New Zelda amiibo Launching Alongside Skyward Sword HD
Just when you think that maybe amiibo has sort of died out, Nintendo manages to surprise us all with another one – and this looks to be one of the best ones yet! Launching alongside The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD on July 16, 2021 is the Zelda & Loftwing amiibo figure. Although most amiibo are collectible in their own right, this one has a special function in the game that will definitely appeal to those picking up the game: fast travel.
You see, in the original version on the Wii you could move between the ground areas and the sky areas via special statues. While that’s still the case in the HD remaster, this new amiibo allows you to practically do that anywhere you like. As a bonus, tapping the amiibo again transports you right back to where you were, which is a great quality of life upgrade.
Now, of course there are going to be those that are annoyed that this feature is locked behind a figure. But it really does cut both ways, since many of the more recent amiibo seem to lack any substantial gameplay upgrades at all. The real worry is that this figure will be impossible to find thanks to it being a Nintendo product that will no doubt be in high demand with low supply. At least that’s what we’ve come to expect over the years so if you do see any retailers offering up pre-orders I suggest you hop on that ASAP!
New Zelda & Loftwing amiibo Figure Launches Alongside The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD on July 16!
Every legend has an origin – and soon you can follow the earliest tale in The Legend of Zelda™ timeline when the Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD game launches on the Nintendo Switch™ system. The HD version of this classic adventure features enhanced performance, smoother motion controls, and newly added button-only controls. The new “Zelda & Loftwing” amiibo* will be released on July 16 to accompany the launch of the game.
The Zelda & Loftwing amiibo features two characters on a single base: Zelda as she appears in The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD, and her trusty Loftwing.
In The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD, Zelda is the hero Link’s childhood friend, and is always looking out for him. Loftwings are large birds living on the floating islands of Skyloft and are ridden by the people there to travel across the skies.
In The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD, the adventure takes place between the skies where Link and his friends reside, and the vast world of the surface that lies beneath the clouds.
Normally, you can only return from the surface to the sky by way of designated save points, but using the Zelda & Loftwing amiibo while on the surface in the game will allow you to return to the skies from anywhere on the surface, even inside dungeons.
If you then use the Zelda & Loftwing amiibo again while in the sky, you can return to the spot on the surface where you used it before.
If you run out of items while exploring the surface, for example, you can quickly return to the Bazaar in Skyloft to replenish your supplies. Once you’re done shopping, the amiibo allows you to quickly zip back to the surface and pick up where you left off!
Follow the Official Nintendo Social Media Channels
Starting today, we’ll begin introducing The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword HD on our official Nintendo of America Twitter account, and official The Legend of Zelda Facebook page. We’ll be posting details about the game until it launches, so be sure to check in frequently.
Pre-orders Available Now
The Legend of Zelda™: Skyward Sword HD game launches on Friday, July 16th. Pre-order the game today on Nintendo.com or Nintendo eShop!
In addition to the game and Zelda & Loftwing amiibo figure*, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD Edition Joy-Con™ controllers will also release on July 16 (sold separately). The right Joy-Con controller is themed after the Master Sword, while the left features a Hylian Shield motif.
Craig has been covering the video game industry since 1995. His work has been published across a wide spectrum of media sites. He’s currently the Editor-In-Chief of Nintendo Times and contributes to Gaming Age.