This morning saw Nintendo send out a press release regarding some of the goodness gamers and fans can expect to find in the upcoming Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. As the game's November 20th release date approaches, according to the Big N, the company intends to trickle out even more information.

At first, we were put off by the idea of finding out so much of what's bound to happen in Zelda, but then we released that this game is over 50 hours in length. The few lines of delectable information won't go very far in ruining this long experience.

However, if you're the type of gamer that's entered into the realm of full-on radio silence in expectation of this game, tune out here; Nintendo's offered up some plot points and devices.

In this presser, Nintendo details the game's introductory specifics:

  • Introduction: The new game's storyline begins in Skyloft, an island town suspended high in the sky, on the day before young Link is to compete in a major bird-flying competition. The winner of the contest will earn the honor of taking part in a special ceremony with Zelda.
  • Link and Zelda: Friends since childhood, Link and Zelda have always shared a special bond. Events in the new game will add even more depth to their relationship.
  • Groose: Link's nemesis at school, Groose, plays a significant role in the early moments of the new game. This bully of a character not only threatens Link's chances to win the bird-flying competition, but he also reveals a jealous streak toward Link and Zelda's special bond.
  • Fi: Early on in Link's new adventure, he encounters Fi, the spirit of the powerful Goddess Sword. Fi's guidance proves to be crucial as Link goes forth on a challenging quest that will ultimately result in the creation of the Master Sword.
  • Zelda's father: Gaepora, Zelda's father, is the headmaster of Link's school. As such, he has knowledge of the history and legends of Skyloft.

What I think is most interesting here is that Nintendo elected to openly call Link's female friend "Zelda." Thinking back to Wind Waker, the last Zelda-centric console quest to supposedly happen outside Hyrule, gamers didn't know they were anywhere near Hyrule until the end of the title. And, moreover, they didn't know that the female they were trying to free was a descendant of Zelda. Now, however, with Hyrule nowhere in sight, Nintendo chose to clearly draw the lines between Link and the girl he'll eventually be trying to rescue.

It may seem like a weird detail to mull over, but I think a lot of Zelda fans may notice it as well.

Will you be buying Skyward Sword when it releases on November 20th for the Wii?