The ‘Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD’ Nintendo video demonstrates the control principles.

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With a fresh coat of paint, the 2011 game looks fantastic.


Highly anticipated: During E3, Nintendo released a new teaser trailer for the upcoming sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. However, a release date has yet to be determined. The trailer also hinted that Link’s newest journey would feature the floating islands from The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword for the Wii. And speaking of which…

In February, Nintendo announced a The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD remaster for the Switch is slated for July16. Nintendo dropped a new trailer for it on Wednesday (above), to remind players that pre-orders are available and to show off the controls. At least, fans will have something to play (or replay) while they wait for the BotW sequel.

The five-minute video is just the announcement trailer with some editing and a voice-over (rather than a translation for producer Eiji Aonuma) detailing how Link’s sword and shield are controlled by the JoyCon controllers’ motion sensors. Raising the left JoyCon raises the shield, allowing it to defend and deflect projectiles. Swinging the right controller will cause the sword to slash. Vertical, horizontal, and diagonal cuts are all possible. Those who own a Switch Lite or prefer to play in portable mode need not be concerned. Motion controls can be turned off.

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As far as the remastering goes, the graphical fidelity is vastly improved. Characters, enemies, and environments are nice and crisp without the jaggies evident in the Wii version of the game. GameXplain’s side-by-side comparison below really shows off the contrast between the earlier game and the remaster. Watch it in full-screen mode to more easily see the striking difference.

Another thing we observed in this video, as well as the announce trailer, is the lack of speech boxes. It was easy to overlook in the announcement, but numerous conversation sequences in the Switch version lack dialogue boxes, although the Wii version does.

It’s unclear whether this was done on purpose by Nintendo to highlight the video or whether it has since switched to fully spoken speech. If this is the case, it would be unprecedented in a Zelda game. Other than Breath of the Wild, no other game in the franchise includes spoken dialogue. BotW’s voices are muttered nonsense with subtitles. It would be interesting to see a voiced Zelda and Link, but don’t hold your breath; this is entirely speculation on my part.

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If you are ready to dive back into Link’s first adventure (it is is a prequel) or play it for the first time, pre-orders for The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword have opened in the eShop for $60. If you’d rather wait, the game launches on July 16.


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