Aonuma: Skyward Sword without motion controls is “close to impossible”

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword for Nintendo Switch

It looks like Eiji Aonuma doesn’t think The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword needs a remake. On top of that, Aonuma implied the game couldn’t even work without motion controls.

Skyward Sword without the waggles

In an interview with Game Informer, Aonuma was asked if any more Zelda remakes were on the way. He responded that there are currently no plans, but if “there is a title that we can incorporate new elements or new features that is perhaps a perfect fit for a remake, then maybe we’ll consider it.”

This is disheartening news, as there are many fans who would argue that Skyward Sword is in desperate need of new features and improvements. Some would even say Skyward Sword would be better off without motion controls altogether.

However, Aonuma doesn’t think so. When asked about removing motion controls from a potential remake, he responded with a question of his own: “So you’re saying control it all with buttons? That’s a little hard! I think it might be close to impossible!”


To be honest, I agree with Aonuma on this one. Nintendo designed everything in Skyward Sword with motion controls in mind. If we get a remake, that part would have to remain intact.

On the other hand, I personally feel the Joy-Cons offer better motion detection than the Wii Motion Plus did. This, coupled with HD rumble, would be a perfect fit for the Switch. However, a remake like this would go completely against the Switch’s philosophy of being able to play anywhere. It’s not really possible to play a game like Skyward Sword on an airplane. In fact, it’s impossible since you can’t use Bluetooth controllers on an airplane.

So it’s hard to say if we’ll ever see a true remake of Skyward Sword. I personally don’t feel like the game has a strong enough legacy to warrant a remaster. But, we never know with Nintendo. At least we’ll have Link’s Awakening this September.


Adam Sherrill
I love all kinds of video games. I personally find the most enjoyment in JRPGs, Visual Novels, and pretty much anything Nintendo makes. I'm always open to discovering new types of games, so I'll be happy to check out anything someone suggests.