While fans of The Legend of Zelda franchise may be eager to see more about the upcoming sequel to Breath of the Wild, Nintendo has been working on a remaster of another beloved entry. Even better, you don’t have to wait any longer to get your hands on it – if you own a Nintendo Switch, you can pick up The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD starting today.
Skyward Sword HD is an updated port of the 2011 Wii title that boasts a myriad of quality of life improvements. Most notably, the move to Switch has brought with it an improved frame rate, a much-needed autosave feature, and a new standard control option with full Pro Controller support. Of course, if you still want to play the game with the original’s motion controls, that remains a perfectly viable option thanks to the Switch’s Joy-Con remotes.
There’s plenty more updates to help streamline the game, too. Many would likely agree that the original release was bogged down in slow dialogue and unskippable cutscenes, you can now breeze through text you have already seen or don’t care about with a fast-forward option, and skipping cutscenes is a button press away. Meanwhile, the constant and overbearing help prompts have toned down considerably, giving you more control over when and where you receive assistance, and item explanations only show up the very first time you collect something.
Chronologically, Skyward Sword is the first game in the Zelda franchise, making it an excellent first game for newcomers and a meaningful entry for long-time fans. The $59.99 price tag might be a barrier for some, but whether you’re diving in for the very first time or revisiting it for the wondrous nostalgia, Skyward Sword HD is likely to be the best way to experience this classic title.