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Game of the Month – The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD

Finally, we can play the classic Zelda game with improved graphics

Text:
Daniel Haaf

Published
24 June 2021

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On 16 July, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD is released - an improved remaster of the original game of the same name from 2011.

Nintendo have really polished the graphics so that it looks better on Switch consoles, and there is finally support for amiibo, something the first game lacked.

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD works both in handheld mode, in docked mode and in tabletop mode.

The size is about 7.1GB when you buy the digital version. That's less than half of what 2017's Breath of the Wild needs.

The story in Skyward Sword

In The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, you play the character Link who was born and raised in the city of Skyloft.

Link travels between the world in the clouds and the world on the ground, to fight the evil forces that have attacked the latter.

You must also save Zelda, your childhood friend who is kidnapped by the demon lord Ghirahim at the beginning of the game, one of several recurring enemies in The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD.

To help you against the dark forces, you have the spirit Fi and the sword Skyward Sword. You also have the Crimson Loftwing, a large bird that early in the game creates a strong bond to Link via a series of events, that takes you between the different worlds of the game. 

Important to know

  • Game type: Adventure role-playing game
  • Gaming time: Approx. 40 hours for the main story 
  • Download size: approx. 7,1GB
  • System: Switch
  • Gameworld: Semi-open
  • Release date: 16 July 2021

Runs in 1080p with 60 fps

Support for amiibo

Improved steering with Joy-Con

Improved graphics

Supports all game modes for Switch

Can store saved files in the cloud

New Joy-Cons with Skyward Sword-theme. Photo: Nintendo

Nintendo Joy-Cons with Skyward Sword-theme

When The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD was released, a new Joy-Con with a theme from the game was also launched.

Basically, it’s the exact same controller that comes with the standard Switch and can be purchased separately. What’s different is the look with illustrations and colours from the game. 

The theme on the left control is "The Hylian Shield" and on the right it’s "The Master Sword".

Jump between worlds with a new amiibo. Photo: Nintendo

Amiibo New Zelda and Loftwing

At the same time as The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD and the Joy-Con control are released, we also get a new amiibo called "New Zelda & Loftwing", and is exactly what the name suggests - an amiibo with Zelda and her Loftwing.

With this amiibo, you are not locked into jumping between the different worlds via deployed save points. You can change whenever you want, even when you’re in a cave.

This is a big advantage that didn’t exist in the original game, but it does require that you pay around XX for an amiibo.