Nintendo Switch Fan Finds Hilariously Impractical Skyward Sword Accessory

A Nintendo fan recently stumbled across a bizarre and impractical Switch controller accessory modeled after Link’s famous Master Sword from The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD. Last July saw the release of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD for the Nintendo Switch, and while this new version of the 2011 Wii classic added standard button-based controls, Nintendo’s marketing for the game seemed to largely focus on and encourage the use of the motion controls that defined the original Skyward Sword.

As was the case with the Nintendo Wii, the Switch has a wide range of peripherals for players to shape their Joy-Con controllers as swords, guns, or even Ring Fit Adventure’s Hoola-hoop-like controller. The Legend of Zelda is no stranger to these kinds of peripherals, as the 2007 spin-off title Link’s Crossbow Training was packaged with the Wii Zapper gun accessory, allowing players to take aim with Link’s crossbow in a surprisingly solid title that nearly spawned a Zelda multiplayer FPS sequel. Other motion-control peripherals simulated what it would be like to wield The Legend of Zelda’s iconic Master Sword and Link’s matching Hyrule Shield while playing the original Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, and now it seems that history has repeated itself with the release of Skyward Sword HD nearly ten years later.

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Twitter user Akfamilyhome recently shared a photo of a third-party Nintendo Switch peripheral that is shaped like The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD’s Master Sword. To use it, the player inserts one of the two detachable halves of the Switch’s Joy-Con controller into the handle of the sword - which will let the player swing the controller like a real sword while playing Skyward Sword HD. More strangely, this accessory also contains several slots along the blade of the sword that can store Nintendo Switch game cards, though Akfamilyhome and other users in the comments section have noted the impracticality of this by pointing out how the cards could come loose and go flying about the living room during a particularly heated gaming session.

The discovery of this Legend of Zelda peripheral comes at a time when players are still enjoying Skyward Sword’s immediate successor, 2017’s The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. A brand-new sequel to BOTW was originally planned for later this year, but producer Eiji Aonuma would announce that it has been delayed until spring 2023 to allow more time for polish. This sudden delay carried the side effect of renewing rumors of remakes of other old Zelda titles like The Wind Waker and Twilight Princess in a similar fashion to Skyward Sword HD, but previous Zelda port developer Tantalus Media has denied being approached by Nintendo for such a project.

Whatever Zelda game is released next, be it a remake or the highly-anticipated Breath of the Wild 2, it might not be a good idea for players to use the third-party Skyward Sword HD peripheral featured in Akfamilyhome’s latest social media post considering how easy it could be to lose any of their other Nintendo Switch games that might be stored along its toy-like blade - and sent flying into the great unknown after an ill-fated swing of the Master Sword. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD can be played with both motion controls or a more traditional button-based layout, but fans looking to recreate the feel of Link’s sword in their hands might wish to pursue a more practical option.

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