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Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword US Launch Date Announced

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Nintendo continues their celebration of the 25th anniversary of The Legend of Zelda series with the announcement that The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword will launch in North America on November 20th. A Wii-exclusive, Skyward Sword is a prequel to the popular Ocarina of Time, marking a turning point for the franchise.

This comes just after an announcement that Skyward Sword will feature 50 to 100 hours of gameplay.

"The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is the biggest game in the series yet," said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America's executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. "We've just scratched the surface of this massive experience, and we look forward to sharing additional details with fans as we approach the Nov. 20 launch."

Different enemies have different battle tactics, so players must analyze their approach and develop counterattacks that play on the enemies' weaknesses. The game's wide array of items also use full motion controls, letting players roll bombs, shoot arrows and guide flying objects like never before.

The game includes a massive, multilayered world that takes players from dark dungeons to a diverse overworld to cloud cities in the sky, requiring a combination of puzzle-solving and swordplay to unlock all of its secrets. Link soars through the air on the wings of a majestic bird while exploring the game's sky area, providing players with unprecedented freedom of movement as they progress on their adventure. The quest lays the foundation for the events in The Legend of Zelda™: Ocarina of Time™, which is frequently cited as one of the greatest video games of all time.

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