Zelda Skyward Sword HD: video comparison between Wii and Nintendo Switch

Zelda Skyward Sword HD: video comparison between Wii and Nintendo Switch

Zelda Skyward Sword HD

Yesterday, February 17, 2021, Nintendo announced that The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword HD will be available this year, a remastered version of the game originally released on the Nintendo Wii in 2011. With the transition to Nintendo Switch, the Big N game will have the opportunity to shine and appear in the best possible shape. What are the improvements? ElAnalistaDeBits shows them to us with a video comparison that you can see at the beginning of the news.

Originally, The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword reached 480p at 30 FPS. It was possible to play on Nintendo Wii U via Virtual Console, but the quality did not increase. Fortunately, for the Nintendo Switch version we can expect an HD game running at 60 FPS. However, the differences are not limited only to an improvement in resolution and frame rate, as you can see in the video comparison.

Obviously this is only a first "analysis", limited by the fact that it is based on a trailer which may (positively or negatively) not represent the final quality of The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword HD. In any case, the comparison video is great for seeing the main changes. The increase in resolution helps enormously, but we can see that the colors are slightly more saturated.

It would also seem that some elements, such as light beams at 1:17 minute, are positioned differently. The contrast also appears to have increased. The difference is also noticeable in terms of faces. Will the Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword HD be the best version of the game? We will find out only at the release.

You can watch the full trailer for The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword HD in our dedicated news. Finally, we would like to point out that Wind Waker HD and Twilight Princess HD on Nintendo Switch may also be on the way.


'The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD' is coming to the Switch

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This year marks the 35th anniversary of The Legend of Zelda, and Nintendo naturally has a few things planned. There's no word on the Breath of the Wild sequel yet, but Nintendo is releasing The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD for the Switch on July 16th. As the title gives away, it's been remastered in HD, and Nintendo has totally revamped the control scheme, as well.

The original game was designed for the Wii and relied extensively on motion controls that Nintendo recreated with the Switch's Joy-Con controllers. But for those using a Switch Lite (or people who just don't want to deal with the finicky nature of motion control), Nintendo remapped the controls to the Switch's standard control scheme. It'll use the right analog stick to allow for a variety of different sword swings. 

Other than these changes, it looks like the game will be a faithful recreation of the original; whether that's a good thing or not depends on how frustrated you got with the controls of the game for the Wii. That said, it was well-reviewed back in 2011, and being able to play the game with the standard Switch buttons might make it worth a shot if you haven't tried it before. 

To go along with the game, Nintendo is also releasing a pair of custom Joy-Con controllers that feature the iconic designs of Link's shield and the Master Sword. The game is up for pre-sale tonight on Nintendo's eShop, but the controllers won't be available until July 16th. Unfortunately, there's no word on if or when the HD remasters of The Wind Waker and Twilight Princess will hit the Switch -- but given the big birthday year, it wouldn't surprise us if we heard about them sooner or later.

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