The day has finally arrived: The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD is now available in Europe (and North America) as a physical release!
Back in 2003 The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker emerged on the GameCube and brought with it a fresh graphical style that divided fans completely. Instead of the traditional design seen in Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask, The Wind Waker took a cel-shaded approach and even did away with the typical Hyrule Field, introducing the vast Great Sea instead.
It was still Zelda at its core, though, and it didn't take long for fans to accept this new cartoon Link and the different style of play. Indeed, Toon Link is now a predominant figure and became the design of choice for the DS adventures Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks. He's even been a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and will be returning in the upcoming Wii U and 3DS iteration.
However, as the developers have admitted in a recent Iwata Asks, it wasn't perfect and improvements have been made in this new version, including a swifter sail, which can be bought and attached to King of Red Lions to speed up the sailing sections so many complained about. Of course, the game is totally playable on the GamePad only and Miiverse is integrated with the addition of the Tingle Bottle, which can wash up on the shores of other players around the world. Some North American players have had the game for a while, as it was made available on the Wii U eShop a little earlier in the region so there are already plenty of messages to find!
The Wind Waker is regarded as the best Legend of Zelda title by many, with its luscious looks, great characters and excellent gameplay and now with the new high definition Wii U edition it looks all the more impressive.
You can have a look through our The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD review to find out more about it. Needless to say we certainly enjoyed it!
The Wind Waker HD is available in various forms. First of all there's the aforementioned eShop version and there is also a special limited edition Wii U bundle for those who haven't taken the plunge yet.
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