Nintendo is bringing The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Link’s high-flying 2011 Wii adventure, to the Switch later this year. The Switch port of Skyward Sword will offer a major visual upgrade over the Wii version and include a new control scheme that utilizes the Switch’s Joy-Con controllers. The game will be available July 16th and is up for preorder on the Nintendo eShop now.
The remake will refresh its visuals and optimize the game for the Nintendo Switch — receiving a similar treatment as the 3D Mario games. Eiji Aonuma announced via Nintendo Direct that players could play this as they wait for the Breath of the Wild sequel.
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword was generally well received by critics at the time. Reviewers praised the game’s story and gameplay, while others dinged the game for its sometimes finicky motion controls and rigid adherence to The Legend of Zelda series’ formula. Skyward Sword was rereleased through the Wii U Virtual Console in 2016, and the game influenced the design of its successor, Breath of the Wild for Nintendo Switch and Wii U.
Nintendo announced the rerelease in anticipation of the 35th anniversary of the Zelda franchise in February. The original Zelda was released on the Nintendo Famicom in 1986. Since then, it’s grown to become one of Nintendo’s most beloved series of all time.