Miyamoto unveils The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, slated for 2011

Nintendo kicked off their E3 press conference today with the biggest reason all those people had come to watch them; the new Zelda. Shigeru Miyamoto, the only man for the job, took to the stage this morning to bring us the first gameplay from The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword.

There was a lot to take in during the lengthy demo, but if you want it in a nutshell, it’s Zelda with Wii Motion Plus. How do you think that would work? The Wii Remote is your sword, and the nunchuk is your shield, making the game control a lot like some Wii Sports games. There’s a bunch of new items for this adult Link too; a flying beetle thing that you fly around areas, and a trusty whip too. They join other favorites like the bomb, that you can now roll along the ground.

Miyamoto did look a little red in the face when the bow failed to obey his commands however. In fact, suspected wireless interference meant that several items had to be brushed aside during the demo, which was a bit of a shame.

Graphics wise, Skyward Sword finds itself between Twylight Princess and Windwaker; a colourful, cartoony look that still lends itself a little realism in character models.

Mr. Miyamoto left us with news that the title wouldn’t hit until next year. There was also¬†a trailer (which we’ll get up as soon as it becomes available) that gave us a glimpse at a few bosses, and interestingly saw Link jump off a cliff. I didn’t think it looked that bad!