Some Players Forced To Start All Over Again
Never have I found myself so close to picking up a Wii than last weekend when, passing my local GAME store, I laid eyes on the new Skyward Sword poster. I'm an unashamed - well, sort of ashamed - Zelda fan, and if it weren't for the dire financial situation I am currently in, I'm almost certain I'd have sauntered in, plonked cash on the till and walked out with a Wii and Link's latest adventure. A lot of you are no doubt knee-deep in Skyward Sword by now, cruising the skies or testing the - so I hear- fantastic Wiimote swordplay. However, it appears Skyward Sword has something of a problem, as some players have reported being unable to proceed at a certain point in the game. Nintendo has identified the issue and dispatched a response.
Steering clear of spoilers, the issue in Skyward Sword stems from a quest-line where Link must earn the Song of Heroes, which requires him encountering a number of dragons. Should you meet one of the dragons first, some players have found that the others do not respond to the quest's prerequisites, and cannot proceed. They've been forced to start from the very beginning, and anyone who's suffered such a fate can attest to its teeth-clenching frustration.
Nintendo was made aware of the issue, and has been in touch with the appropriate parties, detailing a response to the issue and the path players must follow to avoid encountering such a problem.
We have been made aware of the issue that results in being unable to progress in the Song of the Hero quest. If the game has been saved after completing the sequence of events, it will no longer be possible to proceed through the game on that save file. The only options at that point are to either start the game over or to use an earlier save file to continue.
The situation is caused by performing the following sequence of events during the Song of the Hero quest:
1. At the beginning of the quest, go to Lanayru Desert to retrieve the song of the Thunder Dragon.
2. In the Lanayru Mine, speak with Golo the Goron.
3. Complete the Thunder Dragon's event, and receive his song.
4. Before heading to the forest or volcano regions, speak with Golo in the mine again.
5. At this point, the forest and volcano events will no longer occur, making it impossible to continue.
• This issue WILL NOT OCCUR if the Fire and Water Dragon songs have already been collected before collecting the Thunder Dragon's song. Talking to Golo in the Lanayru Caves will also NOT trigger this issue.
• If the game has been saved after completing the sequence of events, it will no longer be possible to proceed through the game on that save file. The only options at that point are to either start the game over or to use an earlier save file to continue.
I wish I had a better answer, but I'm afraid there currently is no other fix available. I can assure, however, that we are documenting all feedback we receive on this issue. Thank you for your patience and support.
We sincerely hope none of our readers immersed in Skyward Sword have encountered this issue, but if you have be sure to check Nintendo's statement thoroughly and ensure you follow their advice. Our review isn't far off either, for those of you sitting on the fence. [Zelda Informer]