This page is an archive of guesses about what was going to be in the game before the game was actually released.
Skyward Sword WILL be Hijacked by Ganon, but not GanondorfGanon was originally one of the demons that ravaged Pre-Skyloft Hyrule and will be some sort of patron for Ghirahim. After Girahim is defeated Link will fight Ganon, and when he is defeated, he won't be killed. Rather than being destroyed or sealed in a can, He will be temporarily dispersed...only to be reincarnated centuries later as a Gerudo prince...
Sheik's Harp Will Make a Return, as Well as the Warp Songs and The Sharp and Flat Bros. from OoTIn the GDC trailer, we can see an icon depicting a new instrument - a harp - on the D-pad about halfway through the footage. Compare the harp icon with Sheik's harp on OoT 3DS's new American boxart, and you'll quickly notice that they look completely identical to each other. In other words, Link hands his harp over to the new Royal Family after saving Hyrule from a great evil, it's passed down generation after generation until it's back story or history is eventually forgotten, finally finding itself in the hands of OoT's Princess Zelda before it is potentially destroyed or abandoned. Seeing that Sheik also taught the warp songs to Link on his//her harp, it's possible that we may see the warp songs return, and this is how Link will travel around Hyrule or between Hyrule and Skyloft in the game. As for The Sharp and Flat Bros. in OoT, (who were clearly ghosts who died long ago,) we may see them return in SS. However, they will be alive instead of dead, helping Link travel between the two lands via magical warps songs that they had personally composed. By the end of the game, they're noted for their accomplishments and become Hyrule's famous composers, devoting much of their practices and time towards magical songs created solely for the Royal Family's needs.
Twinrova will be a major antagonist, or at least appear in some fashion, likely a boss
This game involves Majora, explaining the origin both of Majora's Mask and the Master Sword.
This game will explain the origins of Hyrule and is connected to the mythology presented in Twilight Princess.
The game is somehow connected to the Backstory of The Minish Cap.
The Sword Spirit and the main villain are connected in some way.
This game either takes place during or immediately before the war immediately prior to Ocarina of TimeWe know that there was a war that took place a decade or so before Ocarina of Time, where the Shekiah were driven to extinction and Ocarina of Time Link's father was killed and his mother driven to flee to the Forest. If this is that war, the Shekiah Massacre will occur onscreen, probably invoking the law of Conservation of Ninjutsu .
This Link is related to the Wind Tribe from The Minish Cap somehow.
Link will meet the forebearers of the KokiriAfter saving them or doing something heroic, they honor him by dressing as him.
Ganondorf will appear, but not as the main antagonist.Given the timeline for this game, I don't think it's possible for Ganondorf to be the villain. (Maybe Ganon, but not Ganondorf.) But in an effort to compromise with the Unpleasable Fanbase, an early incarnation of Ganondorf will appear...as a total fanboy of Link. And maybe as a little kid.
This game is actually a long, long way back in Hyrule's past, and explains the origins of the different races.Link's people, the people of the sky, became divided in some way. There was an earlier group that did actually make it to the land below, but finding it dangerous, they took to the shadows and became the Sheikah. Others had already been there for longer - depending on their hiding place, they became the Gorons or the Zora or the Dekus, perhaps the Kokiri. Once the land was purified of the monsters, the rest descended and became the Hylians (aside from the ones that went to the desert and eventually became the Gerudo).
Vaati will be the villain.Since the game is a prequel to Ocarina of Time, we know that Ganondorf cannot be the villain. Also, since the sky is an important part of the plot and gameplay, having a wind mage as the main villain would make sense.
The Dark Interlopers (aka the proto-Twili) will be the villains.As the backstory of Ocarina of Time told, the Master Sword was set in the Pedestal of Time as the final key to opening the Sacred Realm, where the Triforce was hidden. We also know that this game deals with the origins of the Master Sword, aka the Skyward Sword, so the Blade of Evil's Bane cannot be used for this function just yet. Now, we know from Twilight Princess that the Twili were descendants of a tribe of sorcerers who attempted to take the Triforce for themselves. But in Ocarina Of Time, the Great Deku Tree, Zelda, and Ganondorf are the few who actually have a clue where the Triforce rests. So by that time in the chronology, the knowledge of the Triforce must have been forgotten by the vast majority of the people of Hyrule on account of them having never seen it. Therefore, there must have been a time before the Triforce was sealed away when the proto-Twili would have been able to obtain in-depth knowledge of the Golden Power. Skyward Sword could very well be the story of how the proto-Twili were foiled in their efforts, how they were banished to the Twilight Realm as punishment, and how the Master Sword was first used to seal the Triforce away from those who would use it for evil purposes.
Ganondorf will be the villain.The Master Sword will play a vital role to the story, and it has never appeared in a game that Ganon wasn't in.
Skyward Sword will possibly detail the fall of the Gerudo tribe and their exile to the desert.It has already been speculated that Skyward Sword will take place before Ocarina of Time due to the fact that the titular sword transforms into the Master Sword at some point in the game and the fact that Link is born on a floating island called Skyloft and will descend to the land below. With the exception of Link (who can unknowingly charm every woman ever), the Gerudo tribe is shown to be highly distrustful of Hyrulean culture and society, indicating a great level of detachment from the Hylian way. During Ganondorf's Alas, Poor Villain moment in Wind Waker, he's given a Freudian Excuse that actually gives his trecherous deeds a slightly more altruistic motive: Gerudo Desert was nothing more than a harsh, barren wasteland and Ganondorf coveted the gentle winds of Hyrule. If said "prequel" theory is indeed correct, Skyward Sword could depict how the Gerudo ended up in their current predicament. Perhaps they're the "evil forces" plaguing Hyrule. A falling-out with the other Hylians, maybe? If the pieces fall in place we might even see a young and bitter Ganondorf. Who knows? But given how Aonuma has been throwing in nods to affirm the whole "split timeline" theory, I wouldn't doubt him addressing a plot element like this.
Link will gain the power of flight, via the Master Sword.Well, duh. It's a bit of an obvious guess, but don't let that stop you.
There will be a powerful musical instrument again, and it will be a woodwind instrument.This is to keep up with the trend of Zelda having musical instruments that look vaguely like controllers. Since the Wii Remote with Motion Plus looks like a rod, I'm willing to bet it'll be a flute, a clarinet, or a saxophone. And it will have "sky" in the name, because all Zelda musical instruments have title drops. Or the sword may function as a conductor's baton, but, since they already did that with Wind Waker, probably not.
The Sheikah will play a role in this game.This game takes place before Ocarina of Time, so this is their chance to show us what the Sheikah were like before going near extinct.
Ganon will be the villain, but with a special twist on the typical Start of Darkness.A version of Ganon from the very, very distant future (nothing specific, as we don't really want an end to the Zelda timeline) goes back in time to when the Master Sword was created, and before the Triforce was fully sealed in the Sacred Realm. That way, he can destroy the Master Sword before it can be a nuisance to him, and he can get the whole Triforce with minimal interferance. In fact, while we're at it, maybe both Ganons can appear; that is, the one from the child timeline, and the one from the adult timeline. Then, near the end, when it looks like Link is going to defeat them both, they merge together (think Dracula and Death merging in Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin), turning into an unholy Eldritch Abomination that Link will have a hard time bringing down. But in the end, Link defeats Eldritch Ganon, banishing its crushed spirit to the netherworld, where it is eventually reincarnated into...the original Ganondorf. Keep in mind that Nintendo has never shied away from time travel confusion before in regards to this franchise, so why stop here?
Ganondorf will be the Big Bad of the game, but no one knows who he is in Ocarina because...Ganondorf hasn't appeared in a Zelda game since Twilight Princess. That's an absence of two games, the longest Ganon has gone without an appearance. There are various theories being batted around for why Ganondorf can't be the Big Bad because the game is a prequel to The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time which was the first time anyone realized his true intentions. But what if no one knew he was evil in Ocarina because he was successful in Skyward Sword? After the final fight against Ganondorf, Link and Zelda share an emotional farewell with the Spirit of the Sword (whatever her name turns out to be) and just as they're about to seal the Sacred Realm by plunging the Master Sword into the Pedestal of Time, Ganondorf comes back to life. He succeeds in killing Link and Zelda, and is about to take the Triforce for himself when the Spirit puts the Sword into the Pedestal, thereby locking the Sacred Realm, and sealing Ganondorf's soul away until someone who can destroy him forever is born. He is then released at the moment of the Hero of Time's birth. It's a Downer Ending for a Zelda game, but if done right, it could be quite touching and bittersweet.
Ganondorf will appear in this game, but he will not be evil.Instead, this Ganondorf will be benevolent, and help Link in his quest.
This Game will detail all of the following:
The game will be Hijacked by Ganon.
This game will contain intense amounts of Player Punch.
Link's starter village will have a windmill in it.Think about it: It's in the sky, windmills show up in many Zelda games prominently (Windfall and Kakariko for example), there was a windmill on the floating terrance thing in the Feel Good Inc. video, which implies a Windmill can be useful for things in the sky (possibly for perpulsion or steering while in the air.) plus and old rumor stated that Link's hometown would be the biggest of any Zelda game in existance, so they may use a Windmill for electricity/grinding grains.
Skyward Sword is NOT a prologue.Instead, it is the next game after Twilight Princess. The only reason we all think that it's a prologue is because Miyamoto has said that the Skyward Sword becomes the Master Sword. But maybe Ganondorf (who will almost certainly be back) actually physically breaks the Master Sword and the Skyward Sword becomes the next Master Sword.
This game will yet again feature many varied characters fans will pair up with Link for little to no adequately explainable reason.Because the fans totally didn't do that with Oot, WW and TP. These charecters will probably include:
Ganondorf becomes evil out of jealousy of this game's Link.Ganondorf is a Gerudo, and the only male of his kind alive. Everyone around him is female. He's guaranteed to be very popular. Then Link comes along, and we all know what happens then. THINK ABOUT IT.
The Scorpion boss seen in the trailer is Skyward Sword's version of Gohma.Gohma is usually thought of as a spider, but her Ocarina of Time description just says "Arachnid" and her portrayal has been inconsistent. Sure, sometimes she's a spider (a bigass spider), but other times she's a crab, some sort of armoured centipede (which isn't an arachnid), and sometimes what she's supposed to be is completely unidentifiable. And regardless of her physical appearance, her theme is always eyes. The Scorpion is an arachnid, and the point is to swing your sword in the right direction to hit the eyes in its claws. Sounds like a Gohma battle to me.
The only difference between the Skyward Sword and the Master Sword is the name.Everyone speculates about what sort of miraculous change comes over the SS to make it the MS. Really, does it need one? The two swords are already identical plus it's already established that the swords share almost all concievable powers. So why doesn't Fii talk to us in any other games? She doesn't think it's urgent and just likes silently observing the world in sword form.
Entering Hyrule from Skyloft will be identical in execution to skydiving in Wii Sports Resort.Only instead of jumping out of a plane, you jump off of Skyloft, and instead of linking up to people you're trying to Link up with "Steve" and trying to land in the right place. Your sword saves you from going splat each time.
Link's relationship with Sword Girl will be that of a father and a daughter, and her becoming the Master Sword will mirror a young girl growing up.
Musings about the white haired figure in the trailer.Pics of◊ the guy◊ and◊ this thing◊.
White Haired Guy is Alternate Dimension Dimentio.Come on! The jester-ish outfit, the way the eyes look, the fact he vanishes like that...Totally an Alternate of Dimentio.
Alternately, White Haired Guy is Alternate Dimension Kefka.He just doesn't have as much makeup on.
Alternately alternately, White haired guy is the finalized and original version of the Skyward Sword.Well, did say that the sword design in the concept art didn't mach the final version and was a place holder, and that the sword was not necessarily a female. And when I say original, all I mean is that the sword we see in the trailer is a biginners sword that Link loses quickly in favor of the Skyward Sword. Then the White Haired guy, aka the Skyward Sword, becomes the master sword and takes on the appearence in the concept art. Wheter this means that the previously assumed tearjerker moment the transformation was going to be turns out to be a narmish magical transvestite operation or not is irrelevant, since Nintedo has done that one to death already in the Mario series. Why do I believe this? three reasons: 1.He transports in the same fasion Midna did in Twilight Princess, and a male version of Midna would be amazing. 2.Literally everyone has assumed that WHG is a villain in this trailer due to the fact that he was sitting on top of a monster "before" it started attacking Link. But do we really know that? It's certainly implied, but the Zelda team has a nasty habit of implying things that aren't true. For all we know, that clip was taken out of context after the fight ended, or possible the fight was a secret test of charecter from the Skyward Sword to see if Link was worthy of the challenge of being a hero. 3.That would be f*cking hilarious. I know Zelda is mostly meant to be a serious series, but the few bits of humor in it don't hurt the experience at all. And let's be honest here, making the possibly gay mystical version of the Situation the main sidekick of a Zelda game would make the game worth playing no matter what the graphics look like or how weird the controls are.
The Zelda in this game, if any, is either related to Link or the same Zelda from the second gameIt's unknown that game she came from, and she appears to know (a) Link. The Japanese manual has her as the "first Zelda", which she technically is.
The Skyward Sword will be, or at least start out as, and Emotionless Girl.Her official art makes it look like she fits the part.
Zelda won't be called ZeldaThe name "Zelda: wasn't a tradition until the princess in the second game fell into her slumber.
This Link becomes the father/grandfather/ancestor of Ganondorf.
One of the main features will be on reversing things, call backs, and things to come.
The white-haired guy is Vaati.The last time we saw Vaati, he was also a white-haired human(oid) with pale skin and dark clothes. The guy in the GDC trailer looks almost exactly like MC Vaati, just with more years and less clothes. Plus, this game deals with the sky, and Vaati is a wind mage...
The Big Bad will be Ganondorf's fatherSo we've confirmed that the game is a prequel. And by pattern, games with the Master Sword are usually Hi Jacked By Ganon. So, the Big Bad of the game will be Ganondorf's father. Since the Gerudo can only birth boys once every hundred years, his father will probably be really old or have some magic to keep him looking young. He wants the power of the Triforce, and the only thing that can stop him is the Master Sword. So the Skyward Sword has to turn into the Master Sword. And to keep with legends, he will be Ganon. By the end of the game, after Link defeats him, he seals his power into his son who vows to avenge his father by obtaining the power of the Triforce and taking over Hyrule Where's Ghirahim in this? He's actually second in command
This game will explain the origins of the Royal FamilyFrom what we can tell from the trailers and demos, Zelda is not yet a princess. However, she does appear to have some sacred power that Ghirahim is rather intent on getting (he refers to her as 'her Holiness'). Perhaps it's the Light Force, such as in Minish Cap, perhaps it's the Triforce. Although Zelda does not appear to be a princess, she does appear to have some status - things like the hip cloth having the future Royal Family crest on it (it also appears on the belt of the Rauru-looking guy) - it's a symbol of Skyloft now, but maybe it becomes a symbol of the Royal Family later on. Royals have often been attributed to having powers or a connection to deities (just look at Egypt!), so maybe this Zelda's power is what elevates her to royal status.
That 'loathsome servant of the goddess' who rescues Zelda is a SheikahThe game is pre-Ocarina, so it's entirely possible that they're around. And while we're establishing things left, right, and center, an explanation for how the Sheikah came to serve the Royal Family wouldn't be out of place. Who better to protect future royalty than a Sheikah? Perhaps they even come from the surface, but as a breakaway sect - it could explain the shadow affinity. Hell, it may even be Sheik - an original Sheikah from this time period who later becomes the disguise of Ocarina Zelda. We've already seen that lyre as an item Link can equip - perhaps he (since Sheik is referred to as 'he' in Ocarina, even if the person we're actually seeing is Zelda - that indicates that the persona of Sheik is male, at least) gives Link the lyre as a way to stay in contact with him.
This game takes place before Twilight Princess in the timeline.Before Link obtains the Hero's Clothes, he wears clothes that look very similar to the outfit he wore in Twilight Princess, before getting his traditional outfit. Proof is in the E3 2011 trailer.
The Triforce does not exist yet at the start of the game.Look at Zelda's outfit. It has the crest of the Hyrulean Royal Family on it. However, the head of the "bird" on the crest isn't the Triforce yet.
Ganondorf and Vaati are not going to be in the game; even if they are, they won't have significant roles/hijack the plot.While it is true that the series has a habit of going back further and further (A Linktothe Past was thought to be the first game in the series by many when it came out, then Ocarina of Time, and now Skyward Sword), it doesn't make much sense for either to be in this game, and for similar reasons. This is simply because, as SS is either the first in the timeline or close to it, either villain is simply not important because they haven't become evil yet. Ganondorf is only important starting from Ocarina of Time because that is the origin of how he became Ganon. We don't know just how much time passes between OoT and SS, but given how the master sword is already legendary and hyrule is a relatively well-established nation in OoT, it would be a while. Ganondorf probably isn't even BORN yet. With Vaati it's even more unlikely because he is the villain of the FOUR SWORD series. It doesn't make sense to have him in a game that is *all about* the origin of the MASTER Sword. If this game is before Minish Cap, he isn't even an evil wizard yet (and thusly, not of relevance).
Ghirahim is a sword-person like Fi.More specifically, he's the Evil Counterpart to the Skyward Sword, created by some race (Gerudo? Dark Interlopers?) to harness the power of the Triforce rather than seal it away like the SS is supposed to. He's got a red cape, with a white body and a red jewel on his hip. Seem familiar?
Ghirahim is an ancestor of Zant, and by proxy a Dark Interloper.Both are sorcerers, both use Villain Teleportation liberally, both get really unhinged and crazy when angry, and both are Memetic Molesters. Also, access to the Triforce seems like a pretty good reason for Ghirahim to seek out Zelda, considering how she is usually connected to it.
The Goddesses will choose three "champions" to save Hyrule, giving each a piece of the Triforce.These champions are of course, Link, Zelda, and Ganondorf. However, they didn't expect a few of Ganondorf's future incarnations to turn evil...
Ghirahim has a thing for Link.And it gets creepier (with his actions more reminiscent of rape) the further the game goes along.
Ghirahim is the true Big Bad of the series.He's a powerful wizard. He was born before Ganondorf. He even calls himself a Demon Lord. It certainly seems possible that he gave Ganondorf his power, or at least his inspiration.
A central theme of the game will be reversalThere appears to be a bit of reversing going on with traditional elements of the series. Given how heavily the series relies on Leitmotif, I doubt this is unintentional. Some evidence:
Ganondorf, or an Identical Grandfather, will be a major player in the plotThe world below Skyloft is supposed to be a dark, war-torn place. This is similar to the back-story in Ocarina of Time, and civil war may have gone on for a long time before then. Ganondorf will lead his faction of Gerudo against the other races of Hyrule, and he may be set up to be the mastermind behind the events of the game. However, the Big Bad (possibly the proto-Twili) will eventually reveal himself, forcing an uneasy alliance between Ganondorf, Link, and other faction leaders. Together they will fight a bigger threat to them all, but Ganondorf will insist that while he and the Big Bad are after the same thing, he recognizes that the world will be much worse off if the interlopers were to win.
In-universe, Ghirahim was the inspiration for AgahnimBased off nothing more than the similarities of their names.
Ghirahim is half-Sheikah and half-Gerudo.Ghirahim has one pointed ear (like the Sheikah/Hylian races) and one normal ear (like the Gerudo/Human races). Ghirahim's hair is white/silver which is likely a characteristic of the Sheikah race, making him unlikely to be of Hylian descent. It is claimed that the Sheikah were extremely skilled in magic and combat. Instead of having red eyes like a Sheikah though he has the dark eyes and eye shape of the Gerudos. Humans were obscure during the time of Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask and didn't begin to be more prevalent until the time of the original Zelda game, Zelda II, and Twilight Princess. It has been stated Skyward Sword takes place before Ocarina of Time, so Ghirahim's normal ear is unlikely to be caused from being a human mix.
Ghirahim is Ganon's father.Basing this on the above theory, but why the hell not? Plus, it'd be a nice way to slip in a pseudo-Hijacked by Ganon.
This Zelda is the Ao L one.How the coma thing happens, I don't know.
The original Sages of Earth and Wind will make an appearance.
This game will be the result of Ganondorf's attempt to alter time.
The village elder is Rauru, Sage of Light from Ocarina of TimeIn Oo T, Rauru claims to have been involved in the creation of the Temple of Time to protect the Master Sword, which presumably happens during or shortly after the events of this game. The trailers have shown a very similar-looking old man who appears to be the elder of the village.
There will be an in-universe explaination as to why the future incarnations of Link are left-handed.At some point, SS Link will be prevented from wielding the Skyward Sword/Master Sword with his right hand. Thus, future Links have to wield it with their left hands as a way to exploit a loophole.
This game will be the origin of Shadow LinkWhen it becomes clear that Link is a genuine thorn in Ghirahim's side, he'll call upon his dark magics to create an evil copy with all the strengths and abilities of the original. Perhaps in this game's version of the Water Temple, where he was met in Ocarina of Time.
There will be a HUGE battle at Eldin VolcanoSomething really noteworthy has to happen there, since that place is called Death Mountain later in the series. Also, wasn't Death Mountain the original base of Ganon??? Floating Continent theme, seems to be in ruins(presumably from Ghirahim's invasion), and no signs of Hylian life beyond the Oocca and the normal dungeon enemies, besides Link of course. It doesn't seem like the Oocca built the city by themselves, but rather were once built by Hylians and the Oocca together prior to the formation of the kingdom, and the Hylians fled when Ghirahim's forces attacked. The Oocca were the only ones remaining, and soon made the ruins their home.
Ghirahim is arming for warA war with another demon king trying to get his territory, he's planning to extract Zelda's holiness to convert it into a weapon, because his own dark powers aren't enough. Unfortunately her holiness is extracted but Fi becomes the bearer and the invading demon is the final boss.
Gaepora has a son named Rauru.This fits both the Zelda II backstory (Zelda has a brother) and the fact that Gaepora looks like Rauru...though it runs contrary to the theory that Kaepora Gaebora (presuming he's Gaepora) and Rauru are the same person.
This Link is the Fierce DeityConsidering that the Masks Change you into a Physical Copy of whoever they were in life, it wouldn't be impossible. But considering that the mask has massive DARK powers leads to an oddity since Fi seems like she would be more light attuned. But if Ghirahim is in fact a sword person like Fi, as some seem to be guessing well....next to/Final boss of the game is Link, being controlled by Ghirahim, while Zelda and/or Fi fight Him and separate the two.
Demon Lord Ghirahim & Fi will merge to create the Master SwordThis theory is looking more and more convincing by the second. We know that Ghirahim is attempting to resurrect his "master". Therefore, Ghirahim is not the main antagonist. It's also been said that Ghirahim will undergo a "change in character" sometime within the game. Fi and Ghirahim are quite similar, appearance-wise, and there have been some other hints suggesting that they have an even closer relationship. And it's been practically confirmed that Fi, the Goddess Sword, will soon become the Master Sword itself. So what if the catalyst is Ghirahim himself? What if Ghirahim is another "Sword-Person"? What if he pulls off a Heel-Face Turn, and decides to lend his considerable powers to Link by merging as one with Fi to create the Master Sword? Ghirahim is not the final boss, but he is most definitely a major character. Otherwise he would not be appearing side by side with Fi on the Japanese box art◊ (which further emphasizes their connection and importance).
Most of the other members of the Knight's Academy (e.g. Groose and the others) will wind up dead by the end of the game.In A Link to the Past, the backstory states that many of the Knights of Hyrule sacrificed their lives to defend the Triforce from evil monsters as it was being sealed within the Sacred Realm. So it appears likely that many of the Loftwing riders will die giving Link, Zelda, and Fi a chance to lock away the Triforce to keep the villains from taking it.
Groose becomes Ganondorf or starts the Gerudo tribe.Redheaded big guy who hates Link? He'll probably end up in a desert at the end.
Midna, or one of her ancestors will appearIn the latest trailer, a quick shot near the end was devoted to...a mirror. That was being held by some statue. I haven't been able to compare yet, but it at least reminded me of the Twilight Mirror. At some point, Link will visit the Twilight Realm and meet with Midna or her ancestors. This is why Midna trusts Link to help her in Twilight Princess (aside from the Wolf thing). She already had met someone who looked alot like him!
Dark Link will appear in this game.Hopefully as a boss fight, given the controls.
Ghirahim is trying to revive his master...but he wants his power.His main motivation is to resurrect his master, but instead of wanting to continue to serve him, he'll try to usurp his master's power.
Zelda's actions will be the reason why all incarnations of Link and Zelda are destined to meet.Since this is a prequel, and that her name IS in the title...she will have some outcome on the rest of the series. It is the Legend of ZELDA, after all.
There will be a focus on sidequests that rivals The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, yet will have a very long main game.It's been stated that this will be one of the longest Zelda games. With all the collectibles, there must be a bunch of sidequests as well.
Link and Zelda will kiss.There may be some romance between Link and Zelda.
The homeland of the Gerudo used to be quite luscious.The desert in this game is shown to have some grounded ships, as if there were once a sea there. Furthermore, Link can switch certain patches of the desert so that they become lush with vegetation, though this effect is only temporary. It's possible that this desert was once a coastal grassland not terribly different from Hyrule Field. This would add an extra dose of bitterness for the Gerudo, and Ganondorf in particular, because the peace and beauty of Hyrule that they envied so much were things that they used to have long ago.
At least one nonhuman will resent humanity.OK, so during the intro, it explains that the Goddess created Skyloft so that the humans would be safe during the war with the demons. This left the other races to fight off demons for an unknown amount of time, and they were eventually left in a Hyrule ruled by Ghirahim while the humans lived happy lives above the clouds. That's a pretty good reason for resentment to pile up.
Humanity was brought to the verge of extinction before the creation of Skyloft.Which is why the Goddess chose to send them into the skies instead of the other races. Their numbers were too few to risk losing them in battle.
The Zelda in this game IS a princess; she just doesn't know it. She was raised as a commoner and doesn't know about her royal blood.And by the end of the game, we'll find out she is heir to the land below (Hyrule). There'll be some big scene where the servant of the goddess tells Zelda about her true origins. Maybe her father (or possibly foster father?) took her away from Hyrule to Skyloft to protect her from those who would seek her holiness for evil (like Ghirahim). I don't know, something like that. It would make a wonderful twist!
The status as a prequel refers only to the physical timeline. However, for Link, specifically the Hero of Time, it takes place after he leaves Termina in MM, and the game is actuallly the third in the Oo T, MM, SS trilogy
Demise is Ganondorf.Compare these two pics: Flaming headed demon of death◊ and Red-haired monster of a man◊.