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HD breathes new life into Zelda: Wind Waker - Miyamoto

Why Nintendo decided to release Wind Waker on Wii U

Shigeru Miyamoto has told ABC that the HD capabilities of Wii U will breathe new life into The Legend Of Zelda: Wind Waker.

Miyamoto was explaining how Nintendo decide whether they should release games such as Pikmin 3, Wind Waker and Luigi's Mansion 2 on 3DS or Wii U.

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He started by discussing the origins of Luigi's Mansion 2: "Ultimately, it comes down to the decisions of the directors of the next games that are being made. Interestingly, when we were originally developing the original Luigi's Mansion on GameCube, we worked with Sharp on a 3D monitor and we ported the game into a sort of 3D mode that we experimented with. So when we worked on Nintendo 3DS that was a natural fit to then take that game that we had originally wanted to do that with and bring that into 3-D.

"Similarly with Pikmin, that was a game also when we created on the GameCube, we actually wished that we had had HD visuals at that time. Primarily because you've got so many small little Pikmin running around, we wanted the level of detail to really be able to express the characteristics of those Pikmin in a detailed way. That's why we wanted to do "Pikmin 3″ on Wii U and in HD."

"Sort of similar to that with the decision on Wind Waker in particular, the animation style of the original Wind Waker, we felt that HD could really sort of breathe new life into that animation style and so that was the reason we went into that direction. Ultimately, there isn't a common reason across all the games they're basing the decision on. It really is which games are best suited to which styles or which systems or which features."

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  1. TheNUKEnukeM Tuesday 26th Mar 2013 at 17:29

    I have mentioned this before but out of the two Zelda gamecube games- Wind Waker is made of block colours and is a lit rough around the edges but still looks alright to today's standards. Twilight Princess is made up of detail and looks pixilated and horrible on HD Tv's. I prefer the style of Wind Waker but its obvious that Twilight Princess needs the HD remake more. The only reason I can come up with to why they chose Wind Waker is because Twilight Princess was ported to Wii so it is still playable on Wii U, so Nintendo felt they would lose sales as people would play he cheaper, older and more ugly Wii option then shell out another 30 on the same game on Wii U. I saw Twilight Princess for 7 over the weekend on wii.

  2. FamilyGAMEGuy8 Tuesday 26th Mar 2013 at 17:45

    As long as they get rid of the Triforce fetch quest, I'm good

  3. MartinIsAwesome Tuesday 26th Mar 2013 at 19:14

    I'll say it breathes new life into it. Even with just these few released screenshots, it looks sectacular - almost like it's a completely different game. I've seen people say that Wind Waker is still good and doesn't need the make-over that it has been given, and while it's true that the original 'Cube game looks great even now, I'm still glad that Nintendo has taken steps to give it this graphical overhaul.

  4. Waldy565 Tuesday 26th Mar 2013 at 20:47

    Good to hear Miyamoto, and Nintendo in general actually, are embracing HD! So now we'll have great creativity spliced with crisp, stunning visuals to create some of the most memorable games ever. Forget Luigi, this is the year of Nintendo! :D

  5. sonicka Tuesday 26th Mar 2013 at 22:48

    I have mentioned this before but out of the two Zelda gamecube games- Wind Waker is made of block colours and is a lit rough around the edges but still looks alright to today's standards. Twilight Princess is made up of detail and looks pixilated and horrible on HD Tv's. I prefer the style of Wind Waker but its obvious that Twilight Princess needs the HD remake more. The only reason I can come up with to why they chose Wind Waker is because Twilight Princess was ported to Wii so it is still playable on Wii U, so Nintendo felt they would lose sales as people would play he cheaper, older and more ugly Wii option then shell out another 30 on the same game on Wii U. I saw Twilight Princess for 7 over the weekend on wii.


    Whilst a fairly good reason. I don't think this is what Miyamoto meant.

    The Wind Waker definitely looks better on HDTV's than Twilight Princess for the very reasons you've stated. But I don't think Twilight Princess wouldn't gain as much benefit to being upgraded with HD visuals as Wind Waker has been shown to us.

    The new breath of life in Wind Waker is obvious from the screenshots. The original game oozed of a wonderful saturday morning cartoon, the HD remake looks life a Pixar film - and this is what is really impressive about it. Twilight Princess would benefit from merely looking closer an Elder Scrolls game. If Nintendo choose that style for the next Zelda, then fine - but it would be a waste of time on Twilight Princess.

  6. MartinIsAwesome Wednesday 27th Mar 2013 at 12:12

    The new breath of life in Wind Waker is obvious from the screenshots. The original game oozed of a wonderful saturday morning cartoon, the HD remake looks life a Pixar film - and this is what is really impressive about it.


    I think this is the perfect way of describing it.

  7. retrogeezer Tuesday 7th May 2013 at 12:13

    Whilst everyone is going on about HD graphics for Windwaker and the two dungeons that were coded for the original game but never added but being added now for the Wii U, the real disappointment has been over looked. I for one as with many many Zelda fans will realise that Nintendo will not put out for sale this year TWO Zelda games, so that leaves Zelda Wii U (Legend of Zelda) out of the picture for a release this year. It's not the same replaying a an updated version of an old game. You know, what to do, where to go and how to do it. The game is completed quicker with less satisfaction. It took me half the time to finish Ocarina of Time on the 3DS than the original on the N64, I completed Ocarina of Time master quest for GC/Wii in just a little more time than the 3DS version. The only game that comes close to Twilight Princess for the Wii U at the moment is Darksiders 2, for completeing dungeons, reminiscent of Ocarina of Time for riding a horse, Windwaker for fighting foes. It just doesn't have the weapon/item story line to achieve before you can do certain tasks. Nintendo used to be quick on their feet but are now lagging, HD Windwaker is just to stop us moaning that the Zelda that we all want is now where near completion, it's a distraction for disappointment !!!

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