Nintendo Direct gave us some pretty awesome announcements last month. Eiji Aonuma told us that the new Zelda Wii U game would rethink conventions...but then we all kinda knew that right? It was an amazing surprise though to find out that we would be getting a HD remake of the Gamecube classic The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker!
For those unfamiliar with Wind Waker, it's quite special as this was the first time Zelda fans were introduced to Toon Link. This style initially divided opinion but after experiencing the game for myself, I was quick to accept this new Link and very pleased to be going on a new adventure across the high seas.
Wind Waker is a beautiful looking game bursting with bright colours with its bright blue sea, and luscious greenery that transport you to a world far away from its darker predecessors Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask.
From what we were shown during Nintendo Direct, it does look gorgeous and just when I I though this game could look any more magical, I saw Outset Island in HD. Just imagine how amazing the scene with the Master Sword will look.
Having said that, it's exciting to hear that Nintendo aren't just giving Wind Waker's graphics a facelift. It's great that you'll be able to play off the TV on the Wii U GamePad and Satoru Iwata also mentioned that Nintendow ould be tuning up the game experience. What does that mean?
I don't know but I've got someideas for how Wind Waker could be improved on Wii U.
A particularly memorable part of Wind Waker was using the Deku Leaf to float though the air. This could be enhanced for Wii U as players could use the Wii Remote and simply tilt it to guide Link exactly where they needed him to go. Perhaps the GamePad could provide a bird's eye view at the same time?.
It would also make perfect sense to use the Wii Remote for controlling the Wind Waker Baton. It'd definitely make conducting those important songs all that more engaging.
Also, going back to original Wind Waker, did anybody use the Tingle Tuner? How about that Picto Box? The Tingle Tuner was a feature that allowed a second player to play as Tingle via a GBA and link cable. Imagine being able to use this feature again but with the GamePad or maybe even a 3DS console!
Also, the Picto Box allowed Link to take snapshots throughout his adventure. The GamePad could be used to take awesome photos of our new HD environment, a bit like the 360 scanner in ZombiU except this time it's a camera and a lot less terrifying. Fans could then share these on the Miiverse.