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Skyward Sword HD Motion Controls Should Be Better Than on Wii

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The motion controls for The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD on Switch will be “smoother” and “more intuitive” than they were in the original Wii version, according to Nintendo.

Nintendo posted the claim on Twitter alongside a video demonstration of the motion controls in action, which shows the right Joy-Con being used to slash Link’s sword and the left to raise his shield. As previously announced, the motion controls will be optional in the upcoming Switch version, as Nintendo has added a new button-only controller scheme.

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The implementation of mandatory motion controls in the original Wii version of Skyward Sword has long been divisive among Zelda fans. IGN’s Skyward Sword review called the controls “a revelation,” praising their “responsiveness and intuitiveness,” while others were less impressed, often citing unresponsiveness, inaccuracy, or a general contempt for motion controls.

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD will be released for Switch on July 16 alongside new special edition Joy-Cons designed to resemble the Hylian Shield and Master Sword.

Elsewhere in the kingdom of Hyrule, Breath of the Wild 2 director Eiji Aounuma said fans can expect “new information” on the highly anticipated sequel later this year.

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Jordan is a freelance writer for IGN.

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