There's a nasty bug in The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword for Wii that can utterly break the game for owners if they are not careful. Nintendo has acknowledged the bug and has released some methods for avoiding it altogether. The glitch occurs when players complete a very specific sequence of events late in the game. The solution of course contains spoilers about the game, so if you are sensitive about that then you should probably stop reading now.
"We have been made aware of the issue that results in being unable to progress in the Song of the Hero quest," Nintendo of America spokesperson Sharon Matheny said in an email to affected gamers.
"If the game has been saved after completing the sequence of events, it will no longer be possible to proceed through the game on that save file. The only options at that point are to either start the game over or to use an earlier save file to continue.
The Song of the Hero Quest requires players to revisit the game's three main ground-based locations, each of which can be attempted in any order.
The bug only appears when the Lanaryu Desert portion of the quest is completed first.
Even then, gamers must have travelled to Lanaryu Mine to speak with the character Golo the Goron before receiving the song of the Thunder Dragon, and then returned there afterwards to speak with Golo again.
At this point, the remaining two locations will become unavailable, rendering the player unable to progress further."
The good news is that if you collect the Fire and Water Dragon songs before collecting the Thunder Dragon's song, you can avoid the glitch altogether. Talking to Golo in the Lanayru Caves at any other point in the game will also not trigger the issue, according to Nintendo. No word on if Nintendo plans to release a patch to deal with this issue…