Zelda Skyward Sword HD pre-review: Nintendo fixes original game’s biggest problems

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The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword has become one of the more divisive games in the series, despite having a Metacritic score of 93%.

While it won many a game of the year award when it was released in 2011, some consider it one of the weaker games in the series.

Some people didn’t like the forced motion controls, while others believe Skyward Sword is too formulaic.

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I always hated the laborious opening moments of the game, specifically the unnecessary tutorials and the endless cutscenes and dialogue.

As you can see from the new trailer below, Nintendo appears to have fixed all of the aforementioned issues and more.

“Check out a rundown of just a few of the “quality of life” improvements added in The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD!” reads the official description.

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“These tweaks and more have been added to make for a smoother play experience on Nintendo Switch.”

According to the new trailer, Fi can be called on for helpful hints and advice, including puzzle solutions, objectives, plot summaries and more.

The other headline new feature is ability to play Skyward Sword HD using motion controls or buttons only.

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While I personally didn’t mind the motion controls found in the original, it’s nice to have the option to play using a more traditional controller set-up.

Likewise, the optional controller options mean Nintendo Switch Lite users can enjoy the game without any issue.

Perhaps even more exciting is the ability to fast-forward dialogue and skip cutscenes, which should speed up the rather dull opening section.

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Nintendo has also confirmed plans to streamline item information, which means you shouldn’t get the same descriptions over and over.

Finally, the Skyward Sword remaster will include improved HD visuals, as well as smoother frame-rates.

Despite launching 25-years after the original Legend of Zelda, Skyward Sword is actually the earliest game in the Zelda timeline.

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“Depicting the earliest tale in The Legend of Zelda timeline, a young knight must journey between the endless sky and the mythical surface below in search of his childhood friend, Zelda.

“As their destiny unfolds, a wicked plan to resurrect an ancient evil force is set in motion, orchestrated by a mysterious demon lord…

“Take to the skies on your trusty Loftwing and visit islands dotted on the horizon, then dive down to the fabled surface and trek through forests, deserts, volcanoes and more.

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“Befriend new allies, uncover hidden secrets and cut down myriad monsters on your journey to stop Ghirahim’s nefarious plan.”

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