The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword HD: Switch version announced for summer

The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword HD: Switch version announced for summer

The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword HD

After all the rumors and speculations in recent months, Nintendo has made it official in the context of the latest Direct edition: The action adventure The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD will also be released for the Nintendo Switch this summer. Specifically, the release is planned for July 16, 2021.

Skyward Sword was originally released in 2011 on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Zelda series for the Wii. In 2016, a digital version for the Wii U followed, but it was only an emulated version of the original game and which required a Wii remote control and nunchuck. The Switch version will offer, among other things, a slightly revised graphic, which will be particularly noticeable in the textures and a better frame rate. In addition, the developers rely on some convenience functions that particularly affect the control of the game. So you can control the hero and his actions with the help of the two Joy-Cons in motion control mode. For example, if you move the right Joy-Con, the protagonist will swing his sword in the appropriate direction. The left Joy-Con is responsible for using the shield. Nintendo wants to bring a special version of the Joy-Cons in the design of the master sword to the market. Alternatively, you can play Skyward Sword HD exclusively with the buttons.

Below this message you will find the first trailer for the Switch version of The Legend of Zelda, Skyward Sword, which offers you a mix of gameplay scenes and Shows cut scenes. In addition, the Zelda creator Eiji Aonuma speaks up and demonstrates the control with the help of the Joy-Cons. We have also provided our online gallery with some screenshots.

Source: Nintendo

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'The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD' is coming to the Switch

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This year marks the 35th anniversary of The Legend of Zelda, and Nintendo naturally has a few things planned. There's no word on the Breath of the Wild sequel yet, but Nintendo is releasing The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD for the Switch on July 16th. As the title gives away, it's been remastered in HD, and Nintendo has totally revamped the control scheme, as well.

The original game was designed for the Wii and relied extensively on motion controls that Nintendo recreated with the Switch's Joy-Con controllers. But for those using a Switch Lite (or people who just don't want to deal with the finicky nature of motion control), Nintendo remapped the controls to the Switch's standard control scheme. It'll use the right analog stick to allow for a variety of different sword swings. 

Other than these changes, it looks like the game will be a faithful recreation of the original; whether that's a good thing or not depends on how frustrated you got with the controls of the game for the Wii. That said, it was well-reviewed back in 2011, and being able to play the game with the standard Switch buttons might make it worth a shot if you haven't tried it before. 

To go along with the game, Nintendo is also releasing a pair of custom Joy-Con controllers that feature the iconic designs of Link's shield and the Master Sword. The game is up for pre-sale tonight on Nintendo's eShop, but the controllers won't be available until July 16th. Unfortunately, there's no word on if or when the HD remasters of The Wind Waker and Twilight Princess will hit the Switch -- but given the big birthday year, it wouldn't surprise us if we heard about them sooner or later.

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