The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword Comes to Nintendo Switch

Skyward Sword Arrives on Switch July 16, 2021

Published: February 17, 2021 5:59 PM /


Link and Zelda with Loftwing

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD will be coming to Nintendo Switch on July 16, 2021. Also launching alongside the game are special edition joy-cons that are modeled after the Master Sword.

Originally released about a decade ago in 2011, Skyward Sword heavily used the Wii’s motion controls. For Skyward Sword on Switch, you can use motion controls with two separate joy-cons, or use the right stick to replicate the direction of your sword swings while playing with a controller. This ensures Nintendo fans on both the Switch and Switch Lite will be able to fully enjoy The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD later this year.

Skyward Sword on Switch

Eiji Aonuma from Nintendo made the announcement while reassuring fans that the Breath of the Wild sequel development was on track and they'll have more to share later this year. Skyward Sword was the last major console Legend of Zelda release before Breath of the Wild and was the last Zelda game on console to follow the traditional dungeons that fans are used to. Considering an entire generation of children has been born in the years since Skyward Sword originally came out, this will be a long-awaited release for both those looking to replay it and those who want to experience it for the first time, especially with newly themed joy-cons. 

Master Sword Joy Cons

What are you most looking forward to doing in Skyward Sword on Switch? Whether you're looking forward to battling Skultulas, flying through the skies on a Loftwing, or facing off against Ghirahim once again, many are sure to be excited at the prospect of returning to this world nearly a decade later. 

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Nintendo Switch, Wii, Wii U
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November 18, 2011 (Calendar)
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