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Zelda: Skyward Sword’s Musical Instrument Is A Harp Similar To Sheik’s

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Music has always played an important role in Zelda games, and Skyward Sword will continue this trend. In an interview with Nintendo Power magazine, Nintendo’s Eiji Aonuma reveals that the musical instrument in Skyward Sword is a harp that you play using the MotionPlus controller.

 

“With a lot of previous Zelda games it has been about inputting specific notes to compose things,” Aonuma said. “Given the nature of what a harp is, and the fact that it’s an instrument that one strums, this time we’re using the Wii MotionPlus to really make it based on the rhythm of strumming to get across the musical element.”

 

When asked if it was the same harp as the one that Sheik uses in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Aonuma stated: “The design is the same as the harp that Sheik has in Ocarina of Time.”

Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.