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access_time February 17, 2021 at 3:31 PM in News by David Poole

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is Getting the HD Treatment

Like Wind Waker and Twilight Princess before it, another classic Legend of Zelda title is getting the HD treatment. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD is coming to Nintendo Switch later this year. Revealed in the February 17th Nintendo Direct, the title is meant to hold fans over until more news of the Breath of the Wild sequel. The game will boast visual improvements, as well as better motion controls. Originally releasing in 2011 for the Nintendo Wii, the game had a heavy reliance on the aforementioned motion controls. While fans can still use them with joy-cons, players will be able to use traditional button controls for the first time.

Nintendo took a lot of time to figure out the best approach for the button-only controls, especially for handheld mode. The precise sword motions can now be controlled with the right control stick, tilting in the desired direction. To celebrate the return of the game, Nintendo also announced a set of special edition Joy-Con controllers. Based on the Master Sword and the Hylian Shield, players can play Skyward Sword in style with these controllers.

Fans can expect to pick up The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD on July 16th, exclusively for Nintendo Switch. The special edition Joy-Cons will also release at retailers on the same day. What do you think? Will you be picking the game up for the first time? Or will you be a returning Wii veteran looking to appreciate the improvements? Let us know in the comments below!

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