Nintendo Announces Skyward Sword HD Remaster & Hyrule Warriors Expansion Pass

When it was announced that Nintendo would be holding a 50-minute Nintendo Direct, it was pretty much assumed that The Legend of Zelda would be involved in some capacity. Given that this year is the 35th Anniversary of the legendary IP, it was a perfectly sound assumption. Well, it looks like our assumptions were correct. However, it wasn’t exactly what many of us thought the announcement would be.

While the Zelda fandom waited with baited breath for an update on Breath of the Wild 2, legendary Zelda Producer/Director Eiji Aonuma revealed that there would be no update on the sequel. Although, he did add that there would be more information throughout the year. So there’s that.

Instead, Aonuma announced that Nintendo had remastered The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword for Nintendo Switch. During the trailer reveal, Aonuma spoke of the updates the team has made to the combat system using the Nintendo Switch’s more advanced technology. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD will have two ways to play, using motion controls or buttons only. However, he previewed that the sword swinging motion would be only with the right joystick, which seems like it would take some getting used to.

To celebrate the remaster of The Legend of Zelda origin story, Aonuma revealed two Zelda-themed joycons. The left Joycon is designed after the iconic Shield of Hyrule, while the right is designed based on the legendary Master Sword. These Joycons will be available on July 16.

Despite it’s gameplay mechanic flaws, Skyward Sword is a solid The Legend of Zelda title. It hold an important place in the Zelda franchise, as it is the origin story for the entire franchise. It all starts with this game and there are some truly amazing moments within the game. While I personally hoped for a Windwaker port, Skyward Sword HD is still a solid game to re-play on Nintendo Switch.

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD will launch on Nintendo Switch on July 16, 2021. The Zelda-themed Joycons will be sold separately.

That wasn’t the only The Legend of Zelda news, though. Nintendo and Koei Tecmo announced an Expansion Pass for their mousu title, Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity. The Expansion Pass will cost $19.99 and include the following wave of updates.

Stay tuned for more The Legend of Zelda coverage throughout the year.