Zelda Series Boss Knows We're All Waiting For A Skyward Sword Remaster

A Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword port may be coming to Nintendo Switch. At a Japanese Zelda concert, Zelda series producer Eiji Aonuma apparently teased this, although it is not confirmed. A Reddit user posted a compilation of Japanese and Chinese sources claiming this to be true. Aonuma may have said, "I know what you’re waiting for - Skyward Sword for Switch. Right?"

Although not confirmed, a Skyward Sword port would not be totally unexpected. This wouldn't be the first time a Zelda port was remade for a modern console. The best examples are Twilight Princess HD for Wii U and Wind Waker HD also for Wii U. Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask were both remastered for the 3DS. So, Skyward Sword is actually the only main 3D Zelda installment prior to Breath of the Wild not to get the re-release treatment. Skyward Sword uses motion control, which would be perfect for the Switch's Joy-Cons. Interestingly, when asked by IGN back in 2016 if an HD port of the game was a possibility, Aonuma said, "Yeah it's definitely possible."

Skyward Sword originally released for Wii in 2011. Like every other main Zelda title, the game was acclaimed, receiving a score of 93 on Metacritic. It is particularly interesting for its placement in the overall Zelda timeline. It is a prequel to the series, showing how the Master Sword came to be, and the origin of Ganon's ongoing feud with Link. This incarnation of Zelda is not a princess. The hub world this time wasn't a field like in Ocarina of Time nor water in Wind Waker. Instead, players can use Link's bird to fly around Skyloft.

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Although acclaimed, a critique of Skyward Sword was its emphasis on linearity over exploration. In fact, Aonuma told Polygon in 2016 that a big reason for Breath of the Wild's emphasis in open world design was due to fan response to Skyward Sword. Most would agree that at the end, Breath of the Wild did indeed improve upon Skyward Sword. Breath of the Wild received a higher score on both Metacritic and GameRankings. Still, many would welcome an HD port of Skyward Sword. It would be a good holdover until the next Zelda game. The Switch is the first video game console for many, so this would give them the chance to experience the prequel to the story. Interestingly, earlier this month we learned that Nintendo was hiring for a 3D Zelda game project. While it's thought that this could be the next main game, it could also be for a Skyward Sword port.

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If Skyward Sword is indeed coming to Switch, we will probably hear an official confirmation in the near future.

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