We first brought word that a big Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword reveal was on the horizon over a week ago, and now it’s time to take a look at what Nintendo has chosen to show gamers. Even though Skyward Sword has been in development for the better part of two years, gamers haven’t seen much of what the game has to offer.

Typically, Nintendo introduces at least one image of each of the different dungeons/temples that will be featured in the game, but Skyward Sword (despite a reported 50-100 hours of playing time) promotion has been more focused on the new gameplay mechanics that are being introduced.

Thankfully, though, Game Informer’s Zelda cover story, which includes a retrospective of every Zelda title from A Link to the Past to Spirit Tracks, has yielded a ton of new screenshots for Skyward Sword including a closer look at the game’s fire temple.

Check them out below:

Among the highlights of the screens include the aforementioned fire temple (which we believe extends from the Eldin Volcano location also featured in the screens), a new area called the Silent Realm (and the interestingly designed enemies that inhabit it), and then, of course, Link slashing, puzzling, and discovering the path to victory.

Probably the biggest reveal featured in the GI screens is the introduction of the new dowsing ability. Replacing the compass in the game, this sword ability allows Link to locate items, like the new item upgrades, by holding his sword out in a first person view.

While we can’t argue that the screens could do with a little bit of explanation, what we can understand from them looks pretty exciting. It’s been a long time coming for the release of this Wii-developed Zelda adventure, and anticipation has gone way beyond fever pitch status. Yes, getting a closer look at the game is all well and good, but we’d much rather, after all this time waiting, get to play it for ourselves.

What do you think of the newest screenshots for The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword? How do you feel about replacing the compass with the dowsing ability?

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword releases November 20, 2011 for the Nintendo Wii.

Source: Game Informer