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Eiji Aonuma Shares Wind Waker HD Thoughts

Posted by Mike Mason

"More real" in HD

We saw the first footage of the gorgeous Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD during the E3 Nintendo Direct earlier, and now Nintendo has followed up its initial showing with a developer video from Zelda head honcho Eiji Aonuma.

The manager and producer of the Zelda team shared some thoughts about the HD remake and some of the decisions that came into play during development. Thanks to its overhauled 1080p visuals, Aonuma feels that the game now feels "more real", and he's particularly impressed by the far-stretching horizon; the new graphical oomph of Wii U makes the sky "infinite" above a "boundless sea".

Despite his excitement for the high definition television experience, Aonuma felt it important to add Off-TV play to give people the freedom to play how they want. Along similar lines, the Wii U GamePad gyroscopes can be used to look around — much like The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D — but you're also able to use the analogue sticks instead. Link's wind-controlling baton was originally controlled using the left analogue stick, but during development this was altered; players now guide the wand with the touch screen.

Aonuma also explained the reasoning behind a brand new function: the faster boat. Your vessel's speed was purposely restricted in the GameCube original so that the system never ran out of memory and dropped players from the edge of the world. On Wii U the entire ocean can be loaded into the memory at once, so there's no such problem. During the adventure you'll acquire the ability to speed up your ship and dash across the water at high pace — though expect to start out slowly so that you can appreciate the speed increase later.

To finish up, the boss of Software Development Group 3 noted that the original Wind Waker was the first game he felt that he could freely try several different approaches during development, and believes that the HD remake fulfills his first vision. He also spoke deliberately about the infamous Triforce Hunt — for The Wind Waker HD, the team has made unspecified "minute" alterations to improve the flow of the game and encourage people to play right to the end.

You can watch the developer video for yourself below. What do you think of these adjustments to The Wind Waker HD?

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User Comments (26)

BenAV

#1

BenAV said:

Can't wait to play this.
Wind Waker's my favourite Zelda game, and it's looking amazing on the Wii U.
Even though it's a remake, it's one of my most anticipated games at the moment.

FJOJR

#2

FJOJR said:

So there's the reason why the boat was so slow. A much needed upgrade.

rjejr

#3

rjejr said:

Never played it before, good to hear about the boat speed increase and final quest improvements.

So, things look better in HD, do tell.

sketchturner

#4

sketchturner said:

2:55 it sounded like "This time, the **** can travel much faster."

BTW, I'm not a big WindWaker fan but this looks amazing.

ikki5

#5

ikki5 said:

Game looks awesome and I want it but.....what about the two dungeons....

bizcuthammer

#8

bizcuthammer said:

I have this on GCN. I really hope they add in the dungeons that were cut, otherwise i may skip this game. I rarely ever buy the same game twice unless the remake has some amazing extras or if its a great game and i've lost it or it broke somehow.

ricklongo

#9

ricklongo said:

I never owned a Game Cube, and as such never played this game. Yet I loved the DS sequel (Phantom Hourglass). So you can imagine how excited I am. :)

Emaan

#10

Emaan said:

Very happy with the adjustments they made to the game. I wonder what changes were made with the triforce expedition towards the end?

Play_It_Loud

#11

Play_It_Loud said:

I was gonna buy it any-ways since I love wind waker, but I am even more pumped about the revisions to the darn end game fetch quest. I never beat this game because of it.

Dreamcaster-X

#14

Dreamcaster-X said:

Such a stunning title in HD. I'm actually glad this is the Wii U's first Zelda title. I prefer this look over the more "realistic" look of TP or SS.

eviLaTtenDant

#15

eviLaTtenDant said:

After watching the trailer during Direct and then in the eShop again i now know for sure that graphically i don't need a remake of this game. It might be higher res and have a few better textures here and there but that don't impress me much.
Anyway, i hope many people that didn't play the original check it out since it's just such an amazingly mindblowing game.

Buduski

#16

Buduski said:

For all those gamers that still haven't played this entry in the Legend of Zelda franchise I seriously suggest you try wind waker out, it really is a great title, I'm not a big fan of the cartoon version of link but there is no denying that this is a Masterpiece.

Rezalack

#17

Rezalack said:

This is one of the reasons I want a Wii U. I never played it when it was originally released so it's pretty much a whole new game for me. I plan on getting a Wii U this holiday season hopefully at a decent price so I can pick up this and Donkey Kong as well.

ajcismo

#18

ajcismo said:

So nice to see Mr.Aonuma on my 3DS when I got home from work. He completed a puzzle for me.
Cannot wait to go sailing again in October.

tsm7

#19

tsm7 said:

@ajcismo: completed a puzzle for me too!
Though, I'm with some of the people who have already played the title. I'd like some added content or at least a hard mode/master quest.

erv

#20

erv said:

I played it over and over but will buy it again as it is a top zelda game.

I could do without the "fast" though. I loved the sailing in the first place. Did they add islands and increase some of their sizes?

dumedum

#21

dumedum said:

I have the gamecube never played it, and now it will be there for posterity while I buy this version probably (eshop)

dartmonkey

#22

dartmonkey said:

I have this dream where I can sit down and play though a Zelda with my girlfriend. I think this has as good a chance as any of being the one. Worst case scenario - she sits next to me playing Animal Crossing while I play. Boom!

AJWolfTill

#23

AJWolfTill said:

@dartmonkey I've lived that dream... 3 and a 1/2 times :)
I love this game and it looks great buuuuut, I'm not going to fork over +£30 without the addition of new levels/content.
I do like that the colout pictograph is there from the start and it seems to have 12 save slots instead of 3 now! Yaaay

gefflt

#25

gefflt said:

I don't know if it's a good thing but I was kind of disappointed that they didn't specify how they changed the "triforce hunt", towards the end.

Could it be a new, giant dungeon (think Ganon's tower from OOT) with all of the pieces of triforce scattered through it?

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