There's been a lot of arguments about whether or not the changes to Skyward Sword HD were enough to warrant a $60 price tag or it was just Nintendo doing a lazy port of the game, but I honestly think it's been worth the price of admission.
I never played the original game because by that point, I was done with the Wii's motion controls and when I saw this game was ONLY motion controls, I decided to skip it. But when I saw this remaster was going to have a button only control option, I decided it was time to finally play it.
Considering that the original game sold only 3.67 million copies with a near 100 million Wii install base at that time, not many have played this game. When it comes to home console Zelda games, SS is one of the worst selling, barely ahead of only Majora's Mask I believe (maybe Four Swords Adventures) but that was only on a 30 million N64 install base. I imagine the low sales of SS were primarily for the motion controls, but considering Zelda is at it's all time popularity high now, it was a good time to re-show the original game in the Zelda time line. Especially with Breath of the Wild 2 returning to the skies!
I'm happy to see that this is actually a REALLY good game!! I'm already 20 hours into it and yet I've only completed 3 dungeons, although I am doing every side quest I find. Last I played, I had just entered the Ancient Cistern dungeon, which from what I've heard is the best dungeon in the game! Just taking into account the length of the game, it's worth $60 because it's insane how long this game is! There is some filler for sure, but by no means has it ruined my experience or felt it was too much. The story is really intriguing seeing the beginnings of the Master Sword and the Kingdom of Hyrule, and seeing the pieces slowly being put together. The pacing isn't the best, but it's tolerable for sure. But the music though.......AMAZING!!!! This was the first Zelda game to have a full orchestra for the score, and my god I can't get enough of the music! It's so epic to listen to and I highly recommend listening to the music if you decide to not play the game.
All in all, there's so much to this game! With BotW having sold over 23 million copies, there are so many more new Zelda fans than there ever has been, and there are a lot of people that'll enjoy a more traditional Zelda game. The combat is what I'm most critical about where a full on remake would've been the only solution for this, but it's certainly passable once you get used to the button controls. But with the runtime of the game being around 40-50 hours I'm thinking, running at 1080p 60fps, QoL changes that would've unbearable if they brought from the Wii version, insanely fun dungeons (bosses so far being kinda easy), and the story/music, I would say I had no problems paying the $60.