The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD. Now, I don't know about you but I didn't see that one coming! It looks beautiful doesn't it? I mean, look at all that bloom effect! Go on, look at the screenshots again. It's okay, I'll wait...
Are you back now? Remembered how excited you are for it? Brilliant, you should be. It's nice to see Nintendo are still able to surprise us with little announcements like that.
HD remakes have become commonplace in gaming over the last few years, with classic series such as Metal Gear Solid, Devil May Cry, God of War and even Banjo Kazooie getting the high definition makeover. However, Nintendo couldn't get involved as Wii didn't support HD even though did attempt to remake some old GameCube games to take advantage of Wii's new control system as Pikmin and Mario Tennis were both released as part of the New Play Control series.
Wind Waker HD might primarily exist as a fller to keep the fans happy while they wait for Wii U's proper Zelda title, but it's also proof that Nintendo are willing to make HD remakes of their older titles. With this in mind, I've compiled a list of some other GameCube games I'd love to see remade for Wii U, in glorious high definition.
Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem
Sadly, developer Silicon Knight's recent legal battle with Epic Games ensured Eternal Darkness 2 is almost certain never to happen. So, if a sequel isn't on the way in the foreseeable future, revisiting the original seems like a good call.
Eternal Darkness is one of the GameCube's few true horror games, employing a variety of "Sanity Effects" to really freak you out. These include having your head randomly explode, hearing screams and voices, seeing mysterious figures run in the distance, fake volume adjustments appearing on your TV and many, many more. It brought an extra dimension to the game because in addition to worrying about enemies, puzzles and the creepy atmosphere, you had to keep dealing with all these random, scary occurrences.
Currently, we don't know a lot about Wind Waker HD. We're not too sure if it's just a visual upgrade, or if we'll see some other extras. There would actually be a lot of potential for Eternal Darkness HD to get some improvements besides the visuals. For example, one of the aforementioned Sanity Effects - the ghostly volume adjustment - uses a really old symbol for volume that you don't see on TVs anymore. In the remake, they could update it to make it even more convincing. Perhaps they could even add new Sanity Effects, like making it look as if the game has loaded up the Wii U eShop on its own accord...