Skyward Sword HD features 60 FPS boost, skippable cutscenes, and ‘HEY LISTEN’ Fi help

A Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD 60 FPS upgrade has been highlighted in a new Skyward Sword Switch trailer, along with some major quality of life improvements to the aging Wii game. These Skyward Sword HD upgrades include skippable cutscenes, the ability to speed up dialogue, and Navi-style advice from Link’s sword spirit Fi. The trailer also shows off the Skyward Sword HD button controls and how they work, something many fans are undoubtedly looking forward to trying.

New trailer showcases Zelda Skyward Sword HD 60 FPS boost

Skyward Sword HD 60 FPS

The new ‘Quality of Life’ trailer for The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD can be seen below, and it highlights multiple major improvements to the game over the Wii original. Top of the list for many will be the framerate boost, making Skyward Sword HD one of the few Zelda games that run at 60 FPS — the only other one being the recent Link’s Awakening remake.

The control schemes can be seen in action, as for the first time Skyward Sword offers a choice between motion controls (using the Joy-Cons), similar to the Wii original, and more traditional button-only controls. The trailer gives some good examples of exactly how the button controls will translate the various motion attacks that were such a big part of the Wii game.

Beyond that, fans will be relieved to see the ability to skip cutscenes and speed up dialogue, especially if they have already played through the story before. The game’s also set to get a lot more helpful, with streamlined item descriptions and Navi-style advice from Fi — although the sword merely flashes and fortunately doesn’t scream “hey, listen” at players.

Our reviewer loved The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword when it came out on Wii, giving it a perfect 10 and calling it “the best Zelda game ever made,” although they did have concerns about a few quality-of-life improvements that were needed. Skyward Sword HD is out this month, although there are worries that Nintendo is locking a big feature behind an Amiibo.