Hello! This is my HD texture pack page for The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD!
Some general info regarding this texture pack which you should read before you download it;
This is a texture pack for the Switch version of Skyward Sword. The Wii version is no longer getting updates, but can still be downloaded and used for free here. The pack includes over 550 new 4K textures, which can be injected through the use of emulation into the game using an emulator. The pack does not cover all of the game's textures, but the vast majority of all important ones have been re-textured already. Some textures remain completely untouched until I've replaced them. The game is completely playable all the way through with these textures!
I am completely up for suggestions, changes and submissions. You will of course be fully credited for any work you submit.
The 4K version of the texture pack is scaled to 8x the default resolution, this means that (if internal resolution is increased inside of the emulator) you may be able to view some textures at a staggering 6832x3480 resolution! The 1080p version is scaled to 4x the default resolution, which results to slightly above 1080p (it still looks really good!). The 4K version will still look better than the 1080p version, even if you're not using a 4K display, since the textures are more detailed in the 4K version.
My goal with this texture pack is to enhance the original game visuals while staying faithful to the original style and aesthethic. That means my textures are meant to blend in as much as possible with the old textures so the game feel doesn't change, whilst significantly increasing the visual fidelity and details.
This texture pack will work with any custom mods / hacks of Zelda: Skyward Sword as long as they aren't adding new textures or changing old ones (in that case, conflicting textures will be overwritten by one another but it will still work).
The Switch version of the texture pack is currently being actively updated and maintained. The Wii version of the pack is no longer receiving updates, but can still be downloaded for free if you want to use it.
The pack supports all regions and languages available for the game.
If you are having issues with stuttering and lag, try moving the texture pack to a faster hard drive, if possible. Preferably a M.2 SSD.
Is there a comparison with and without the texture pack somewhere?
There sure is! There are screenshots down below with comparisons, as well as a trailer for the texture pack which also shows comparisons in motion.
(Please watch in 2160p/60 FPS for the best experience!)
If you're on Windows: There is minimal installation required! A pre-configured version of the Ryujinx Emulator is bundled alongside the texture pack. Simply extract the folder somewhere and start Ryujinx using "Zelda Skyward Sword 4K (Ryujinx).exe", copy over your own keys file (Ryujinx will instruct you on how to get this) and then load your own legally obtained game rom of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD and play. FURTHERMORE: It is also HIGHLY recommended that you install Reshade (the "addon" version) for Vulkan, since it will allow for additional post processing effects and much nicer visuals which can be fully customized in-game. The Reshade installer + instructions comes included with the texture pack inside the folder called !INSTALL RESHADE HERE FOR IMPROVED VISUALS.
If you're on Mac or Linux: Manually download Ryujinx Avalonia for your operating system (macOS download) (Linux download) and add follow the instructions. Add a folder where your game rom is located as a game directory in the Options > Settings > User Interface > Game Directories section, and make sure that your game appears in the games list in Ryujinx. Next, copy the "mods" folder from the texture pack's "portable" folder to your own Ryujinx mods folder (Inside of Ryujinx, right click the game in the games list > "Open Mods Directory" and then go back a few folders until you reach the "mods" folder). Select "overwrite" if it asks. That's it, start the game and enjoy!
For SteamDeck users the installation is a bit different. First you must download Ryujinx Avalonia, this can easily be done through the use of a program like Emudeck or through Flatpak, or from the manual Linux download here. The rest of the installation is the same as for Linux/MacOS, which you can find above.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):
Does this work on real Switch hardware?
No, and it never will as described here. The only way to use HD textures is through the use of an emulator and texture injection, which this texture pack relies on.
Will this work in Yuzu?
Eventually, most likely! But not right now, since Yuzu has not yet implemented HD texture pack support like Ryujinx has, as of writing this.