Big news for Zelda fans out of Nintendo Direct. The first is that Wind Waker will be receiving an HD remake for Wii U and coming out this fall for the system. Nintendo president Satoru Iwata spoke candidly about how Gamecube’s install base wasn’t very large and may have resulted in many players missing out on the experience. Some new shots include this one, and there’s more at the end of the article:

The next big piece of news is about the new Zelda game for the Wii U. While no images or footage was shown, producer Eiji Aonuma announced that they are going to attempt some important design changes. He specifically spoke about not having to the dungeons in a specific order and possible multiplayer integration. The second point isn’t too surprising, as Nintendo is clearly still going for the ‘people playing together’ with Wii U, but changes to the base game design of Zelda is something I’ve both longed feared and desired. Also, let’s bring back real multiplayer with the Tingle Tuner, am I right?! I’ll take your silence as a ‘no.’

You can watch the Nintendo Direct presentation here.

Source: Nintendo Direct via Reddit


  1. Turn on Bloom effect on game engine, upscale Wind Waker to 720p/1080p, instant “Wind Waker HD.” Hahaha! I’ll buy it again, no doubt, but just the game could use more touch-ups than a mere bloom effect layer, a better sunlight and upscaling to HD. How about adding some normal maps to bring out those crevices? How about using some flow maps to add more dynamic foam motions to the seashore? How about a subtle application of subsurface scattering on Link’s skin? Com’on, Nintendo–I hope you amp it up more!

  2. Nintendo sure does love to remake their games. I think half the games on the Nintendo DS were ports & remakes. ::Bought them anyway >_>::

  3. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess should also get an HD remake, and I prefer it over The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker, which is my brother’s favorite Zelda game.

  4. This design looks very good right now. I’m looking forward to playing the zelda remake on the Wii U soon this fall.