While The Legend of Zelda series is rightly remembered for both its importance to gaming history and general high quality over the years, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild really raised the bar for modern audiences. Massively praised even relative to its own series, Nintendo’s stab at an open-world game is now the best selling Zelda game at nearly 12 million copies sold. Suffice it to say, people like this Nintendo Switch Zelda game.
But will they like a different Nintendo Switch Zelda game? Something more traditional than Hyrule Warriors? We may find out soon as recent rumors suggest a remake of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword may soon be coming to the Switch.
According to people who attended a recent Zelda concert in Osaka, apparently Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma got on stage and said, in Japanese, something like “I know what you are thinking, Skyward Sword for Switch, right?” That sounds pretty definitive. But the sources are still vague, and Aonuma didn’t do, say, or show off anything else so we can’t say for certain what this means.
A Skyward Sword remake wouldn’t surprise us though. The Wii U received HD remakes of the GameCube Zelda games Wind Waker and Twilight Princess. Skyward Sword was a Wii game so the technical leap would be similar and the prequel’s painterly art style would look even more stunning with a resolution bump. The Joy-Con motion controls could easily replicate the Wii MotionPlus accessory the game originally required.
The biggest question mark for a Skyward Sword remake is how much players would even want it. Divisive at the time in 2011, I can’t imagine those now in love with Breath of the Wild’s sense of freedom could easily go back to this more linear style of Zelda game. The two games share the same director though, Hidemaro Fujibayashi, so it might be neat to see certain gameplay ideas Skyward Sword explored that Breath of the Wild refined. For example, the stamina system.
Still, if we have to wait a few years for a true Zelda sequel, even one running on Breath of the Wild’s same engine, I would rather the 2019 Zelda game be a Switch remake of Skyward Sword than a 3DS remake of Link’s Awakening. If only because I don’t want any new 3DS games in 2019.