When company representatives stand on stage or meet with the press, there’s always a level of inflation expected when it comes to the facts and statistics shared. That’s especially true, typically, for the realm of game length.
During the Nintendo 3DS conference that was held before the Tokyo Game Show in September, Shigeru Miyamoto offered up his version The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword‘s gameplay length. Here’s the official Nintendo of America Twitter account with the specifics:
Mr. Miyamoto says Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword could have 50-100 hours of gameplay, one of Nintendo’s largest projects EVER!
The gaming community, as one collective entity, heard that news above and immediately considered the numbers to be inflated. A Zelda game of that magnitude would be monstrous.
Well, one of the first reviews of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is in from the Official Nintendo Magazine, a publication based in the United Kingdom. They’ve given the game a 98%, marking it as one their highest reviewed titles ever and the best in the entire Zelda franchise.
In the meat of their printed review, as reported by CVG, was this statistic: The main quest will take more than 35 hours to complete, while the sidequests and extras can bring another 35+ hours to the experience. Pencils down, that signifies that Skyward Sword will, in fact, have between 50 and 100 hours of gameplay once it launches.
Hear that? That’s the sound of game reviewers everywhere letting out one giant death scream.
Zelda titles have always promised lengthy gameplay. It’s a staple of the franchise, and one that Nintendo likes to cite often in their marketing efforts. Now, Skyward Sword appears to own the crown of that franchise statistic. If you’re part of the fanbase looking to snag this new, Wii specific adventure, expect to buy it with a lot of gameplay time in mind.
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword will launch on November 20th in the States.