The upcoming Switch remaster, Skyward Sword HD, looks to improve many more aspects of the original than just its motion control swordplay.
With the sequel to Wild Breath coming around 2022, next month Legend of Zelda: Sword of Skyward HD have to hold back fans until then. The franchise’s black sheep remaster, 2011 Sky Sword, reportedly offers a series of upgrade plans to make the game more accessible than ever.
Sky Sword serves a unique position within Legend of Zelda continuity. In terms of story, Sky Sword is the earliest game in Zelda timeline, showing the founding of Hyrule and the first incarnations of Link and Zelda. However, many fans ended up missing it Sky Sword, due to its emphasis on motion control. For some, the one-on-one swordplay works wonders, creating an immersive experience like no other Zelda previous games — for the most part, the motion controls didn’t work consistently, causing more headaches than the actual game.
Fortunately, according to the game’s website, Sky Sword HD will address this issue with the original and then some. Among Nintendo’s roster features are:
- Improved performance
- Improved motion control with Joy-Con controller
- New button controls, let you choose your playing style
- Various quality of life improvements, including improved player tutorials and general guidance throughout the adventure
While some of these fixes are still nebulous, and may still not be addressed Sky Swordits biggest drawback, the most explicit addition here is certainly welcome: the ability to play the game without motion controls. By mapping sword control to the right thumb-stick, players will be able to precisely emulate directional combat Sky Sword without fumbling for motion controls.
Another improvement from this list that is worth investigating is the last one. Those lucky enough to have a trouble-free experience with the original gameplay, no doubt they’re at least getting frustrated with the constant hand-holding of Link’s colleague, Fi. While Fi is Master Sword’s spirit, she can be a nuisance who constantly stops gameplay to speak. An immediate switch from the Fi guide will be very welcome to veterans of the game and so that newcomers don’t suffer.
While these improvements are promising, there are still a few troubling factors here, most notably, Sky Sword HD locking feature on the back of the amiibo. Using the exclusive Zelda and Loftwing amiibo, players can travel quickly from anywhere on the map, a feature that will help reduce the amount of backtracking the game requires. Restricting this feature is unfair to fans Sky Sword and for people who want to try the game. Hope you have fun Sky Sword HD it’s enough to really celebrate Zelda35th anniversary.
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD releases for Nintendo Switch on July 16, 2021.
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Source: Nintendo UK
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