E3 2013 Unveils ‘Zelda: The Wind Waker HD’ For Wii U

Nintendo have given a Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD game play demonstration at E3 2013.

Although this isn’t the new Legend of Zelda game news players might have wanted, it does give die hard fans the chance to replay a much loved classic Nintendo game.

The remake of a GameCube favourite will be released in October of this year and promises to inject new life into the original story.

Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD will largely remain true to the original, however, necessary updates will be made to ensure a faster and more streamlined game.

Most notable of which is the introduction of a ‘speed up’ button.

Due to the vast sea setting with various islands dotted around the landscape, players have to travel by boat to each destination, exactly as they did in the original.

However, this time round players will have more control over their boat, which will make the travelling faster and less tedious, meaning gamers can get to the action much quicker than before.

One of the largest criticisms the original game generated was centered on the sailing element.

Many critics mentioned that, although the game started off at a brisk pace, it soon became drawn out and slow towards the end.

Furthermore, Nintendo are bringing back the Tingle Turner, though they are revamping the system.

For any gamers who are unfamiliar with how this worked in the past, this feature involved connecting your Game Boy Advance to the GameCube and allowed a second player to take control of Tingle (a character within the game).

In the Legender of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD the Tingle Turner will be known as Tingle Bottle.

It will work by using Miiverse to send messages in a bottle that will then appear in other players games.

Just in case any gamers are unaware of what Miiverse is, it’s a new network service that lets you design mini versions of yourself to help you share what’s going on around you and in the games themselves.

In addition to the in-game feature updates, Nintendo have remastered the visual content using 1080p graphics, partnered with the use of shaders to make the textures more refined.

Moreover, the use of such game engine innovations will mean that the characters expressions will be vastly improved.

Legend of Zelda has been in the spotlight recently thanks to the latest fan film depicting a real life version of the game, and this new information seems set to continue the focus on the popular franchise.

Overall, from what has been revealed at E3 2013, the remastered Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD appears to have ironed out all the irritating aspects of the gameplay and kept the ones that made it great.

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