The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD is now available on Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite

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The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD
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The original The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword was launched in November 2011 for the Nintendo platform which is now the remastered version of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD and is now available on Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite.

Gameplay in The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD is largely unchanged from that of the original game. As in most The Legend of Zelda games, players control the series’ main protagonist, a young swordsman named Link. In combat, Link primarily uses a sword and shield, bow and arrows, and bombs.

The remaster features two control schemes, one of which aims to replicate the functions of the Wii Remote Plus and Nunchuck through improved motion controls on the Joy-Con, while the other aims to replicate a traditional control scheme by using the right analog stick to control the previously motion-controlled sword. This secondary control method allows the game to be played in handheld mode, on a Pro Controller, and on the Nintendo Switch Lite.

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In addition to higher-resolution graphics, the game now plays at 60 frames per second. Other qualities of life features added include autosave, many of Fi’s hints now being optional, the ability to skip dialogue boxes and cutscenes, and item descriptions no longer appearing after the first encounter with an item.

Amiibo figures are supported with a new figure depicting Zelda and a Loftwing enabling fast travel between the sky and the surface.

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