and cut off all of its toes in order to have it fall over, at which point we can drive a stake into its head. Typical Tuesday morning around these parts, really.

If you've spent much time in and around the Sealed Grounds during your time with the game you may have already noticed all of the air geysers and stamina fruits dotted around the ground. Well, this battle is what they're all here for, as your biggest enemy in this fight is your stamina gauge and ability to get in front of this enormous foe when he's taken a lead on you.

Once The Imprisoned takes off trundling up the spiral we need to get in close and start hacking away at its great big bulbous toes. For our money, it's best to start with the toes on the back of its feet first, targeting each one with ZL, getting in for three hits and lopping them off, then dashing through its legs in order to repeat this process on the front toes.

If you're quick you can take all three front toes off each foot in one mad frenzy of sword slashes and the only thing you need to take into consideration here is that as The Imprisoned stomps each foot to the ground a pulsing red shockwave is sent out around the immediate vicinity. It's fairly easy to dodge this shockwave, you just need to get into a rhythm of waiting, getting in for strikes and getting out again to avoid damage.

As we already said, your biggest enemy here really is your stamina, Link gets tired running to keep up constantly with his target, so work those stamina fruits into your strategy to stop him from flagging.

Once you've chopped all the toes off both feet, The Imprisoned will topple to the ground where you need to run under one of its legs and get around to its head, here you'll find a stake lodged into its skull that you need to bash with your sword a couple of times. Once you've done this, the cycle begins anew and you must repeat the process of cutting off the toes and driving in the stake a further two times in order to win the day.

Remember that if you mess up with your stamina, fall off a ledge or come a cropper in some other fashion, you can get back in front of your target by using the air geysers dotted around to manoeuvre ahead of it. It may sound like a lot but really this big bad boss is a bit of a pushover once you know what you're doing and you'll soon have him locked back in his box.

For the most part, the action in this second battle is pretty much identical to the first. We're back chopping off toes and looking to drive that stake into The Imprisoned's head for the win. However, there are a few things to take note of. Firstly your enemy has hands now. Yep, it's somehow gone and got itself a pair of hands - maybe it bought them from Beedle's Airshop? - and is going to use them to clamber up the walls of your spiral surroundings in order to make its journey to destroy the temple that bit shorter.

Secondly, once you knock The Imprisoned down in this scrap you are going to have to take a longer route around to its head as it no longer falls with a leg raised, instead sprawling out on the path so you either have to drop down or go up and around, using those air geysers, in order to reach that stake. Don't sweat it too much whilst doing this as the game gives you more than enough time to reposition yourself.

Once The Imprisoned takes to climbing a wall Link has an ace up his sleeve in the form of the magnificent Groose and his Groosenator. As the battle unfolds and you hack away at toes you'll hear Groose give the signal that this great big cannon is reloaded and ready for action and you can then hit the X button to switch to his viewpoint and fire off a volley at your enemy in order to have it fall right back down to earth from where it was climbing. Once you've done this you need to get right back in and keep at the base process and before long you'll have got this beast locked back in its cage for a second time!

It's the final face-off. The big one. Are you ready? Are you sweating? Really? Ugh.

Once again, and you'll see why this trio of fights has drawn some criticism, this battle is pretty much entirely the same as what's gone before, we're hacking toes and driving in stakes again and Groose has returned to help us.

In terms of tweaks to the formula early on, The Imprisoned moves a little quicker now and may take to his stomach to slither quickly up the hill, at which point a well-aimed shot from the Groosenator will sort him out so you can get back to regular business.

There is nothing here that's going to take you by surprise in the early stages of this battle. However, once you've caused enough damage this time around, The Imprisoned will spout a great big black halo from the top of its head. What an absolute goth! This signals that it's now developed the ability to fly.

You may panic here, he's going to reach the temple surely, he can fly, it's all over. But no. All you've got to do in this phase is forget about hitting him and hightail it to the nearest geyser. Work your way up the levels using these geysers and reach Groose as quickly as you can at which point you're going to clamber into his cannon - his ammo's got stuck behind a collapsed wall - and let yourself get fired right at your enemy's bonce in order to drive that stake home for the final time.

There are quicker ways to end this battle if you feel fancy; you can shellshock your enemy with the Groosenator then get above it, jump down onto its head as it's still upright and drive the stake in without chopping toes but, however you decide to deal with it, once you've clambered into that cannon and launched yourself at its head, this one is toast, your foe is defeated, and you never have to fight The Imprisoned again.

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The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD is the fourth Zelda to reach No.1 | UK Boxed Charts

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Nintendo's latest remaster, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD, was the best-selling boxed game in the UK last week, GfK data reveals.

It's only the fourth time a Zelda game has claimed No.1, following Link's Awakening on Switch in 2019, Wind Waker on GameCube in 2003 and Ocarina of Time on N64 in 1998 (when it was Christmas No.1).

Skyward Sword HD sold slightly better at launch than the Link's Awakening remake from 2019 (sales are 1.3% higher). Link's Awakening launched alongside the Switch Lite and during a typically stronger month for game sales (September). On the other side, the UK install base for Switch has increased exponentially since 2019.

The HD version of Skyward Sword sold 9% fewer boxed copies at launch than the original managed way back in November 2011 (when it charted at No.7). Of course, digital sales are not included in these charts and as the Wii version was not available as a download, it's likely that this new version actually sold better at launch than the original.

It's worth noting that although Skyward Sword arrived on Wii when its install was at eight million (significantly higher than where the Switch is currently), it was coming towards the end of its life (Wii U arrived a year later) and at a time when Wii sales were in rapid decline.

Having to settle for No.2 on the starting grid is F1 2021. It's quite a slow launch for Codemasters' new racing game, with boxed launch sales down almost 30% compared with last year's game. 34% of sales were of the Xbox version, the PS4 edition accounts for another 34%, and the remaining 32% was on PS5.

Elsewhere, last week's No.1 Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart drops to No.10 after an 80% sales drop week-on-week. Meanwhile, Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin tumbles ten places to No.13 after a 68% sales decline in its second week.

Here is the GfK Top Ten for the week ending July 17, 2021:

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Zelda: Skyward Sword HD: Thunder Dragon's Lightning Round Prizes And Silent Realm Challenge Times

Nintendo Life 19 July, 2021 - 10:01am

You want that Hylian shield? Here's how to get it

Of all the minigames in The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD this is the big one, the toughest and most rewarding challenge, the ultimate test of your skills. In this guide we'll explain how to find and play Thunder Dragon's Lightning Round and the rewards you can get if you beat the Silent Realms challenges and Boss Rush mode.

Once you’ve completed the Lanayru portion of the Song of the Hero quest, you can feel free to glide on down to Lanayru Gorge, have a word with Mr Thunder himself and sign yourself up for some extreme games.

You’ve got two options to play around with here, either taking on your choice of one of the game’s four Silent Realms or facing off against the game’s bosses in a boss rush style gauntlet.

For the Silent Realms you’ll be rewarded various prizes depending on how fast you complete your chosen realm. For the boss rush mode you’ll pick up prizes based on how long you manage to last!

In this element of the Thunder Dragon’s Lightning Round you’ll choose a Silent Realm and attempt to beat it as quickly as possible. Finishing it successfully will net you a reward from between 5 and 100 Rupees based on your time and, if you can beat the Thunder Dragon’s special set times, you’ll also pick up a rare treasure. Sweet!

You should note that the first time you try any Silent Realm here you’ll also net yourself 50 Rupees and the same goes for any time you beat your PB. The Thunder Dragon's special set times to beat on each realm are as follows –

In this mode — our own personal favourite minigame in Zelda: Skyward Sword HD — you’ll face off against a gauntlet of the game’s big bosses in order to win some pretty great prizes. As mentioned in our Heart Piece Guide there’s one piece up for grabs here if you can best four bosses on the trot. Beat eight bosses and you get your hands on one of the game’s nicest items, the Hylian Shield itself.

This round starts with you choosing which boss you’d like to battle first — make sure you choose tactically — after which Thunder Dragon does the picking and you’ll have to survive with whatever health you’re currently on through the entire ordeal.

You can drink potions before you approach the Thunder Dragon and their effects will last until they’d normally wear off but, once you’re in the fight, you’ve got no ways to heal or buff yourself outside of hearts you’ll randomly encounter during battles.

Let’s take a look at the prizes up for grabs in this challenge and how many bosses you’ll need to best in order to claim them.

Remember too that you’ll earn little extra bonuses for finishing bosses off quickly and beating your PB for each one and make sure to put random hearts and health items to good use when you happen across them in boss arenas, they're absolutely vital to your success. Good luck!

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The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD - Where to Get Tumbleweed

Game Rant 19 July, 2021 - 09:11am

In this guide, players will learn how to collect tumbleweed so that they can upgrade their items at the Skyloft Bazaar.

Once players have access to the Lanayru Desert in Skyward Sword, they can gather tumbleweed -- a bug net will be needed as well, as that's the only way to actually catch the rolling items. Players should head to the area shown in the image below. Players should see four beige circles in this section on the map, and players should follow the route marked in red to find tumbleweed. Players should be able to reach this section after going past the first bird statue in the region, which are used for saving the game.

The tumbleweed will keep coming back around this area, so players will find that this location is one of the best for collecting lots of tumbleweeds. These will certainly come in handy for acquiring stronger gear.

Once players gather tumbleweed from the desert, they can use it at the Skyloft Bazaar to upgrade several of Link's trusty items. Players can upgrade their bug net to the Big Bug Net for 3 tumbleweeds or even get a Fortified Shield for 3. There are a couple of other items and iconic Zelda weapons that players can upgrade, too, so collecting a ton of these tumbleweeds should prove to be useful.

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