[The Legend of Zelda]Video: Nintendo Releases New Overview Trailer For Zelda: Skyward Sword HD

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  Classic603

  1Classic6034 days ago

  I’m excited to replay this on Switch. That being said, I’m disappointed with the water, lava and sand effects. They don’t look great at all

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  RandomNerds

  2RandomNerds4 days ago

  Still kind of stunned that only one exclusive Amiibo works for this game and it’s locking a quality of life feature. Wish all the Zelda Amiibo had a purpose here.

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  Longondo

  3Longondo4 days ago

  I’m sold. Just waiting to see what the Target bonus gift is.

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  Heavyarms55

  4Heavyarms554 days ago

  After all the talk about how BOTW 2 appears to have stuff in the sky, and knowing how much of SKYward Sword is in the SKY. I think this re-release was done for more reasons than simply the anniversary. There must be some connection. I remember Skyward Sword has some time travel elements in it. So perhaps some aspect of that will return in BOTW 2.

  And then add in the fact that we’ve not heard much about what’s been added to Skyward Sword. What is the reason for that is because it’s some connection with BOTW 2?

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  Dpishere

  5Dpishere4 days ago

  I already fully completed the game twice and played just for the story once, I have little desire to revisit this game but for first time players this is a solid experience. Not the best Zelda but even the worst Zelda is still a very good game.

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  Snatcher

  6Snatcher4 days ago

  Never played it the first time around so.

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  VoidofLight

  7VoidofLight4 days ago

  @Heavyarms55 ooor.. they probably didn’t do anything but re-release Skyward Sword with new controls, and there’s nothing additional added to Skyward Sword HD.

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  anoyonmus

  8anoyonmus4 days ago

  I was thinking of getting Monster Hunter Stories 2 but maybe I should try Skyward Sword

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  VoidofLight

  9VoidofLight4 days ago

  @anoyonmus Monster Hunter Stories 2 is probably worth more than a 60 dollar Wii port.

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  Travisemo007

  10Travisemo0074 days ago

  Never played it but it looks really awsome!!, Breath of the wild looked a bit too open world, to an overwhelming extent, also seemed a bit non storyish for me not as much direction as I like in my games. Skyward sword looks more my speed.

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  Snatcher

  11Snatcher4 days ago

  @anoyonmus I kinda have to agree with @VoidofLight, your going to get the bang for your buck with stories 2, with loads of content and updates for it, you can get this game at any time.

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  tamantayoshi

  12tamantayoshi4 days ago

  Fantastic game, hopefully people like it more this time around.

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  anoyonmus

  13anoyonmus4 days ago

  @Snatcher I have never played any Zelda game before. And I am not sure if I want to try breath of the wild.

  That being said, I have played the main MH games before. And I saw that the Stories 2 gameplay is kind of like Pokémon ish.

  That being said, I have way too many Capcom games on my switch. I have like 4 games from Capcom. I will have to take a break from that developer for a while

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  VoidofLight

  14VoidofLight4 days ago

  @anoyonmus Skyward Sword really isn’t the best place to start. If you want to play a really good OG Zelda, I’d try something like Ocarina of Time 3D, Twilight Princess HD, or Wind Waker HD.

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  anoyonmus

  15anoyonmus4 days ago

  @VoidofLight yeah I only have a Wii, DS, and Switch. I was gonna get SS on Wii but at the time, I wasn’t interested in the franchise. I just liked Mario at the time.

  I honestly don’t know what to get it. I saw that Stories 2 gameplay is turn based which kind of turned me off. I am not really a huge fan of turn based strategy games. Tried to get into it but I get bored from it

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  thiz

  16thiz4 days ago

  I think a lot of people, me included will finally give this gem a chance and realise that it is one of the best 3D Zeldas. Focusing on motion controls in the trailers is a mistake though, tell people you can get rid of them instead to sell a lot more copies.

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  VoidofLight

  17VoidofLight4 days ago

  @Low_ink Twilight Princess and Wind Waker did something similar, but at least we got loads of improvements (other than control schemes), and better textures, as well as gameplay enhancements. I’m shocked the Loftwing amiibo isn’t even included with the game, seeing as it locks a literal quality of life feature behind it.

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  Luigisghost669

  18Luigisghost6694 days ago

  I can’t wait for this. I just got a new Xbox and I’m more excited for more Nintendo first party games then I am for Xbox by far. I also got pikmam for 19.99. Today my Series x is gonna get dusty.

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  anoyonmus

  19anoyonmus4 days ago

  @VoidofLight pretty much an EA move

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  woodenbard

  20woodenbard4 days ago

  This trailer does a good job of showing how well they polished the look of everything. For a minute I was worried there would be a gulf between everything being in HD with the models not looking up to snuff with overlaying textures, pop-in, etc. Thankfully, it seems unfounded. Really excited to dive in on July 16th. With the growing appearance of ties between this and the new sequel, my Marvel- movie-loving self hopes there’s something akin to “Link and Zelda will return in insert BOTW 2 title” once you finish the game.

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  damien33ad

  21damien33ad4 days ago

  I am going to watch this on my Switch right now. Pumped

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  Pirate1

  22Pirate14 days ago

  That video has made me lean more towards getting this than anything (opposed to picking up another game on my list).

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  abbyhitter

  23abbyhitter4 days ago

  I wouldn’t be surprised if the Loftwing amiibo acts similar to the Wolf Link amiibo in that scanning the Loftwing in BotW 2 will give you a Loftwing companion much like the Wolf Link companion in BotW. The bigger focus on the sky in BotW 2, a Loftwing would come handy for attacking enemies or retrieving nearby items.

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  VoidofLight

  24VoidofLight4 days ago

  @abbyhitter I’d honestly be mad if that’s the case, given you literally can’t buy the amiibo anymore, and locking a mount behind it is just.. dumb. I’d be more okay with that if it unlocked Zelda’s loftwing, but you can still get your own loftwings in game, kind of like how Epona works in BotW.

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  Jimmy_G_Buckets

  25Jimmy_G_Buckets4 days ago

  @VoidofLight well said

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  Heavyarms55

  26Heavyarms554 days ago

  @VoidofLight Leave it to NintendoLife comment section to be such a downer.

  Let us hope and be disappointed after the fact, then laugh at us BEHIND our backs please.

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  VoidofLight

  27VoidofLight4 days ago

  @Heavyarms55 I mean, I’m not saying it to be a downer. I’m just not expecting much from this. They would’ve shown off the new content, if there were any. Like, if there’s a cave of shadows type thing.. they would’ve revealed it a while ago.

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  Tempestryke

  28Tempestryke4 days ago

  Button gameplay when? Seeing that it has Good traditional controls might be the only reason I’d even think about picking this piece of crap up again.

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  Heavyarms55

  29Heavyarms554 days ago

  @VoidofLight I was mostly joking. lol

  Though I don’t agree that they necessarily would have shown any new content.

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  Sakaixx

  30Sakaixx4 days ago

  Hopefully someday it will have sales. Not buying at full price.

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  JRJalapeno

  31JRJalapeno4 days ago

  Looks pretty bland…been there done that sorta vibe. I’m cancelling my preorder. Underwhelming imho.

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  VoidofLight

  32VoidofLight4 days ago

  @Sakaixx The only way it’ll ever go on sale is if it becomes a Nintendo selects title… which I highly doubt it’ll be, due to being a wii port.

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  Ghostchip

  33Ghostchip4 days ago

  Lazy port, but okay it’s still a good game worth your money. If you have it on Wii though? I mean you could waste your money I guess but why? For hd? Idk. I gave my Wii to a friend who couldn’t afford a game console so I’m happy to pick this up for myself again

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  MorningRain

  34MorningRain4 days ago

  I’ll forsake be giving this one a go didn’t play it the first time and I’ve heard this is a very emotional game(please no spoilers) and that’s right up my alleyway

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  Casco

  35Casco4 days ago

  Disappointing that for full price they don’t even give it facelift. Just boost the resolution, teak the controls and call it a day. Lazy as f… I can’t believe that much smaller releases like Nier Replicant get updated to look like a modern game while Nintendo just keeps doing these zero effort releases.

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  METROIDDREAD

  36METROIDDREAD4 days ago

  You know, Skyward Sword was my first zelda. I know, I know….. Not something iconic like LTTP, epic like OOT or TP, not something creative like Majora, or Wind Waker, or mind blowing like BotW. As such, while I do have tender feelings for it, (everyone remembers the glory of their first Zelda) After replaying it I realized this is one of the weakest Zeldas. My first REAL Zelda was LBW and after experiencing that, then later LTTP, SS seemed really lackluster. The overlinearity is exhausting and the world’s are small, and the game holds your hand every step of the way, and while the storytelling was great the plot itself was lackluster. I am going to pick this up because at the end of the day, it’s a Zelda, and I need something to hold me over to Metroid Dread. However, I’m not thrilled to play it.

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  Sakaixx

  37Sakaixx4 days ago

  @VoidofLight well, its a skip for now and if no good discount, forever.

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  VoidofLight

  38VoidofLight4 days ago

  @METROIDDREAD The only thing I really liked about Skyward Sword was the added lore to the series, but other than that.. I probably won’t play through it, as I just.. don’t really care for it like the others. Way too linear, even for a Zelda game, and a lot of the mechanics just fall flat in terms of executions.

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  Hikingguy

  39Hikingguy4 days ago

  This one is wait and see. I bought the original day one but I never made it through the tutorial. I go back to it from time to time but I get so bored so quickly with the tutorial that I have never actually got into the game.

  However, I like the music.

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  MysticBlue02

  40MysticBlue024 days ago

  I just COULD NOT get into this on the Wii. It just seemed to have a slow start. But I really wanted that loftwing amiibo cuz it looked cool. I just don’t know if I’m getting this. I’m still bummed they didn’t announce a Zelda collection at E3

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  kducky11

  41kducky114 days ago

  @Luigisghost669 I highly recommend psychonauts and nier automata if you have gamepass

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  METROIDDREAD

  42METROIDDREAD4 days ago

  @VoidofLight Yeah, I loved the lore stuff as well, The game is really important to the series in that way, but just too linear, and mechanics that are trivial at best and game enders at worst.

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  Snatcher

  43Snatcher4 days ago

  @anoyonmus Well I can tell you right now stories two is nothing like MH, And I agree with @VoidofLight once again, This game from what I have heard doesn’t sound like the best place to start.

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  Snatcher

  44Snatcher4 days ago

  @METROIDDREAD Damn that bad, I haven’t heard the term “Game ender” In a long time.

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  METROIDDREAD

  45METROIDDREAD4 days ago

  @MysticBlue02 Yeah, the game does have a slow start, but I got past that, and overall, I still enjoyed it, I mean it’s a Zelda at the end of the day. Really when I’m immersed In a Zelda world I can be patient when it comes to story setup, but I completely understand.

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  METROIDDREAD

  46METROIDDREAD4 days ago

  @Snatcher Yeah dude, like I said I got through the end, and while in Zelda terms, It was disappointing, I did overall enjoy myself. But the game just has a lot of unrefined very frustrating sequences and/or filler, that really don’t have to be so time wasting or taxing as they are, if it weren’t for some unwise design flaws. From stupid cryptic boss fights you can’t figure out, (In its defense the game has both some of the best and worst bosses in the series.) pointless filler, a tutorial that bores half the people who play the game into quitting, boring but required character interactions, handholdy companions, the silent realms, backtracking all the way to and through a dungeon you already beat for pointless fetch quests, and instafail sections, all on top of controls that don’t work half the time. If youook at polls, almost 36 percent (now granted this is one particular pole on Twitter I am referring to, it may not properly reflect the true reality.) Of people quit midway through.

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  Snatcher

  47Snatcher4 days ago

  @METROIDDREAD Uhhhh? I might wait for a sale LOL.

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  echoplex

  48echoplex4 days ago

  No matter how the lady in the trailer tells us the story as if we’re all 5 years old and makes it all very enticing and wonderful and great, the images shown only remind me of very tedious and repetitive gameplay phases. It’s a shame because the story is great (can’t say the same about how the plot unfolds) and the items/weapons/artefacts were very well thought too. The music is amazing. But the general structure of the game, in terms of progression (the same sequences over and over, filler mandatory quests and the sky — god the sky — that is as empty as Zelda’s stare in this one), as well as in terms of level design (the world is divided into small maps that feel very disconnected from one another) doesn’t make me want to double dip. And I really disliked the character design (Zelda looks absolutely derpy — a masterful Dobby the House Elf impersonation) which doesn’t really help in an action ‘rpg’.

  That said, it’s still a game everyone should try because of the story and probably the fixes they made. I didn’t have a bad time playing it, but out of all the remasters/remakes that were made out of Zelda games, this is the only one I don’t want to go back to.

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  METROIDDREAD

  49METROIDDREAD4 days ago

  @Snatcher LOL, Yeah. That’s reasonable. But remember, while the game can be frustrating and one of Link’s lesser adventures, at the end of the day it’s a Zelda, and it does have cool lore, and really creative dungeon design. I’m not trying to be a dream crusher or anything.

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  METROIDDREAD

  50METROIDDREAD4 days ago

  @echoplex Yeah, but you know what, the tedious sequences and controls are surprisingly not the biggest problem here in my eyes. It’s that overwhelming linearity.

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  echoplex

  51echoplex4 days ago

  @METROIDDREAD I didn’t have issues with the controls (I found the Wii Motion+ worked fine but I still wonder to what extent the original Wiimotes couldn’t do the same). One of my issues is that it was not designed as a system seller but an accessory seller, and it really shows in the game, too many times.

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  METROIDDREAD

  52METROIDDREAD4 days ago

  @echoplex Huh never thought of it that way, I always thought that the motion plus was created out of need to make games like this but that’s an interesting perspective I’ll keep in mind.

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  Rpg-lover

  53Rpg-lover4 days ago

  Need my glasses on, not seeing much of a difference from the previous one.

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  VoidofLight

  54VoidofLight4 days ago

  @METROIDDREAD I remember quitting right at the first dungeon, since I was bored out of my mind as a kid. I kind of want to revisit my Wii copy, and give it another try though, mainly to see if it’s as bad as I remembered.

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  arpaktiko

  55arpaktiko4 days ago

  @VoidofLight Oh you made it to the first dungeon ? For me the opening introduction at skyloft was too much and extremely boring. By the time i competed it i just stopped and went to play other games.

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  VoidofLight

  56VoidofLight4 days ago

  @arpaktiko Yeah. I think I made it to the end of the very first dungeon, and then just sort of lost interest. The story was really slow at the start, and I remember being forced to search for Zelda.. which went at a crawl.

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  tntswitchfan68

  57tntswitchfan684 days ago

  this is going to be great . so glad switch is getting this and changed to button cobtrols. just like mario party super stars. I am glad these games are button controlled now.

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  Snatcher

  58Snatcher4 days ago

  @METROIDDREAD No I don’t think you are at all, thanks for the heads up tho, I will think about this if I ever want to buy it.

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  Tipehtfomottob

  59Tipehtfomottob4 days ago

  Love this game. It’s definitely up there with the best LoZ games in my opinion. I just can’t imagine playing it any other way than with the Wii remote and nunchuck setup.

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  MajinSoul

  60MajinSoul4 days ago

  I’m actually excited to finally have a traditional 3D Zelda game on the Switch

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  Dethmunk

  61Dethmunk4 days ago

  I think it’s quite disrespectful of a lot of comments on here to say Nintendo have done a ‘lazy’ port. It boils my blood infact. Most of you have no idea how much work is involved in picking apart code from a decade ago. Converting model files and updating texture files from a decade ago. It’s not simply push a button and done. The whole control mechanics had to be re-written for gordsake. Extra Amiibo functionality coded in. It staggers me how ignorant and abusive a lot of you are towards Nintendo and devs in general. As for the hate for the Amiibo implementation, what the hell? The whole point of Amiibo is to give the people who buy them some extra functionality and boost. This QoL functionality is nice but it’s not going to ruin the game in general if you don’t have it. Jeez. As always entitlement oozes from the comments section.

  As for the game itself, yes it might not be the best Zelda (but it’s still a good game, by most yard sticks), but then again people fanboying over OoT always mystifies me. I’ve tried to play that game 3 or 4 times on different platforms and I can’t get much further than my first visit to Hyrule Castle. I found that game boring and slow at the beginning too and some of the puzzles are very obtuse early in the game. I played Skyward Sword on the Wii and like others I left the game midway through, not because the story wasn’t worth following but more to do with the control scheme. Now that’s been fixed hopefully, I’m ready to try and finish this adventure.

  If you’re not interested in the game, aren’t going to buy it or play it, then fine, but do we have to read your ill informed garbage in a comments section.

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  ryu_san

  62ryu_san4 days ago

  No mention of Fi interrupting the gameplay – let’s hope that’s because they fixed that complaint from the Wii version

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  countzero

  63countzero4 days ago

  @anoyonmus if you have Nintendo Switch Online you could play A Link to the Past on the Super Nintendo app. It’s obviously a bit different than a modern 3D Zelda game but in terms of general structure, story etc. it’s pretty similar and it is still considered one of the best games in the series.

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  Inaroomalone

  64Inaroomalone4 days ago

  @anoyonmus this was the first 3D Zelda game I played to completion. I found the first hour a little tedious, but after that I had a really enjoyable time with it. It gets a lot of flack in that it has a lot of hand-holding, but if you’re not familiar with previous Zelda 3D games then you’ll find that help invaluable (and it cut down too much pacing backwards and forwards wondering what to do next).

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  1UP_MARIO

  651UP_MARIO4 days ago

  I got this preordered with all the bits and bobs. Great game. I just can’t find much of a difference to have HD in the title.

  Windwaker to this day is a great looking game but you can tell it apart to windwaker HD. Skyward sword just looks so similar

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  Rambler

  66Rambler4 days ago

  I am Groose.

  I forgot about that bloody harp! Very annoying.

  One thing I hoped they have tweaked is the dungeon difficulty. If you took out some monsters and then you died, they remained dead. So you could brute-force your way through some rooms.

  Graphics still look lovely, but I can’t see why they couldn’t have given them a spruce.

  The beetle is probably my favourite Zelda item

  Oh, and I hope the shop keepers are all still really angry

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  Jey887

  67Jey8874 days ago

  @1UP_MARIO It’s literally because it now runs in HD. It never did on the Wii. Its a shame they haven’t put a bit more work into textures. etc. However, I adore the art style of SS. I remember playing it on the Wii back in the day and imagining what it would look like in HD. Same as Mario Galaxy.

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  1UP_MARIO

  681UP_MARIO4 days ago

  @Jey887 I like the art style and the 60fps is a welcome. I just feel they good of worked abit more on the textures. I played this on a plasma screen with componant cables back in the day and that looked good as this

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  CivilMadman

  69CivilMadman4 days ago

  Skipped the Wii generation so this remains the only main Zelda I’ve not played yet. Have it on pre-order, was really looking forward to it, and now more so after that trailer.

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  NintendoArchive

  70NintendoArchive4 days ago

  some of the sky stuff looks nicer with the higher resolution, but it does not look like they did any work on this game, & there is lots of work to do

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  NintendoArchive

  71NintendoArchive4 days ago

  @Inaroomalone if its ur first game, the hand holding might be nice; the handholding is only beneficial for 5 years old (maybe), but five year olds can’t read, so therefore it’s not. I watched my 6 year old nephew get frustrated to bits by the useless & invasive text boxes

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  NintendoArchive

  72NintendoArchive4 days ago

  @METROIDDREAD This game gives “linearity” a bad name, the game is full of brain dead filler that seems to be out of a platformer, except this game is not a platformer, thus it doesn’t work; not to mention that no idea is a one & done in this game. Yes timeshift stones are cool, but I don’t want to see them in 4 separate extended sequences.

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  NintendoArchive

  73NintendoArchive4 days ago

  @Dethmunk, ok, so either Nintendo did a lazy port, or they wasted precious time & resources to resell a game, yet without providing ample reason to repurchase that game (probably get it on ebay for 15 bucks), both sound bad. Moreover, by Aonuma’s own admission, WW HD took six months to port, & they did far more work on that than it looks like they did for this. Btw there is nothing wrong with the control scheme in SS, if anything the control scheme will be worse with the joy-cons, since there is no sensor bar to auto-adjust, & the stick controls look immensely clumsy, & will feel like garbage with the joycon sticks.

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  MS7000

  74MS70004 days ago

  I still think there is no reason to buy this at full price if you have played before.

  That aside however, I love the random clip of Groose screaming at 3:41 in the video. That is perfection. Groose and his theme is probably the best reason to get this game.

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  emeyece

  75emeyece4 days ago

  60 Bucks… as much as I love this franchise. I don’t want to pay this prize a second time. The original gave us a special Wiimote on top. But this? Worth 40/$

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  Gamerdudesteel

  76Gamerdudesteel4 days ago

  The zelda timeline is bs and really shouldn’t be a selling point. Did they add ANY new features that justify the 10$ process hike and aren’t locked behind a 25$ piece of plastic?

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  My_ultimate_is_ready

  77My_ultimate_is_ready4 days ago

  This “remaster” is a joke. I bought resident evil 2 remake and diablo 2 resurrected at cheaper prices. Games where there is a big difference/change and quality of life improvements. This “remaster” reminds me of that office meme: it’s the same picture

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  My_ultimate_is_ready

  78My_ultimate_is_ready4 days ago

  @Gamerdudesteel Nintendo is getting too greedy and lazy, as long as people keep throwing money their way, Nintendo will only get worse.

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  Rambler

  79Rambler4 days ago

  @My_ultimate_is_ready

  But it’s not a remaster – all they’ve said is that it’s a HD version.

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  MS7000

  80MS70004 days ago

  @Dethmunk “Most of you have no idea how much work is involved in picking apart code from a decade ago. Converting model files and updating texture files from a decade ago. It’s not simply push a button and done.”

  No port is a “push a button and done” job. That said, doesn’t mean a port can’t feel lazy. Sure, Nintendo may have had to rewrite the controls for Switch inputs and may have done some other quality-of-life improvements here and there. Doesn’t necessarily mean it is worth the same as a full-price title. They didn’t have to develop the story or setting this time. The dungeons and areas have already been designed, enemies already made. They might of had to implement them, but it is arguably a lot easier to port something than it is to make something new.

  Not to mention, this port doesn’t offer as much as other ports Nintendo have . To use some Switch examples, 3D World had Bowser’s Fury, which is an extra “adventure” which took 3-4 hours to 100% (at least for me, got a copy for a friend, and I wasn’t even rushing through it), and then Pikmin 3 Deluxe also involved new missions with Olimar and Louie, which were similar in structure to the mission mode (from what I can tell by watching people play through them) not to mention, that at least included DLC which you originally had to pay for separately in the Wii U release. In both of these cases, I would also argue that they weren’t worth full price despite the additions, but that at least felt like visible additions. The only additions Skyward Sword HD has is button controls and an QOL function locked behind an Amiibo which you’re paying an extra £22 for the privilege on top of the full price. Nintendo are welcome to price their game at whatever they feel their effort was worth, but just as equally, people can understandably disagree.

  ”It staggers me how ignorant and abusive a lot of you are towards Nintendo and devs in general.”

  Ignorant possibly. But who is being abusive here? Did someone send death threats to the developers’ families or something?

  ”I think it’s quite disrespectful of a lot of comments on here to say Nintendo have done a ‘lazy’ port.”

  You’re welcome to that view, but I am willing to bet you yourself have seen a port of a game come to Switch which you have called lazy. Would that also not be disrespectful to whoever developed it?

  ”If you’re not interested in the game, aren’t going to buy it or play it, then fine, but do we have to read your ill informed garbage in a comments section.”

  As you said, this is a comment section. People comment. You’re welcome to think that what someone says is not worth listening to, but that person is also welcome to put whatever they please as long as it doesn’t break the rules.

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  My_ultimate_is_ready

  81My_ultimate_is_ready4 days ago

  @Rambler makes it even worse then, a price increase isn’t justifiable, when you compare it to other games that have been remade from the ground up and still are cheaper

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  WiltonRoots

  82WiltonRoots4 days ago

  What a barrel of laughs this comment section is. Imagine how much fun a Nintendolife gathering would be….just a bunch of sullen sods avoiding eye contact and grumbling about everything under the sun.

  Makes me think of this. https://youtu.be/02a723LsoFA

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  __dave

  83__dave4 days ago

  @Dethmunk

  While I do think that people complain too much, many of the criticisms are valid. I also believe that you are throwing more shade than those on this comments section.

  Also, just because many of us are big fans of nintendo, doesn’t mean we have to give them a free pass when they exercise the same anti-consumer business practices that competitors take.

  While I agree with some of your comments on entitlement and lack of gratitude, it’s okay to have some criticisms and dissent with those who create our games. They build, but we also buy and support them.

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  RainbowGazelle

  84RainbowGazelle4 days ago

  I genuinely think I must have played a different Skyward Sword from most people here; I absolutely loved it!

  Although, I’m not buying it again for full-price with minimal changes.

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  Casco

  85Casco4 days ago

  @Dethmunk look at Nier Replicant and then look at this. Both were originally released around the same time – which one do you think was put more effort and care to re-release. Hint: it’s not Zelda.

  Nier replicant has updated textures, lighting, revamped fighting mechanics to match Automata. It looks closet current standards. Zelda looks…the same as it originally did

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  Dethmunk

  86Dethmunk4 days ago

  @MS7000

  You have done exactly as many others have, just decided that the additions made are just small fry. Not important, easy to do. Yes I may have called some ports lazy myself, I do have an appreciation of what goes into ports. Some ports are lazy in that they write an emulator and then are done with it. There are a few I can think of (even then there is some work to do). This is far from a ‘lazy’ port and anyone with any experience of the games industry will know why. They’ve probably had a decent team on it, QA to test it, especially with all the new additions, marketing, cart production costs, amiibo production, this isn’t chicken feed you know. But sure they should do all that and just pump it out for $20. Jeez.

  @NintendoArchive

  Well a 6 month turn around is good for WW, no denying that. Of course it depends on the size of the team working on it. As far as I remember they didn’t change the control scheme or add and completely new one to it, and they put the map UI on the second screen (which does take some work granted) and added a couple of minor items. They didn’t add in support for Amiibo however which meant adding whole chunks of code and requires a lot of testing.

  @__dave

  May be I am being overly harsh, but I tend to get angrier the more I see this same BS thrown at just about any game in the comment sections and I’m sick of letting people just get away with it. No wonder social media and the internet in general is becoming this toxic mine field. I’m not saying Nintendo gets a free pass either or any dev, but some people need to think about and try to appreciate the effort put into these things before deciding to believe their own fantasy of what is involved in the industry. They just don’t want to pay $60 for a ‘port’ which in of itself is a lazy catch all. Yet Metroid Dread a new game comes along and the same people don’t want to pay $60 for ‘new’ game either, even though it’s probably had a full team on it, again with QA support, physical cart production, amiibo production, marketing etc. etc. So most of these complainers have the same default argument, they don’t want to pay full price end of, and they’ll make up any excuse to justify that standpoint: It’s only a port, it’s 2D (albeit in 3D) so its not justified, they haven’t added the specific feature I thought up in my head so therefore it’s terrible. On and on….

  I’m not saying you can’t disagree with design decisions or art direction or game features, of course people can love or hate them. It’s the ones who think they know how the development process works, or the media campaign policies work or how much ‘effort’ was put into something. Unless you worked on those teams or have worked in the industry on similar projects you have no idea what’s involved or how much it costs.

  Anyway I’m fighting a loosing battle it seems, their are more trolls than actual fans nowadays and it saddens me.

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  JDCII

  87JDCII4 days ago

  We’ll be picking it up at our home. That said…it would have been nice to see lighting/textures spruced up a little. 60fps (it seems) looks really great though. After running through the HD remasters(?) of Twilight Princess and Windwaker in the last couple years, having lighting and textures reworked helped those games feel like somewhat newer experiences.

  Still. I love the ambiance in this game. Yes it’s very linear, but it’s still a lot of fun. Looking forward to it!

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  Casco

  88Casco4 days ago

  @Dethmunk “As for the hate for the Amiibo implementation, what the hell? The whole point of Amiibo is to give the people who buy them some extra functionality and boost”

  I think you got it wrong there chief, the whole point of the Amiibo is to lock functionality that could otherwise be included in the game behind the purchase of some “toy figures”, so that we can squeeze some additional dollars out from gamers that would otherwise not be interested in buying them.

  There I fixed it for you.

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  Bret

  89Bret4 days ago

  After watching the trailer, I think I’m out. It reminded me of a lot of tedious parts of that game.

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  Dethmunk

  90Dethmunk4 days ago

  @Casco I disagree. But that’s ok. You could say that about every Amiibo feature in any other game that features them. End of the day it does not ruin the game. Yes you’re right there has to be a reason to own them other than for pure collection purposes. They’ve always added some sort of boost to a game that’s the point, look at the TP Amiibo in Botw you get Wolf Link who makes combat easier and is super helpful, that’s a major addition right there, are millions complaining about that? It doesn’t ruin the game that I don’t have access to that. But that’s how I see it. I won’t be getting the Amiibo, I won’t miss that functionality. It will kinda make the game easier, but hey that’s what Amiibo are for to give you a juicy boost/advantage, right?

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  MS7000

  91MS70004 days ago

  @Dethmunk “You have done exactly as many others have, just decided that the additions made are just small fry. Not important, easy to do.”

  Please read my comment again. I said it was “easier” to port a game than make something new. I never said it was “easy to do”.

  ”Yes I may have called some ports lazy myself, I do have an appreciation of what goes into ports. Some ports are lazy in that they write an emulator and then are done with it. There are a few I can think of (even then there is some work to do). This is far from a ‘lazy’ port and anyone with any experience of the games industry will know why. They’ve probably had a decent team on it, QA to test it, especially with all the new additions, marketing, cart production costs, amiibo production, this isn’t chicken feed you know.”

  So how are you defining “lazy” then? I guarantee you, other ports probably also had a dev team, marketing and QA. What makes their work any lazier than Nintendo’s? Or is Nintendo’s lazier than the others? You yourself even acknowledge that even ports where it is being run in an emulator they developed do require work to get to that point. Isn’t calling that lazy disrespectful as you said in your original comment?

  Not everyone is going to have a full understanding of what happens in a games development life cycle, and people are going to have their own interpretation of what “lazy” is. You can disagree, but again, people are allowed to say that.

  ”But sure they should do all that and just pump it out for $20. Jeez.”

  Doesn’t have to be that cheap, just not full price. It looks strange when you have a port which costs more than the original did at launch.

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  Li_Bae

  92Li_Bae4 days ago

  Does anyone actually like this garbage game? I heard that some people were tricked into liking it years ago, but I think that’s an urban legend.

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  METROIDDREAD

  93METROIDDREAD4 days ago

  @VoidofLight Yeah, you start to wonder why you are playing hide and seek with forest creatures, and riding birds in races when you want an actual Zelda adventure. The dungeons are good though, it’s a shame that the game just can’t hold up because of its other elements.

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  METROIDDREAD

  94METROIDDREAD4 days ago

  @Snatcher Yep, just doing my duty for my fellow comrades.

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  METROIDDREAD

  95METROIDDREAD4 days ago

  @VoidofLight Searching for Zelda was grueling, oh my gosh. If you kept playing the game, you would get really frustrated with that, and it’s just not much of a motive.

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  Ulysses

  96Ulysses4 days ago

  I missed out on the game back on the Wii. I absolutely adore this game’s art design and music, so I will definitely be picking this up as soon as I can!

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  METROIDDREAD

  97METROIDDREAD4 days ago

  @NintendoArchive Yeah, and linearity isn’t always a bad thing. I prefer bigger worlds to explore especially in Zelda, but LTTP is still one of my favorites of all time. But that 3 separate area thing was stupid. It felt really artificial, and got samey, because those are the only places you go to. Over and over…..

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  OldManHermit

  98OldManHermit4 days ago

  I think I might revisit when it comes out, it’s been awhile since I’ve played. I recall really liking aspects of the game while really disliking others. The repeated boss fights with that big derpy looking monster come to mind as one of the bad elements. However, the final boss fight stands out in my mind as one of the more epic Zelda bosses. You could say this game is a mixed bag.

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  Valdney

  99Valdney4 days ago

  Are we going to be able to play on hero mode right from the start I hope so, because I want to give this game a second chance.

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  quigtendo

  100quigtendo4 days ago

  I sold my Wii long before this came out and couldn’t get into Twilight Princess despite multiple attempts. Wrong time and the start was all too gloomy. Excited for some new (to me) old school Legend of Zelda action.. In a way that BOTW and Links Awakening couldn’t hit the spot.

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  MajorTom

  101MajorTom4 days ago

  @Dethmunk You are incorrect about Wind Waker not having changes in the control scheme since it added motion aiming and some touch control features for item selection and using the baton. They also implemented Miiverse functionality into the game with the Tingle bottle, which is likely far more original code than adding amiibo support. Mapping the aiming in Skyward Sword to a second joystick and adding amiibo support are likely very easy to implement. I expect Nintendo having a library for the NFC-functionalities which can easily be imported in the source code of a switch game. It likely requires some testing and tweaking but that has to be done for every project.

  Nintendo also has their own Wii emulation software which they already have used before to port Mario Galaxy and I expect they did the same with Skyward Sword.

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  FantasiaWHT

  102FantasiaWHT4 days ago

  Never played it the first time (no wii-motion plus controllers), so excited for this. Why am I not loving the graphics tho? I’m a huge fan of Twilight Princess, including the overall visuals, but I look at this and go bleh.

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  mezoomozaa

  103mezoomozaa4 days ago

  This game looks ugly and outdated for 60

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  echoplex

  104echoplex4 days ago

  @Dethmunk “If you’re not interested in the game, aren’t going to buy it or play it, then fine, but do we have to read your ill informed garbage in a comments section.”

  Which would be wiser? Going to the forum section, starting a new thread titled “Skyward Sword Sucks” where everyone who hates the game will keep ranting about the same things over and over? Or keeping comments (negative or positive) in a news piece dedicated to the game where people of both opinions can actually interact?

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  Jey887

  105Jey8874 days ago

  @1UP_MARIO oh really? I just played with a bog standard scart and just kept thinking about how blurry it looked all the way though.

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  Gerald

  106Gerald4 days ago

  @WiltonRoots Brilliant

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  larryisanassman

  107larryisanassman4 days ago

  Have I missed whether they’ve added quality of life improvements to this outside the one locked behind an amiibo?

  Original game had some real issues. It was a decent game but thinking about going back to it with those annoyances intact is not appealing to me at all, especially when they don’t look to have done much with it on the visual front beyond a resolution boost/60FPS. I’m honestly pretty forgiving of companies porting old games to Switch even when they’re full price because of the value I see in handheld mode but this is going to have to improve a lot for me to consider buying it. Close to vanilla Skyward Sword in HD is not a good enough game to warrant another purchase of it for me- really need to know what they’ve changed (if anything much at all) before I even consider it.

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  Mr_Zurkon

  108Mr_Zurkon4 days ago

  SS had too many problems, so it’s a big pass.

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  Amin_Parker

  109Amin_Parker4 days ago

  This is definitely one of the best Zelda games in existence

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  Rambler

  110Rambler4 days ago

  @My_ultimate_is_ready

  Oh totally.

  To echo @RainbowGazelle, I love this game, despite its flaws, but I’m going to get this much later on, second hand if poss.

  There’s not enough here to justify full price.

  I never owned a WiiU, so HD WW & TP would be a different story (although that would be the third time for TP, so even then…)

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  LXP8

  111LXP83 days ago

  @Heavyarms55 They released Wind Waker HD and Twilight Princess HD 10 years after their original release dates and will do the same with this. I think the similarity to BOTW 2 is obviously intentional in terms of gameplay, but not release date.

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  BongoBongo123

  112BongoBongo1233 days ago

  @anoyonmus Maybe get a Gamecube controller which works on Wii and pick up Wind Waker or Zelda Collectors Edition (it includes Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask). Theyre Gamecube games but work on Wii since it’s backwards compatible. Those are three of the best video game experiences ever made.

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  erv

  113erv3 days ago

  Loved the game back in the day, but this one is ugly…

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  KnightsTemplar

  114KnightsTemplar3 days ago

  @Li_Bae yes.. lots of us.. play it and ya might like it to… if not.. toss off with ya garbage comments

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  WiltonRoots

  115WiltonRoots3 days ago

  With Wind Waker and Twilight Princess they improved things by shortening some of the more mundane tasks – I wouldn’t be surprised if they’ve done the same again here. A lot of people are saying “they haven’t done anything! Only up-rezzed it!”, talking as if they actually have this version in their hands and have completed it already. But they’re probably the same people who say reviews on this site are wrong without even playing the games.*

  To me this is a brand new Zelda game, roll on July.

  *Edit – looking forward to the Mario Golf review, where of course the review score will be totally wrong…

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  Patelo1994

  116Patelo19943 days ago

  I am Intrigued about the story and the combat system , but i just spoiled my self about the silent realms , and i believe the stress in the trial of the sword (botw) was enough Any veterans here to give opinion ?

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  nocdaes

  117nocdaes3 days ago

  Still no mention of the tedious, repetitive boss battle thing that categorically ruins this game.

  A great adventure is contained within this game, but it’s punctuated by some terrible gameplay. It’s not quite as bad as the Super Monkey Ball boss battles ruining that game, but you have been warned…

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  checkr911

  118checkr9113 days ago

  @Dethmunk It all started with Mass Effect 3 and Bioware caving in to the rabid fanboys who completely missed the entire point of the trilogy, and who lacked common sense (no matter how many choices you have/make, it always boils down to very few in the end, that’s how choices work). Ever since then the entitlement on social media explosion happened and now we have these fake gamers who think they deserve everything without exception in their idealized interpretation of what is acceptable. I’d love to see some of them try to appeal to their own crowd and handle the narrative from their own toxic community, they’d break in less than a week and walk away because of ungrateful swine like themselves.

  On a different note, I can’t wait for this release! A great game from start to finish.

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  lokozar

  119lokozar3 days ago

  This game looks … rough.

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  mezoomozaa

  120mezoomozaa2 days ago

  I can’t go back from Breath of the wild to this ugly port of a decade-old game, for the full price of 60

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  valcoholic

  121valcoholic2 days ago

  People who don’t know that game should definitely give it a chance. It was and still remains pretty polarizing at might also have beein one of the reasons why Nintendo decided to ditch the classic formula and go full Open-World with BotW, but despite some problems, theres one masterclass of great gamedesign hidden behind some annoyances.

  Cons:

  I never liked the character design. Maybe this ws Nintendo’s middlestep on their way to reach that beautiful artstyle of BotW, but I hated how Link and especially Zelda looked like. There were also some cool characters of course, buut the main 2 ones looking like that… ummm…

  The pain about the handholding with Fi is real. I didn’t care too much in my 1st playthrough but when I later got back, this definitely hurt.

  The idea with motion controls back on the Wii was polarizing, but I remember really liking it for the most part. Bad thing is just, this tech didn’t age too well and today if motion controls work 95% of the time, it means that like 5 out of 100 sword hits still miss due to that tech. That’s just a rough feeling of whats wring with motion controls. They can feel quite cool and in some cases they actually offer a great value like with that bug-drone, which really feels awesome to steer. But often it feels like being in full control of your actions through classic buttons would feel better as it does in later games.

  Pros:

  if you compare it to music, then just like all classic Zelda games, this is an album filled with absolutely wonderfully composed tracks hence dungeons that all follow an own idea, tell an individual story and manage to show places that still haven’t been explored although there wree so many games of that type in that series before.

  while the motion controls didn’t age too good as mentioned, the still can add a lot to what makes this game special and fun. Of course you have to be a bit open minded but its quite cool how Nintendo tried to create this showcase for a ton of different motion control use cases.

  The concept of having this happen at a beginning of the saga (theres still some story happening before, so its not like its the beginning of time) is quite cool and creates some elements of wonder here and there.

  Today’s young players should understand that for about 2 decades, Nintendo would create the same Zelda-concept in different shades. Sometimes with water, or with a dark world. But ultimately it was always the same structure and a very similar story that let you really foresee most events and game events. In this game they obviously tried to stick with the classic structure, but try to bend it as much as possible so people wouldn’t notice with a different art style, motion controls, that story-setting. In the end, it remained that pretty linear Zelda-experience as they did it since ALTTP or OoT, but also managed to throw so many awesome ideas and concepts at you, it couldn’t be ignored.

  So people who are into Zelda should definitely have played this. Plus the Soundtrack is still one of the best in the entire series.

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