Few series capture the imagination of the gaming world quite like this The Legend of Zelda. This venerable series will celebrate its 35th anniversary this year, and what celebration would it be without a Zelda game to play?
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword originally released on the Nintendo Wii in 2011. Now a new generation of players will be able to experience the game that first appeared in the Zelda timeline, with The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD. The game is out in just a few days, and we’ve rounded up the internet for all the info you need about this HD rendition of a Zelda classic.
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD arrived on July 16.
The date was revealed during the E3 Nintendo Direct in June by series director Eiji Aonuma. This comes after months of speculation following the game’s initial reveal in February. The game itself has been rumored for years. It comes at an odd time in the Nintendo Wii’s life cycle, just a year before the arrival of the Wii U. Many gamers have missed out. Skyward Sword first. Both The Legend of Zelda: The Windwaker and The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess received the HD retouch, so Skyward Sword seems like the logical next step.
Skyward Sword HD will be exclusive to Nintendo Switch. No surprises there – this is Nintendo, after all. What’s not clear is when we might see the much-rumored Switch Pro Console and whether Skyward Sword HD will be able to run on that hardware.
Nintendo has released some trailers for Skyward Sword HD. The game was first announced on Nintendo Direct in February, introducing enhanced resolution and updated controls. This trailer gave viewers a first look at the remastered graphics and information on how the controls work on the Nintendo Switch.
The all-new Zelda and Loftwing amiibo debuted in a trailer showcasing some unique functionality. This amiibo allows players to teleport from the world below to the skies above and back, alleviating some of the bugs from the original release on the Nintendo Wii U.
Improved quality of life was highlighted in the latest trailer. Most of the changes are small tweaks to how the player interacts with objects and Fi (who acts as Link’s guide on this journey) to create a smoother user experience.
Since this is an HD reaster, we know what to expect. Skyward Sword is the ultimate console entry to fully capture classic Zelda gameplay. Link will split his time between the sky – flying through the air in his Loftwing – and the ground below. Hyrule’s classic monsters stand against each other as Link defeats enemies and solves puzzles in a diverse setting.
This game takes place at the beginning of the Legend of Zelda timeline, in the period before Ganon and before Master Sword. Link and Zelda are students at the Knight Academy in the floating town of Skyloft. Events were set in motion long before that, in the Age of the Goddesses, leading to Zelda’s abduction, and Link being the only one who could find her.
Link will have the backing of classic tools, from his sword and shield to his trusty Hookshot and more. Players will enter countless dungeons, with interesting bosses at the end, each with their own unique mechanics.
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD is a remake, not a remake. However, there are many notable improvements from the initial release.
The most obvious improvements, of course, are the visuals. Skyward Sword originally made for the Nintendo Wii, even at the time was not known for its great graphics. The upscaled 1080p graphics are sharp, running at 60fps.
Skyward Sword built with motion controls in mind, but Nintendo provided players with an optional button-only control scheme. This helps avoid the swing of the past and instead maps the swinging sword to the right thumb. This gives players the ability to keep slashing enemies at beneficial angles without having to look like they’re fighting a swarm of bees.
The user interface has also been tweaked. It is now possible to skip cutscenes and can speed up dialogue. Item information has been streamlined, so players don’t have to see text pop up repeatedly when selecting the same item. Fi can now be called upon for helpful hints and tips, adding even more functionality to your travel companion.
Pre-orders for Skyward Sword HD are direct. The game has bothcopy option. There is no special version. However, there are some special edition accessories in the form of the aforementioned Zelda and Loftwing amiibo, as well as a collector’s Joy-Con set.