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The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD

A remake of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword was once deemed “close to impossible” by series producer Eiji Aonuma, but we know that Switch eventually received a new HD version. Aonuma has now commented on what changed since he made those original comments.

When Aonuma was originally speaking about a re-release of Skyward Sword in 2019, he pointed to the game’s controls as being an issue. Moving from motion controls to buttons wouldn’t be an easy task. Those problems were solved though and we did get a new Switch version a couple of years later.

zelda skyward sword hd development challenges

Tantalus has opened up about the development of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD on Switch, including the challenges involved.

CEO Tom Crago discussed the game on a recent episode of the Fragments of Silicon podcast. To start out, he commented on the technical challenges. Tantalus ended up boosting the resolution and frame rate, as Skyward Sword HD runs at 60 FPS and a maximum resolution of 1080p.

Not everyone has the same experience with a game – many elements ring different for each person and the interactive nature of that media makes everything more personal. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is a great game, but inside such a highly regarded series sometimes being great is not enough, and that’s why some fans were disappointed with the game.

However, for me it was different. Skyward Sword is actually one of my all-time favorite games, thanks to the circumstances in which I played it and the fact that the game seems to be carefully crafted to appeal to me. In the video below, I share my initial experience with the title and explain why the first hours of it are so great and important to the overall experience.

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD on Switch has already managed to outsell the original game on Wii, the latest data from Nintendo confirms.

Through the end of September, Skyward Sword HD sold 3.6 million copies. As for the Wii title, Nintendo had confirmed that it sold 3.52 million units.

Update: Play-Asia has opened pre-orders for The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD soundtrack here.

Original: It looks like Japan is getting a sweet The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD soundtrack collection in a physical package. This will be a 5- disc collection of 187 tracks enclosed in a speciality box – including all the music from The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD (as well as the Wii music theme).

This is all that’s included in the regular edition of the soundtrack release, but there is also a limited edition that comes with all of this as well as a clear music box that plays the Ballad of the Goddess.

All of this is set to release on November 23, 2021 in Japan, with the price point of 5,500 yen for the regular edition and 8,800 yen for the limited edition. Pre-orders can be reserved at this link and appear to be live now.

There is currently no word of any stateside release at this time.

Zelda: Skyward Sword HD

Nintendo has released a small update for The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD. If you own the game, version 1.0.1 is accessible now.

Below are Nintendo’s official patch notes:

This weekend, Nintendo will be kicking off the 23rd Maximus Cup in Tetris 99. Players will be able to earn a new theme based on The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD. If you earn 100 event points, it’ll be yours.

The 23rd Maximus Cup will be held between August 6 and August 9. We have a trailer showing off the theme below.

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD

System: Switch
Release date: July 16, 2021
Developer: Nintendo / Tantalus
Publisher: Nintendo

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is the culmination of the 3D Zelda games that came before it. It’s hard to imagine the winning formula introduced in Ocarina of Time being refined further than this: puzzle-solving strikes a brilliant balance between challenging and intuitive, the way dungeons evolve is impressively organic, and exploration provides a sense of adventure without feeling as if Link has to wander aimlessly. By the same token, reaching this peak meant it was time for Nintendo to reconsider where to take the series next, which eventually led to The Legend of the Zelda: Breath of the Wild. That makes coming back to Skyward Sword now an interesting prospect and, thanks to a combination of the original game’s strengths and the quality of Skyward Sword HD’s enhancements, a supremely enjoyable one.

Zelda: Skyward Sword HD

Based on several player reports, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD appears to suffer from a soft-lock glitch.

The issue takes place at the Lanayru Mining Facility. At one point, a crate needs to be moved in various directions so that it can be used as a platform to reach another area of the dungeon. However, this particular glitch causes the crate to get stuck and affected players unable to progress further.

Reddit user Sawyerqs shows the glitch in action:

A new Zelda: Skyward Sword themed reward is now available to My Nintendo members in Australia and New Zealand. Members can spend some points to get their hands on a new drawstring bag themed after the Small Bomb Bag item.

The reward comes in at a cost of 500 Platinum Points. Eligible members can purchase it here.

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