It took me a while to actually crack open my copy of The Legend of Zelda Wind Waker HD but now that I did, I can’t imagine why I waited until now to get my hands on it. Yes my friends, The Legend of Zelda Wind Waker HD released on the Wii U in October 2013 but until recently it sat on my desk in its beautiful, limited edition package.
I thought I already knew what to expect having beat this outstanding game on the GameCube years ago but boy was I mistaken. Not only does the gameplay stand up incredibly well in this timeless title but the all new HD graphics literally pop off the screen and showcase one of the best looking titles in this next generation. You can flip through a number of HD pics of the game but until you see it up and running yourself, the pictures will not do the game justice.
So how does The Legend of Zelda Wind Waker HD fair? Take a seat and read on for our official review.
Like it or not, The Legend of Zelda Wind Waker HD utilizes a cell shaded graphic style that recreates Zelda’s universe to look like an animated cartoon come to life. I still remember when this title was originally announced. Fans were shocked by the look of the game and would not even consider giving this game the time of day just because, in their eyes, it looked “too cartoony”. I, for one, was skeptical at first but ended up falling in love with the art style and hoped that Nintendo would continue to maximize this cell shading technique in future Zelda’s.
The game tells the tail of a young Link and a quest to find his sister. Link takes to the open seas and with the bevy of islands in the world, there is a ton for gamers to discover. Each island felt unique and the sailing goes from being stale and a bit boring to one of the most exciting aspects of the game (the change from night to day along with the numerous obstacles the pop up during your adventure on the great seas keeps things fresh). This time around I enjoyed sailing and charting islands a lot more thanks to the tweaks that Nintendo has placed in the HD remake and found myself taking more time just enjoying the scenery around me.
The game oozes character with a number of memorable/lovable characters sprinkled throughout the islands and you will find yourself enjoying the islands natives as much as the well designed dungeons.
Simply put, gamers who may have missed out on the original game for the Gamecube should know that this is one of the best Zelda’s to date. The art style is truly gorgeous in HD and runs silky smooth on the Wii U. There are so many subtle details in the title that I had to sit back sometimes and take it all in. The weather changes are dynamic and the sense of scope is bar none. I may sound like I am rambling a bit but I have nothing but good things to say about this HD remake.
I am happy to report that the game also controls flawlessly. The Wii U gamepad is an incredible companion to The Legend of Zelda Wind Waker HD. While I charted my course for sailing, I was flipping through some menu’s o the Gamepad while watching out for the dangers of the sea. It felt comfortable and natural and I cannot wait to see how the gamepad is implemented in future Zelda’s.
All in all, The Legend of Zelda Wind Waker HD is one of my favorite Zelda’s to date. It’s a gorgeous remake of an already great looking title and should be in your Wii U library. If you are put off by this being a remake, don’t be. It’s a timeless tail and one that is outstanding. The game really feels like it was built from the ground up and makes outstanding use of the Wii U system. If you have a Wii U or are looking into getting one, this is one amazing game. The Legend of Zelda Wind Waker HD is a flawless adventure that will keep you busy for hours and hours.
Overall Myvideogamenews’ score: 10 out of 10.