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Skyward Sword Glitch Stops Players From Finishing The Game

Skyward Sword Glitch Stops Players From Finishing The Game
Nintendo

Written by 

Tom Chapman

Posted 

3rd Aug 2021 14:52

The latest addition to the ever-growing family of Zelda games isn't quite flying high, as the Nintendo Switch release for The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD has introduced a gigantic glitch that stops players from finishing the game. 

While the OG Skyward Sword was released back in 2011, it's been given a revamp for a new generation of consoles and finally made the leap from the Nintendo Wii to the Nintendo Switch. Remembering that Skyward Sword was released in 2011 to honour the franchise's 25th anniversary, there's a sense of justice that it's back to celebrate 35 years - well, if you can finish it.

What is the Skyward Sword glitch?

Posting on Reddit, u/Sawyerqs showed off a frustrating soft-lock glitch that traps link in a room...forever. When Link progresses into the Lanayru Mining Facility, one of those infamous Zelda puzzles tasks you with moving a crate to gain access to a higher area. As shown in the clip, the soft-lock glitch means you can't shift the box into the right position by moving it along the entire path. 

It seems the OP isn't the only player who's been plagued by the soft-lock glitch. One furious fan wrote, "Just happened to me - had to check a walkthrough just to confirm I wasn't going crazy", while another added, "I had the same thing happen to me. I think it has to do with moving the box before clearing all the sand on the track". 

Although some have suggested simply reloading from your last save, redditor u/Jdavis29209 explained, "I have restarted the console a couple times now and reloaded a save. I hope they fix this since now I'm softlocked and I really don't want to restart the game :(". 

Will Nintendo fix the Skyward Sword glitch?

It's not entirely clear what's causing the Skyward Sword glitch, but at the time of writing, Nintendo hasn't officially acknowledged it. Until developers confirm what the glitch is and how it's triggered, we'd advise treading carefully when in the Lanayru Mining Facility.

Of course, there's the option of starting everything from scratch. Given that the Lanayru Mining Facility comes toward the halfway point of the game's 30-hour main quest, it's not a task most of us will want to take on. Also, remember that the Lanayru Mining Facility is one of the game's longest dungeons. 

We understand that it can't have been easy to remodel an old Wii game and its controls for the souped-up Nintendo Switch, but we'd have thought Nintendo would've managed to iron out the kinks like a game-breaking soft-lock glitch before general release. Even though Skyward Sword might be a relatively glitch-free experience, you'd better watch your back the next time you fancy hopping on the back of a Loftwing.

 

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