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E3 2011's Most Anticipated: Zelda: Skyward Sword

CVG E3 2011 Awards: Vote for the games that most excite you!

The games on show at E3 2011 are some of the best in living memory. So you really owe it to yourself to vote in CVG's inaugural E3 2011 Awards... in the Most Anticipated Title category.

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Shortly before the show, we'll work out which of these 60 special E3 game previews have enjoyed the most page views, Facebook 'Likes', ReTweets and poll votes (see below) and crown our first victor at the Los Angeles event. Show your favourites the love!

Game: Zelda: Skyward Sword
Likelihood of E3 2011 showing: Certain

Sword goes left. Sword goes right. Sword goes up. Sword goes... berserk? Whoops, we dropped the remote. Controller grip has never been more important. As last year's E3 demo showed, Skyward Sword invites us to experience swordplay as never before.

Alas, part of this means bodging up swordplay as never before. Call it a learning experience. Nintendo have certainly been attentive in class. After the relatively simple slashing in last year's E3 demo, they arrived at this year's Game Developers Conference to show off how far the combat has come.

Nintendo boss Satoru Iwata revealed a dizzying cascade of clips, telling us that "design has advanced to take further advantage of Wii MotionPlus." He needn't have spelled it out. From the montage of inventive monster types and shiny new puzzle designs, its clear that Link's latest is squeezing every last drop of tilt out of the MotionPlus boosted remote.

Admittedly, we're still curious as to how it'll hold together. Producer Eiji Aonuma's promise to shake up accepted norms has yet to amount to anything, but whatever structural overhaul he has in store, there's little doubt that the building blocks themselves are anything but brand spanking new.

Just look at this electrified snail or that mechanical totem pole. This is Zelda, people! Officially a risk-free zone since 2000's Majora's Mask. If these pages show how much novelty the team can squeeze into a tiny film reel, imagine what wonders await us in the finished game. Are you as excited about it as us?

[Words: NGamer]

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