The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD (2024)

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD is a remaster of the 2011 game Skyward Sword released on the Nintendo Switch. It was officially announced via a Nintendo Direct webcast on February 17, 2021 and was released on July 16, 2021.[3]

The remaster features enhanced graphics and improved quality-of-life features.


  • 1 Changes and Additions
    • 1.1 Graphics
    • 1.2 Gameplay Elements
    • 1.3 Miscellaneous Changes
  • 2 Development
  • 3 Speedrun Records
  • 4 Listings
  • 5 Reception
    • 5.1 Sales
  • 6 Nomenclature
  • 7 Gallery
    • 7.1 Video Gallery
  • 8 Notes
  • 9 External Links
  • 10 References

Changes and Additions


The game now has a standard resolution of 1080p and runs at 60 FPS[4] while in docked mode and 720p, 30 FPS while in handheld mode. This increased frame rate provides smoother, more precise movement controls during gameplay.

Gameplay Elements

Players can choose to replace motion controls with button controls, allowing the game to be played in both handheld mode and on the Nintendo Switch Lite.[5] The camera can be fully manipulated with the right stick when playing with motion controls or by also pressing the L button while playing with button controls or in handheld mode.

Most of Fi's advice is now optional and must be triggered manually. Dialogues can be fast-forwarded by pressing the A Button, and skipped entirely by pressing the B Button, and cutscenes can be skipped with the Select Button (which initially was a Hero Mode-exclusive feature in the original game). Instead of interrupting, some characters now have a speech bubble over them when wanting to talk to Link. Item information only appears the first time an Item is obtained, with the lone exception of Gratitude Crystals. The introduction of the game has been made faster; for instance, Link does not need to talk to Horwell the second time during the climbing tutorial.

The game now has an autosave feature. As a result, the option of saving after completing a Dungeon has been removed. When using a Bird Statue, it is now possible to save to any of the three save files. Hero Mode can now also be saved into its own save slot when unlocked.

The game also features amiibo support. By using the Zelda & Loftwing amiibo, Link can travel between saved points in the Sky and on the surface.[6]

Miscellaneous Changes

  • The file select screen has been altered from the original's offset colored feathers to a set of vertically centered rectangles, visually resembling the layouts of the file select systems in Breath of the Wild and Link's Awakening for Nintendo Switch, including an image of where the game was last saved for each file. In addition, a fourth slot dedicated to the game's new autosave feature is located above the others.
  • The interface options are available from the start, rather than being unlocked right before Link descends to the Sealed Grounds for the first time. As a result, Fi's dialogue that unlocked it in the original no longer includes the part about said options.[7] In addition, there are only two options instead of the original three, with "Normal" most closely resembling the "Light" option from the original and "Simple" largely corresponding to "Pro," and no equivalent to the original's "Standard" setting. Because of this, certain HUD elements, such the Goddess Harp and the Map and Gear buttons, no longer exist.
  • Link's Rupee count is now on the bottom left of the screen, instead of beneath the shield durability meter as it was previously.
  • Character names have been added during dialogue. Fi, Ghirahim and Impa are not initially identified until their names are revealed.[8][9][10]
  • The character icons seen on the map have been revamped.
  • Upon retrieving Mia from the Knight Academy's roof, Horwell will now give Link a Red Rupee as a reward.
  • The Sheikah Stone and all its functions have been removed entirely.
  • Various areas like the Thunderhead (before Bilocyte is defeated) and Tentalus' boss arena now have a rain effect attached to the camera.
  • The game-breaking glitch in the original release that required downloading a dedicated Wii channel to fix has been removed entirely.


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Skyward Sword HD was officially announced during the February 17, 2021 Nintendo Direct.[3]

Speedrun Records

Main article: Speedrun Records

Any%Jasnix083h 59m 33sOctober 5, 2022
100%DJCarmichael8h 27m 6sJuly 27, 2021
100% (New Game+)gymnast866h 23m 25sNovember 17, 2021
Obtain the Goddess's HarpJasnix081h 24m 31sJune 27, 2022


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As of March 2022, Skyward Sword HD for Nintendo Switch has sold 3.91 million copies worldwide.[11]


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Zelda & Loftwing amiibo Announcement


  1. As the original Skyward Sword is canon, this automatically qualifies Skyward Sword HD to be canon.

External Links

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Official Japan Website


  1. Daniel Vuckovic, Aussie developers Tantalus return to Hyrule with Skyward Sword HD , Vooks, published July 14, 2021, retrieved October 4, 2022.
  2. "Release date: Jul 16, 2021" — Nintendo, The Legend of Zelda™: Skyward Sword HD , Nintendo, published February 17, 2021, retrieved February 17, 2021.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Nintendo, Nintendo Direct - 2.17.2021 , YouTube(video), published February 17, 2021, retrieved July 3, 2021.
  4. Andy Robinson, Zelda: Skyward Sword is coming to Switch with 60fps graphics and new controls , VGC, published February 17, 2021, retrieved February 18, 2021.
  5. "But, we've also made it possible to play the game with button controls to ensure it can be played in handheld mode or on the Nintendo Switch Lite system." —Eiji Aonuma (The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD – Announcement Trailer – Nintendo Switch.)
  6. Nintendo, Introducing the Zelda & Loftwing amiibo – The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD , YouTube(video), published May 18, 2021, retrieved May 18, 2021.
  7. "Another subject to discuss, Master... Once you are accustomed to the controls, you are free to modify the on-screen interface. On the Gear Screen, select Interface to change the on-screen display to suit your preferences." — Fi (Skyward Sword)
  8. BeardBear, Zelda: Skyward Sword HD (Switch) - Full Game Walkthrough , YouTube(video), published July 18, 2021, retrieved July 19, 2021.
  9. BeardBear, Zelda: Skyward Sword HD (Switch) - Full Game Walkthrough , YouTube(video), published July 18, 2021, retrieved July 19, 2021.
  10. BeardBear, Zelda: Skyward Sword HD (Switch) - Full Game Walkthrough , YouTube(video), published July 18, 2021, retrieved July 19, 2021.
  11. Financial Results Explanatory Material , Nintendo.

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How many hours does it take to get 100% in Skyward Sword? ›

When focusing on the main objectives, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is about 38 Hours in length. If you're a gamer that strives to see all aspects of the game, you are likely to spend around 58 Hours to obtain 100% completion.

Is Skyward Sword the hardest? ›

No way Skyward Sword is at the top unless its hero mode. Getting through Majoras Mask without a guide is and always was difficult task for me, and everything else is pretty close.

Is Skyward Sword HD easy? ›

Fans consider Skyward Sword to be among the easier games in the Zelda franchise, though the game's boss fights require more precision than in any other game. It's a game that's very easy to pick up for first-timers, but getting some of the finer details of sword movement down can take some time.

What happens if you get 43 cuts in Skyward Sword? ›

If Link is able to slice the bamboo at least 20 times he is rewarded a Monster Horn or Evil Crystal; 28 times, he is rewarded a Blue Bird Feather, a Goddess Plume, or a Golden Skull. It is worth noting that there is no additional reward for surpassing 43 cuts. This page was last edited on January 13, 2023, at 00:19.

What counts for 100% TotK? ›

Completion Checklist - What Counts in for 100 Percent in TotK. Not all activities counts towards the 100% completion rate in Tears of the Kingdom. The Map 100% rating only really applies to discoveries on your map that are registered within it, and not for things like quest completion or activities completed.

Do side quests count towards 100 in BotW? ›

There is no overall completion percentage for other activities in the game - but you'll also be able to track how many Main Quests, Side Quests, and Shrine Quests you have completed out of the total amount in your Adventure Log.

What happens when you finish Skyward Sword? ›

After you defeat Ghirahim for the final time, Demise will appear, absorbing Ghirahim into his sword and challenging you to a duel. Note: You should make a copy of your save now, since the save you make after the Demise battle will give you the chance overwrite your current save and start a new Hero Mode game!

What is the hardest boss in Skyward Sword? ›

Koloktos. This Ancient Automata is a genuine joy to fight against, but it's definitely one of the toughest bosses in Skyward Sword. Its first phase sees it smack you with multiple swords and arms.

Can you go underwater in Skyward Sword? ›

Note that you can only dive underwater once you have the Water Dragon's Scale, which can be obtained by completing the “The Silent Realm - Faron Woods” quest during the earlier stages of the game. Once you have the Water Dragon's Scale, you can dive underwater anytime at will.

Which is better Skyward Sword or Twilight Princess? ›

Skyward Sword - Side Quests

Our Twilight-filled game surely takes the win for its main storyline, but Skyward's superior form is in its side quests. The NPCs of Skyloft and the Surface have a lot of requests for Link, and most of them are a ton of fun to complete, with some being downright adorable.

How long does Skyward Sword HD take? ›

When focusing on the main objectives, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD is about 30½ Hours in length. If you're a gamer that strives to see all aspects of the game, you are likely to spend around 42 Hours to obtain 100% completion.

Is Skyward Sword okay for kids? ›

There is a bit of blood when Link hit a skultaltula or kills a Deku Baba. But other than that it is a good game. Link is a good role model. The puzzles in the game are challenging and fun to do.

Is Skyward Sword Hero mode hard? ›

Hero Mode is the name of the 2nd quest of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. Hero Mode is a similar concept to Master Quest of The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D. It is a more difficult version of the game unlocked after completing the main quest.

How long does it take to 100% every Zelda game? ›

All Zelda Game Lengths, At A Glance
GameMain Story TimeCompletionist Time
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker29 Hours63.5 Hours
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess37.5 Hours55.5 Hours
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword38.5 Hours59 Hours
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild50 Hours182 Hours
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Can you get 20 hearts in Skyward Sword? ›

There are a total of 24Heart Pieces in Skyward Sword, making up a total of 6 extra Heart Containers. You'll find the locations for all 24 Pieces of Heart, cataloged by area, below (two Hearts are gained from equipping Life Medals, which brings the total to 20 Hearts).

How long is a day in Skyward Sword? ›

Each in-game day lasts 2 minutes and 30 seconds in real time (making each hour last 12 seconds). Nighttime, however, is shorter than the day, lasting only 1 minute and 20 seconds (making each hour at night just 6 seconds). These makes it a grand total of 3:50 per day.

How long does it take to beat totk? ›

Standard Playthrough: A standard playthrough will probably be somewhere between 55 and 70 hours, though could be a lot longer, as we consider that to be "all the main quests plus enough side content and exploration to never feel underleveled".

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