Updated November 28: Nintendo has spoken up about the recent rumours of a Switch version of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, which were sparked by Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma himself. Speaking to Eurogamer, the company clarified that there are no plans for a Switch version of the game at this time.
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword made liberal use of the Wii’s motion controls, potentially making it a difficult title to translate to the Nintendo Switch. For now, we’ll just have to keep on hoping Nintendo will consider it in the future.
The original article continues below. During a Zelda music event in Japan, Eiji Aonuma, series director of The Legend of Zelda, teased the possibility of Skyward Sword coming to Switch.
A post on the site Weibo quotes Aonuma as having said 'I know what you're waiting for, Skyward Sword for Switch, right?'. This, unsurprisingly, has set my mind alight with possibilities.
Earlier this year, Nintendo put up a job listing seeking a level designer for the next Legend of Zelda title. Could it perhaps be the case that this potential remaster is the new game referenced by Nintendo?
It seems Aonuma teased Skyward Sword for Switch at the Zelda concert in Osaka today. Multiple attendees are tweeting about it. — Zalman (@enterzalman) November 25, 2018
Skyward Sword relied heavily on the Wii's motion controls for its combat, and so there would likely have to be some alterations made if it were to work in handheld mode on Switch. That being said, changes to controls are generally accepted within remasters, but redesigning levels would be taking it one step further.
The game received almost universal critical acclaim on release, though it's since become one of the most controversial entries in the long-running series. To this day, you'll still find fans complaining about its linear nature, and mandatory motion controls did not go down well with everyone.
Maybe it'd be best, then, if this new version was to receive some extensive revisions. For now, this is mostly just speculation over what could have just been a fun tease, but we'll let you know as soon as any further info appears. Perhaps we'll get a full reveal at next week's Game Awards.