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The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD
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Developer(s)
Publisher(s)
Nintendo
Release date(s)
North America July 16, 2021[1]
Content ratings
  • ESRB: E10+
  • PEGI: 12
  • CERO: A
  • USK: 12
  • CB: M
  • DEJUS: 10
  • RARS: 12+
  • GRAC: A
  • GSRMR: 12+
  • FPB: 16
  • GCAM: 7
  • NMC: 12
  • MX: B
Platform(s)
Official website
Canonicity

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD is a remaster of the 2011 game Skyward Sword released on the Nintendo Switch.

Changes and Additions

Graphics

The game now has a standard resolution of 1080p and runs at 60 FPS.[2]

Gameplay Elements

Players can choose to replace motion controls with button controls, allowing the game to be played in both handheld mode and on the Nintendo Switch Lite.[3] The camera can be fully manipulated with the right stick when playing with motion controls or by also pressing the L button while playing with button controls or in handheld mode.

Most of Fi's advice is now optional and must be triggered manually. Dialogues can be fast-forwarded by pressing the A Button, and skipped entirely by pressing the B Button, and cutscenes can be skipped with the Minus Button (which initially was a Hero Mode-exclusive feature in the original game). Instead of interrupting, some characters will now have a speech bubble over them when wanting to talk to Link. Item information only appears the first time an Item is obtained, with the lone exception of Gratitude Crystals. The introduction of the game has been made faster; for instance, Link does not need to talk to Horwell the second time during the climbing tutorial.

The game now has an autosave feature. As a result, the option of saving after completing a Dungeon has been removed. When using a Bird Statue, it is now possible to save to any of the three save files. Hero Mode can now also be saved into its own slot when unlocked.

The game also features amiibo support. By using the Zelda & Loftwing amiibo, Link can travel between saved points in the Sky and on the surface.[4]

Miscellaneous Changes

  • An image of where the game is saved at is now found on each save file.
  • Link's Rupee count is now on the bottom left of the screen.
  • Character names have been added during dialogue. Fi, Ghirahim and Impa are not initially identified until their names are revealed.[5][6][7]
  • The character icons seen on the map have been revamped.
  • Upon retrieving Mia from the Knight Academy's roof, Horwell will now give Link a Red Rupee as a reward.
  • The Sheikah Stone has been removed entirely.
  • Various areas like the Thunderhead (before Bilocyte is defeated) and Tentalus' boss arena now have a rain effect attached to the camera.
  • The interface options are available from the start, rather than being unlocked right before Link descends to the Surface for the first time. In addition, there are only two, rather than three as in the original.
    • As a result, Fi's dialogue that unlocked it in the original no longer includes the part about said options.

Development



Skyward Sword HD was first announced during the February 17, 2021 Nintendo Direct.[8]

Completion Records

Main article: Speedrun Records
Time Performer Date Notes
4:53:21[9] gymnast86 July 21, 2021 Any% - (amiibo)
5:03:28[10] Jasnix08 July 23, 2021 Any% - (No amiibo)
- - - 100% - (amiibo, New Game)
9:00:11[11] 64bit_link July 20, 2021 100% - (No amiibo, New Game)
- - - 100% - (amiibo, New Game+)
- - - 100% - (No amiibo, New Game+)
1:41:52[12] D3lighted July 23, 2021 Goddess Harp - (amiibo)
1:34:24[13] YourAverageLink July 23, 2021 Goddess Harp - (No amiibo)

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Video Gallery

Announcement Trailer
Zelda & Loftwing amiibo Announcement

Notes

  1. As the original Skyward Sword is canon, this automatically qualifies Skyward Sword HD to be canon.

References

  1. "Release date: Jul 16, 2021" — Nintendo, The Legend of Zelda™: Skyward Sword HD, Nintendo, published February 17, 2021, retrieved February 17, 2021.
  2. Andy Robinson, Zelda: Skyward Sword is coming to Switch with 60fps graphics and new controls, VGC, published February 17, 2021, retrieved February 18, 2021.
  3. "But, we've also made it possible to play the game with button controls to ensure it can be played in handheld mode or on the Nintendo Switch Lite system." —Eiji Aonuma (The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD – Announcement Trailer – Nintendo Switch)
  4. Nintendo, Introducing the Zelda & Loftwing amiibo – The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD, YouTube (video), published May 18, 2021, retrieved May 18, 2021.
  5. BeardBear, Zelda: Skyward Sword HD (Switch) - Full Game Walkthrough, YouTube (video), published July 18, 2021, retrieved July 19, 2021.
  6. BeardBear, Zelda: Skyward Sword HD (Switch) - Full Game Walkthrough, YouTube (video), published July 18, 2021, retrieved July 19, 2021.
  7. BeardBear, Zelda: Skyward Sword HD (Switch) - Full Game Walkthrough, YouTube (video), published July 18, 2021, retrieved July 19, 2021.
  8. Nintendo, Nintendo Direct - 2.17.2021, YouTube (video), published February 17, 2021, retrieved July 3, 2021.
  9. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD - Any%, Speedrun.
  10. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD - Any%, Speedrun.
  11. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD - 100%, Speedrun.
  12. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD - Harp, Speedrun.
  13. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD - Harp, Speedrun.
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