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Nintendo Debuts Japanese Zelda Skyward Sword

Although it's still without a final name, the new Wii Zelda game goes playable for the Japanese media.

Nintendo showed off a Japanese build of Zelda Skyward Sword at the Nintendo Conference event this past week. The game is still without a final Japanese name.

Nintendo's handling of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword has been mostly an international thing thus far, with the game getting its first teaser image at E3 a couple of years back, then going playable for the first time at this year's E3.

At long last, the publisher has started pushing the game for the Japanese market. At the Nintendo Conference 2010 event this past week, Nintendo had Skyward Sword demo kiosks set up for attendees. Different from the E3 build, this version was in Japanese.

4gamer sampled the new version and delivered some impressions.

According to the 4gamer play tester, the Nintendo Conference build appeared to be pretty much the same as the E3 version, except for the language change. Under the guidance of helpful Nintendo spokespersons, the writer was able to sample combat sequences where the enemies can only be taken out by slashing in certain directions.

You can see a camera-grabbed video of the Nintendo Conference demo in 4gamer's report.

During the announcement part of the press conference, Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata spoke briefly about Skyward Sword, saying: "Our development team at Nintendo has been working on the new 'Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword' game with the aim to explore a new horizon in action RPGs by fully taking advantage of Wii MotionPlus. We are making preparations in order to launch this software next year." He promised further details in a future update.

Nintendo listed Skyward Sword's release time frame as TBA 2011. The game's name is tentative for Japan. For the most part, the Japanese versions of past Zelda games have had fully Japanese names, although Twilight Princess did not follow this pattern.

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