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The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD

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The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD
TLOZ SSHD box art.jpg
Developer(s) Tantalus
Nintendo EPD
Publisher Nintendo
Genre(s) Action-adventure
ESRB:ESRB E10+.svg - Everyone 10+
Console(s) Nintendo Switch
Mode(s) Single player
Media Cartridge
Input Controller

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD is a video game released for the Nintendo Switch in 2021. It is a high-definition remaster of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword and the third The Legend of Zelda game that is a high-definition remaster. The game was co-developed by Tantalus and Nintendo EPD and published by Nintendo.

Differences from original[edit]

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The game is nearly identical in structure to the original Wii version, with the same content and artstyle. By virtue of being in HD, the game is in a higher resolution with improved textures and lighting, as well as a higher framerate. The entire game can now be played in handheld mode due to the hybrid nature of the Switch. While the Wii remote is no longer supported, the Joy-cons act as replacements. The game also has an alternative control scheme that forgoes motion controls for a more traditional layout, with the right analog stick creating the sword movements. The player can now freely move the camera by tilting the right analog stick with motion controls, though they have to hold down the L button with buttons.

The game now autosaves whenever the player passes by a Bird statue instead of going up to it and manually saving. They player can also save to any of the three available slots instead of constantly overriding the same slot. Hero Mode now has a dedicated save slot when unlocked as a new game plus feature. A majority of Fi interactions are now optional and no longer automatically trigger. The opening tutorial has been excised with large portions now skippable. All cutscenses and most dialouge boxes can also be skipped. The item notification now only appears the very first time the item is acquired, with the sole exception being Gratitude crystals.

The game is compatible with one amiibo, being Zelda & Loftwing. Activating the amiibo instantly transports Link from the sky to the surface and vice versa no matter he is in-game with the exception of dungeons.