The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is infamous for its long opening hours, with many Zelda fans considering it to be tedious. However, Nintendo has explained in a tweet that, with the release of Skyward Sword HD this coming Friday, some changes have been made to the game’s opening hours. This has been done “for a smoother gameplay experience,” which is fantastic to see. For a while, we didn’t know what to expect in terms of improvements with Skyward Sword HD, but Nintendo has done an excellent job in recent weeks highlighting the game’s many changes.
Some changes have been made to the opening hours of The Legend of #Zelda: #SkywardSwordHD to make for a smoother play experience, and to get you on your grand adventure to the surface world sooner! Here’s one example where mandatory advice from Horwell has been adjusted. pic.twitter.com/KofowPZwn4
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) July 11, 2021
Plenty more than the opening segments have been improved, as Nintendo recently released a “quality-of-life” trailer showing more. It confirmed that we will be able to fast-forward dialogue, tone down Fi’s advice, skip cutscenes, and obviously use button controls instead of using motion to control the game. Additionally, Skyward Sword HD will feature an “enhanced frame rate for smoother gameplay” and improvements to the item collection info.
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD launches on July 16, 2021, alongside the Zelda & Loftwing amiibo and limited-edition Joy-Con controllers. There isn’t long left until launch, so get ready to revisit Skyloft! What are your thoughts on the opening of Skyward Sword HD being altered?