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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(s) Nintendo
Genre(s) Action-adventure
Rating(s)
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.

Changes[edit]

New Features[edit]

  • The game is compatible with the Zelda & Loftwing amiibo. 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.
  • The game has a new 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.

Gameplay[edit]

  • The Wii remote is no longer officially supported. the Joy-cons have been introduced as a replacement.
  • The entire game can now be played in handheld mode.
    • The game can now seemlessly transition from docked mode to handheld mode and vice versa.
  • The game now autosaves whenever the player passes by a Bird statue instead of going up to it and manually saving.
  • The player can now 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.

Presentation[edit]

  • The game now supports High Definition resolutions up to 1080p, 60 frames per second in docked mode and 720p, 30 frames per second in handheld mode.
  • The game contains improved textures and lighting.