Zelda is receiving yet another remake on the Nintendo Switch, this time with The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword. The recently concluded February 2021 Nintendo Direct unveiled that the endeared Wii title is arriving on the Nintendo Switch. This marks the first installment into the Zelda series since Hyrule Warriors Age of Calamity launched late last year.
The franchise has garnered remarkable success on the Nintendo Switch with Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild widely considered as not only one of the best release games ever, but also as one of the best games of all time.
A sequel is currently in development but Nintendo has yet to provide updates since its announcement at E3 2019. To win players over, Nintendo launched a Link’s Awakening remake, and now, the Japanese gaming giant is providing even more of Link’s timeless adventures to the hybrid console.
Nintendo recently revealed that The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword HD will be launching on July 16, 2021, on the Nintendo Switch with motion controls. Identical to its Wii version, players can use the right Joy-Con for the sword and the left for the shield.
Using both controllers will let the player wield a bow and arrow. The game can also be played using standard controls for those in handheld mode or the Nintendo Switch Lite as players will be utilizing their analog sticks to have more precise control over the sword very much like Ubisoft’s For Honor.
Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma went on to discuss that The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword was the last mainline Zelda game before Breath of the Wild and served as an inspiration for that game. Aonuma expects that fans who loved Breath of the Wild will revisit The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword on the Nintendo Switch and that more details about the game’s sequel will be coming later this year.
The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword HD remaster was leaked last year through an Amazon listing but provided that there wasn’t an immediate reveal, people kind of forgotten it. It’s likely that the game was anticipated to be unveiled much sooner but Nintendo pushed back the announcement following development issues or an internal delay.