Skyward Sword HD arrive, en attendant Breath of the Wild 2

Nintendo announced yesterday the release of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD, on the occasion of Nintendo Direct. The official release is scheduled for July 16, 2021.

After more than a year of patience, the expectations around this “real” Nintendo Direct were enormous, to say the least. After a long time with no real news of a big new Nintendo game, fans were hoping for some big announcements. Topping the list, the Nintendo community was waiting for news of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2. 35 years of the Zelda series, now seemed like the perfect time to make a big license announcement. Unfortunately, fans will still have to be patient. Indeed, failing to hear about Breath of the Wild 2, it is indeed an HD port of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword that has been announced.

Credit: Nintendo
Credit: Nintendo

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD, good news mitigated by a hint of disappointment

During this Nintendo Direct, players saw Eiji Aonuma announce that, unfortunately, we would not be hearing from BOTW2. At least not for the moment. An announcement that caused frustration among fans, eager to learn more about the next original game in the series.

On the other hand, there will therefore be an HD port of Skyward Sword, as announced last year by several sources. The Legend of Zelda : Skyward Sword HD sera available from July 16, 2021. The game is now already available for pre-order on the Nintendo E-Shop, and a pair of Joy-Con “collector” in the colors of the game will be available on the day of release in store.

The new Joy-Cons collector "The Legend of Zelda : Skyward Sword HD".  Credit: Nintendo.
The new “The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD” Joy-Con collectors. Credit: Nintendo.

All disappointments aside, this new port will undoubtedly delight fans of the license. It will give those who have not owned a Wii a chance to immerse themselves in this title. And fans to dive back into it, of course. The very good point of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is its gameplay by gestures. It offers an original and refreshing approach to the Action / Adventure genre.

During the presentation, Eiji Aonuma referred to Skyward Sword as the last Zelda game to be released before BOTW. He recalled in particular that some elements of Skyward Sword have been carried over into the mechanics of BOTW. In particular, the parasail, and the endurance gauge. It still seems important to specify that Skyward Sword is fundamentally different from BOTW. While being a very good game.

The Legend of Zelda : Skyward Sword, un gameplay réadapté pour les Nintendo Switch

Due to the lack of news of the BOTW sequel, this announcement left a bitter taste to some fans, who expected more on the occasion of the 35th anniversary of the license. However, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is an excellent game. It is not the most popular title in the license, yes, but it is still very good. It offers, among other things, a different gameplay that suits the style of the Nintendo Switch.

The gameplay, let’s talk about it. While porting is not a problem for the standard Switch, Nintendo has had to adapt to the Switch Lite. Indeed, the original Skyward Sword, released on Wii, was only playable via gestures. No alternative to the classic controller was offered. It was also the goal of this Zelda, to offer a new gameplay and to exploit the peculiarities offered by the Wiimote-Nunchuk combo.

Therefore, this HD port of Skyward Sword will be playable with the so-called “classic” controller. The movements will then be replaced by the use of the right stick. This will therefore give fans allergic to movement-based gameplay the opportunity to enjoy the title. While waiting for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2, which after being hoped for 2020, begins to cause impatience among fans.

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Alex Herbil

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