Zelda: Skyward Sword is coming to Switch with 60fps graphics and new controls
Nintendo reveals anniversary remaster during latest Direct live stream
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD will be released for Nintendo Switch on July 16, Nintendo has announced.
Revealed during a Nintendo Direct live stream on Wednesday, Skyward Sword for Switch will feature “smoother and more intuitive” controls, in addition to improved 60fps framerate and graphics, according to the platform holder.
The original Wii game, which was released in November 2011, was reliant on the Wii Motion Plus peripheral for sword combat and puzzles.
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On Switch, controls have been redesigned for the console’s Joy-Cons, or by using the right analog stick to direct sword swings while in handheld mode, on Switch Lite or with a Pro Controller.
Nintendo also confirmed a pair of Zelda-themed Joy-Con controllers, which will release alongside Skyward Sword in July:
Nintendo previously released remasters for Zelda’s two earlier 3D entries, Wind Waker and Twilight Princess, for Wii U. Both titles featured upgraded visuals and gameplay additions.
The Legend of Zelda series will celebrate its 35th anniversary this weekend, on February 21.
Last year marked the 35th anniversary of the Super Mario series, and Nintendo celebrated the ocassion with two time-limited releases: the free download game Super Mario Bros 35 and the full-price compilation Super Mario 3D All-Stars.
It’s possible that further Zelda games will be released this year to mark the 35th anniversary.
Zelda series producer Eiji Aonuma appeared during Wednesday’s Direct to apologise to fans for the lack of updates on The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2.
Aonuma said development of the game was “proceeding smoothly” and Nintendo planned to provide more details later this year.
“I‘m sure a lot of you saw me and thought there might be news about the sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild game,” Aonuma said. “Unfortunately, we don’t have anything to share right now. We apologise.”
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