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* BigNameFan: [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] with [[{{Creator/Egoraptor}} Arin, aka Egoraptor]], [=YouTube=] personality and Let's Player who has been very outspoken over his distaste of ''Skyward Sword''. Many people who haven't even played the game themselves are aware of Arin's stance as one of its biggest detractors.
* CreatorBacklash: {{Downplayed|Trope}}. While not ashamed of ''Skyward Sword'' as a whole, Eiji Aonuma [[http://nintendoeverything.com/aonuma-reflects-on-zelda-skyward-swords-tutorials-will-be-careful-with-them-going-forward/ came to regret]] its large amount of [[ForcedTutorial hand]]-[[AnnoyingVideoGameHelper holding]], acknowledging that it made the game less fun and promising to tone it down in the future. He did in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkBetweenWorlds'' and ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild''.
* FanNickname:
** Ever since Fi was shown in the teaser art from E3 2009, It has been, for one reason or another, referred to as "Steve" in the Website/GameFAQs community. It is also known as "Zordiana" on Zelda Informer to make fun of the people who believed that rumour.
** Before Ghirahim's name was revealed, the [=GameFAQs=] community settled with [[ThemeNaming Tracy]], Zelda Universe with Debbie. They still insist that these are the actual names.
** Over on Website/{{Tumblr}}, Ghirahim's fans refer to him as "Pete".
** And there has been an increased usage of "Peppermint Kisses".
** The Parellas have been dubbed "Umbrella [[Franchise/WallaceAndGromit Gromit]]" because their silhouettes resemble [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Gromit's head attached to an umbrella with speaker-like horns.]]
** Groose has been called "[[Franchise/BackToTheFuture Biff]]" on quite a few blogs and message boards, as well as Magazine/NintendoPower.
*** His hairdo has made people call him [[Series/HappyDays the Fonz.]]
*** Others compare him with [[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast Gaston]].
*** The Legend of Groose: Skyward Hair
** The section near the end where Link must fight through an army of weak enemies was dubbed "Zelda Musou" by fans. [[VideoGame/HyruleWarriors Maybe it gave Nintendo ideas?]]
* HeAlsoDid: Many developers who assisted in the game's production may sound familiar, such as [[VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}} Monolith]] [[VideoGame/{{Xenoblade}} Soft.]]
* IKnewIt:
** Years ago, on some obscure Zelda fansite, there was a timeline theory which spoke of the origins of the Master Sword, and claimed it was once a woman who ''became'' the sword. At that time, it seemed a little weird. Now, with Fi's role as a spirit within the Master Sword.
** Impa is the name of the Sheikah. Also, [[spoiler:Impa being the old lady also proved another low-profile fan theory that said that sheikahs have a [[TimeAbyss a roughly one thousand of years long life span]]]].
** Though she's not one of the main trio, there is indeed a fourth major goddess as was long speculated.
* MilestoneCelebration: The game was released to commemorate 25 years of ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda.''
* RealitySubtext: The knight training academy is celebrating its 25th anniversary. The game was released to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the ''Zelda'' series.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** Original artwork for the game, shown at E3 2009, implied that this game would follow the same, dark graphical style of ''Twilight Princess'', if not even darker. This is part of what caused the shock/backlash at the cel-shaded style that appeared at E3 2010. Miyamoto has stated that the change was made because, when the graphics were dark, it was difficult to tell how enemies were holding their weapons, which detracted from the integral swordplay.
** As late as Summer/Fall 2010, the team did not have any plans to include orchestrated music. This changed when Miyamoto told E3 journalists that orchestrated music was a must.
** The Beetle was originally a [[RocketPunch rocket-propelled hand]], but it was quickly found to not fit in with the setting (considering how much AnachronismStew the series has already, that's saying a lot).
** The famous scene where Link swoops in with his Loftwing to catch a falling Zelda was almost cut because Aonuma was concerned that, [[ProlongedPrologue with all the cutscenes already present in the intro, players would get bored waiting for the main game to kick in]]. Because the cinematics team felt this scene to be vital in fleshing out the relationship between Link and Zelda, they instead cut out a bunch of ''other'' scenes to save this one in particular.
** The original explanation for Link's Crimson Loftwing being so special was that it was the only kind of Loftwing that could travel between the sky and the surface. In the final version of the game, beacons of light enable access to the surface, and the Crimson Loftwing doesn't take Link directly there -- he just drops Link to skydive into it.
** The artbook ''[[AllThereInTheManual Hyrule Historia]]'' as well as [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vLMGrmf4xaY one part]] of "The Making of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild" revealed that the sub-sections of the Surface were, in fact, supposed to be connected with each other, but technical limitations made this a no-go, as they were pushing the single-layer disc limit already. A similar thing happened with Skyloft, which was much larger and multilayered in concept art. A good portion of the problems the game has could be chalked up to technical limitations.
** Creator/ShigeruMiyamoto says that the prototype of the game that he played was originally more challenging than the retail version of the game. As he puts it, the developers were so used to the flow of the game that they made it harder for ''themselves'', to the point that it would have been much harder for the average player. Thankfully for more experienced players, while the finished product was made to be easier, it was still more challenging than most ''Zelda'' games.
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