Wii U Delivers With Zelda with Wind Waker HD

The Legend of Zelda Returns With Its Most Beautiful Game: The Wind Waker

I have long maintained that The Wind Waker is the most beautiful game in the Legend of Zelda series. Its art style is so masterfully done, the game so beautifully rendered that even today, more than a decade after its initial release, it still holds up. Add a little antialiasing to the game and it’d be absolutely at home on any HD console you can buy today. Luckily, this October, fans will be treated to the definitive version of this masterpiece when Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD launches for the Wii U. Iwata spent some time this morning talking about the games interesting new features. Watch the trailer, then follow me after the video for more details and a full gallery of screenshots!

 

The remade Wind Waker will be rendered in native 1080p, and now features full antialiasing. In the trailer, there are no jaggies to be seen anywhere. Additionally, the lighting has been updated (not that it really needed it, in my humble opinion, but whatever) and, in Iwata’s words, “we are using shaders on the Wii U to improve visual expression and refine our texture graphics.”

You may remember that in the original game, you could receive an item called “The Tingle Tuner,” which allowed you to connect a Gameboy Advance to the Gamecube for various special features. In the Wii U version, this has been replaced with the Tingle Bottle, which allows you to place a message in a bottle, including text, screenshots or photos from the camera, and toss them out to sea, where they eventually wash up, via Miiverse, on the shore of other players’ games. In return, you’ll occasionally find bottled messages from other players containing the same things. It’s a pretty cool feature, though I have to admit I’m a little disappointed they didn’t use DS Download Play to integrate with 3DS somehow. Still, it makes sense–not every Wii U owner has a 3DS, but they do all have Miiverse access.

The game will ship in October. No word on pricing, unfortunately. Check out more at Nintendo.

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