What you need to know
- The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is getting an HD remaster on Nintendo Switch.
- A new Zelda & Skyloft amiibo will release alongside the game.
- The amiibo acts like a warp between the sky area and the ground areas of the game.
- Both the Zelda & Loftwing amiibo and Skyward Sword HD launch on July 16, 2021.
Update: The Zelda & Loftwing amiibo has gone up for preorder a few times, but at the time of this update is currently unavailable.
Zelda fans have been anxiously awaiting the release of the upcoming Skyward Sword HD remaster since it was first announced in February. Just recently, Nintendo announced that a brand new Zelda amiibo will launch on the same day as the game. It depicts Zelda and her blue Loftwing in the same positioning as the watercolor artwork originally created for the game. This joins an already existing Link amiibo from Skyward Sword.
In Skyward Sword HD, Link travels between the world in the clouds and the world on the ground. In the original Wii game, he could only return to the sky with the help of save points. However, by scanning this new Zelda & Loftwing amiibo, players can "return to the sky from wherever they like." Then if the player uses the amiibo again while in the clouds, it will take them down to the surface where they last used the amiibo to travel to the sky. Pretty nifty, right?
It's been confirmed that this amiibo will sell for $25, which is a bit more than the usual $16 amiibo pricing. That being said, larger amiibo like the Breath of the Wild Guardian, have sold for this higher price at launch. Considering both Zelda and the Loftwing are depicted with this figurine, it's not too surprising that it would cost more than usual. However, this new amiibo's "fast travel" function has met with some controversy.
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD and the Zelda & Loftwing amiibo will both launch on July 16, 2021. Skyward Sword HD preorders are currently available. However, at the time of writing this the amiibo preorders are not yet live.
The purchase page for the Zelda & Loftwing amiibo is now up on Best Buy and Amazon, but preorders aren't live yet at the time of this update. It is live on Gamestop.
Make Link warp
Zelda and her Loftwing look absolutely gorgeous in this new amiibo. Scanning it makes it possible for Link to warp back and forth between the clouds and the ground in Skyward Sword. This beautiful amiibo releases July 16.
Link in flight
The first game in the Zelda timeline
Link is a student at the Knight Academy located on the floating island of Skyloft. With the help of his red Loftwing, it's up to him to travel among the clouds and delve into the world below to put a stop to an evil force.
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