A bucket list item for me is to beat every ZELDA game. After defeating the most emotionally satisfying Zelda in the series, SKYWARD SWORD (SS), I only have two more to go (THE ADVENTURE OF LINK and BREATH OF THE WILD).
SKYWARD SWORD is easily the ZELDA dark horse. Some might consider that to be MAJORA’S MASK, but on closer inspection, there isn’t a game that’s so hated or loved. When SS was first released, it polarized gamers with motion controls that Nintendo thought would be the franchise’s future. It was not. It also had one of the LONGEST ramp-up sections to learn how to use the controllers, along with backtracking quests that caused gamers justified frustrations 😤.
With the release of SS HD, Nintendo has fixed a lot of these issues. The motion controls are thankfully now optional, and the ramp-up time has been cut in half. This allows gamers to jump right into the ZELDA story that started it all. And it’s nothing short of fantastic.
My only nit with SS HD is the backtracking right at the end of the game. Just when you think you are about to beat it, the gamer is sent on a near two-hour backtracking quest that takes away all the forward momentum. This section should’ve been an extra instead of required gameplay.
I’m not going to go too much into the story, outside of saying three emotional things that I ♥️:
- The post-credit scene is a crowning achievement. The additional POV had me standing up and applauding the screen.
- Granny and Groose’s relationship 😢.
- Fi’s story arc 😢.
Since SS is considered to have the best dungeons in the ZELDA universe, let’s rank them!
Final Thought: Ignore the SS haters, grab your harp, and take to the skies to judge this game for yourself. SS HD is phenomenal storytelling that sets the foundation for all ZELDA stories past, present, and future.
It’s available on the Nintendo Switch.