How to Turn Off Motion Controls in The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword HD

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The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD has finally been released and it’s letting players experience this former Wii-exclusive. A beloved entry in this franchise, Skyward Sword acts as an origin point for both Link and Zelda. One of the defining traits of this title was the use of motion controls, allowing players to swing the Master Sword or block incoming damage by hoisting up their shield. While many enjoyed the implementation of motion controls, some wished there was a way to experience the game without them. Thankfully, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD allows players to experience the entire game without needing to flail their arms around. Here’s how to enable or disable motion controls:

How to Turn Motion Controls On or Off

Whether motion controls are on or off depends on a few things. The first is what controller you are using, as anyone utilizing the Pro Controller obviously cannot use motion controls. Because of this, they will be disabled for anyone using this controller. Inversely, if you are someone using the Joy-Cons then motion controls will automatically be enabled from the start. This can be a bit annoying since the motion controls will also trigger if you slide the Joy-Cons into the makeshift holder.

To disable motion controls entirely while using Joy-Cons, go to the Main Menu and select Settings in the bottom left corner. From there, hit A on Control Mode to change it from Motion Controls to Button-Only Controls. You can fine-tune this a little by having motion controls on for aiming or using the camera. So play around with it a little until you find a setting you like!

If you decided to not use motion controls then you’ll be entirely controlling your sword swings (and other motion controls) with the right analog stick. This means if you want to swing your sword from left to right, you will need to tap the right analog stick to the right. Simply put, the direction you swing your sword is tied to the direction you push the analog stick. Link can strike up, down, left, right, and diagonally.  Additionally, Link can perform either vertical or horizontal spin attacks by flick the right analog stick either to the sides or up and down. Link can also stab by pressing in the right stick and guard with his shield by pressing in the left stick.

Keep in mind, if you aren’t using motion controls then the camera cannot be controlled by using the right analog stick. Instead, you either need to hold the bumper down then use the analog stick to move it or re-center by pressing on the left trigger. There’s no penalty or changes in the game’s difficulty if you decide to forgo motion controls, so feel free to never touch them if it’s not your thing. Disabled motion controls will work not only with the Joy-Cons, but the Pro Controllers as well. The only difference is how you actually swing your sword, aim your crosshair, and move the camera.

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD is now available on Nintendo Switch.


Collin MacGregor

Collin MacGregor is the Guide Staff Writer at Fanbyte. He's also the person who willingly plays the support class (you're welcome) and continues to hold out for an Ape Escape remake.

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