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The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword once again places the player in control of Link, a Hylian boy who this time around lives in the floating nation of Skyloft. Link is in love with a local girl called Zelda but one day while flying on their bird mounts, a tornado shows up out of nothing and takes Zelda away from Link. After that Link teams up with Fi, a spirit living within a sword and he descends to the long-forgotten surface to search for Zelda.

The game is structured very similar to previous Zelda games: you travel through an overworld in search of temples to visit and once in you solve a series of puzzles before fighting a boss at the end and receive the next bit of plot. The biggest change is that the overworld is more focused on puzzles this time around with only a handful of action. Also new is the implementation of the Wii Motion Plus which allows full 1:1 controls and new puzzle possibilities.

The 2021 Nintendo Switch HD version includes:
  • Enhanced Graphics and framerate
  • Improved Motion Controls and all-new Button and Stick Control Scheme
  • Free Camera Control at certain points of the game
  • An intuitive auto-save function, which let the player automatically save when passing an Owl Statue. Instead of manually stopping and saving
  • Streamlined opening tutorials and Item descriptions, as well as skippable cutscenes and dialogue (including Fi's interaction with Link).
  • Amiibo support, using the new Loftwing amiibo to instantaneously transport Link to The Sky and The Surface and vice-versa.


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The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword Screenshot
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Alternate Titles

  • "ゼルダの伝説 スカイウォードソード HD" -- Japanese Nintendo Switch spelling
  • "ゼルダの伝説 スカイウォードソード" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Zelda no Densetsu: Skyward Sword" -- Japanese title
  • "TLoZ: Skyward Sword" -- Common abbreviation
  • "The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD" -- Nintendo Switch title
  • "젤다의 전설: 스카이워드 소드" -- Korean spelling

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User Reviews

The greatest Zelda game ever made. Wii krisko6 (824)
Proves motion control is not just for casual games. Wii Rensch (216)
25 years of awesome games and still coming out with my game of 2011 Wii Asinine (1006)

Critic Reviews

IGN Wii Nov 11, 2011 10 out of 10 100
Game industry News (GiN) Wii Dec 19, 2011 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
God is a Geek Wii Nov 15, 2011 10 out of 10 100
Nintendo Enthusiast Wii Dec 01, 2011 10 out of 10 100
RPGFan Wii Dec 03, 2011 98 out of 100 98
Retro Gamer Wii Jan, 2012 97 out of 100 97
JeuxActu Wii Nov 11, 2011 16 out of 20 80
WiiDSFrance Wii Nov 18, 2011 8 out of 10 80
GameSpot Wii Nov 15, 2011 7.5 out of 10 75
OMGN: Online Multiplayer Games Network Wii Feb 09, 2012 4 out of 10 40


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Game Breaking Glitch

When the player reaches the Song of the Hero quest, they will have to travel to Faron, Eldin and Lanayru, to collect the songs from each dragon. If the player speaks to Golo the Goron, obtains the Song of the Thunder Dragon, and then speaks to Golo the Goron again the events for collecting the songs in Faron and Eldin will no longer occur, meaning it is impossible for the player to continue further. This was patched in later releases in the game, and players who own the original release of the game were able to download a tool from the Wii Shop Channel that would correct the issue.

Music CD

Every copy in the initial production of the game comprised a special music CD with orchestral arrangements of select songs. These were also performed during the Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary Symphony Concert, a series of concertos which took place in Tokyo, Los Angeles and London in October 2011 as a preview of the wider 2012 world tour, The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses.

Related Web Sites

  • Zelda Skyward Sword (LegendZelda.Net section dedicated to The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword.)
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