The Definitive Version
Nearly a decade later, the upcoming HD version of the 2011 Wii game has been earning mostly widespread praise from critics. Skyward Sword now remastered on the Nintendo Switch is averaging a score of 83 with 90% recommendation on Opencritic, while the Metacritic score is on a average of 82.
The general consensus is Skyward Sword HD is the definitive version of the game, even despite its flaws. Critics say the setting, characters, soundtrack and dungeons all live up to the high ‘Zelda’ standard the series is known for. Thanks to the enhanced hardware of the Switch, Skyward Sword HD includes numerous Quality of Life (QoL) improvements and 60FPS support over its Wii predecessor.
The biggest drawbacks noted in the game is the control limitations, especially during combat as fighting multiple enemies can be cumbersome, as well as the linear setup and backtracking. These flaws are considered fundamental issues from the Wii version which cannot be fixed with a remastered coat of paint.
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD releases on July 16, 2021.