As I mentioned in my preview of the game's opening hours, swordplay in The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is intuitive and fun. This is largely due to the fact that it incorporates the Wii's Motion Plus controller, allowing for much more nuance in how players swing the blade.

In the tutorial video above, we see the segment that takes place in the sparring hall where Link first learns to use a sword. Cutting down the various logs requires players to slash along the axis where their weak spots show, and feels as satisfying as it looks. Link's circle-attack is performed by slashing both the Wii remote and the nunchuck hard to the left, and the "fatal strike" that Link performs at the end is done by slashing the Wii remote and nunchuck forward.

Take that, you stupid logs!

For those who are less Sword-happy and more romantical, Nintendo also sent along this "romance trailer," which is all about feelings and soaring through the air alongside lovely women while really super pretty music plays.

Aah, romance. And swords. And giant birds. This game really has it all.


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