Review

Zelda Skyward Sword HD review: Huge improvements make this a must-play adventure

Nintendo’s generous upgrades make Skyward Sword HD a superb remaster of the decade-old Wii game

Key Credits
Eiji Aonuma (Producer), Ryuji Kobayashi (Designer)

Skyward Sword HD is a superb remaster of the decade-old Wii game that not only gives it a much-needed visual upgrade but also throws in so many quality of life improvements (not least of all a free camera) that it immediately makes the original version obsolete.

  • The new free camera instantly removes 90% of the original game's frustrating moments
  • Fantastically sharp visuals, and 3D Zelda at 60fps is stunning
  • Button controls are a joy to use and arguably better than motion controls
  • Countless other tweaks (less Fi, skippable dialogue, autosave)
  • The Skyloft hub is still a bit lacking in meaningful things to do
5 / 5
Version tested
Nintendo Switch
Zelda Skyward Sword HD review: Huge improvements make this a must-play adventure
Key Credits
Eiji Aonuma (Producer), Ryuji Kobayashi (Designer)

Skyward Sword HD is a superb remaster of the decade-old Wii game that not only gives it a much-needed visual upgrade but also throws in so many quality of life improvements (not least of all a free camera) that it immediately makes the original version obsolete.

  • The new free camera instantly removes 90% of the original game's frustrating moments
  • Fantastically sharp visuals, and 3D Zelda at 60fps is stunning
  • Button controls are a joy to use and arguably better than motion controls
  • Countless other tweaks (less Fi, skippable dialogue, autosave)
  • The Skyloft hub is still a bit lacking in meaningful things to do
5 / 5
Version tested
Nintendo Switch