Nintendo have officially announced The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD for Nintendo Switch during today’s Nintendo Direct.
While the game had been previously leaked [1, 2], the announcement and press release (via email) reveals the game will have updated graphics, 60fps, motion controls with joy-cons like the original game; and a new control scheme purely using buttons and the analogue sticks. The sword controls are handled by tilting the right analogue stick while attacking.
The game takes place at the earliest point of the series; featuring the birth of Hyrule as a land far beneath floating islands in the sky. Players must fend off a terrible awakening evil threatening to destroy the world.
You can find the announcement trailer below.
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD launches July 16th on Nintendo Switch. Special limited edition Joy-Con controllers styled after the Master Sword and Hylian Shield will also be available at launch.
You can find the full rundown (via Nintendo) below.
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword game soars onto Nintendo Switch!
Take to the skies, draw your sword, and experience the earliest story in the Legend of Zelda series. Join Link in his high-flying quest to save Zelda, a childhood friend who must confront her destiny. Soar between floating islands and descend to the treacherous surface world in this updated HD version of the Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword.
Master realistic swordplay that matches your movements
Swing your sword and angle your slashes to uncover and break through opponents’ defenses using intuitive motion controls. Link will match the angle of each strike you make with the Joy-Con controller, creating immersive swordplay that relies on strategy and accuracy. Movements feel smoother and more immediate thanks to the Nintendo Switch system’s increased processing power and HD graphics. Take advantage of the newly-added button only control scheme—perfect for playing in handheld mode or on the Nintendo Switch Lite system.
Image: Press release via email.