Once upon a time, there was a brave, young, handsome Nintendo game named The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, who went on a grand adventure to save a princess or something.
On the way, he got stuck and discovered he couldn’t go any further, so he gave up. The End.
And this could happen to YOU, according to an email sent out from Nintendo HQ. Apparently Skyward Sword shipped with a game-breaking bug, and until (if) it’s fixed, you’re going to have to avoid completing a specific sequence of events in a specific order.
Next up: spoilers!
“We have been made aware of the issue that results in being unable to progress in the Song of the Hero quest,” Nintendo of America spokesperson Sharon Matheny wrote.
“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 quest requires players to revisit three locations, which can be done in any order – except visiting Lanaryu Desert first can potentially break everything. As Matheny explains, the glitch happens when a player does the following:
- At the beginning of the quest, go to Lanayru Desert to retrieve the song of the Thunder Dragon.
- In the Lanayru Mine, speak with Golo the Goron.
- Complete the Thunder Dragon’s event, and receive his song.
- Before heading to the forest or volcano regions, speak with Golo in the mine again.
- At this point, the forest and volcano events will no longer occur, making it impossible to continue.
Matheny notes that problems “WILL NOT OCCUR if the Fire and Water Dragon songs have already been collected before collecting the Thunder Dragon’s song”, and that simply talking with Golo the Goron is safe too.
But hey, you are keeping alternate save games, aren’t you? I mean, who doesn’t? Exactly.