New Zelda: Skyward Sword HD Amiibo Figure Revealed

The new Amiibo features Zelda with her Loftwing and releases alongside the game on July 16.

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Nintendo is releasing a new Zelda Amiibo figure alongside The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD on July 16. The figure depicts Zelda with her Loftwing, and when scanned, it allows you to travel between the surface and the sky much more quickly in the game.

As Nintendo details in the trailer below, scanning the Zelda & Loftwing Amiibo while you're on the surface will let you return to the sky from anywhere, without having to use a Loftwing statue. If you scan the Zelda & Loftwing Amiibo again while in the sky, you'll return to the same location on the surface as before.

Given how often you'll need to travel between the surface and the sky over the course of the game, this is a handy ability, although it's curious to see it locked behind an Amiibo figure. Nintendo notes on its website that the Zelda & Loftwing Amiibo is the only figure compatible with Skyward Sword HD, so it appears you won't be able to use other Legend of Zelda Amiibo with the game.

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The Zelda & Loftwing Amiibo figure costs $25 USD and is available for preorder now on Best Buy. Also releasing alongside the game on July 16 is the Zelda Joy-Con set. The right Joy-Con is themed after the Master Sword, while the left is based on the Hylian Shield.

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD is a remastered version of the Wii game, which originally released back in 2011. As Nintendo revealed during its February 2021 Direct presentation, this version features a new motion-free control scheme which lets you swing Link's sword using the right control stick rather than motion controls. Skyward Sword HD is up for preorder at various retailers and the Switch eShop.

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