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The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD Announced for Switch, Launches July 16

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD Announced for Switch, Launches July 16 - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 18 February 2021 / 1,814 Views

Nintendo during the latest Nintendo Direct announced The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD for the Nintendo Switch. It will launch on July 16 for $59.99.

While there was no new information on the sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, it was revealed new information on the game will be coming later this year. 

View the announcement trailer below:

Here is an overview of the game:

Take to the skies, draw your sword, and experience the earliest story in the Legend of Zelda series. Join Link in his high-flying quest to save Zelda, a childhood friend who must confront her destiny. Soar between floating islands and descend to the treacherous surface world in this updated HD version of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword.

Master realistic swordplay that matches your movements

Swing your sword and angle your slashes to uncover and break through opponents’ defenses using intuitive motion controls. Link will match the angle of each strike you make with the Joy-Con controller, creating immersive swordplay that relies on strategy and accuracy. Movements feel smoother and more immediate thanks to the Nintendo Switch system’s increased processing power and HD graphics. Take advantage of the newly-added button only control scheme—perfect for playing in handheld mode or on the Nintendo Switch Lite system.


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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29 Comments
Poliwrathlord (on 17 February 2021)

Incredibly excited for this. The MOST underrated Zelda game ever. So much hate thrown on this game.

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I still think this is the best 3D Zelda game.

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siebensus4 (on 17 February 2021)

I actually waited for this, because I haven't played the original on Wii due to forced motion control. But wow, it really looks dated if you have played BOTW before...

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SecondWar siebensus4 (on 17 February 2021)

But Link’s face though...

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Dulfite siebensus4 (on 18 February 2021)

I'm kind of glad it isn't more detailed. The whole point of impressionist art is to be beautifully mysterious and implied.

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curl-6 (on 17 February 2021)

Not excited about more old games but hopefully at least this one gets more love this time around, it was unfairly maligned on release.

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shikamaru317 curl-6 (on 17 February 2021)

Was it? I'm not sure about fans, but it sure seemed like critics loved it at the time, I think it got a 93 meta and many GOTY nominations, but lost most of them because it released in a tough year alongside Skyrim, Arkham City, and Uncharted 3.

But yeah, I would think it would be more favorably received this time thanks to the option to play without motion controls.

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Random_Matt shikamaru317 (on 17 February 2021)

So did GTA IV, SS is close to this in terms of meta. But the actual players hated it, both considered mediocre.

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Mr Puggsly curl-6 (on 17 February 2021)

Old games is what Switch does best technically. This will also sell better than many modern games ported to Switch.

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curl-6 Mr Puggsly (on 17 February 2021)

I would disagree, I've enjoyed many 8th gen ports to Switch, but anything older has no value to me personally as I already have a Wii/Wii U/PS3/360/etc

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Mr Puggsly curl-6 (on 18 February 2021)

You can't disagree with what I said, its factual. Also, many Switch owners have a PS4 or Xbox One. So they can't make everybody happy.

More importantly, this port happening doesn't mean you lost an 8th gen port or an entirely new game. Ports are generally quick work and likely handled by a smaller team.

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curl-6 Mr Puggsly (on 18 February 2021)

It's not factual at all, unless the only technical aspects you assess are fps/resolution.

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Mr Puggsly curl-6 (6 days ago)

What Nintendo game built for Switch drops to 360p and/or 15-20 fps? Its not aimed for, its settled with.

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curl-6 Mr Puggsly (6 days ago)

Old games being better still isn't factual since while they might run at a higher resolution or framerate, those metrics aren't the be-all end-all. Playing a game is an inherently personal and subjective experience and an old port has zero value to a gamer like me.

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Mr Puggsly curl-6 (6 days ago)

When I say said technically, you do understand I mean good use of the tech. Not surprising we've entered a semantics debate.

"old port has zero value to a gamer like me." You make this point often, but it would be an objectively bad move to focus on 8th gen ports for Switch. Also, sometimes people like to see upgraded games on Switch. Not just scaled back games.

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curl-6 Mr Puggsly (6 days ago)

Other people are free to want and like whatever they choose. Personally I'm just not into repurchasing old games, that's all.

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Mr Puggsly curl-6 (6 days ago)

For $60, certainly not. That's the crappy thing about Nintendo ports.

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kazuyamishima Mr Puggsly (on 18 February 2021)

You are right tho, I don’t know the negs if the facts actually support your statement.

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Mr.GameCrazy (on 18 February 2021)

It's really cool it's running at 60 fps!

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Azzanation (on 18 February 2021)

Awesome news. This is one Zelda game i did not manage to finish. Looking forward to it.

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Dulfite Azzanation (on 18 February 2021)

The story alone makes this game worth finishing. I hope you enjoy all the Demise scenes!

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Azzanation Dulfite (on 18 February 2021)

I played about half way on the Wii, i was quite enjoying the story. Its unfinished business for me

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eva01beserk (on 18 February 2021)

I domt get the hate that motion controls got. This game alomg side metroid prime where some very good implementation that I have to say adds a very needed depth to the gameplay thats been so formulaic for decades. Not to mention the world was also incredible. I hate double doping in games I still have.but I'm such a zelda fan that I just have to.

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Mr Puggsly (on 17 February 2021)

Never played this so glad its getting a port. I considered playing with an emulator but I will opt for this instead.

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Qwark (on 18 February 2021)

Easy money for Nintendo

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nex (on 18 February 2021)

0:13 wow that face...
So Nintendo does what it does best.
Re-Relinsing an old game.

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INCITATUSBR (on 17 February 2021)

it seems Zelda 35th anniversary has been postponed, guys...

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