Here’s How Nintendo Is Improving Zelda: Skyward Sword HD Over The Wii Original Leave a comment

The Legend Of Zelda Skyward Sword© Nintendo

The Switch release of Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD is almost upon us, and Nintendo has already mentioned that this update will include several ‘quality of life’ improvements over the Wii original. Today, the company has released a new trailer that outlines precisely what those improvements are.

These include optional help from Fi for when you get stuck, enhanced control options, a smoother frame rate, ‘streamlined’ item descriptions (so you don’t have to read them every time you pick up an item you’ve already collected), the ability to fast-forward dialogue and skippable cutscenes.

While some of those might seem relatively minor additions, the fact that you no longer have to sit through item descriptions is going to be worth the price of this update alone, if you ask us.

Here’s the official word, direct from Nintendo:

+ Optional help from Fi: Fi only appears in cut-scenes or when necessary and can otherwise be summoned manually to provide advice or guidance.
+ Enhanced framerate: The game runs at 60 frames per second, resulting in smoother gameplay
+ Fast-forward dialogue: Text shown on-screen can be fast-forwarded by pressing the B Button
+ Streamlined item information: Explanations for collectable items, such as insects and materials, only appear the first time the item is collected
+ Skippable cutscenes: Cutscenes can be skipped by pressing the – Button
+ Autosave: Game progress will be saved automatically, in addition to the existing manual save option
+ Skippable tutorial dialogues: The introductory player tutorials have been refined to be less intrusive

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD launches on Switch on July 16th. If you’ve not pre-ordered your copy yet, you can do so here.

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