When a beloved title comes around for a remake, usually the set of demands from fans is clear. With The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD, it's a little more complicated than that.
Skyward Sword HD Quality Of Life Enhancements
Nintendo have made many changes to Skyward Sword HD to ensure it's journey to the Switch is a seamless as possible. A few of the quality of life enhancements really stick out to us as important for the game going forward.
In most cases this is because it will modernise the experience for new players. These players may have never played before or even struggled with it in the past.
We feel none of the changes have any negative effect on those who wish to play the game as it was in 2011.
- Optional help from Fi: Fi only appears in cutscenes or when necessary, and can otherwise be summoned manually to provide advice or guidance.
- Enhanced framerate: The game runs at 60 frames per second, resulting in smoother gameplay.
- Fast-forward dialogue: Text shown onscreen can be fast-forwarded by pressing the B Button.
- Streamlined item information: Explanation for collectable items, such as insects and materials, only appear the first time the item is collected.
- Skippable cutscenes: Cutscenes can be skipped by pressing the - Button.
- Autosave: Game progress will be saved automatically, in addition to the existing manual save option. The game also now features three save slots that can be used interchangeably.
- Skippable tutorial dialogues: The introductory player tutorials have been streamlined.
The above changes are reasonable and expected, but it's nice to see that Nintendo put this much thought into the Skyward Sword HD release. It benefits them to ensure fans would not be left disappointed.
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