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Nintendo's latest Switch release has arrived
This week marks the release of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD on the Nintendo Switch. It's a game that was originally released during the Wii generation in 2011.
Of course, it's not just the game that's arrived this week. Nintendo has also released a special set of Skyward Sword-themed Joy-Con controllers and a Zelda & Loftwing amiibo that allows you to fast travel between the sky and the ground.
If you've not got your hands on any of these products yet, you might be interested in checking out this week's Nintendo Minute video. In it, Kit and Krysta unbox the game, amiibo and the new controller set. If you don't have time to watch it though, here are the highlights:
Nintendo Life video producer Jon Cartwright has also uploaded a demonstration of this same amiibo in action, and what it does in other games. Enjoy!
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I'm surprised at how easily I was able to get the Joy-Cons today. I was about to start work, I decided "Well Skyward Sword HD releases today, but I wonder if those Joy-Cons are still sold out." Last time I checked was when they were announced. So I hop online, I Google search "Zelda Joy-Cons," and to my surprise, Target had them, So I placed an order. I checked a few hours later, and they were all gone. I feel like I must have really lucked out...
@KayFiOS Cool story...
I'll never understand the weird fascination people have in watching things be "unboxed". Like why would that affect whether I'm gonna buy it or not?
@Dezzy Psychology. Sharing the same moment with someone (online or in person), we can feel a similar happiness with the ‘new’ feel. A lot of effort goes into box/case design to subconsciously make consumers crave the same feeling. Apple is best known for it with its iconic boxes and it adds to their reputation with dozens of unboxing videos hitting ‘Trending’ on YouTube regularly. An interesting thought - certainly has made me self-reflect! 😂
I picked it up. It’s a great game. Flawed, yes it is. But the simple fact of the matter is that all Zelda games are great. Although the controls are still a tad not up to par to today’s standards, they did fix it quite a bit. If you love Zelda, it’s a must purchase.
@KayFiOS I love it when things like that happen. I remember back in the day I wanted Mario Kart Wii but everywhere was sold out. I was in an HMV and asked them if they had it, they said no. I wandered around the store for a while and then the guy at the till came over to me and said they had just that moment had a delivery of Mario Kart Wii and did I still want it?! Good times 😀
Skyward Sword HD is a fantastic experience. I have been taking this game very slowly - enjoying the world building and all the character interactions in Skyloft. A fair few interesting stories occur between dungeons so it’s very satisfying to be rewarded with story moments.
... and this shiny pair of joy-cons starts to drift in 1, 2, 3... xD
Want those joycons but have preordered almost a grands worth of hardware this week and can't possibly justify it. Just finished my Skyward Sword session for the night, absolutely love it and it looks fantastic. The setting, characters, build up.. just wonderful.
@Dezzy Purely unboxing video's help to know what's inside the package.
Sometimes they also add a "first impression" to those video's which give some insight to the quality of the product.
And yeah, these video's are just very popular.
Don't really need those joy con... but damn, do I need those joy con. Easily the prettiest ones they've released in the past 4.5 years.
Got my amiibo yesterday and as I was putting a load of stuff in storage it went straight in storage with the rest of my Zelda amiibo. Under 12 hours from receipt to storage. I'll unbox in a few years. Maybe.
I wanted to see how the joy-con looks like in the system. It show any details or only the major color? Anyone else knows? Thanks
@Dezzy I’ll never understand the weird fascination people have critiquing other peoples harmless hobbies. Like why would that affect you or not?
Thanks to a weird online order mix-up, I'm getting the Amiibo well before the game itself. Maybe I can ooh and aah over the sculpting before I have a game to use it on?
@RCGamer hey, I got mine yesterday and was curious about that too! Unfortunately they just show up as purple and blue on the system graphic
Seems like the trend now is to just repackage something that already exist and then just charge more (Switch OLED, old games, everything).
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He's a character that has had many form changes and expression exaggerations and has become one of the most iconic antagonists in a Zelda game. Whilst he's no Ganon, Ghirahim has evil plots, and the Demon Lord's progression through Skyward Sword is challenging and he proves to be a fearsome enemy. Hopefully, when you revisit Skyward Sword or play it for the first time. you can see how this villain gives the game the praise it deserves.
Despite only having a major role in one The Legend Of Zelda game, Ghirahim's character and story produce a lot of interesting facts.
Looking at the origins of the name Ghira, it is considered to be a sign of protective jealousy which relates to Ghirahim's egotistic behavior and drive to achieve his goals.
The reasoning behind his ears being different in his first two forms is to animate his hair easier, and in truth it is one of his most striking features.
In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and 3DS/Wii U, Ghiarhim is an assist trophy and a regular trophy. He will attack other players with swords and teleport around the stage.
Link proves to be a stone in every step of Ghirahim's path and furthermore does what he can to capture Zelda and sacrifice her. This involves traveling back in time to awaken his king.
On top of this he considers himself in high regard and is seen as a figure of authority in the land below Skyloft. This is why he prefers to be addressed as, Lord Ghirahim.
As Ghirahim was being designed, it was decided by the creators that the design of the evil sword spirit within him would gradullay reveal itself. An example of this is the multiple forms of Ghirahim seen in the games, including the third form with textured diamonds to reflect light.
He is certainly one of the most flamboyantly dressed characters in the Zelda universe and this is because Ghirahim loves to dress up and wear jewelry. The change in the character's color also represents Ghirahim's mood and the darker he is, the angrier he becomes.
In the events between this and the modern-day in the game, not much is said about Ghirahim and what he has been doing in between. It is imagined however, he has been waiting and working on bringing his leader, Demise, back to his true form.
If you do strike with the sword, however, Ghirahim's fingers will glow with a purple aura. Ghirahim will grab the sword and aim to take it from you if it isn't pulled away fast enough. Ghirahim can both attack and then throw the sword at Link or it can be knocked from his hands with another shield bash.
In terms of attacking, Ghirahim can summon sharp daggers which can be deflected and charge at Link. His variety of fighting and defense styles keep you frustrated and on your feet when facing Ghirahim. He is considered to be one of the hardest boss 3D Zelda boss fights.
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