Nintendo posted a new video showing the various quality of life updates being added The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD, which helps to overcome some of the common anxiety that players experience with the original game that was released on the Wii in 2011.
Skyward Sword HD is a largely unchanged high-definition remake of the original title that will arrive on the Nintendo Switch on July 16. Producer Eiji Aonuma has been wanting to remake the game since 2016.
One way Nintendo is looking to make this new port a full-fledged version is with optional help from Link’s side-skill and new sword, Fi. This new add-on will provide players with optional hints, summary options, and gossip options. This optional advice from Fi confirms that her constant feed dialogue, which irked players of the original release, has been changed.
Another annoyance of the fixed original was the motion controls. This time, Nintendo is introducing the option for button-only controls. For fans of the original show, motion control is still an option.
Alongside these major changes, the new remaster also introduces an enhanced and consistent frame rate of 60fps. Players can now fast-forward through dialogue and skip cutscenes. Thankfully, streamlined item information is also added to eliminate the repetition of reading descriptions every time an item is selected.
Unfortunately, the quality of life upgrade is ultimately locked behind the amiibo Zelda and Loftwing’s fee wall. In the original Skyward Sword, the player can only fly to the “select stage” at save points. Amiibo allows players to do it from any position. The decision drew outrage from fans, who criticized Nintendo for locking a quality-of-life change behind a hard-to-find $25 toy.
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD will launch on July 16 for the Nintendo Switch.