Game-Breaking Zelda: Skyward Sword Bug Detailed

Nintendo has detailed a game-breaking bug in The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, and given tips on how to avoid it. Please be aware that Skyward Sword spoilers will be below.

The bug only happens if you complete the Song of the Hero quests in a certain order:


1. At the beginning of the quest, go to Lanayru Desert to retrieve the song of the Thunder Dragon.

2. In the Lanayru Mine, speak with Golo the Goron.

3. Complete the Thunder Dragon’s event, and receive his song.

4. Before heading to the forest or volcano regions, speak with Golo in the mine again.

5. At this point, the forest and volcano events will no longer occur, making it impossible to continue.

The only way to finish the game will to either load up an earlier save, or start again. Needless to say, if I had to start again after 30 hours of gameplay there probably wouldn’t be a Wii left to play on. Or a TV. Or the living-room window. So, DO NOT go to Lanayru Desert first.

Source: Zelda Informer



  1. Wow, so Skyrim isn’t unique in the buggy RPG stakes then. Thanks for the heads up, glad I’m waiting till Christmas Day to go back to Hyrule.

  2. Ouch, that’s pretty savage Not a big Wii fan but this title has me very interested (along with Monster Hunter) and I was considering picking this up for the GF at chrimbo, so it’s a shame to read of this.

    Sounds like the sort of bug that could nail an awful lot of folks games before they are alive to the issue (wee kids and a lot of parents don’t often read this sort of thing) which would be a real shame. Don’t know about the viability of patches on the Wii, if anyone would care to enlighten me?

    • Looks like Wii Black Ops had a patch that was delivered via Wii Shop Channel, so looks like it can be done, but I’d not come across it before.

    • I’ve never encountered a patch for a Wii game before, only the console itself. Then again, unlike 360/PS3 games, Wii games aren’t usually broken on day of release ;)

      • No patch has been mentioned, but Nintendo has said all feedback and data is being collected and looked at.

      • Things like this are the reason I disagree when people complain about modern games relying on patches. Yes it’s annoying when you have to wait 15mins before playing your new game, but at least problems like this, however rare they may be, can be fixed if the console has a patching system built in.

        Hopefully Nintendo will find a way to not only patch the game, but alert users of the existence of said patch, if it can’t be automatically delivered. Presumably this will encourage them to incorporate a proper patching system in the WiiU, if they weren’t already going to.

      • “Wii games aren’t usually broken on day of release”
        No they’re not, but it still happens, look at the last Tomb Raider…

      • What was wrong with it? Unless you are referring to the bad camera angles, which I believe made it into every version and was never patched :)

  3. good think i keep dozens of save games with every game :-D

  4. Ooh, I didn’t know you could start from whatever area you wanted, but I guess I missed this bug thankfully.

  5. Ouch, shame this wasn’t picked up in testing.. Some bugs are funny, but I’d be seriously pissed if this happened, who wouldn’t…

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