In an interview with Gamespot, Nintendo of America’s Bill Trinen reveals that The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword features a system by which you can upgrade your items. You can watch the interview video below (via ZeldaInformer):
“What I can say, though, is what we have done with the game this time that I think a little bit different is…they’ve built an entire upgrade system into the game,” Trinen reveals. “So for example, right now you can see that Link has his traditional shield, but he actually will get a lot of different shields in the game.”
Trinen elaborates further: “He will start off with a very basic one, and then as you fight enemies, you will recover kind of these treasures or artefacts that you can then use as resources to upgrade your items. And you can do that with your shield, you can do that with the beetle, and some of the other items that you have where you’re able to kind of combine your collection of rupees and your collection of resources and improve the items that you have.”
There’s hasn’t really been much use for money in the more recent Zelda games, so it’s nice to know that that you’ll be able to put all that money to use this time around.