Earlier this week, Zelda series boss Eiji Aonuma set tongues wagging when he mentioned the idea of a The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword Switch port to fans during a concert of Zelda music in Japan. It sparked excitement for a potential re-release and the prospect of fixes for a game whose motion control scheme divided the Zelda community. Then reality hit.
“At this time we have no plans to release The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword on Nintendo Switch,” a Nintendo spokesperson said. Talk about crushing dreams in one swift blow. Skyward Sword is the first game in the Zelda continuity, detailing the origins of the Master Sword, a recurring weapon within the series. Link, a resident of a floating town called Skyloft, heads out on a quest to rescue his childhood friend Zelda after she is kidnapped and brought to the Surface, an abandoned land below the clouds. Armed with the Goddess Sword and aided by a spirit named Fi, Link must ensure Zelda’s safety and stop Ghirahim as he attempts to resurrect his master, Demise.
The famously-divisive entry in the Zelda series originally launched for Wii in 2011 and required the console’s Wii MotionPlus peripheral for its gesture-based sword controls. Its’ temperamental waggle-heavy combat was a sticking point for many, especially during boss battles which required finely-tuned gestures.
Skyward Sword shook up the series in other ways, too. It removed Zelda‘s traditional large overworld and instead used smaller, separate areas designed to be played multiple times, albeit with radical changes for each visit. Then there was Fi, the magical spirit which lived in Link’s famous Master Sword. Many fans compared her chattiness to that of Ocarina of Time‘s Navi, and not in a good way.
What is much more likely is a possible follow-up to Breath of the Wild in the same realm as the Ocarina of Time/Majora’s Mask games on Nintendo 64, and rumors have been swirling that the next Zelda entry may be coming in 2019. Although that, like the Skyward Sword rumors, are all just hype and no definite return to Hyrule.
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