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The Legend Of Zelda: Wind Waker HD Review and Retrospect

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The Legend Of Zelda: Wind Waker HD is a remake of 2003 Gamecube title, The Legend of Zelda Wind Waker. It debuted September 20th, 2013 digitally via the Nintendo Store and October 4th, 2013 via Wii U Optical Disc. It essentially is the same game as the original but expands on it with redone visuals and music, new lighting and shading and some subtle changes such as the addition of the Swift Sail to speed up sailing for casual gamers and Hero Mode, a game mode that tweaks the difficulty, doubling damage taken and removing the ability to regain hearts except from potions and fairies, a mode added for the long-time players. It allows the player to play utilizing either the Gamepad or Pro Controller.

Gameplay: Those who had previously played Wind Waker for Gamecube are familiar with how the game is played. Not much has been changed from the original formula of Wind Waker but where this game flourishes in its changes is how it is controlled. On the Gamepad, you can play Off-Screen play or use it as your map and inventory screen which allows for seamless play with little to no interruption. Whereas, with the Wii U  Pro Controller, the game feels authentic to the original game’s control scheme with the sacrifice of the seamless play of the Gamepad. Nintendo has added two features to Wind Waker HD that make interesting changes. The option of the Swift Sail, which can be bought at the auction house prior to completion of the first dungeon skips the wind replication for sailing and speeds the sailing process, which speeds up the game with the sacrifice of the experience. Also, the option of either the normal game and Hero Mode allows for a classic adventure or the difficult option.

In the original game, of course you were limited to the Gamecube controller, still one of my favorite-designed controllers and Nintendo’s choice to offer the Pro Controller functionality and the more difficult Hero Mode adds draw to classic players to return to the world of Wind Waker ten years later. The addition as well of the Swift Sail can draw casual players to Wind Waker, a game that some complained in 2003 was slow due to the Great Sea’s expanse, so the Swift Sail speeding up travel attends to that complaint.

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Graphics: Wind Waker HD’s largest change is its graphics (whoa, really?). Not only did Nintendo redesign the Gamecube classic’s cel-shaded graphics into 1080P, they changed the shadows and shading associated with the art, which really makes the game pop. The ten years in between Wind Waker and its HD counterpart can be really seen today. Wind Waker, as one of my personal favorite titles in the series as well as for the Gamecube was beautiful when it was released and looking at it now, Nintendo has perfected what I thought was already perfected.

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A comparison video of the title screen (seen below) shows the huge differences and how it pushes the Wii U graphically.

Online Capabilities: Wind Waker HD uses Miiverse with something called the Tingle Bottle. In Wind Waker HD, after rescuing Tingle, you are given the Tingle Bottle, which allows the user to upload pictographs (including selfies :P) or text posts to Miiverse which are then broadcasted to someone else’s Great Sea to be collected like a message in a bottle.

Tingle’s purpose outside the story in the original however was with the Tingle Tuner, which connected the Gameboy Advance (second screen technology way before this gen, kudos to Nintendo) which allowed players to aid themselves with hints and bombs from the use of the Gameboy Advance.

Personally, I was hoping more for a Tingle Tuner-esque ability to be utilized in Wind Waker HD but the MiiVerse adds a fun diversion and the selfie function is very entertaining.

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Replay Value: Nintendo made some very intelligent changes which I brought on in my Gameplay section. The addition of Hero Mode is especially important to note as something important to replay value. I completed my first run of Wind Waker HD and took it upon myself to do a Hero Mode run the second time along, which is currently in progress. 

Like previous Zeldas, there is also the draw of collection such as all the treasures from the treasure maps present from the original as well as new ones, all the heart containers, the merchant trading side-quests for all the city block customization and the Deku Tree side-quest of speeding across the ocean with the expiring water.

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Final Verdict: Anticipating this game’s release from announce gave me high expectations due to the nostalgia the original gave me. This remake did NOT disappoint. The addition of Hero Mode, the redone visuals and music, the ability to play authentically with a controller or take the Gamepad, the Gamepad’s way of making play seamless, it all makes Wind Waker HD that much better. This is what a remake should be. Developers everywhere trying to make some money off your old titles? Call Nintendo for some lessons.

And Nintendo? This is the type of encore I wanted for Wind Waker.

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Official Trailer:

Overall Score: 9.8/10

RGN Rating: Platinum Game

Developers: Nintendo EAD3, Hexadrive, Digitalscape

Publisher: Nintendo

Available On: Wii U (Digital or Physical)

Review Copy Info- This game was purchased by RealGamerNewz for the purpose of this review.

(Bonus: Matt’s Score Breakdown)

  • Gameplay- 30/30
  • Graphics- 5/5
  • Online Capabilities – 4/5
  • Replay Value- 10/10
  • Overall- 49/50, an 98%.

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The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD [Wii U] [FULL 1080P HD GAMEPLAY]

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Here’s MrBrodo789 again, this time playing The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD (Wii U Exclusive) in Full 1080P HD. This game is beautiful.

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New UK Sales Chart Released: F1 2013 Beats Out Wind Waker HD Remake

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The latest edition of the UK Video Game Sales Charts has been released and sees formula racing game F1 2013 debut at 3rd place behind FIFA 14 still gripping onto #1 after landing there last week and Grand Theft Auto V maintaining its reign as the #2 highest selling game in the UK. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker manages to enter a very high position for a High Definition Remake as Nintendo releases the game to become the #4 highest selling game in the UK last week.

Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition sits at #5 a considerable amount of time after release and the rest of the Top 10 are rounded out by Disney Infinity, NBA 2K14, Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist, Just Dance 2014 from Ubisoft, and Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 which debuted at #4 and is published by Konami as a direct competitor to EA’s FIFA 14.

All formats
Week ending 5 October 2013
POS.  TITLE  PUBLISHER  LAST
WEEK 
1 FIFA 14 EA SPORTS 1
2 GRAND THEFT AUTO V ROCKSTAR 2
3 F1 2013 CODEMASTERS
4 THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: THE WIND WAKER NINTENDO
5 MINECRAFT: XBOX 360 EDITION MICROSOFT 3
6 DISNEY INFINITY DISNEY INFINITY 6
7 NBA 2K14 2K SPORTS
8 TOM CLANCY’S SPLINTER CELL: BLACKLIST UBISOFT 7
9 JUST DANCE 2014 UBISOFT
10 PRO EVOLUTION SOCCER 2014 KONAMI 4
11 SAINTS ROW IV DEEP SILVER 8
12 THE LAST OF US SONY COMPUTER ENT. 5
13 LEGO BATMAN 2: DC SUPER HEROES WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 13
14 MAX PAYNE 3 ROCKSTAR 15
15 DIABLO III BLIZZARD 9
16 CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS II ACTIVISION 11
17 RAYMAN LEGENDS UBISOFT 10
18 ANIMAL CROSSING: NEW LEAF NINTENDO 20
19 TOMB RAIDER SQUARE ENIX 19
20 MEDAL OF HONOR: WARFIGHTER EA GAMES

[Source: GP]

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The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD – Commercial [HD]

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The Commercial of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD.

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The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD – Story Trailer [HD]

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The Story Trailer of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD.

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Zelda Wii U Inspired A Post-PAX Prime Concert Stop of Symphony of the Goddesses

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Nintendo is so excited to be releasing a Zelda game on the Wii U (The Wind Waker HD is tentatively slated for release on 10/4/2013) they are throwing a concert for it. If you’re in Seattle on September 12 still for PAX Prime related activities (or just live there) you’ll be able to attend the concert featuring full costumes, hands-on gameplay demo of the game, winning pieces from a currently ongoing Fan Art contest (ENTER IT HERE), and The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses concert. The event takes place at Benaroya Hall at the following address, date, and time.

  • Benaroya Hall
  • 200 University St.
  • Seattle, WA 98101
  • September 12 – 7:30PM

If you’re more interested in a non-remake Zelda release then be on deck for The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds which will also be playable at the event on the Nintendo 3DS.

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Nintendo’s Wii U Deluxe Reduced to $299; Wind Waker HD Bundle Announced For Same Price

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The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD gets a new trailer in High Definition today as the Wii U has got a price cut. You can now get the ‘Deluxe’ 32GB (internal flash memory) version of the Wii U for just $299 and if you are so bold the Wind Waker HD Bundle will become available September 20, 2013 with a special look (pictured above) for the same price ($299 while supplies last) and includes a digital copy of the game and a digital voucher for Hyrule Historia eBook with art included on Wii U. Wind Waker HD hits the eShop on the same day as the bundle becomes available and for everybody else, you’ll have to wait until October 4, 2013 to grab a hard copy of wind Waker HD for $49.99.

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RGN Daily News #42: Wii U Price Drop, X1 Sold Out, FF14 De-Listed Digitally

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Today was a pretty decent day for news with the Wii U getting a price drop and the Xbox ONE selling out over at GAME through our overseas friends meanwhile The Elder Scrolls Online and Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn both managed to make the news but in completely different ways. If you’re not much of a reader, check out today’s RGN Daily News episode #42 and listen to less than 10 minutes that explain everything you’ll want to know so you aren’t missing out.

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