As promised, Nintendo is continuing to slowly leak out details of the upcoming The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword to build anticipation before its November 20 release. This time around they've got some information on Faron Woods, the first environment Link will explore after leaving the heights of Skyloft to check out what's going on down below.
Faron Woods and Skyview Temple: The forest is the first location Link visits after leaving Skyloft, an island world suspended high in the sky. The people of Skyloft have never been to the surface, so this stage marks a strange new experience for Link. Traversing the forest leads him to Skyview Temple, where Zelda may be held.
Dashing: By holding down the A Button, players can make Link run faster and grant him acrobatic abilities, such as the ability to briefly run up a sheer wall to grab onto a cliff. Dashing uses up some of Link's endurance, which replenishes itself over time once Link stops running. Certain powerful attacks, like the spin attack, also use up endurance. When all of Link's endurance is used up, his movement is slowed dramatically for a few moments.
Dowsing: Fi, the spirit of the powerful Goddess Sword and Link's guide, informs Link that he can use the sword to search for things through dowsing. In dowsing mode, when Link holds out his sword, the sword will beep and provide visual feedback when pointed in the direction of the intended target. This technique can be used to search for many objects and characters in the game. In Faron Woods, Link uses it to search for Zelda, guiding him to Skyview Temple, where Zelda's aura can be detected.
Kikwi Tribe: The Kikwis are cute, fuzzy creatures that Link encounters while exploring the forest, resembling a kiwi fruit in animal form. Link can search for the Kikwis in the forest using dowsing. In return, they will help him on his search for Zelda.
Slingshot: This is one of the first items that Link receives in the game. While it's not very powerful, it can be used to stun enemies and activate objects in the environment. As with many items in the game, players aim the slingshot by moving the Wii Remote™ Plus.
The slingshot is pretty standard, but the dowsing is kind of a new use for the Wiimote. And I rather like the idea of adding in the dash button to perform parkour or whatnot. That'll add a new wrinkle to exploring. And as you can see from the gallery of screenshots Nintendo released that I've included below, the Kikwis are kind of creepy looking. At least to me! And I'm going to go out on a limb and guess that you probably don't have to use the dowsing power to find that giant mustachioed fella!