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The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword HD: Release date, trailer, new Switch features

Published: 19/Feb/2021 16:39

by Daniel Megarry

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A decade later, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is finally getting a long-overdue HD remaster on Nintendo Switch, and we’ve got all the information you need including a release date, details of new features, and trailers.

Of all the entries in The Legend of Zelda franchise, Skyward Sword is arguably the most underrated. The game released on the Nintendo Wii in 2011 to critical acclaim, but never matched the popularity of its predecessor, Twilight Princess, or its successor, Breath of the Wild.

But now, in honor of Zelda’s 35th anniversary, Skyward Sword looks set to finally get the attention it deserves as the game has been remastered in HD for the Nintendo Switch. With improved controls and updated graphics, it looks absolutely glorious.

Here’s everything we know about Skyward Sword so far, including when you’ll be able to get your hands on a copy, essential plot details, and the new features that have been announced for the Switch edition.

Zelda Skyward Sword HD release date

Zelda Skyward Sword Link
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Link returns in Skyward Sword HD.

While most Legend of Zelda fans went into February 17’s Nintendo Direct presentation hoping for an update on Breath of the Wild 2, they were instead left pleasantly surprised by the announcement that Skyward Sword is coming to Nintendo Switch.

Even better, there’s not long to wait until gamers can revisit the floating island of Skyloft, as the HD remaster of the classic game will land on Nintendo Switch on Friday, July 16, 2021, and it’s available to pre-order on the eShop now.

Zelda Skyward Sword HD trailer

The first trailer for The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD was released during February 17’s Nintendo Direct, alongside the release date announcement. It features plenty of footage showing off the updated HD graphics.

There’s also an appearance from Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma, who details some of the “intuitive” gameplay mechanic changes that fans can expect to see when the game arrives.

What is Skyward Sword about?

Skyward Sword HD
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Loftwing plays an important part in Skyward Sword.

The original Skyward Sword is considered to be an essential part of the (somewhat confusing) Legend of Zelda timeline, as it takes players right back to the beginning to discover the origins of the Master Sword.

Players take control of Link as he travels between a world above the clouds and the great unknown below in search of his childhood friend Zelda. With the help of his trusty Loftwing, Link is able to soar through the skies as he solves puzzles, fights monsters, and ultimately takes on Demise.

Skyward Sword also introduced a lot of new features that would later appear in Breath of the Wild, such as the stamina gauge while climbing and running, collecting items to upgrade gear, and an early version of the paraglider called the sailcloth.

As the new release is a straight-forward HD remaster, it’s expected that the game will follow the exact same structure of the original – although fans will no doubt be hoping for some new additions or storylines.

Zelda Skyward Sword HD new features

Zelda Skyward Sword Motion Controls
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Players can now use the Joy-Con to control Link’s sword and shield.

Aside from the improved graphics, there have been some controller changes to make sure the game runs smoothly on the Nintendo Switch console, and hopefully improve the experience for players.

The original game utilized the Wii MotionPlus peripheral to control Link’s sword. In this HD remaster, gamers will use the right Joy-Con to control their sword and the left Joy-Con to raise their shield, with the promise of greater accuracy this time around.

Zelda purists and Switch Lite owners will be glad to know that the HD remaster will also give players the option to use button controls instead of motion controls for the first time. In this mode, the right control stick will be used to swing Link’s sword.

It’s also been revealed by the game’s eShop listing that Skyward Sword HD will add Amiibo support to the game. Right now, it’s unclear what advantage players will get for using their Amiibo, but we’ll probably find out closer to the game’s release.

Zelda Skyward Sword special edition Joy-Con

Nintendo Switch Zelda Skyward Sword Joy-Con
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These limited edition Joy-Con will be released alongside Skyward Sword HD.

To celebrate Skyward Sword HD coming to the Nintendo Switch, a pair of special edition Joy-Con controllers have also been announced that are themed around the classic game.

The left Joy-Con features a design based on the Hylian Shield, while the right Joy-Con takes inspiration from the iconic Master Sword. Both will be released on July 16, and should be available to pre-order soon.

We’ll keep this page updated with any new The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD information that gets announced, so make sure you check back soon.

Call of Duty

New Warzone map reportedly coming in April following leaked Verdansk nuke event

Published: 26/Feb/2021 1:07

by Brad Norton

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Warzone could be moving away from Verdansk rather soon as a new report suggests a major update is set for April, bringing with it a Black Ops Cold War overhaul along with an entirely new map.

Since the release of Warzone on March 10, 2020, players have grown accustomed to there being just one map. While Rebirth Island was introduced in December, Verdansk has served as the only map for regular-sized competition since launch.

After months of teasers throughout Warzone’s ongoing narrative, it appears we’re finally set to break new ground. An in-game nuke event will allegedly be the catalyst for one of the biggest updates yet.

At the end of Season 2, nukes around Verdansk will finally be set in motion and serve as the transition to a new 1980’s themed map, according to a report from VideoGamesChronicle.

While the brand new Season has only just begun, at its climax, Verdansk appears to be in store for total destruction. We’ve known for quite some time that a major nuclear event has been building under the surface.

Now, VGC states that this event is coming sooner than later with the end of Season 2 kicking off a major revamp. With the new Battle Pass now available, we know that April 22 is the targeted date for Season 3.

This is reportedly when the new map will come into focus. Nuclear silos now open across Verdansk could be advancing through launch stages as the current season progresses. Once it all kicks off, Verdansk will reportedly be no more.

Players will allegedly be sent to a 1980’s themed battleground, with familiar Black Ops locations scattered throughout. While a number of key areas were featured throughout the earlier Blackout mode in Black Ops 4, this could pave the way for yet another nostalgia hit.

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Silos across Verdansk appear to be opening for a nuclear event to round out Season 2.

Zombies have just arrived in Verdansk thanks to the new Ship POI. A leading theory suggests that a zombie outbreak could leave no choice but to nuke the area.

As Season 2 unfolds, perhaps it’s only a matter of time until more locations are overrun by the undead. Be on the lookout for any subtle changes across Verdansk as we enter what could be our final weeks on the map.