The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker is reborn in HD

Harrison Milfeld On January 23, 2013 23.01.2013 with 11 Comments

ZELDA: Wind Waker HD

Nintendo was full of surprises today during the Wii U-centric Nintendo Direct. Aside from the announcement of the long-awaited Wii U version of the Virtual Console, updates from Bayonetta 2, a new Yoshi title, and a teaser trailer for Monolith Soft’s newest RPG, Nintendo threw a proverbial curve ball in the form of a Wind Waker HD remake. Satoru Iwata and Zelda series produce Eiji Aonuma briefly described aside from remastered HD graphics that Wind Waker HD will be playable on the TV and off-screen via the Wii U Game Pad and include Miiverse functionality. Aonuma states in the introduction that their plan is to rethink Zelda’s conventions and start fresh.¬†Iwata and Aonuma later concluded that Wind Waker HD will release for the Wii U this fall.

Since the game’s release almost ten years ago, the art style of Wind Waker has been touted by critics and developers alike as one that has aged well since its release. With the announcement of this title’s HD reincarnation, this remake might just reinforce those claims.

Hit the jump to see the latest screenshots.

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11 Responses to “The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker is reborn in HD”

  1. Nfanboy says:

    This is so exciting.

    What a Nintendo Direct, WOW !

  2. wakko1337 says:

    There are times in a man’s life where it’s okay to cry tears of joy. This is one of them.

  3. Lord Lemmy says:

    Can’t. Freaking. Wait.

  4. BornFluny says:

    I think I speak for everyone when I say:

    Oh.

    My.

    GOD.

  5. Beer here says:

    Yes! I was just thinking of that game yesterday and how I needed to play it again and then I hear this. Awesome! One of my favorite things about this game is the freedom of the camera angel. I hope they bring that back on the new Zelda in development.

  6. tmuggles says:

    I’m so excited for this. My kid and I play Zelda together. I’ve been wanting to get her to play Ocarina and Wind Waker. With Ocarina on the 3DS and now this, I’ve got it covered!

    We started with Twilight when she was about 4 or 5 and I was doing a replay. She couldn’t manage the game, obviously, but she’d hold the Wiimote while I walked around w/ the Nunchuck. She’d shake to kill the “bad guys” and opening treasure chests was her favorite.

    She was old enough to manage the controls for Skyward, I just had to help her with where to go and the really hard parts. Seriously proud Papa when she beat the scorpion boss all by herself! =-)

  7. Grimreaper says:

    Oh god I just remembered snot boy in HD.

  8. matthew C says:

    Yes!, I was freakng out when I read this yesterday. :) I loved Wind Waker. It fits the series well I think. I played the demo on those gamecube kiosks at gamestop back when it was first released in 2003 I loved it adn immediately bought the game the dame day at my local Target the very same day. :) I immediately thought of the star wars special edition trilogy and how lucasfilm remastered them and added additional scenes from the originals. This remake looks night and day from the original. I hope that the music is also given a overhaoul as well adn Nintendo includes orchestrated music for this like they did in Skyward Sword. :) I can’t wait for this to come out.

  9. Davey1983 says:

    I must be the only one not excited about this. It was a good game, but the sailing parts (and the triforce hunt near the end) were boring.

    I might pick this up, but Nintendo would have to do something about the sailing and throw in some new content, like a new dungeon or a few new (large) islands.

  10. Kaherka says:

    Somehow it looks worse than the original to me. My son just played through it recently, and I prefer the cell-shaded look to this. I’d LOVE the cell-shaded version in HD and widescreen, but I guess this will have to do.

  11. Milo says:

    Words cannot explain my excitement.

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