Link goes to the desert in new Zelda footage

Nintendo released a couple new videos today showing Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword hero Link in action in the game’s Lanayru Desert and Lanayru mining facilities.

First impressions: The footage showing how the game will employ motion controls while Link rides a mine cart Indiana Jones-style was an interesting surprise. The sequences showing Link using a leaf-blower like device as weapon were another surprise.

The presence of a Gohma-like boss was not a surprise, however, since a version of the giant arachnid has appeared in many Zelda titles.

Here is the first clip, the second is after the jump:

Skyward Sword is scheduled to be released Nov. 20 for Nintendo Wii.
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Skyward Sword release date: Nov. 20

Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword will be released Nov. 20 for the Wii console, Nintendo announced today.

Nintendo announced a “Holiday” release at the E3 convention, which took place in June in Los Angeles. Skyward Sword will be the first  traditional Zelda title designed specifically for the Wii console’s motion controls. Its predecessor, Twilight Princess, was originally designed for the GameCube before being rebuilt for the Wii.

I would like to say that Nintendo also announced a release date for Kid Icarus: Uprising, its highly anticipated 3DS title, but that would be a lie.

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Trailer: The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

Some players may want to try the Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword because the Nintendo Wii’s motion controls may end up creating a pretty decent sword-fighting experience.

Others may be interested because franchise hero Link will be able to ride birds.

And others may do so because they’ve been buying Zelda games over the course of 25 years.

Nintendo promised a holiday season release for Skyward Sword at E3. Here’s the new trailer.