The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword coming to Wii U Virtual Console today (update)

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, the most recent console entry in the franchise, will be released in the Nintendo eShop on the Wii U Virtual Console today, Nintendo announced during a Nintendo Direct presentation.

The news was a bit of a surprise, since today’s Nintendo Direct was supposed to be focused on the Nintendo 3DS. Skyward Sword was originally released on Wii in November 2011.

For more on Skyward Sword, see how Nintendo is learning from the game’s critics in developing the next console Zelda game, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. That game, which Nintendo demoed during E3 2016, is set for release in 2017 on Wii U and Nintendo NX.

Update: This re-release of Skyward Sword is simply a Wii U Virtual Console title, not a port to the Wii U. We’ve edited the article to reflect this.

Update 2: Skyward Sword is now available in the eShop. The game costs $19.99.

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