The Legend Of Zelda Gets a Special Hylian Shield Twitter Emoji

Nintendo of America has released a new shield emoji to celebrate the approaching release of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD. 2021 marks the 35th anniversary of the Zelda franchise, which first began all the way back in 1986. Nintendo’s fantasy adventure franchise still remains popular today, with the latest major release being 2017’s hugely popular Breath of the Wild.

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD will bring the decade-old game onto modern Nintendo Switch hardware. The remaster looks to be appropriately high-definition, with a recent overview trailer showing off the enhanced visuals within the game’s large world in the sky. Traversing through the floating world of Skyloft looks crisper and more gorgeous than in the title’s original release on the Wii. According to Nintendo, the game will be receiving more than just a graphics overhaul, as several quality-of-life improvements will be brought to Skyward Sword‘s gameplay as well. Apparently, the game’s highly-criticized tutorial system will be reworked – as will the systems which guide players through the game’s open skies.


A new custom Twitter emoji has been released by Nintendo of America to build excitement for The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD. The emoji depicts a Hylian Shield, which is an iconic weapon used by Link throughout the fantasy franchise. The special emoji is sure to find use from the series’ large and dedicated fanbase, and it will also help spread the word of the remastered title’s impending release on July 16.

While the franchise’s 35th anniversary is a major event for Legend of Zelda fans, developer Nintendo has been criticized for a general lack of fanfare. Despite the huge popularity of the franchise, Nintendo’s only celebration of the anniversary comes in the form of Skyward Sword HD and a custom Game & Watch system which contains four classic Zelda games. While these releases are a good way to acknowledge Hyrulian history, many fans perceived the celebration as lackluster. A promotional poster for the series’ 35th anniversary has received criticism as well, due to the fact that it strongly resembles a poster previously used for Zelda‘s 30th anniversary in 2016.

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD looks to be a worthwhile remaster of one of the franchise’s lesser-received titles. Beautiful high-definition graphics bring the fascinating world of Skyloft to life, and quality-of-life improvements will hopefully solve some of the title’s more irritating design choices. While a Twitter emoji may seem like a small form of celebration, the Hylian Shield will allow franchise fans to spread their love for the long-running fantasy saga.

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD will release on July 16 for Nintendo Switch.

Source: Nintendo of America/Twitter

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