The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD, which was launched on Friday, topped the UK physical sales rankings in its first week, making it only the fourth Zelda game to do so. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD is a Nintendo Switch remake of the Wii original that includes a variety of quality-of-life improvements such as simplified tutorials and complete camera controls.
The graphics in Skyward Sword HD have been improved, with everything now operating at 60 frames per second, although they are modest tweaks in comparison to the rest of the game. Skyward Sword HD has two control schemes: motion controls similar to those seen in the Wii version of the game and button controls similar to those found in other 3D Legend of Zelda games.
A number of features were added in response to comments from the first game, including the ability to speed up text, skip cutscenes, and make much of Fi’s conversation optional.
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD has received excellent critical praise, so it’s no wonder that the game has swiftly risen to the top of the UK charts. Skyward Sword HD launched at number one in the UK physical sales rankings, according to GamesIndustry.biz, with F1 2021 coming in second.
Skyward Sword HD is the fourth game in the Zelda series to reach the top of the charts, following Ocarina of Time in 1998, Wind Waker in 2003, and the Nintendo Switch version of Link’s Awakening in 2019.
It’s also worth noting that The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD is presently #1 on the Nintendo eShop’s best-sellers list. In Europe, Japan, and North America, it occupies this position. The release date of Skyward Sword HD aided its performance.
Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin is the only significant release within spitting distance of the game, and the only major releases in the next week are Cris Tales (coming to Xbox Game Pass) Pokémon UNITE, which is free-to-play.
Summer months are often slow for video game sales since many people are engaged in outside activities and do not have time to sit at their computers. This is especially true in 2021 when the country is still under lockdown after a year of restrictions.
This also implies that the few major games released will have minimal competition, which is why Skyward Sword HD did so well in the UK and on the eShop.