The newest trailer for Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword briefly introduces what could be a major character.
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword trailer shown during Satoru Iwata's keynote at GDC 2011 gets more into the nitty gritty of how the next title in the series will be different from what we've seen before. In addition to new gameplay segments, it also gives us a look at a mysterious character that likely plays a significant part in the game.
Link is present in all his green glory, and seen taking on a variety of enemies in different ways. He flips over spiders to thrust at their undersides, chops down living totem poles, and slashes apart the hulking wooden shields of spear-wielding ogres. Not only will Link have to face skeletons again in Skyward Sword, but skeletons with four arms. He's got it tough, Link does.
The trailer also shows off the flying beetle tool we saw in the trailer from E3 2010, a minigame where Link hacks away at at a bamboo pole, and a new type of cubic key that players must rotate to find the proper fit in a door. However, the biggest new development in the trailer could be easily missed.
Towards the end, a white-haired man with a black and yellow cape is seen sitting atop a bronze construct that later comes to life and tries to cut Link in half with an axe. The man doesn't look all that evil, but he could be the one that gives life to the construct so it'll get in Link's way. He's shown teleporting away with a snap of his fingers, so he obviously has some power.
Skyward Sword is truly looking gorgeous, with a visual style that mixes the "controversial" Wind Waker toon-shading with a more realistic Link ala Twilight Princess. If Nintendo is currently working on the Wii's successor, it'll at least make sure the system goes out with a bang.