The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker Remake Headed to Wii U

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The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker Remake Headed to Wii U

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All-new Zelda adventure also in the works.

As we approach the 10-year anniversary of the U.S. release of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, you may be flush with nostalgia. Nintendo is, too, and it's going to prove it by re-releasing Wind Waker this coming Fall for its new Wii U console. But we're not just talking about some blurry, 480p experience like you've played before. No, Nintendo has remade the entire game to be fit for today's HD sets, complete with updated textures and character models.

Nintendo revealed the news in a Nintendo Direct live video stream earlier today, and offered the remake as a bit of a consolation gift after admitting that the next truly original Zelda title is still quite far away. No exact date, name, or real details regarding the new adventure were offered, simply that it exists, and it's going to be a while before we see it.

The Wind Waker was met with nearly universal acclaim upon release, and it's still regarded as one of the finer Zelda titles ever released. An HD remake is intriguing, and the promised bonus feature of being able to play the game using just the Wii U gamepad is likely enough to make Zelda diehards squeal with delight.

Of course, it would have been nice to see at least a glimpse of the all-new title being worked on, but at this point - and with the Wii U's limited library - we'll take what we can get.

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Ive been looking to get Windwaker for a very long time, this might finely be my chance! Though I do wonder what they mean by remake? its not some 3d rehash of the same thing like they did with OoT or Starfox 64 on the 3ds

*girly squeal*
Um...ignore that...
Oh this makes me extremely happy. I freaking loved Wind Waker. Of course though now I need to get a Wii U. Typical that I just get myself a new Wii and now I have a reason to get the Wii U.

Man, I never got a chance to play Wind Waker, maybe I can now. Good show Nintendo. There is now a good handful of Wii U games I want now. Wonderful 101, Wind Waker HD, Bayonetta 2, Pikmin 3 and whatever that JRPG was at the end of Nintendo Direct.

Sure that's like 5, but it's cool. I'm not gonna buy it just yet since none of those games are actually out and by that point Nintendo should (better have) announced more games for the damn thing.

Calumon: They look like they're made of clay. :S

Of all the news that was announced, this is definitely the one I'm most looking forward to.

I loved Wind Waker a massive amount, and when my disc finally gave up on me, I was heartbroken. And by that time, buying another copy was ridiculously expensive.

So I've very glad to hear this news (hell, I would've been happy with the original just being downloadable in some form)!

A few hours ago I was talking to my coworkers how Nintendo really need to up their game in order for me to buy a Wii U, Then They announce Wind Waker HD remake and a new Xeno(blade/gear/saga)...

Damn you Nintendo!

funksobeefy:
Ive been looking to get Windwaker for a very long time, this might finely be my chance! Though I do wonder what they mean by remake? its not some 3d rehash of the same thing like they did with OoT or Starfox 64 on the 3ds

It's a remake, as in fully rematsered, look on youtube for the nintendo direct clip for comparison it's staggeringly good looking. If you haven't played wind waker, wait for this remake, though i couldn't fault you for picking up a gamecube copy anyway. Wind Waker is an exquisite game, my favourite Zelda bar Minish Cap.

oh fuck Wind Waker still looks beautiful on GameCube I can't begin to imagine how it'll look in full HD resolution :D
I really can't wait for this now, I need it NOW!

Ruairi iliffe:
A few hours ago I was talking to my coworkers how Nintendo really need to up their game in order for me to buy a Wii U, Then They announce Wind Waker HD remake and a new Xeno(blade/gear/saga)...

Damn you Nintendo!

new 3d mario, new zelda, pikmin 3, wind waker hd, mario bros u, zombiu, Xenoblade follow up, the next smash bros is gonna be on sh ow at E3...

Yeah, I need one of these things, good going Nintendo... now just continue to support it for longer than 3 years > >

Oh and a new DK game, make it so Retro.

SkarKrow:

Ruairi iliffe:
A few hours ago I was talking to my coworkers how Nintendo really need to up their game in order for me to buy a Wii U, Then They announce Wind Waker HD remake and a new Xeno(blade/gear/saga)...

Damn you Nintendo!

new 3d mario, new zelda, pikmin 3, wind waker hd, mario bros u, zombiu, Xenoblade follow up, the next smash bros is gonna be on sh ow at E3...

Not a mention of the Shin Megami Tensei/Fire Emblem crossover? For shame sir!

OT: Well, I already have the GameCube version (along with Master Quest) So I will give this a miss, Wind Waker still looks gorgeous even to this day!

Although you (Skar Krow) did mention a comparison, care to share bud?

Oooooh, that's very nice! Wind Waker was always my favorite Zelda. Played that game to death back in the Gamecube days. It's not enough to get me to shell out for a Wii U, but it looks like those that do will have some nice stuff to look forward to.

Do not make the same mistake you made with OoT 3DS Nintendo! Redo the score! I'm talking proper orchestra tracks!

Ah fuck me!

This is seriously going to make me consider buying a WiiU just for this HD remake alone. And here I was pretty content in not wanting to touch the WiiU with a ten-foot pole. Goddammit!

Best game in the series imo. But it seems Nintendo finally caved in and starts doing remakes of the Zelda games. With OoT 3DS and the rumored Marjora's Mask remake and now this, it seems they finally decided they wanted to make more money. still, even if that is true, they at least put a lot effort in it.

Looks Like Nintendo has finally decided to start being Nintendo again :)

I was saving money for a 3DS, and now this happens. Why must you make me choose Nintendo!

TizzytheTormentor:

SkarKrow:

Ruairi iliffe:
A few hours ago I was talking to my coworkers how Nintendo really need to up their game in order for me to buy a Wii U, Then They announce Wind Waker HD remake and a new Xeno(blade/gear/saga)...

Damn you Nintendo!

new 3d mario, new zelda, pikmin 3, wind waker hd, mario bros u, zombiu, Xenoblade follow up, the next smash bros is gonna be on sh ow at E3...

Not a mention of the Shin Megami Tensei/Fire Emblem crossover? For shame sir!

OT: Well, I already have the GameCube version (along with Master Quest) So I will give this a miss, Wind Waker still looks gorgeous even to this day!

Although you (Skar Krow) did mention a comparison, care to share bud?

Actually can help with that, There is a Vid in the Kotaku article, The New engine stuff is only statics, but It looks like a new engine or its been heavy modified with the Soft lighting effects and the new shaders.

http://kotaku.com/5978276/nintendo-is-remaking-the-legend-of-zelda-wind-waker-for-wii-u

Wind Waker was one of the few titles that did not need a remake. It still looks amazing graphically and PC mods have had it running in HD for a while now iirc.

They should have gone with something like Majoras Mask or Link to the Past, something that could actually benefit and have significant change in a remake.

Well actually none of them need remakes, I'd rather see a new IP or new game in the series than retreading into nostalgia again.

TizzytheTormentor:

SkarKrow:

Ruairi iliffe:
A few hours ago I was talking to my coworkers how Nintendo really need to up their game in order for me to buy a Wii U, Then They announce Wind Waker HD remake and a new Xeno(blade/gear/saga)...

Damn you Nintendo!

new 3d mario, new zelda, pikmin 3, wind waker hd, mario bros u, zombiu, Xenoblade follow up, the next smash bros is gonna be on sh ow at E3...

Not a mention of the Shin Megami Tensei/Fire Emblem crossover? For shame sir!

OT: Well, I already have the GameCube version (along with Master Quest) So I will give this a miss, Wind Waker still looks gorgeous even to this day!

Although you (Skar Krow) did mention a comparison, care to share bud?

Feast your eyes on that bad boy! There's talks about enhancements to the gameplay too, and it will be playable on the gamepaad and have the miiverse integrated, it looks stunning, and even though there's a copy of the original here somewhere, this really does catch my interest.

I do need to hunt down a copy for my gamecube colleciton though, along with the master quest promo disc and such.

Shin Megami Tensei doesn't interest me, and Fire Emblem I've played once and I couldn't get into it at all, though I was aware of those things. For me the big stuff was:

New Zelda in the works
New 3D Mario in the works
Wind Waker HD remake
Smash Bros U/3DS will be at E3
Yoshi's Epic Yarn
Xenoblade Chronicles follow up
Mario Kart U

Basically, Nintendo went and dropped a bunch of stuff that could very well upset Sony & Microsofts E3 showing this year, new hardware, great, but does it have a brand new 3D Mario game? No? To the door with thee!.

Seems to me Nintendo is hitting the ground running on the Wii U and it's gonna be a big contender next holiday period, especially if some of the above get a launch around then and maybe the system gets some nice bundles and a price drop dependant on the other systems prices.

The prospect of whatever Retro is working on entices me too since they've proven themselves with DKC Returns and Metroid Prime Trilogy. I'm also excited for the inevitable Sonic game on the Wii U being the whore for the blue blur that I am.

I'm all giddy and excited :P

Ruairi iliffe:

TizzytheTormentor:

SkarKrow:

new 3d mario, new zelda, pikmin 3, wind waker hd, mario bros u, zombiu, Xenoblade follow up, the next smash bros is gonna be on sh ow at E3...

Not a mention of the Shin Megami Tensei/Fire Emblem crossover? For shame sir!

OT: Well, I already have the GameCube version (along with Master Quest) So I will give this a miss, Wind Waker still looks gorgeous even to this day!

Although you (Skar Krow) did mention a comparison, care to share bud?

Actually can help with that, There is a Vid in the Kotaku article, The New engine stuff is only statics, but It looks like a new engine or its been heavy modified with the Soft lighting effects and the new shaders.

http://kotaku.com/5978276/nintendo-is-remaking-the-legend-of-zelda-wind-waker-for-wii-u

I gots the youtube embed already but you did ninja me on this one.

It does lookf ab even though it's only stills, I can't wait to see it in motion.

SkarKrow:

TizzytheTormentor:

SkarKrow:

new 3d mario, new zelda, pikmin 3, wind waker hd, mario bros u, zombiu, Xenoblade follow up, the next smash bros is gonna be on sh ow at E3...

Not a mention of the Shin Megami Tensei/Fire Emblem crossover? For shame sir!

OT: Well, I already have the GameCube version (along with Master Quest) So I will give this a miss, Wind Waker still looks gorgeous even to this day!

Although you (Skar Krow) did mention a comparison, care to share bud?

Feast your eyes on that bad boy! There's talks about enhancements to the gameplay too, and it will be playable on the gamepaad and have the miiverse integrated, it looks stunning, and even though there's a copy of the original here somewhere, this really does catch my interest.

I do need to hunt down a copy for my gamecube colleciton though, along with the master quest promo disc and such.

Shin Megami Tensei doesn't interest me, and Fire Emblem I've played once and I couldn't get into it at all, though I was aware of those things. For me the big stuff was:

New Zelda in the works
New 3D Mario in the works
Wind Waker HD remake
Smash Bros U/3DS will be at E3
Yoshi's Epic Yarn
Xenoblade Chronicles follow up
Mario Kart U

Basically, Nintendo went and dropped a bunch of stuff that could very well upset Sony & Microsofts E3 showing this year, new hardware, great, but does it have a brand new 3D Mario game? No? To the door with thee!.

Seems to me Nintendo is hitting the ground running on the Wii U and it's gonna be a big contender next holiday period, especially if some of the above get a launch around then and maybe the system gets some nice bundles and a price drop dependant on the other systems prices.

The prospect of whatever Retro is working on entices me too since they've proven themselves with DKC Returns and Metroid Prime Trilogy. I'm also excited for the inevitable Sonic game on the Wii U being the whore for the blue blur that I am.

I'm all giddy and excited :P

Ruairi ninja'd you mate!

Everything on that list looks good, I am definitly getting a Wii-U after seeing all these announced titles!

You getting one?

Some picture from WW HD.
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I think that the new soft lightning looks fantastic. I've played the game when it was released on the GC and I've played it on my PC with Dolphin. This looks so much better than the emulated version. This really is a no contest.

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I know this isn't likely to happen, but this would be the best things since sliced bread if Nintendo actually finished the game. I don't know how many of you are aware of it, but WW was shipped unfinished. There are several dungeons that weren't finished and were scraped from the game. So if Ninty finished at least some of them, this would be... oh... I don't know how to describe how happy I would be.

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Open image in a new tab to see in full size and beauty.

I bet a part of the remake is allowing you to change the wind direction while sailing than to manually stop the sail and then use the Wind Waker to do so!

SkarKrow:

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I gots the youtube embed already but you did ninja me on this one.

It does lookf ab even though it's only stills, I can't wait to see it in motion.

I'm really hoping for a E3 trailer showing of it, I am quite happy with the still shots as I adore how much colour really pops out making it quite striking but its interesting Nintendo are showing so much of their hand before the big Shows, Me thinks I will be quite giddy this year.

TizzytheTormentor:
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Ruairi ninja'd you mate!

Everything on that list looks good, I am definitly getting a Wii-U after seeing all these announced titles!

You getting one?

He may have ninjad me but I came packing an EMBEDDED VIDEO! So people will notice mine more :3

Yeah I'm stoked for it now, might have to pick up that lovely bundle ShopTo has going on with a pro controller and zombiu for 299, if I didn't live at home I'd have bought it already I don't fancy the chewing out I'll get for spending 300 to be honest. BUT I WANT IT!

Will likely order one within a few weeks. I forgot to list Pikmin 3 up there I do not know why, I do also want Mario Bros U and ZombiU already, and Nintendo Land looks a lot of fun for the couch.

I'm getting a good vibe from the Wii U now, if Nintendo plays it's cards right I may not even need the other systems this generation, which will be a first for me.

Finally playing Skyward Sword too, enjoying it very much, I tracked down a limited edition copy on eBay for the controller... I hope when they do get around to the new Zelda game it's in the same style as Skyward Sword, I hate the Twilight Princess art direction.

... why?.

I mean, I definitely loved Wind Waker, but seriously, was an HD update necessary?, heck, judging from that photo alone, I think that it looks even worse.

Wind Waker is pretty much like Okami, it's just perfect as it is, it only needed a higher resolution and call it a day.

Let's hope Ninty doesn't take the "remake" path like it's been doing with the 3DS lately.

Ruairi iliffe:

I'm really hoping for a E3 trailer showing of it, I am quite happy with the still shots as I adore how much colour really pops out making it quite striking but its interesting Nintendo are showing so much of their hand before the big Shows, Me thinks I will be quite giddy this year.

Makes me think Nintendo had big plans for E3 the way they're giving so much away, but when you think about it it's all tidbits, some stills here, some tiny details and glimpses of new pokemon and such.

I think I shall be having a very excitable year indeed.

Oh and the 3DS lineup is looking glamorous, frigging Luigi's Mansion 2 soon!

SkarKrow:

Ruairi iliffe:

I'm really hoping for a E3 trailer showing of it, I am quite happy with the still shots as I adore how much colour really pops out making it quite striking but its interesting Nintendo are showing so much of their hand before the big Shows, Me thinks I will be quite giddy this year.

Makes me think Nintendo had big plans for E3 the way they're giving so much away, but when you think about it it's all tidbits, some stills here, some tiny details and glimpses of new pokemon and such.

I think I shall be having a very excitable year indeed.

Oh and the 3DS lineup is looking glamorous, frigging Luigi's Mansion 2 soon!

I was starting to worry Nintendo where slacking with the Wii U and 3DS without any good titles to be seen, but seems they just wanted the hardware out the door THEN get the 'Killer Apps' finished, pardon the horrible buzz word.

Oh and I didn't catch the 3DS stuff, Apart from Luigi's mansion(Which I'm looking forward too, march is a good month for the 3DS)
I haven't seen much news.

Damn it Nintendo! Stop making me want to give you money!

Sweet Jesus! Now I know there'll be something I'll really want for when I get around to buy a WiiU. Praise Nintendo for capitalizing off my nostalgia!

Er no....the sick of sailing game is sick...give me a OOT/MM HD double pack and I am in....also give me a HD Metroid Prime quad pack and I am also in >>.

Gee, thnx Nintendo.

Re-release my favorite Zelda on a console that I don't really want. You guys are sick freaks.

Well, guess I better start gathering up some money. T_T

Ruairi iliffe:

SkarKrow:

Ruairi iliffe:

I'm really hoping for a E3 trailer showing of it, I am quite happy with the still shots as I adore how much colour really pops out making it quite striking but its interesting Nintendo are showing so much of their hand before the big Shows, Me thinks I will be quite giddy this year.

Makes me think Nintendo had big plans for E3 the way they're giving so much away, but when you think about it it's all tidbits, some stills here, some tiny details and glimpses of new pokemon and such.

I think I shall be having a very excitable year indeed.

Oh and the 3DS lineup is looking glamorous, frigging Luigi's Mansion 2 soon!

I was starting to worry Nintendo where slacking with the Wii U and 3DS without any good titles to be seen, but seems they just wanted the hardware out the door THEN get the 'Killer Apps' finished, pardon the horrible buzz word.

Oh and I didn't catch the 3DS stuff, Apart from Luigi's mansion(Which I'm looking forward too, march is a good month for the 3DS)
I haven't seen much news.

Yeah me too and then just a huge bulk announcement of great things coming out. Ehh I'm not up to date on the 3DS stuff myself, but I'm anticipating Luigi's Mansion 2 and Pokemon X/Y :3

Gonna go grab Mario Kart 7 too methinx.

I'm not sure how I feel about this. Wind Waker is one of my all-time favorites from the Gamecube, but the N64 ones could really use a true HD remake much, much more. As good as Ocarina of Time 3D is, it's still an experience I like to have on my TV, and I'd love to see that and Majora's Mask remade so they don't look like paper cutouts of ass. Wind Waker only really needed a native resolution upgrade and it was set: It still looks great today. This feels somewhat lazy, I guess.

And here I thought Wind Weaker had ageless graphics... a HD remake is nice, but unnecessary.

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