A new Zelda trailer offers insight into what seems like a handful of serious quality-of-life upgrades to the Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD, which is a high-definition remaster of the 2011’s Wii game of the same name. And though the fandom patiently awaits its release on Nintendo Switch in July 2021, we’re offering a complete insight into many improvements the new game brings.
The recently-posted Zelda trailer for Nintendo Switch showcases many newly added quality-of-life upgrades that address some of the most annoying design “flaws” from the original Wii game. According to Nintendo, besides graphical improvements, and Switch-specific upgrades, these include the ability to fast-forward dialogues, skip cutscenes, and opt for Fi’s help through a re-worked help system. So you can expect Fi the sword spirit to pop us less often if at all, much to the fandom’s content.
Optional help from Fi is the very first thing featured in the new Zelda trailer. Link’s sword will glow at specific points in the game, and Fi will actually ask you if you require assistance rather than popping up. In addition, the freshly upgraded system will now have Fi ask the players whether they need advice, analysis, help, or a reminder of their objective. The very same thing now applies to in-game items, whose information is now streamlined, meaning that the game won’t remind players what the specific item is for every time Link picks the item up. Imagine having a game tell you what the Stamina Fruit is for the hundredth time. In short – no more annoying popups.
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD will now feature two control schemes, as shown in the new Zelda trailer. One of those control schemes aims to replicate the functions of Wii’s controller, the Remote Plus and Nunchuck, through improved motion controls, while the other uses a traditional control scheme by using the right analog stick. The secondary control method allows the game to be played on Switch, one of the most popular handheld consoles, in a handheld mode, on a Pro Controller, or a Nintendo Switch Lite.
Additional quality of life upgrades now includes higher-resolution graphics running at 60 frames per second, over 480p resolution graphics offered by the original Wii game. But that’s not all; players now have the ability to fast-forward dialogues and skip cutscenes, which made the re-play of the original game tedious. Why watch a cutscene if you already know what’s going on? The same argument could be made about re-running the game you already completed, but sometimes the gamers are in it for the action, not the story. Regardless of the readership’s viewpoint on the matter, fast-forwarding and skipping are pretty useful options to have.
The Zelda trailer doesn’t showcase the new Zelda: Skyward Sword Loftwing amiibo figure, which allows players to zip between the game’s sky and Hyrule’s surface when tapped into their Nintendo Switch. But, of course, the amiibo figurine is a purchase separate from the game. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD releases on July 16th, 2021, on one of the currently highest-selling consoles, Nintendo Switch, so make sure you don’t miss out if you’re a fan of the Zelda series.