Saturday, December 31, 2011

Skyward Sword Chapter 6: Time Travel is for Wimps

...or something. I don't know, it just popped into my head. As usual, I apologize for not posting as often as I should. My current work schedule is just not very well-suited for blogging, and I've been super busy on top of that. So, yeah. Anyway...

When we last left off, I had just gotten to the Earth Spring and found Zelda (!) at long last. So, on with the show!

OMG! It's Zelda! Must go talk to her so I can try to figure out what the hell is going on!

But before we could have our tearful reunion...

I don't know who this woman is, but she's a total and complete buzzkill.

Your Grace? What, is Zelda a princess now? (Haha!) She seriously can't take two seconds to explain what's going on? Okay, whatever.

That's it? That's all you're going to say? Lame.

Look, lady. You can give me the evil eye all you want, but I'm not going to apologize for...whatever it is I did that you're giving me the evil eye for.

Oh, come on. The plot goddess is never wrong!

Oh, get over it already. I cleared the dungeon, didn't I?

Oh, don't look at me like that. You know I'm the hero.

Zing! And before I could defend myself with some smarmy banter, she went through the portal after Zelda and disappeared. Son of a...!

Well, whatever. I Skyward Strike'd the fancy symbol again, and then Fi did her Ice Capades thing again. Lanayru Desert, eh?

And then she gave me...this!

The thingy is yellow this time. I guess I really do get to go to a desert.

So, I went back to Skyloft and opened up the path to the desert. Woo!

A mine? Well, that's unexpected. I guess I'll have to explore it.

Heh heh heh, a mine cart. I wonder if there's going to be a suspenseful mine cart chase later on? I mean, they already did the run-away-from-the-boulder thing...

So, this mine. There are little broken robots all over the place. Whenever I talk to one, Fi says they're all very old? I wonder what the deuce happened to make the mine no longer operational. Weird.

And here we have a mysterious blue stone. I wonder what would happen if I hit it with my sword...

Ooh, it turned turquoise! And...

Well, that's an interesting (read: ooh, pretty!) effect. Whatever could it mean?

Hey, one of the broken robots from before is now functional. Could we have traveled...back in time?

Everything's so pretty in the past. I wonder what happened.

It's like this mine's name should have been Super Happy Fun Time Mine. Where you can mine for Super Happy Fun Crystals all you want!

So I tried to talk to one of the now-functional robots, expecting some kind of happy response, and this is what I got:

What a rude robot. Someone should fire him from Super Happy Fun Time Mine. He's not nearly happy enough to be working here.

It was about this time that Fi decided to pop up and restate the obvious again.

Yeah, I kinda figured that out for myself already, but thanks.

Then, of course, it was time to hop into a mine cart and see where it would take me.

Eventually I made my way to this open area, where variations of the lava frog things were waiting to spit balls of electricity at me. Yay!

I couldn't run them over with the giant eye rock thing this time, though, so I had to settle for sprinting over the quicksand and avoiding them completely. Or maybe I used the Beetle to kill them? I'm not going to lie, I played through this, like, almost a month ago *whistles innocently* and my memory of it isn't so fresh.

Here's an area where I had to roll a bomb across the (now-gone) quicksand to hit the Time Stone at the other end in order to make the quicksand go away. When the area went back in time, a dastardly Deku Baba popped up on the ceiling. I killed it with the Beetle.

As I was making my way through the mine, I ran into a less-rude robot.

Well, that's not good. I'd better track down the robot's friend, and hope they didn't suck out all of his electricity.

So I stumbled my way out of the mine, and found the Lanayru Desert.

Well, this looks like a fun place. Let's keep moving! But first, Fi has to do her analysis.

Yeah, I got it. Next.

Ooh, it's the Triforce bird symbol thingy. Haven't seen that pop up in the game before. I wonder what it could mean?

Well, anyway. Time to make my way through the desert.

Here's an area where I hit a Time Stone in a cage and reactivated another dead robot that was in another cage. It then asked me to free it from the cage, and being the Hero, I couldn't exactly refuse. So...yeah. I had to do something to get a bomb into the cage, or something, but I can't exactly remember what. Let's skip to me talking to the newly-freed robot.

Well, darn. It's a good thing I managed to keep them from doing that, then. What's my reward for this?


This could be interesting. Very, very interesting.

Correction: this is awesome. Completely awesome. I can dive-bomb stuff!!!

And I thought the Beetle was cool before!

Hell yes!

And now I can use bombs to kill the sand frog thingys!

Yes please.

So, I kept making my way through the desert area, and eventually encountered one of those really annoying Deku Baba plants with the mouths that open both ways. You know the ones.

Die, foul creature!!

And then I got to ride in another mine cart.

And here I am approaching the Triforce bird thing. What's behind the wall??

Hey, look, it's that Goron guy again!

Yeah, you sure are, buddy. You're just as much of a traveler as I am.

I wish I could tell this guy I live on the Isle of the Goddess too, so I could watch him fall over dead of a heart attack.

Seriously. Why can't I tell this guy I'm from the sky too? He would totally flip out.

Oh well. Time to figure out what this place is. I guess I'll go ask this random robot over here.

Ooh, the Temple of Time. I get it now...sort of. So how does one get into said Temple of Time?

This, uh...doesn't have anything to do with the Temple of Time. It's just the Beetle, carrying a bush. Let's move on.

After I was done admiring the impassable wall to the Temple of Time, I had to make my way through another area of the desert. Someone told me you could get into the temple through the mine, or something, and in order to get into the mine I had to activate all the power stations or something. So...yeah.

Here I am in the first power station. You can kind of see the Time Rock I had to hit in the middle of the room in order to turn it back in time.

And now the room went back in time and all the sand disappeared, along with the weird electrical crab things.

The goal in this room was to get one of the electrical crab egg things and put it into this electrical thingy to make the electricity work, or something. Yay!

Hmm. But you're going to tell me anyway, right? At least you're not as rude as that first robot I talked to.

Here's a power node, or something. I had to stab my sword into the hole (using the Wii Remote) and then turn the remote to activate the node.

Here's me in the second power station, where the giant blocks look like Gamecubes. Haha! The Time Rock I had to hit for this room is right next to that block on the right. Woo.

And here I am right after I hit a Time Rock outside somewhere. I think this had something to do with the last power station. I think I was getting bored with taking photos by this point.

Hey! Looks like Fi decided to pop up after I activated the last power station.

To activate the power generator, I had to stab my sword into the generator again and turn it in three different directions (corresponding to the power stations' locations on the map of the area).

And like magic, the mine rose up from beneath the sands.

Very impressive.

Those candles on the walls are very Beauty-and-the-Beasty. I approve.

Cool. Let's get things done...another time!

And that brings me to my end for today. I will attempt to post something else this week, but I'm not making any promises. Later, skaters!