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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.
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.
Anti-aliasing brings the Skyward Sword DOF effect closer to Link, blurring the game more then the developers intended. Keep anti-aliasing off to prevent the problem.
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|
|Off||Brings the DOF effect closer to Link|
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||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 GTX 570||I'm using D3D11, 1920*1080, 4x Internal Resolution, no AA, 16x AF, with "Skip EFB Access to CPU" unchecked. The game works perfectly 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) and 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|
|Windows 7 x64||Intel Core i7 950 @ 3.07GHz||nVidia GeForce 460||Runs smoothly except for slight pauses when exiting menus, D3D11, 1920*1080, 8xAA(Q32), 16x Anisotropy, 3x native int. res, EFB to Texture causes terrain banding but it's not a huge issue, especially since the alternative is a huge slowdown. Motion+ works well as long as the Wiimote has a clear line of sight to the BT transceiver, except that it needs recalibrating every so often.||LimEJET|
|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..why did i even bother posting this then? because im an idiot||Aldaris|
|Windows 7 x64||Intel Core i7 930 @ 4.0GHz||nVidia GTX 560 Ti||Direct 3D11, 1920*1080, Anisotropic Filtering 16x, Skip EFB Access from CPU, EFB Copies set to RAM, Cache enabled. Depth of field banding issues resolved, shader issues resolved, very minimal slowdowns. Using a real WiiMote with MotionPlus built in, along with a wireless sensor bar.||Invena|
|Windows 7 x64||Intel Core i5 2500k||nVidia GTX 570 2.5GB||Direct 3D9, 1920*1080, Anisotropic Filtering 0-16x, Skip EFB Access from CPU, EFB Copies set to RAM, Cache enabled. Severe banding regardless of AF, AA, skip EFB access, EFB copies to ram/texture. Using a real WiiMote+ with stock sensor bar.||ermacaz|
|Windows 7 x64||AMD Phenom II x4 965BE @ 3.6Ghz||AMD 6990 4GB + nVidia 8800gt 512MB (Physx)||Direct 3D11, 1920*1080 4x Native, Anisotropic Filtering 16x, AA off, Skip EFB Access from CPU disabled, EFB Copies (Severe banding but full speed on Texture, Perfect visuals but 9fps on RAM). Using a real WiiMote+. Sensor bar only used for initial calibration||paintball9|
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