Nintendo's press conference from earlier today was focused on the 3DS. But it kicked off with an appearance by Shigeru Miyamoto, who took the stage with Zelda sword and shield in hand and detailed upcoming plans for the franchise.
Most of the details were previously announced, including a recap of the upcoming Zelda concert series plans. As first announced at E3 back in June, Game Boy Advance's Four Swords is due for release on DSi Ware. This will be available as a free download for a limited time. Players will be able to play on their own by switching off between characters.
Much of Miyamoto's presentation was about Wii's The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword. As a gameplay footage montage played on the screen behind him, Miyamoto put down the sword and shield and took Wiimote and Nunchuck in hand to demonstrate the direct control scheme through mock movements.
He also remarked that the game will have 100 minutes of event scenes. After clearing the game (he mentioned a broad 50 to 100 hours play time range), players will be able to face off against bosses.
Work on Skyward Sword has been going on for five years and involved a team on the scale of 100 people, said Miyamoto. He's personally played the game for hundreds of hours.
Miyamoto did not share a release date for the game. That responsibility was left to CEO Satoru Iwata, who mentioned the date during a section of the conference covering upcoming Wii games.
Skyward Sword will be released to Japan simultaneously with the rest of the world, on November 23. This year's production run will include a concert soundtrack CD. Nintendo will also be bringing the Gold Wiimote limited edition to Japan.