Following their showcase of Super Mario Galaxy in beautiful high-definition, Nintendo Life have now decided to show off Skyward Sword in a 1080p resolution.

This is of course purely hypothetical, having nothing to with do Nintendo or any form of official HD re-release. Staff member Rory Cocker produced the video below, comparing this “what if?” version with the standard version.

Despite the official release already appearing visually beautiful, the difference here is rather striking if you crank YouTube’s visual settings to 1080p and watch full-screen on a reasonably sized monitor. While it seems a little soon for a remake, Skyward Sword seems like it could benefit greatly from a future next-gen release. It was a consideration of Aonuma’s in an interview last year, and possibly still could be — and this video certainly makes the concept seem appealing.

For enthusiasts of Wii games getting a visual overhaul, Cocker teased a possible future video in a similar fashion for Xenoblade Chronicles.

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  • Ryan Haney

    Well, I’m gonna play Z-SS again right now. That is the Link I wanted in Smash Bros on the Wii U.

    • CEObrainz

      Same, but we will most likely get a few skins instead of slight recolors.

    • EnaZeibekiko

      I also wanted Zelda from Skyward Sword. There are people who think TP Zelda is more violent or something, but in SS she was always a step ahead of Link.

  • CEObrainz

    I wonder if a HD capture card was used or the game is being emulated through dolphin in this example. This is what Dolphin looks like on a really nice PC:

    • Death

      The game was emulated on Dolphin, probably. An HD capture card on a Wii would still be SD.

      • CEObrainz

        Not completely, I’ve played Brawl through a HD capture card and the image is up-scaled to 1080p. Whilst the textures are not rendered as such (to my knowledge), you could easily mistake it for a HD game.

        • MikeL

          Then it must’ve used some post-processing filter to refine the image. The Wii hardware is only capable of outputting 480p/576i, connecting it to a capture card isn’t going to magically change that.

          • CEObrainz

            I do know this, what I was merely stating was that the picture that you view through a HD capture card makes the game seem like it was created in HD. The Wii U will also produce a similar effect to a degree.

            Dolphin on the other hand renders the textures at whatever level the user sets, giving the appearance of a sharper and generally better looking game.

  • swic11

    honestly doesnt look all that much better.

  • Dark Deku Link

    One of the main issues I had with syward sword was the fact it looked to muddy and smudged together, after playing it on doplhin in hd I actually enjoyed the game more.

  • MikeL

    Imo, the Wii doesn’t do the SS graphics justice, I’m sure HD is what truly showcases the developers vision.
    I think Nintendo had a great opportunity to boost both SS sales and WiiU sales by making SS forward-compatible with the WiiU, meaning it would play normally on a Wii but also contain HD assets for play on WiiU. Imagine, SS could have doubled as a launch title for the WiiU!

  • Ian Lockaby-Cotter

    Congrats, the guy changed the resolution in Dolphin, not much of an achievement =/

    • Johann Davies

      It’s a comparison video, not a competition.

  • Daniel Ireland

    I would love this. I want to play Skyward Sword again but it looks so terrible on my LED TV 🙁