WARNING: The below info comes straight from Nintendo, but all of it qualifies as spoiler material. Proceed at your own risk.
Longtime fans of the Zelda series know that the games all exist within the same universe. This includes the November 20 Wii game The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, which apparently features a story that lays out some critical groundwork for the rest of the series, according to a morning press release from Nintendo.
Fans will learn in Skyward Sword how the Master Sword, a weapon frequently seen over the course of the series, was first created. Also revealed is the story's introduction, which opens on the floating island town of Skyloft. It is the home of Link, who is preparing at the start of the game to compete in a bird-flying competition. The prize? Hanging with the lovely Princess Zelda.
Nintendo also revealed some facts about a few of the characters link will meet. Groose represents an early obstacle, a Skyloft bully with a thing for the princess who is out to beat Link in the competition. Gaepora is Zelda's dear, old dad and the headmaster at Link's school. His knowledge of the past will presumably play a role in charting out the backstory for Link at the start of the game.
Nintendo also revealed a few facts about Fi, the spirit of the Goddess Sword and Link's requisite traveling companion. Thet two meet early on in the game, with the spirit sending the young boy out on a quest "that will ultimately result in the creation of the Master Sword."
The press release promises more story details and feature reveals are coming prior to the game's November release. Given how spoiler-y the above information seems to be, you might just want to skip it and wait for the real thing.
Check out our Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword preview.