Return to the classic adventure from the Gamecube onto the Wii U. Help Link save his sister in this remake that boasts more sophisticated graphics than the original version, and with the new Hero Mode players can now enjoy a new version of a classic.
The biggest improvements in this Wii U remake is the new 1080p graphics, new items such as the Swift Sail, the Tingle Bottle, and an improved Picto Box-as well as the new Hero Mode. This game utilizes a full-fledged lighting and shadowing system that allows for more realistic and fuller lighting than the original. In low-light areas, the cel-shading gives way to a softer, more realistic shading system. The lighting from torches and other point light sources is now much softer and more realistic now. Music in The Wind Waker HD uses higher-quality instrument samples than the original game. But most sound effects are the same as the original but are just re-vamped. With all these improvements, it shows how much better the game is, almost making it a new game. Especially while riding the seas, players can see the color in the water with blue and whitecaps, along with either a bright sunny sky, or a dark sky with a moon. Enemies are now given a better AI, and the bosses are just as original and unique as they were in the original version. Overall, the presentation in this game is decently the Wii U’s best so far in its entire system.
The Wind Waker HD is a open-world, action adventure. Its gameplay in The Wind Waker HD has been tuned up from the original to enhance the player experience. One quick note is that the infamous Triforce Shard Quest was shortened for the remake.
The Picto Box can now take a selfie of Link while making any of nine facial expressions. Carlov can now sculpt up to 12 figurines per day, as opposed to only one. Additionally, he no longer needs a Forest Firefly for the Deluxe Pictobox.
Sailing has also been improved with an upgrade to the sail, called the Swift Sail. The Swift Sail enables the King of Red Lions to sail faster by pressing the A button. In addition, it automatically changes the direction of the wind to the boat’s heading. Also, the Wii U gameplay works as not only an inventory screen, but a map of the entire great sea, making it easy to sail to any location.
The Tingle Bottle, which allows players to randomly send messages to other players, replaces the Tingle Turner in the original game. The bottles are randomly generated around the shores of the islands. The Tingle Statues, previously only accessible via the Tingle Tuner’s Tingle Bombs, can now be obtained with regular Bombs. Knuckle now appears on Tingle Island after all five statues have been found.
The game includes a higher-difficulty Hero Mode, but unlike other incarnations it has no unlocking requirements, and can be toggled on or off whenever a save game is resumed. recovery Hearts do not appear in Hero Mode, forcing Link to use potions to regain health. In addition, enemies deal double the amount of damage as in normal gameplay.
Link uses a sword and shield to attack. Link can attack in many ways, such as a quick stab, jump slash, or swirl slash. He can block enemy attacks with his shield also. He can do a roll attack which gives him a quick boost rather than running. The game features riding in the Great Sea rather than running everywhere. There are many islands to explore and many quick destinations such as a wooden tower, raft, and boats are able to be discovered randomly in the sea. Mainly, the attacks and sea is the same from the original, but the biggest difference is the Swift Sail. All in all, this remake kept what was good, and fixed whatever needed help.
(To read more about minor and major changes to this remake, please go to ZeldaWiki.org, and choose the Wind Waker HD box)
Therefore, is so far the Wii U’s best game in its library. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD is a great open-world game for and gamer at any age. This game has won a special spot in my heart and deserves the best award, a 10/10.