Blue Azures and Emerald Islands: Why HD Wind Waker is Worth Your Hype
Every self-respecting gamer who calls himself a fan of Zelda has put the time in to play one of the greats of our time, The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker. The adventure draws you in immediately with immensely colorful visuals, classic Zelda game play, a cast of unforgettable characters, and a load of undeniable charm. But no, that’s not what it’s about. Wind Waker is, at least to me, something more than a game.
It is truly an experience to behold. From the moment you take hold of your sail for the first time and embark on this epic journey across the Hylian seascape we realize Link has a whole new world to behold atop the crashing waves. It is breathtaking when you first leap off a clifftop with the Deku Leaf or equally satisfying to pull drenched Heart Pieces from the ocean floor. There is so much to do and see between the numerous side quests and little islands to explore. I can easily say it is my favorite Zelda game of all time and for good reason.
It’s a big ocean out there and there is much beauty to behold in Wind Waker’s waters. Back in the day, we were all immersed with its graphics on the Gamecube but now, a decade later, we get something new to look forward to. Announced to everybody’s surprise yesterday, an HD remake of Wind Waker is coming to the Wii U and it will prove visually to be unlike any other Zelda before it. Crisp redone visuals, gamepad functionality, and a few new gameplay quirks have been announced for the remake. The Wii U is finally hitting it on strong. One can’t help but sit on the edge of his seat to see an already beautiful Zelda game re-imagined but what does this mean for the fans exactly?
It means that the future of Zelda is very bright indeed. Previous spectacles like Ocarina of Time 3D are proving that not only is Nintendo willing to dish out a few old classics with new coats of paint, but that fans are also willing to accept them gracefully judging from the high number of sales. All this while they still push forward in efforts to create new Zelda games. For the first time in a long time I feel as though Nintendo is spoiling us just a little bit with their efforts to reproduce beautiful Zelda games while we wait for main games and I welcome this prospect very openly, so long as it doesn’t take away from the core titles. If this sells nearly as well as Ocarina of Time 3D did I believe it is reasonable to expect similar treatment to games like Skyward Sword down the line.
Long has The Legend of Zelda been a stylistic adventure. To the changing styles in top-down view to sidescrolling in the NES days to the massive 3D undertaking of Ocarina of Time that swept the gaming community by storm, Zelda has been there and done it all. Only when Wind Waker was first announced did a lot of people have trouble adapting to the new look of the small impish cartoon Link. Even I was quite skeptical for a time but I’ll never forget walking into a local K-Mart where they had a full-fledged demo up for play (remember those days!?). I immediately seized the opportunity to see if Wind Waker would impress, and by the goddesses it did. It left an impression on me that lives in my memory as a great moment in my gaming career.
This new HD experience will be fresh to lay eyes on once again. I can’t help but imagine the rolling waves in full 1080p or the lush environments of the Forest Haven springing to life on my screen in a new profound way. From the boiling lava lakes in Dragon Roost Cavern to the rising of the Tower of Gods everything is going to look simply amazing. Without spoiling anything, how awesome the final battle will look has me particularly intrigued and hyped. I think it’s safe to say that we can all look forward to this remake of Wind Waker and let Nintendo know that, while we are waiting for new Zelda’s, HD remakes are perfectly okay with us for now. Especially when they are this gorgeous.
And hey, maybe if it sells well enough we’ll still get that Majora’s Mask 3D! We can only hope.
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