Review: The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD – A Remaster That Truly Soars

A Legend Reborn.

Returning to The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword some ten whole years down the line from its original release, you may be expecting, as we certainly were, to be greeted by a core game that’s unavoidably, naturally, beginning to showing its age in some regards. It stands to reason, this is an entry in Nintendo’s storied franchise that’s had its detractors from the get-go, criticised for its sometimes unreliable motion controls, its fractured overworld, intrusive sidekick, pacing and some late-game repetition. Surely by now these issues — these rough edges — have been exacerbated, and even added to, by the natural progression of time.

Well, whether or not any of that might have been the case seems quite beside the point now; with this HD remaster, Nintendo has taken its gust bellows to a layer of jank that, in hindsight, stood between players and the true promise, the full potential, of this masterpiece. The raft of tweaks, changes and updates drip-fed to us in the months leading up to The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD‘s release may not have seemed all that exciting on paper — this isn’t some ground-up remake and there’s no new content or notable changes to how things unfold — but together they give the underlying game here a whole new lease of life. This HD remaster feels like how we were meant to originally experience this adventure, the connection between the game’s world and the player now unimpeded.

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