The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is coming to the Nintendo Switch.
During the latest Nintendo Direct presentation, it was announced that The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD will be coming to the Switch in July. During the game's trailer, it was revealed that one of the main features of the Switch version of the game will be a revamping of the controls. The console's Joy-Cons will allow for smoother motion controls than what was featured in the Wii U version of the game. There will also be the option to use a button only control scheme, which will be used when the Switch is in handheld mode. This scheme uses the right thumbstick on the Joy-Cons in order to control how Link swings his sword.
It was also revealed that a set of Skyward Sword inspired Joy-Cons will be released with the game. One Joy-Con will be stylized after the Master Sword, and the other will be based off of the Hylian Shield.
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword takes place at the earliest point in the series' timeline. In Skyward Sword, Link must take to the skies, soaring between floating islands and descending to the treacherous surface world in order to save Zelda, who must confront her destiny. When using the motion controls, actions in the Switch version of Skyward Sword should feel smoother and more immediate thanks to the upgrade to the Switch's increased processing power.
In other The Legend of Zelda news, it was announced that news for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 will come later this year (via IGN). According to director Eiji Aounuma, development of the game "is proceeding smoothly," and that fans will have to "wait just a bit longer" for an update on the upcoming title.
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD will release for the Nintendo Switch on July 16th.