If the rumors of Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword coming to the Nintendo Switch are true, I might finally play the dang game.
The rumors surfaced earlier today, Aug. 16, when a listing for the game on the Nintendo Switch appeared on the Amazon UK website.
— Wario64 (@Wario64) August 16, 2020
In case the listing gets taken down anytime after the writing of this article, here are two screenshots:
There’s no telling how valid the listing is yet, especially with the placeholder release date of January 1, 2030. There are no proper details given aside from the Nintendo game being planned for the Switch at some point in the future. Nintendo has not officially confirmed the listing or plans for Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword — which originally came out in 2011 for the Wii — to be re-released on the Nintendo Switch.
However, the possibility has been addressed before. In a conversation with Game Informer in 2019, series producer Eiji Aonuma addressed the possibility of a Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword remake without motion controls.
“So you’re saying control it all with buttons?” he says with an incredulous squint. “That’s a little hard! I think it might be close to impossible!”
He also commented on why Legend of Zelda games get remade, remastered, and ported so often. He stated, “I think why Zelda does get remade or remastered or ported a lot is because there’s no one game style or art style. Every time there’s a different art style or different gameplay. There’s so much variety. So when we remake, they originally have all these different elements, but we can keep on incorporating new elements and introduce new gameplay or new excitement into these games. So when I create a remake or reimagining of a Zelda game, I always incorporate something new or fresh.”
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If this listing turns out to be true at any point in the future, it means I’ll finally be able to play this game. Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword has what is probably my favorite art style in the series. From what I know of the game, I find its iteration of Princess Zelda is one of the more interesting of the series.
I remember that when this game came out, I saw many people respond to her character differently. Rather than a static princess waiting to be rescued, like she was for much of her early history, she went on a journey of emotional maturity and growth. The development of Princess Zelda’s character and agency since Ocarina of Time has been deeply explored by critics, fans, and academics alike — and Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is, like Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, one of the entries that garner the most discussion.
Also, just fuck those Wii motion controls, honestly. They’re bad. They were bad when I was a lazy child. They are still bad now when I am a college student working from home, typing away all day with wrist braces because that’s just how life really be in 2020. A Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword without motion controls? Please. A crumb of serotonin and relief for my poor gamer wrists, Nintendo.
We’ll be sure to keep an eye out for whenever this listing is confirmed or denied.