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Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword HD: What's Changed, What's New

The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword HD is a rerelease of 2011’s Skyward Sword. We take a look at what’s changed in this new version for the Switch!

The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword HD Release Date

The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword HD releases in the UK on the 16th of July 2021.

It’s a remake of the classic Skyward Sword, which was released on Wii as a special way to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Legend of Zelda.

Now, as we celebrate the 35th anniversary, Skyward Sword is coming out again!

We know it’s now in HD thanks to the title. Didn’t need Sherlock to help solve that mystery. But, is that all that’s changed? Will there be any new additions to the game? Read on to find out everything we know so far.

New Additions to the Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword HD

As far as we know, the game has stayed the same for the most part. But, here’s what you can expect from the rerelease:

1. Updated Visuals

The original Skyward Sword was one of the last big titles to be released on Wii, so it was dealing with last-gen graphics. With the rerelease coming out on Nintendo Switch, the visuals get the full benefit of the Switch’s processor.

This means HD graphics, as we already established thanks to the title. But, it has also had its visuals touched up, so it won’t just be exactly the same but in HD, this new game will look a whole lot better on the whole.

2. Smoother Combat

Another benefit of the Switch’s processor versus the Wii’s… better mechanics!

Nintendo has promised that the combat sequences will be smoother than Link’s prepubescent cheeks. So, the feel as well as the look will be hugely improved in Skyward Sword HD.

3. Better Motion Control

Motion control was a huge part of the original game, given that it come out on Wii. After all, that was the whole point of Wii. Fortunately, the Nintendo Switch has Joy-Con controllers which will keep motion control as an integral part of the gameplay.

But, it’s also going to be improved.

The Switch built on the Wii to deliver more precision in its motion control. So, you’ll be able to control Link’s sword without accidentally lopping off the heads of the good people of Hyrule. That’s always a good trait in a swordsman.

Nintendo is even launching special edition Skyward Sword HD Joy-Con controllers to mark the rerelease of this epic Legend of Zelda title.

4. Button Control

So, motion control is a big part of the Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword HD. Does that mean that it can only be played on a Switch? Absolutely not.

This game has button control built into it, with players being able to control Link’s sword using a thumbstick or potentially buttons.

This way, if players are using a Switch Lite or a Pro Controller, or playing the Switch in handheld mode, they’ll still be able to enjoy Skyward Sword HD.

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Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword HD: Your Link to retro!

Skyward Sword HD follows Pokémon Snap in a series of old school classics that have been remade for modern consoles. And, we’re all about that!

Older games are great for a stroll down memory lane, but those old, fuzzy graphics can make you feel like you need a trip to the optometrists.

Now, with classic games being given awesome visuals and updated gameplay, you get the best of both worlds!


Main image credit: Nintendo via Mammoth Gamers

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