In January, Nintendo announced that the third 3D Zelda title, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, will be re-released with enhancements on Wii U. Today, the company shed some light on what the new edition of the game will feature, as well as the first gameplay footage of the re-release.
As previously announced, The Wind Waker HD features improved visuals over the original GameCube release that take advantage of the Wii U’s hardware, and the entire game can be played on either a television at a full 1080p resolution or on the Wii U GamePad’s screen. The game also makes several changes to the gameplay: because the Wii U is able to load the game’s overworld quicker than before, players can sail across the ocean at a faster speed after a certain point in the story. In addition, the game’s titular musical instrument, the Wind Waker, can now be controlled using either the left analog stick or the touchscreen when playing on the GamePad, while aiming with certain weapons can now be done optionally with the GamePad’s gyroscope in a similar manner to the aiming in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D. Finally, the game replaces the in-game Tingle Tuner item – an item that allowed players to connect to a Game Boy Advance and discover hidden secrets – with the ability to attach messages and in-game photos to letters in a bottle and throw them into the sea. These letters will then be seen in other players’ games.
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD will be released in Japan on September 26, with North American and European releases planned for October. For our review of the original The Wind Waker, click here.