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Nintendo Offers Workaround for Game Breaking Zelda: Skyward Sword Bug

Posted on December 6, 2011 AT 06:45am

THE BUZZ: Nintendo has acknowledged the existence of a game breaking bug in Zelda : Skyward Sword and has offered a workaround to help avoid it.

An email sent to affected players mentions that the bug is caused by performing a certain sequence of events during the Song of the Hero quest. After completing the sequence players are unable to continue using that save file forcing either a restart or a revert to an earlier save. Simply avoid this sequence during that quest (spoilers):

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.

EGM’s TAKE: At least Nintendo acknowledged the bug exists. Now, they need to patch it before thousands of people choose the wrong sequence while playing the game during their holiday break.

Matthew Bennett, Associate Editor
Matthew Bennett finally got his big break with EGM three years ago, following years of volunteer work for various sites. An ability to go many hours without sleep and a quick wit make him ideal for his role as associate editor at EGMNOW.com. He often thinks back to the days when the very idea of this career seemed like nothing but an impossible dream. Follow him on Twitter @mattyjb89. Meet the rest of the crew.

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