Nintendo’s 10 year old LoZ game is getting an HD rerelease to the Switch, with redone motion controls and higher texture quality, for $60.
The 10-year-old Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is getting an HD rerelease for the Nintendo Switch, announced just today during Nintendo’s Nintendo Direct. The game is set to release at a full $60 on July 16th, currently available for preorder through Nintendo’s website.
The original Skyward Sword was originally released for the Nintendo Wii, designed around that console’s motion controls, in the form of the Wii Remote and Nunchuk. These controllers allowed you to more actively engage with the game, using the Wii Remote for a sword, and using the Nunchuk as a shield.
The HD port will offer similar motion control features, although it takes advantage of the Switch’s HD Rumble features through the JoyCons. Nintendo also promises smoother combat and framerates thanks to the Switch’s higher power over the Nintendo Wii.
Nintendo’s releasing a new control scheme for the game however, with the ability to tilt the right thumbstick to control Link’s sword in game. This allows players who usually play games in handheld mode, use a Switch Lite, or use a Pro Controller to more easily play the game.
Skyward Sword is the earliest Zelda game, with in-game continuity, building upon Link’s world with at the time, incredibly innovative world building and controls. You fly around as Link, attempting to save Zelda. As Nintendo describes it,
“Take to the skies, draw your sword, and experience the earliest story in the Legend of Zelda series. Join Link in his high-flying quest to save Zelda, a childhood friend who must confront her destiny. Soar between floating islands and descend to the treacherous surface world in this updated HD version of the Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword.”
The game is listed at 7.5GB is you plan on downloading it on your Switch digitally, releasing on July 16th. There’s not yet much news onto whether or not there’s going to be a physical version of the game, although there’s mixed opinions on whether or not it’ll eventually appear.
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Nintendo also explains how the game is improved on the Switch, quoting that you can now, in game:
“Swing your sword and angle your slashes to uncover and break through opponents’ defenses using intuitive motion controls. Link will match the angle of each strike you make with the Joy-Con controller, creating immersive swordplay that relies on strategy and accuracy. Movements feel smoother and more immediate thanks to the Nintendo Switch system’s increased processing power and HD graphics. Take advantage of the newly-added button only control scheme—perfect for playing in handheld mode or on the Nintendo Switch Lite system.”
While this definitely isn’t fulfilling of many Zelda fans’ requests for an anniversary anthology, or a new Breath of the Wild game, it’s still a great game ported to a new platform. I personally haven’t played the game yet, even though I had a Wii, and I’m looking forwards to swinging my arms angrily as I try to slice some enemies in Skyward Sword.
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