Eiji Aonuma, series producer and manager of The Legend of Zelda at Nintendo, teased a Skyward Sword re-release on the Switch during a Zelda music concert. 2019 looks likely to be the year we get Skyward Sword HD, but will it still require motion controls?
Nintendo is more than happy to update old games in the Zelda series and re-release them for new platforms. It looks as though that's about to happen again as Skyward Sword is being teased for release on Switch.
When the Wii U was still Nintendo's favored console we got to play updated versions of both The Wind Waker and Twilight Princess. For the Switch, we've so far got a brand new entry in the series in the form of launch title Breath of the Wild. However, the next Zelda game on Switch looks likely to be a re-release of Wii game The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword.
As Eurogamer reports, that revelation came via Zelda series producer and manager Eiji Aonuma. He attended a Zelda music concert in Osaka, Japan last weekend and appeared on stage. He is reported as saying, "I know what you are thinking, Skyward Sword for Switch, right?"
An updated version of Skyward Sword would likely be welcomed by all, but especially by those gamers who detested the required use of motion control input the Wii was built around. Skyward Sword was no exception to that rule, it even required the Wii's MotionPlus expansion device for capturing more complex motions using the Wiimote and Nunchuk. Hopefully a Switch version would embrace standard controls as well as supporting motion control, that way the Pro Controller would be an option.
Upon release back in 2011, the game received much praise and enjoys a Metacritic rating of 93 taken from 81 critics. Clearly there's a lot of love out there for the game and that makes it an obvious choice for Nintendo to update for the Switch. It would also fill a gap in 2019 for a new Zelda title while giving Aonuma's team more time to work on a true follow-up to Breath of the Wild.
For now, we have no confirmation Skyward Sword is being remastered for Switch beyond the comment made by Aonuma. But as the manager of the Zelda series, you can not really doubt this is going to happen.