Zelda: Skyward Sword HD Remaster - 7 Changes Fans Need To See

It can't just be a base port with new controls, right??

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Skyward Sword, the fifth game in the 3D Legend Of Zelda series, is generally considered to be one of Link's weakest adventures.

As well as featuring a questionable Wii Motion Plus-centric control scheme that supposedly allowed Link's sword to mirror the player's movements (in reality necessitating players putting down the Wiimote to re-sync it every fifteen minutes), fans cite the game's linearity, poor pacing, and repetitiveness as reasons why Breath Of The Wild's immediate predecessor proved a disappointment.

Though the announcement of a re-release was a bit of a letdown after the first Nintendo Direct of Zelda's 35th anniversary year, Skyward Sword's re-release could be exciting news if Nintendo gives the game more than just a graphical polish.

While it isn't yet clear whether we will see any changes beyond a superficial facelift and new analogue controls, if Nintendo goes down a similar remake route as they did with the Wii U's HD Wind Waker, fans could be in for a real treat.

These are the most obvious - and doable - changes Nintendo should make to The Legend Of Zelda's only dud.

7. Even Better Graphics

The Nintendo Direct trailer for Skyward Sword's Switch re-release didn't really do much to show off any of the game's graphical improvements, besides quality of life upgrades that fans would expect from a game being ported to HD.

The gloss aside, Skyward Sword still looks more or less like a ten-year-old Wii game, noticeably lacking in texture and detail compared to its Switch little brother, Breath Of The Wild. What was once one of the best-looking games on the Wii (featuring arguably Zelda's most charming art style to date) now looks clunky and outdated, with some of the snippets shown seeming murky and muted.

Given the amazing visual improvements seen in remakes of Ocarina Of Time, Majora's Mask and even The Wind Waker, the lack of a considerable facelift is disappointing, especially when fans know how well the Switch can render the world of Hyrule.

The re-release does look a bit sharper than the Wii version, but it still doesn't quite cut it as a 'HD' Switch title. While fans can't expect any major changes before the game's July release, it would be great to see the graphics touched up just a little more before it hits the shelves.


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