The legend of zelda It is one of the most emblematic sagas of Nintendo and of video games in general. Although his journey started in 1986, it was not until 2011 when the beginnings of Link were known and everything that triggered the events of the rest of the installments and the different timelines with Skyward Sword, which saw the light of day on Wii. Now, with the tremendous success of Nintendo Switch, the Japanese company is taking advantage to bring back some iconic installments of the saga as remakes or remasters, and this is precisely the case of the mentioned title.
During the last few days we have been fortunate enough to play The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD on Nintendo Switch and we can offer you all our impressions once the embargo has already been lifted. In this way, you can know what the experience turns out to be when reliving one of the most emblematic titles of the franchise and that will serve as an influence for some of the aspects that can be seen in the sequel to Breath of the Wild.
Soaring the skies in pelicaro, now in HD
There is not much to tell about the playable mechanics that was not already seen on Wii; in fact, as I will comment later, the controls have tried to be as close as possible to what it was in the original title. In this way, anyone who faces Skyward sword for the first time will be involved in a chase through the sky and the ground to rescue Zelda from the clutches of a fearful enemy, through different environments such as forests and a volcano, while You solve different puzzles in dungeons and face different enemies with your best sword attacks and other gadgets that Link can unlock on his journey. With this clear, we are going to reel novelties with which the version of Nintendo Switch has.
Graphics renewed with great success
Since The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD is a remaster, the most important thing is the changes at the graphic level. Wii was a huge console for Nintendo, offering a fantastic variety of titles for all types of audiences. However, it did not stand out to a great extent for its graphic quality, so in this decade that has passed since the launch of the original title, time has weighed on its textures and it is something that has been successfully resolved in the version destined for Nintendo Switch. It is not that they have been able to do wonders, as there are still some flat scenarios and without the depth of a current title, but they do look more in line with what could be expected from the remastering at hand.
The adaptation to the HD format allows to appreciate elements much more lucid and vivid in their colors, so it gives a more impressive picture of the world of Skyward Sword. Many flourishes could not be allowed, so there are still serrated edges and some textures that squeak in certain environments, but it can be said that the result is satisfactory on the general lines. The change is significant enough to justify its solo release. and not in a compilation, although in this regard, its changes at the playable level stand out more.
Recently it was confirmed that the free camera is one of the novelties of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD, although it has a trap. The free camera is only available with the Joy-Con separated from the console or what is the same, with the motion controls. If you want to play with the Pro controller, in desktop mode or simply in handheld mode, the free camera is not active. This is because the right joystick is the one destined to launch the sword blows, so that disables it from being used for camera movements.
The solution in this regard has been that press the L button to disable sword strikes and, in this way, the camera can be moved with the aforementioned joystick. It is an effective solution, but certainly cumbersome, since it gives the feeling of going back ten years in time. The idea is that you can play as you wish this time, but this aspect limits powerfully when it comes to facilitating advancement and character turns, especially in the most demanding battles. In fact, even the use of the joystick to use the sword is somewhat orthopedic, so at the end of the day, the title forces you little by little to launch into the motion controls to enjoy the best experience without slowly despairing. Even in this there are certain annoying moments, in which the title requires a recalibration of motion control, so it is not the definitive experience that could be expected from this proposal.
What is more satisfactory is the use of the buttons to perform various actions, which does facilitate the task and progress without having to perform movements for everything. In that sense, the joystick plays a fundamental role to advance with Link or to thrust with the sword. In addition, the triggers are used to catch or throw objects. The truth is that it must be recognized that a great adaptation has been made in this aspect and everything is much more natural and fluid, so, no matter how you play, it is acceptable.
Freedom for heaven … half
Much has been made of the controversy over the pelicaro amiibo that allows you to fly freely through the Altárea sky without the need to go to the statues designed for it. It is a substantial advantage for anyone purchasing the amiibo, but it’s also nothing that overshadows the Skyward Sword HD experience. We are not talking about an open world title as wide as Breath of the Wild, so reaching a statue is not an arduous task that deserves a great complaint to be able to launch into the skies in more than 2-3 minutes, depending on where you are. Therefore, if it is one of your fears, you can rest easy: you can take to the skies at your whim without wasting excessive time if you do not want to buy the aforementioned amiibo.
The beginning of the legend of always, like you’ve never played it before
In short, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD is a remarkable title that stands out for offering you the beginning of everything that has been lived in these more than three decades accompanying Link or company. You can play the way you want: desktop, portable or with motion controls, although there are big changes in each of them and neither is entirely satisfactory, so you will also have to face problems with the camera or the controls themselves. Overcoming this, you will find yourself facing a sensational title that breathes The Legend of Zelda on all four sides and invites you to play it like never before on Nintendo Switch.
▪ Release date: 09/01/2016