Fans of The Legend of Zelda series have always known it is very RPG-lite. Gameplay revolves around dozens of collectible gadgets used to conquer different obstacles and puzzles that our hero Link faces throughout his adventures.
Heavier RPG elements, such as branching story paths and endlessly lootable gear were never required to save the Princess Zelda. However, in Skyward Sword, a small addition to the familiar Zelda gameplay is most likely going to turn a few heads – upgradable gear.
It doesn’t appear to be very in-depth or complicated at all, but having the ability to make Link stronger by upgrading his items, could increase the life of this title and should appeal to any Legend of Zelda fan without scaring them away.
For now, here’s a great glimpse at both the collection of materials for upgrading, and the actual upgrade process itself:
Link will find trinkets all over the place that can be used in the Scrap Shop of Skyloft to increase the stats on his shield and weaponry. In the demo, the slingshot and shield were the only items available for upgrades – hopefully this signifies that most of Link’s equipment will be upgradable in Skyward Sword.
It would appear durability may also factor into this adventure. Link’s other option at the Scrap Shop is to fix his shield. This might also just be hearkening back to past Zelda‘s where Link could lose his wooden shield to fire or Like Likes.
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword releases on November 20, 2011 for the Nintendo Wii.