Latest ‘Nintendo Direct’ Confirms Release Date For ‘Legend Of Zelda: Twilight Princess’ On WiiU in HD

In the first Nintendo Direct since June 1, Nintendo announced Thursday that Legend Of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD will be released for the WiiU console on March 4, 2016.

Ten years after being released on Game Cube and Wii, Twilight Princess gets an upgrade to HD for the latest Nintendo console, WiiU. Nintendo has yet to release a new Legend of Zelda title for the WiiU in the three years since the console was released. In Nintendo Direct, Reggie Fils-Aime, President and COO of Nintendo of America, announced that the game will be released March 4, 2016.

As Venture Beat noted, Nintendo has yet to release a console that didn’t have it’s own addition to the Legend of Zelda franchise, and WiiU isn’t going to be the first. There weren’t a lot of other details about Twilight Princess HD, although there was about 75 seconds of game play shown before they switched focus to the Wolf Link Amiibo that will be released with the game.

As summed up by Mashable, the story of Twilight Princess is a dark one in which Link becomes a wolf after being cursed by Zant. Puzzles must be solved, and the land of Hyrule must be saved from the “encroaching shadows.” And don’t forget Midna. Riding on Wolf Link in the new Amiibo is Midna, “who both chastises [Link] and aides him on his quest.”

When the game is released on March 4, it will be bundled with the new Wolf Link Amiibo.

As noted in the video, the game will be compatible with five existing Amiibos from the Super Smash Bros. series, shown below.

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD is currently available for pre-order. As a reward for pre-ordering, you will receive the game’s full soundtrack. Although not specified in the video, one would assume the music will be available for download. Reggie also let gamers know that some of the information saved in the Amiibos from this Legend of Zelda title will carry over to the next version released on WiiU. No further information about the future WiiU Zelda was divulged.

After mentioning that 2016 would mark the 30th anniversary of the Zelda franchise, Reggie turned things over to Bill Trinen, who talked about an update to the Nintendo DS game, The Legend of Zelda: Triforce Heroes, which was just released last month. The most prominent addition to the upgrade they are working on is the Den of Trials, which Trinen explains:

“Imagine this: If regular dungeons have four stages, the Den of Trials has a whopping 30+ stages. And unless you and your team defeat every enemy in a stage, you won’t be able to move on to the next one. In other words, you’re in for a real challenge here, my heroic friends!”

They will also put in checkpoints throughout the Den of Trials. Two new outfits will be available in the download as well. Linebeck’s Uniform allows you to see inside of treasure chests before you open them, and the Fierce Deity Armor increases attack power and allows Link to shoot beams in four directions. The free download is scheduled to be released December 2.

Thursday’s Nintendo Direct gave similar updates for a total of 30 Nintendo titles, including Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon, Super Mario Maker, Mega Man Legacy Collection, Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival and StarFox Zero.

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