Published on March 31st, 2015 | by Lee Davies
Review: The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (Wii U)
Format reviewed: Wii U eShop
Website: Official Site
A remake of the original The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, released on the GameCube back in 2003, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD features an updated 1080p-resolution graphics engine, an alternative lighting engine, as well as new gameplay features and modifications.
The game retains its core value of playability, the mechanics of sailing between a group of islands and combat are unrivalled. The combat in particular remains the same great counter attacking twitch gameplay that the original was applauded for. Criticism has always pointed to the lack of the cell-shaded feeling from the original, but in its transition to HD the game withholds its cartoon aspect and the incredibly animated characters that ooze personality. Adding to that a field of depth that, lacking in the original, lets you truly experience the wonder of sailing vast distances between each island as it slowly looms into view and then grows to a small highly populated centre of commerce. It truly is a living breathing cartoon played out on one of Nintendo’s finest franchises, and includes all the things beloved of the series, a story of timeless good versus evil, and side-quests that let you explore all of the vast sea at your leisure.
The major changes to the core game streamline the whole process. Gamepad integration allows easy access to maps and items, the quick sail for faster sea traversal if required, a Triforce hunt toward the conclusion of the story that has been greatly tweaked for the better, motion controlled weapons that feel well integrated and not gimmicky, and Miiverse inclusion through the use of bottled messages thrown into the vast sea.
Summary: All the changes that have been made to this edition of a timeless classic have only gone to make the HD version even better than the sublime original. Set sail and let the wind blow through your hair.