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The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD Editions: What to Get?

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD, a remake reviving the 2011 Zelda adventure originally released for the Nintendo Wii, launched July 16, 2021.
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD, a remake reviving the 2011 Zelda adventure originally released for the Nintendo Wii, launched July 16, 2021. / Photo courtesy of Nintendo

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD editions cover the bases for players excited and ready to experience the earliest story in the Legend of Zelda series on the Nintendo Switch.

For starters, there's a physical and a digital version of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD available for the Nintendo Switch at $60 USD.

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD Editions: What to Get?

Unfortunately, however, there aren't any more premium ultimate or collector's editions available for The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD.

Instead, Nintendo decided to focus on releasing a Zelda & Loftwing amiibo and special-edition Legend Of Zelda: Skyward Sword Joy-Cons to celebrate the release of the new game.

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD Edition Joy-Con (L)/(R), The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD Physical edition and the Zelda & Loftwing amiibo.
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD Edition Joy-Con (L)/(R), The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD Physical edition and the Zelda & Loftwing amiibo. / Photo courtesy of Nintendo

For $79 USD, the right Joy-Con features a design inspired by the Master Sword, while the left bears the same Hylian motif present on Link's shield.

For those looking to nab themselves a set of these sweet sticks and avoid paying double or triple the MSRP for them down the road, here's the price and availability of the Skyward Sword Joy-Cons on day one at Target and Walmart.

Meanwhile, the $24.99 USD Zelda & Loftwing amiibo figure invites players to "fly high."

Scanning this amiibo figure from anywhere on the surface world in-game will allow Link to quickly travel to the sky—even within the depths of a dungeon. Players can then scan it again above the clouds to return to the same spot on the surface.

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD revives the 2011 Zelda adventure originally released for the Nintendo Wii.

Aside from a sheer touch-up job in the graphics department, Nintendo says it has made the motion controls smoother and more intuitive in this HD remake, mapping the sword to the right Joy-Con and the shield to the left Joy-Con to invite players to master "realistic" swordplay that corresponds to their movements.

Players will also be able to opt out of the motion controls altogether.

Instead, they'll be able to use the right control stick to wield their sword, using directional slices to mimic the motion controls.

For more on first-party Nintendo Switch titles coming soon, feel free to check out our coverage of Metroid Dread and Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope.