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Transfiguring Adoption awarded this game 3 Hoots out of 5 based on how useful it will be for a foster/adoptive family. [Learn more about our Hoot grading system here]


Game Info:

  • Rating:  ESRB E for Everyone 10+ (for Animated Blood, Comic Mischief, Fantasy Violence), PEGI 12+ (for violence)
  • Genre: Action, Adventure, Narrative, Open World, Physically Active and Role-Playing
  • Platform(s): Wii (original 2011), Nintendo Switch (HD rerelease 2021)
  • Studio: Nintendo EAD

From the Cover Synopsis of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD (2021) by Nintendo:

“Take to the skies, draw your sword, and experience the earliest story in the Legend of Zelda series. Join Link in his high-flying quest to save Zelda, a childhood friend who much confront her destiny.

Soar between floating islands and descend to the treacherous surface courl in this updated HD version of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword game. Gently swing your Sword and angle your slashes to uncover and break through opponents’ defenses using intuitive motion controls. Movements feel smoother and more immediate thanks to the Nintendo Switch system’s processing power and HD graphics. Take advantage of the newly-added button only control scheme – perfect for playing in handheld mode or on the Nintendo Switch Lite system.”



About the Reviewer: Rachael Rathe

Rachael B. Rathe is an East Tennessee native with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology with a Minor in Child & Family Studies from The University of Tennessee Knoxville. She has worked in mental health since 2013 and in foster care/adoptions for a private provider agency since 2014. Rachael was inspired to work in the field after working with children and teens on a volunteer basis 2008 – 2013. Rachael’s ideal self-care day involves snuggling on a couch with her kitties (Tabitha, Fergus, and Rufus) while enjoying a good movie or book. She also enjoys galivanting around conventions concerning all things nerd and geekery.


**Transfiguring Adoption is a nonprofit organization seeking to nurture growth in foster and adoptive families by giving a HOOT about their families. Transfiguring Adoption does not intend for its reviewers nor its review to be professional, medical or legal advice. These reviews and discussion guides are intended to help parents to better be able to connect and understand their children who come from traumatic backgrounds.


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The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD (2021) – Discussion Guide

Discussion Guide:

  1. When Link first meets Batreaux (pronounced Bat-row), what did you think he was? How did you think he’d respond to Link?
    Caregiver Note: This is a good opening question to open up the conversation about identifying positive connections. In studying behavior humans often engage in the “Halo Effect” which is a bias or stereotype that good looking people are good. In turn this means that often humans are wired to initially see someone scary and associate them with being scary or not trustworthy. Over time most folks hopefully grow up and learn from caregivers that we cannot judge a good or bad book by its cover but kids with trauma may miss out on that very important lesson. By seeing how poor Batreaux is really a sweet, kind character in spite of his demonic-exterior this can help open up a conversation about…

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About the Reviewer: Rachael Rathe

Rachael B. Rathe is an East Tennessee native with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology with a Minor in Child & Family Studies from The University of Tennessee Knoxville. She has worked in mental health since 2013 and in foster care/adoptions for a private provider agency since 2014. Rachael was inspired to work in the field after working with children and teens on a volunteer basis 2008 – 2013. Rachael’s ideal self-care day involves snuggling on a couch with her kitties (Tabitha, Fergus, and Rufus) while enjoying a good movie or book. She also enjoys galivanting around conventions concerning all things nerd and geekery.


**Transfiguring Adoption is a nonprofit organization seeking to nurture growth in foster and adoptive families by giving a HOOT about their families. Transfiguring Adoption does not intend for its reviewers nor its review to be professional, medical or legal advice. These reviews and discussion guides are intended to help parents to better be able to connect and understand their children who come from traumatic backgrounds.


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