GAME NAME: The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD
PLATFORM(S): Wii U
RELEASE DATE(S): October 4, 2013
A vast ocean and much treasure await you in this beautiful remake of a Gamecube Classic. You once again return to the ocean on the back of The King Of Red Lions to save Hyrule once again from the evil clutches of Ganondorf. This time, however, you are treated to stunning HD graphics and sounds.
Not much has changed from the original version of the game and that is not always a bad thing. The game retains its cartoonish looks even with the massive upgrade to an entirely HD model. Models of characters look more well rounded and “fuller” to fit the new rendering style. Everything from the ocean waves to the beams of light coming down from the sun have been improved upon. They have even improved so much that there are more particle effects around in the dungeons and the rain during endless night and the random storms looks absolutely amazing. Some of these effects will cause a little bit of lag and cause the game to drop below 30 FPS (frames per second) but it does not tarnish the gameplay or the visual effects one bit.
Sound effects and music are where the game really shines though. The changes made to the sounds are minor but make everything sound absolutely fantastic. The
remastered sounds make the music feel new even though they are the same that we listened to back on the Gamecube.
You get two choices of controllers now and both are about the same as far as basic controls are concerned. Where the controls start to matter is when you get to inventory management and aiming. With the Wii U game pad you can use the touch screen to move inventory items from your inventory to the buttons. This streamlines menu-ing so you do not have to pausing the game quite as much as before. The touch pad also doubles as the map and is used for Tingle Bottles. One of the best features that has beenincluded was the addition of the gyroscopic aiming that was first introduced in OoT 3D. Without using the gyro to aim you have to use the right thumb stick on either the pro controller or the game pad. Using the right thumb stick is just like playing most of today’s first person shooter games but is a little sluggish compared to the gyro.
There are some new features in the game like the Tingle Bottle which is the equivalence of the Mii Verse picture and message sender for The Wind Waker HD. This takes the place of the Tingle Tuner and adds some interesting ways to get all of the figurines and an interesting way to share pictures through the game.
The game is a great addition to any Wii U library, but is not necessarily worth getting a Wii U just for. So if you already have a Wii U you should definitely get this game. If you plan on getting more games for the Wii U library I would suggest picking up the Wind Waker Wii U bundle.
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD is available on the Nintendo Wii U shop and available in stores now for $49.99 . You can also still get the Wii U Bundle at select locations which includes a digital download of the game for $299.99 .