The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is coming to Nintendo Switch this summer – with optional motion controls.
It may not be the Zelda game we were all looking out for, but Zelda Skyward Sword coming to Nintendo Switch is still a pleasant surprise.
While earlier Zelda games like Wind Waker and Twilight Princess were ported to the Wii U in HD, Skyward Sword was left out. This was largely down to the game’s reliance on motion controls not translating well to the Wii U gamepad.
We’ve suspected for a while that the Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons would be more than up to the task. Thanks to them, and the Switch console’s upgraded processing power, the game will finally get the HD upgrade it deserves.
This in truth, is how many people wanted to experience Skyward Sword the first time around. The Wii was fun, but many Zelda fans didn’t fancy jumping and swinging around – they wanted a traditional Zelda experience.
While Zelda Skyward Sword will support motion controls, by using the Joy-Con’s in the same way players used the Wii Mote and Nunchuck – this will finally be optional.
Players will be able to play the game the old-fashioned way through their standard or Pro Switch controller. Something which also enables the Switch Lite owners to enjoy the game.
A special pair of themed Joy-Cons will also released alongside the game. And wow do they look regal!
What Else Do We Know About Zelda Skyward Sword HD?
Skyward Sword HD will be the same game we saw on Nintendo Wii, just with updated controls and visuals. The two things it needed most.
The game is also chronologically the first in the series, representing the very first time Link and Zelda met. It also sheds light on why they, and their enemy Ganon, all seemingly reincarnate every century or so – and do battle.
So if you’re keen for a Zelda origin story before you play Breath of The Wild 2, then Skyward Sword has you covered. The game also helped popularize several fundamental gameplay mechanics found in BOTW, such as the glider and RPG elements.
Zelda Skyward Sword HD is coming to Nintendo Switch on the 16th of July 2021. It’s a fantastic time to be a Zelda fan.
The elephant in the room is the lack of news on the sequel to Breath of The Wild. However, Nintendo has assured us that BOTW 2 news is coming later this year – so we can look forward to that.
While many people will be disappointed that the Direct show didn’t feature BOTW 2. At least we know the game, and more news regarding it is coming soon.
The show’s big reveal was the announcement of Splatoon 3. Who’s ready for round three of Nintendo’s paintball team shooter?
We’ve recapped all the news from the recent Nintendo Direct presentation here. There’s a lot to be excited about!