To editorialize for a moment, and provide full disclosure: I'm a humongous Zelda fan. Not that there's any shame in it, but having been a humongous Zelda fan since the first game in the series (I have fond memories of killing Ganon on my friend's NES, futuristically plugged in to his Commodore 64 monitor rather than screwed into the TV with a coaxial cable of yesteryear), I've become accustomed to not really believing Nintendo whenever it says a new Zelda game is coming out. It took years to hear about the Ocarina of Time after finishing A Link to the Past, and it was delayed God knows how many times. Then Majora's Mask just sort of floated out of nowhere. Following that was the infamous Windwaker switcheroo - show the fans one demo, and then show them a cell-shaded game years later, and then The Twilight Princess was delayed time and again. So somewhere deep inside, I still don't really believe that Skyward Sword is coming. I mean, it definitely is. Soon. I should have pre-ordered it by now, actually, but there's a suspicious voice somewhere in the depths of my prefrontal cortex that scolds me whenever I try to believe. "Don't be a fool. It won't be out until 2012 and you know it."
But I digress. Heavily. (My apologies.)
Whatever this reporter's psychosis-addled brain would like to have itself believe, Skyward Sword will be out this year, and amid all of the 3DS news coming from Nintendo during this year's Tokyo Game Show, there's been a flurry of Zelda news as well, not the least of which is a return of more RPG-like elements to the series, including item upgrades (check out the trailer at the top of the article), 100 minutes of cutscenes, and an estimated 50 - 100 hours of gameplay. To cap it all off, Nintendo released a video exclusive to Game Informer of Link free-falling onto a volcano from Skyloft like a badass.
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword comes out on November 20 in North America, November 23 in Japan, and you lucky Europeans get to return to Hyrule on November 18.