Zelda and Link hail from a race of people who live on floating islands in the sky, and “the ground” is only a myth of legend. The village of Skyloft is protected by Knights who ride giant birds called Loftwings, and Zelda and Link are members of Skyloft’s Knight Academy. When Zelda is thrown off her Loftwing to the ground below by a freak storm, Link is revealed as the Hero of Legend who will descend beneath the clouds and defeat the evil force which took Zelda and threatens to break the imprisonment imposed upon it long ago.

This world in the sky is the major element that sets Skyward Sword apart from other titles in the Zelda mythos, and flying on a Loftwing is one of the highlights of the game. Wandering the sky with no purpose other than seeing the sights, accompanied by a musical score of Disneyesque majesty, is enjoyable in and of itself. Subtle Wiimote controls make flying smooth and easy.

The art design is inspired by the work of French painter Paul Cézanne, which takes the low-res visual fidelity of the Wii and turns it to distinct advantage. The musical score is of the usual superlative quality in Zelda titles, and the included CD, a Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary orchestral performance of recurring series themes, is a wonderful pack-in.

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