Well, it was an eventful few weeks at Biff Bam Pop! headquarters as the Princess eagerly awaited the release of the new Nintendo Switch version of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD, a remake of the previously released Wii title. Over the last year, the Princess has immersed herself in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and become a dyed-in-the-wool fan of the entire Zelda franchise. We’ve had a lot of fun with Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, which featured wonderful graphics and great gameplay, so it was expected that Nintendo would deliver with Skyward Sword HD; according to the Princess, they certainly have.
Andy Burns: Well, look who’s here. Finally coming out to talk about The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD, eh? I haven’t even had a chance to check it out!
BBP Princess: Yeah, hi! I’m always first for our Zelda games, you know that. Yippee!
Andy Burns: Well, you must be enjoying it because I haven’t seen you!
BBP Princess: Yes I am! I’ve been playing The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild AND The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD all week.
Andy Burns: So tell me, and everyone reading, what’s the game about?
BBP Princess: It’s about Link, who’s the main character for most Zelda games, if not all of them, and Zelda, who in this game is not a princess. She’s just Link’s best friend. Basically, Zelda is missing and you, as Link (or whatever you want to call the character) have to find her.
Andy Burns: Hold on! What do you mean, whatever you want to call the character?
BBP Princess: You can name your Link anything! I named my Kei, because that is what I like to call my Splatoon character.
Andy Burns: So, Link, or in this case Kei, has to find Zelda. How do they go about doing that? What sort of adventure are you getting into?
BBP Princess: Basically, the main town, called Skyloft, is above the clouds, and later in the game you’re able to go below the clouds to find Zelda. In the town, you can go to stores, talk to characters, practice with swords and fly your Loftwing, which are big birds that everyone in Skyloft has, including your character. You can jump off certain platforms and whistle and your Loftwing will fly under you and it will pick you up and you can fly on it.
When you go below the clouds you can fight monsters, go through maze-like things, cut down trees, swing across vines and find hidden things, all in your quest to find Zelda.
Andy Burns: Now, this is a remake of a Wii game. Can you tell when you’re playing it, or does it feel like a brand new game.
BBP Princess: It feels like a brand new game, but the animation isn’t as good as Breath of the Wild. But I still like the animation style.
Andy Burns: What about the game do you also like? How’s the gameplay?
BBP Princess: Gameplay is good. The right stick is for your sword, left stick is to move around. You can’t jump normally but if you get to a ledge, you can sprint and jump. There are puzzles later in the game that are pretty challenging, so sometimes I have to take a break and play Breath of the Wild.
Andy Burns: Who do you think will enjoy this game?
BBP Princess: Anyone who enjoys Zelda or challenges, or who doesn’t mind repeats of games from older systems.
Now we would have had this review up a few days ago, but over the weekend we were able to purchase the hard-to-find Zelda and Loftwing Amiibo specifically released for The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD, so the Princess needed some playtime with it to share her thoughts.
Andy Burns: So you’ve got this hard to find Amiibo! How is it?
BBP Princess: Oh, I love this Amiibo so much. It’s just beautiful, and it’s so helpful in the game.
Andy Burns: What does it let you do?
BBP Princess: It lets you tap it while you’re under the clouds and it lets you return to the sky whenever you like. This is important because there are these statues that can send you back to the sky, but they’re not everywhere. So you could be inside a crazy temple and want to get out and get back to Skyloft, which is the city in the sky, so you tap the Amiibo and Fi, one of the characters, asks you if you want to return. You click ok and back you go.
Andy Burns: So do you NEED this Amiibo, or is it a nice to have?
BBP Princess: It’s nice to have incase you have trouble, but you should get it anyway because it just looks so beautiful.