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The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
|The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword|
|Series||The Legend of Zelda|
|Release date(s)|| EU November 18, 2011|
|Input methods||Wii Remote with Wii Motion Plus + Nunchuk|
|GameIDs||SOUE01, SOUK01, SOUP01, DAXP01, DAXE01, SOUJ01|
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (ゼルダの伝説 スカイウォードソード, Zeruda no Densetsu: Sukaiwōdo Sōdo) is an action-adventure game for the Wii console and the sixteenth entry in the Legend of Zelda series. Nearly 5 years in development, the Skyward Sword departs from many of the traditional Zelda norms, featuring new controls, a new art style, and formula differences. Skyward Sword requires either the Wii Motion Plus add on or a Wii Remote Plus.
Skyward Sword heavily integrates the use of the Wii Motion Plus; swordplay, for instance, is integrated with the controller to a point where the player has one-to-one motion control over Link's sword and the its attack directions. In contrast to earlier installments, battles do not focus solely on timing attacks, but also on their target, such as the direction in which enemies are hit. This also allows for the sword to be integrated into puzzles to a greater extent than in previous titles.
As the game is still being released and is very technically demanding, the best options for the game can change at a rapid pace as users discover new options and changes to dolphin are made. See the forum thread for details as it develops.
Wii Motion Plus
Skyward Sword requires the Wii Motion Plus add-on. Dolphin is currently not capable of emulating the wii motion plus; the only way for dolphin to play this game is to use a real, physical Wii remote with Wii Motion Plus. See .
- Pre-3.0 revisions of Dolphin had rudimentary Wii Motion Plus emulation, but it does not work properly, lacking calibration and constantly disconnecting.
Depth of Field (DoF)
Skyward Sword uses a Depth of Field effect to blur distance objects in a painting like style. Older revisions (pre 3.0) do not render the effect. Newer revisions can sort of render it, but requires EFB to Ram to avoid scan-lines. (See ). Note that using EFB to Ram for this effect causes a significant performance hit even with powerful machines.
Shadows in the game can flicker when the internal resolution is set to "Auto" with the DX9 back-end. Either use DX9 with a preset internal resolution (example: 3x Native), or use DX11.
With Anisotropic Filtering (AF) at its default 1x, banding may be present in shading on characters and surroundings. Increasing AF to higher values (such as 16x) will correct the problem. It should not cause a performance hit, but may on weaker machines.
"Skip EFB Access to CPU" can provide a useful speedup for this demanding game. However, having the feature on can prevent you from aiming properly. Disable "Skip EFB Access to CPU" to fix.
Links sword may disappear. To insure the sword does not disappear, makes sure "Cache Display Lists" is disabled.
Only configuration options for the best compatibility where they deviate from defaults are listed.
|Direct3D 11 or OpenGL||DX9 has issues with shadows|
The graph below charts the compatibility with The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword since Dolphin'srelease, listing revisions only where a compatibility change occurred.
This title has been tested on the environments listed below:
|Windows 7 x64||AMD Phenom II @ 3.3GHz||AMD Radeon HD 6850||The game starts correctly but it got stuck when is asked to connect a motion plus.... i don't have a real Wiimote, waiting for motion plus emulation||Aldaris|
|^||Windows 7 x64||Intel Core i5 2500K @ 3.7GHz||nVidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti||Perfect with 3D11, 1920*1080, without AA, Anisotropic Filter 16x, Native 3x.. But during some dialogues, the game slows...||Sanitarium026|
|^||Windows 7 x64||Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 @ 3.6GHz||ATI Radeon HD 4870||Works perfectly, 30 fps all the time (D3D11, 1280x1024, 2x Internal Resolution, 4x AA and 16X AF, with "Skip EFB Access to CPU" unticked all the time||TheWing|
|^||Windows 7 x64||Intel Core i5 2500k @ 3.3GHz||Nvidia GeForce GTX570||I'm using D3D11, 1920*1080, 4x Internal Resolution, no AA, 16x AF, with "Skip EFB Access to CPU" unchecked. The game works perfecly with a solid 30 fps all the time and no issues. Little detail : to obtain a perfect control of WiiMotion+ with my internal Bluetooth device (included on my motherboard P7P68 Pro REV 3.1) anf fix the slowness of the pointer, I had to turn my PC tower to have the device in front of me. Since this change, the accuracy is like on Wii.||iPoulpe|
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