Parents' Guide to

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD

By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Stellar fantasy adventure gets refreshed for the Switch.

Game Nintendo Switch 2021
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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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While this is a 10-year-old revamp of a Wii title, it hasn't lost a single step in that whole time, and a new generation of players will love this title. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD gives you the choice to play with motion controls or not, which is important since the motion controls are still somewhat inaccurate, and thus frustrating, like those in the game it's based on. Giving you the option is a welcome addition, and since it's playable on Nintendo Switch, that means this classic adventure is now portable for the first time. That said, rotating the camera can be a little cumbersome in the button-only mode as the right analog stick doesn't move it as in most games (instead, you need to press the L shoulder button first).

Nostalgia aside, this Nintendo offering also introduces this stellar game to a whole new generation of players. Reading a lot of dialogue might not be in vogue today, but the engaging gameplay will keep players glued to the screen hour after hour. There are a couple of new additions, too -- such as amiibo support, the ability to skip past some (once mandatory) cutscene sequences and tutorials, and being able to summon Fi for help instead of her cutting into your gameplay uninvited -- but for the most part, it's the same game. And that's just fine. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD also adds new emotion to the story. You can feel the admiration and attraction between Link and Zelda when the two are speaking closely. It gives you a sense of extra purpose to your actions when she's taken. Some missions are better than others, of course, but overall it's a well-crafted adventure you won't soon forget.

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