Skyward Sword Will Offer No Reprieve for Southpaws

If you’re a lefty like Kotaku’s Stephen Totilo, it may have felt a bit weird to play The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess when it debuted for the Wii five years ago. While the series’ Hylian protagonist is traditionally a southpaw himself, Nintendo reflected the Wii version of the game to make the supposed majority of right-handed gamers feel more comfortable swinging that Wii remote like a sword.

So when Totilo recalled an IGN report that indicated Link’s next adventure may allow players to alternate between a right- and left-handed hero, he emailed Nintendo’s public relations arm to ask if it was, indeed, the case. Turns out it’s not.

Lefties may not have had too much trouble with Twilight Princess since it only made minor use of waggle controls to swing Link’s sword, but Skyward Sword requires more precision because it utilizes the Wii Motion Plus feature. Sorry, southpaws, but it looks like you’ll once again control a right-handed hero. I might suggest brushing up on your swordplay with Wii Sports Resort before diving into the 50- to 100-hour adventure.

For more on the matter, read Totilo’s follow-up to his original report at Kotaku.

Eder Campuzano

Eder is a journalism major at the University of Oregon and copy chief of Flux, the School of Journalism and Communication's flagship magazine. When he's not playing video games or writing about them, Eder enjoys going to concerts, walking the UO campus with his trusty iPod, James McCloud, and climbing steep hills in running shoes. His favorite games include Super Mario Bros. 3, Donkey Kong Country 2, Bioshock and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.

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