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'''The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD''' is a remaster of ''[[The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword|Skyward Sword]]'' for [[Nintendo Switch]]. Announced in the February 17th, 2021 Nintendo Direct; it is due for release on July 16th, 2021.
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'''The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD''' is a remaster of ''[[The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword|Skyward Sword]]'' for [[Nintendo Switch]]. Announced in the February 17th, 2021 Nintendo Direct; it was released worldwide on July 16th, 2021.
  
==Gallery==
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{{quote|Originally released in 2011 for the Wii system, and depicting the earliest story in the series’ timeline – as well as the creation of the Master Sword itself – The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword game now arrives on Nintendo Switch with smoother and more intuitive controls, in addition to improved framerate and graphics. In this enhanced version of the game, running at a smooth 60 frames per second, you can choose to play using motion control with the two Joy-Con controllers in a similar way to the original, or use newly added button-only controls to play the game with the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller, in handheld mode or using a Nintendo Switch Lite system. A set of themed Joy-Con controllers will also be released alongside the game: the right Joy-Con controller is themed after the Master Sword, while the left features the Hylian Shield motif. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD, and the themed Joy-Con, launch separately for Nintendo Switch on July 16.|Press Release}}
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==Changes from the Wii Version==
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*The graphics have been upscaled, and the game renders in 1080p while docked or 720p in handheld mode, rather than the 480p of the Wii version.
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*The game now runs at 60 frames per second instead of 30 fps.
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*Link can be optionally controlled with buttons, with sword moves controlled via the right stick and the shield via clicking the left stick, instead of motion controls. These are obligatory in handheld mode, or while using the Switch Lite's inbuilt controls.
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*The camera can now be freely controlled on the right stick while using motion controls, or with L + right stick using button controls.
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*The game now autosaves to a fourth save slot, while the player can manually save their game to any of the three available slots rather than the game being locked to one slot.
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*Dialogue moves faster and can be skipped more quickly in many cases.
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*Cutscenes can be skipped even if the player is not in [[Hero Mode]].
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*Some tutorial dialogue has been cut down or become optional. In certain cases where [[Fi]] would provide repetitive information, her icon will now flash instead, allowing players to optionally listen to her.
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*The [[Sheikah Stone]] has been removed.
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*The Zelda & Loftwing [[amiibo]] can be used to go to [[The Sky|the sky]] immediately from the [[Surface]] without a [[Bird Statue]].
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==Media==
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===Scene art and logos===
 
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File:SSHD Ghirahim Link Fi scene art.png|Scene art
 
File:SSHD Ghirahim Link Fi scene art.png|Scene art
 
File:SSHD Logo white bg.png|Logo on white background
 
File:SSHD Logo white bg.png|Logo on white background
 
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</gallery>
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===Pre-release screenshots===
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File:Loftwings - SSHD prerelease screenshot.png|Link's [[Crimson Loftwing]] and [[Zelda's Loftwing]] fly together.
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File:Skyloft - SSHD prerelease screenshot.png|[[Skyloft]], with the [[Bazaar#Skyward Sword|Bazaar]] in the centre and the [[Statue of the Goddess]] in the background.
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File:Link and Zelda in front of Goddess Statue - SSHD prerelease screenshot.png|[[Link]] (his Crimson Loftwing behind him), and [[Zelda]] (her Loftwing behind her) in front of the Statue of the Goddess.
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File:Skyloft Link - SSHD prerelease screenshot.png|Link in his civilian, pre-[[Knight's Uniform]], clothing.
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File:Skyloft Zelda - SSHD prerelease screenshot.png|Zelda in her civilian dress, the [[Sailcloth]] on her shoulders.
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File:Zelda Ceremony of the Goddess Link handhold - SSHD prerelease screenshot.png|Link and Zelda during the [[Ceremony of the Goddess]].
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File:Zelda Ceremony of the Goddess Link intimidated - SSHD prerelease screenshot.png|Zelda intimidates Link during the Ceremony of the Goddess.
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File:Link and Zelda fly on Loftwings - SSHD prerelease screenshot.png|Link on his Crimson Loftwing and Zelda on her blue Loftwing fly together after the Ceremony of the Goddess.
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File:Link and Zelda falling - SSHD prerelease screenshot.png|Link and Zelda falling after [[Ghirahim]]'s tornado attack.
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File:Link Skydiving to Faron - SSHD prerelease screenshot.png|Link skydiving from [[The Sky]] to [[Faron Province]].
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File:Link Sailcloth Sealed Grounds - SSHD prerelease screenshot.png|Link uses the Sailcloth in the [[Sealed Grounds]].
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File:Link Wooden Shield Bokoblin Faron Woods - SSHD prerelease screenshot.png|Link, [[Wooden Shield]] in hand, faces off against two [[Bokoblin]] in [[Faron Woods]].
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File:Link Wooden Shield Climb Faron Woods - SSHD prerelease screenshot.png|Link, Wooden Shield on his back, climbs a vine wall in Faron Woods.
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File:Link Wooden Shield Forest Octorok - SSHD prerelease screenshot.png|Link holds up his Wooden Shield to guard from [[Forest Octorok]]s in the Faron Woods.
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File:Link Iron Shield Moblin Faron Woods - SSHD prerelease screenshot.png|Link, carrying an [[Iron Shield]], faces off against a [[Moblin]] outside [[Skyview Temple]].
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File:Fi sparkle Earth Temple spring - SSHD prerelease screenshot.png|[[Fi]] sparkles at the [[Earth Spring]].
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File:Link Eldin Volcano Moblin Draw Bow - SSHD prerelease screenshot.png|Link draws his basic [[Bow]] at [[Eldin Volcano]] to shoot a Moblin.
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File:Link Eldin Volcano Moblin Shoot - SSHD prerelease screenshot.png|Link prepares to shoot a Moblin with his basic Bow at Eldin Volcano.
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File:Moldarach - SSHD prerelease screenshot.png|[[Moldarach]]
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File:Moldarach vs Link - SSHD prerelease screenshot.png|Link fighting a Moldarach.
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File:Link running from Scaldera - SSHD prerelease screenshot.png|Link running from [[Scaldera]] rolling down a slope.
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File:Link Giant Ball running on - SSHD prerelease screenshot.png|Link running on a giant ball in the [[Fire Sanctuary (Skyward Sword)|Fire Sanctuary]].
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File:Link vs Ghirahim Fire Sanctuary - SSHD prerelease screenshot.png|Link fights Ghirahim for the second time, in the Fire Sanctuary.
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File:Zelda Goddess Link kneels - SSHD prerelease screenshot.png|Link kneels before Zelda, with her [[Hylia]] memories restored, in preparation to receive the blessing which upgrades the [[Master Sword]] to the [[True Master Sword]].
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File:Link Sky Stag Beetle - SSHD prerelease screenshot.png|Link picks up a [[Sky Stag Beetle]].
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File:Upgrade System Scattershot Gondo - SSHD prerelease screenshot.png|[[Gondo]] hosts the [[Upgrade System]]. Link requires 2 [[Dusk Relic]]s to upgrade his [[Slingshot]] to a [[Scattershot]].
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File:Link Gust Bellows Light Tower - SSHD prerelease screenshot.png|Link uses the [[Gust Bellows]] to turn a [[Propeller]] on one of Skyloft's [[Light Tower]]s.
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File:Link Divine Shield Swim Flooded Faron Woods - SSHD prerelease screenshot.png|Link swimming in the flooded [[Faron Woods#Skyward Sword|Faron Woods]], wearing a [[Divine Shield]].
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File:Link Goddess Shield swipe - SSHD prerelease screenshot.png|Link, carrying a [[Goddess Shield]], swipes at a couple of Bokoblins.
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File:Link Goddess Shield Scervo - SSHD prerelease screenshot.png|Link, carrying a Goddess Shield, faces off against [[Scervo]].
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File:Link Goddess White Sword Lizalfos - SSHD prerelease screenshot.png|Link fights a [[Lizalfos]] with the [[Goddess White Sword]] and a [[Fortified Shield]].
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File:Master Sword Pedestal Temple of Hylia Link places Sword - SSHD prerelease screenshot.png|Link getting ready to thrust the True Master Sword into a pedestal in the [[Temple of Hylia]].
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File:Master Sword Pedestal Temple of Hylia - SSHD prerelease screenshot.png|The True Master Sword placed in a pedestal in the [[Sealed Temple]].
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===Videos===
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{{Youtube|X27t1VEU4d0|270|Announcement trailer}}
  
 
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The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD is a remaster of Skyward Sword for Nintendo Switch. Announced in the February 17th, 2021 Nintendo Direct; it was released worldwide on July 16th, 2021.

"Originally released in 2011 for the Wii system, and depicting the earliest story in the series’ timeline – as well as the creation of the Master Sword itself – The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword game now arrives on Nintendo Switch with smoother and more intuitive controls, in addition to improved framerate and graphics. In this enhanced version of the game, running at a smooth 60 frames per second, you can choose to play using motion control with the two Joy-Con controllers in a similar way to the original, or use newly added button-only controls to play the game with the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller, in handheld mode or using a Nintendo Switch Lite system. A set of themed Joy-Con controllers will also be released alongside the game: the right Joy-Con controller is themed after the Master Sword, while the left features the Hylian Shield motif. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD, and the themed Joy-Con, launch separately for Nintendo Switch on July 16."

— Press Release

Changes from the Wii Version

  • The graphics have been upscaled, and the game renders in 1080p while docked or 720p in handheld mode, rather than the 480p of the Wii version.
  • The game now runs at 60 frames per second instead of 30 fps.
  • Link can be optionally controlled with buttons, with sword moves controlled via the right stick and the shield via clicking the left stick, instead of motion controls. These are obligatory in handheld mode, or while using the Switch Lite's inbuilt controls.
  • The camera can now be freely controlled on the right stick while using motion controls, or with L + right stick using button controls.
  • The game now autosaves to a fourth save slot, while the player can manually save their game to any of the three available slots rather than the game being locked to one slot.
  • Dialogue moves faster and can be skipped more quickly in many cases.
  • Cutscenes can be skipped even if the player is not in Hero Mode.
  • Some tutorial dialogue has been cut down or become optional. In certain cases where Fi would provide repetitive information, her icon will now flash instead, allowing players to optionally listen to her.
  • The Sheikah Stone has been removed.
  • The Zelda & Loftwing amiibo can be used to go to the sky immediately from the Surface without a Bird Statue.

Media

Scene art and logos

Pre-release screenshots

Videos


Announcement trailer