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The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD

by Neal Ronaghan - June 19, 2013, 9:35 am PDT
Total comments: 7

The Wind Waker HD demo showed off Outset Island and the Helmaroc King. (Updated with off-screen video)

For the first time, we got to see Wind Waker HD in motion and while the demo showed very little actual gameplay, it was beautiful to see live. With new shading and updated graphics, Wind Waker HD makes the GameCube classic look like it probably does in your fuzzy memories of the original version.

The actual demo itself was split into two parts, the first was Outset Island, where you could roam around the opening area of the game. Link had no sword in this area, but I was able to seamlessly alter my inventory while moving, moving the bow in my inventory to X, Y, or R. The bow can then be controlled with either the right analog stick, or by tilting the GamePad. It was very similar to the bow controls in Ocarina of Time 3D.

Outset Island also had some roaming Tingle Bottles on the shore that showed off Miiverse messages when found. After you find a bottle, you can bring up the post on the GamePad at the touch of a button, all within Wind Waker's interface. It's like how Miiverse was used for New Super Mario Bros. U, but with a Zelda twist. Also, Tingle Bottle is a really funny phrase.

Wind Waker HD also has off-screen play, which is activated with a press of the minus button. It's not quite seamless, but as long as you're not switching the screens in the middle of a battle (which I did), it's not an impediment. You also can't switch from the TV to the GamePad (or vice versa) during cut scenes.

The second portion of the demo was the boss battle with the Helmaroc King. After journeying up the tower, you fought the giant bird by smashing his headplate with the hammer, just like you did in the original. The boss was just as great of a spectacle as it was in 2003. After defeating him, I was able to experiment with an array of Link's weaponry, ranging from his bombs to the grappling hook. I even got to throw the boomerang!

While we don't know of much other improvements to the game outside of the fast-forward button for sailing, the improved graphics, and the GamePad use, Wind Waker HD is still a loving recreation of a fantastic game. I know I'm psyched to check it out when it comes out in North America this October.

Talkback

CericJune 11, 2013

My real debate is whether I want to reserve this in Knoxville and make the drive with my wife.  Its the first trip I took with her.

RazorkidJune 12, 2013

Quote from: Ceric

My real debate is whether I want to reserve this in Knoxville and make the drive with my wife.  Its the first trip I took with her.

Aww  :D


This game looks gorgeous and I hope everyone who had problems with the one screenshot that Nintendo released of the game can rest easy after seeing the game in motion.

Spak-SpangJune 16, 2013

I just can't see how THIS is one of the winter launch games.  It should really have been a March launch because it is just a release.


Unless, Nintendo goes back and adds the 2 other dungeons that were dropped or add something more to the game...it just isn't worth a full priced replay.

pokepal148June 16, 2013

Quote from: Spak-Spang

I just can't see how THIS is one of the winter launch games.  It should really have been a March launch because it is just a release.


Unless, Nintendo goes back and adds the 2 other dungeons that were dropped or add something more to the game...it just isn't worth a full priced replay.

its called maybe it wasn't finished then. :D

Spak-SpangJune 17, 2013

I understand it wasn't finished then.  I'm just saying I would have tried to move priorities to get it finished.  Heck I would have prioritized getting Mario Kart 8 out this year, and next year releasing Wind Waker HD in the spring.  Anything to get an actual new game launched this year.  Heck they could have made 2013 the year of Mario/Luigi...not just Luigi.

TJ SpykeJune 17, 2013

Quote from: Spak-Spang

Anything to get an actual new game launched this year.  Heck they could have made 2013 the year of Mario/Luigi...not just Luigi.

Super Mario 3D World comes out in December.

red14June 19, 2013

You ever get to that point in life where you realize, your favorite games will just be forgotten? When those games everyone used to talk about, that you'd see on television even, are just discriminated by the next person you meet? When everybody else gets to see THEIR favorite series evolve, and your old games are just the equivalent of a dead relative? Worth nothing more than the pictures and videos they left behind? Cuz... that's how I feel i guess. If I had to grow up playing and getting to know the routine of the newest version of the game I liked most coming out 2 or 3 years at a time, only to see them be forgotten, what does that leave people like me? Who see the average people today experience their games coming out, while we're left with nothing but memories that will crumble when our old consoles fall apart. What will we be left with?

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na: The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD
Release Sep 20, 2013
PublisherNintendo
RatingEveryone 10+
jpn: Zelda no Densetsu: Kaze no Takuto
Release Sep 26, 2013
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RatingAll Ages
eu: The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD
Release Oct 04, 2013
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aus: The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD
Release Oct 05, 2013
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