This year marks the 35th anniversary of THE Legend of Zelda, and Nintendo naturally has a few things planned. There is no word on the Breath of the wild sequel again, but Nintendo is coming out The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD for the Switch on July 16. As the title reveals, it has been remastered in HD and Nintendo has also totally revamped the control system.
The original game was made for the Wii and relied heavily on the motion controls that Nintendo recreated with the Switch’s Joy-Con controllers. But for those using a Switch Lite (or those who just don’t want to deal with the temperamental nature of motion control), Nintendo has remapped the controls back to the Switch’s standard control scheme. It will use the correct analog stick to allow a variety of different sword movements.
Other than these changes, it looks like the game will be a faithful recreation of the original; whether that’s a good thing or not depends on your frustration with the game’s controls for the Wii. Having said that, he was well revised in 2011, and being able to play the game with the standard Switch buttons might be worth a try if you haven’t tried it before.
To go along with the game, Nintendo is also releasing a pair of custom Joy-Con controllers that feature the iconic designs of Link’s Shield and the Master Sword. The game is on presale tonight on the Nintendo eShop, but the controllers won’t be available until July 16. Unfortunately, it is not known if or when the HD remasters of The Wind Waker and Twilight Princess is going to hit the Switch – but given the big anniversary year, it wouldn’t surprise us if we heard about it sooner or later.