Zelda: Skyward Sword Story Details

We now know a little more about the upcoming Zelda title.

Erik Norrisby Erik Norris

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Up until this point, we’ve been told next to nothing about the plot of the upcoming The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. Thus, we all probably assumed it would be the same song and dance as before: Zelda gets kidnapped and poor, little Link musters up the courage to save the beautiful princess. But that is not the case with Skyward Sword. Nintendo is taking a different approach with this new title, going as far as comparing it to a “school drama.”

In an interview with Famitsu (translated by 1UP), series producer Eiji Aonuma discussed the new Zelda title and how it will be defying expectations when it comes to its story. As a word of warning now, if you want to know nothing about the new Zelda before playing it, turn away now. There are some light spoilers ahead.

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The big shocker in Skyward Sword is that Zelda is not a princess, but is instead a childhood friend of Link’s. In fact, both Zelda and Link go to the same boarding school when the game begins.

"She's [Zelda] not a princess this time," Aonuma explained. "Link, Zelda and their other friends all go to the same boarding school, and you've got teachers and a principal as well. It's a bit of a different setting from previous Zelda [games]. This game's plot is something like a school drama, you could say."

But as to be expected, Zelda does eventually go missing and Link takes it upon himself to track her down. In the process, Link discovers a whole new world (cue Aladdin theme) under their sky city of Skyloft. Furthermore, Skyward Sword is going to be a special title for the Zelda faithful because it will detail the birth of the Master Sword, as well as why Ganondorf gets involved in all of these shenanigans in the first place. Unfortunately, Aonuma didn’t go into any further details here. He’s keeping his mouth shut so players can experience the game for themselves when it launches.

So what say you, Zelda fanatics? Do you like this new, slightly different approach to the Zelda mythos, or do you want tradition to dictate the story and have it remain as it has for decades now?