New “Legend of Zelda” and “Wind Waker” HD Remake Coming to the Wii U

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windwaker_hd1If you haven’t considered investing into a Wii U console just yet, maybe this following news can be your motivator.  Not only has a new Zelda adventure been confirmed to be in development for the Wii U, but Nintendo also announced that the fan-favorite Wind Waker would be receiving a much needed HD remake.

Since the new upcoming Zelda title is still currently in the beginning stages of development, details are obviously slim.  That being said, we did get some of the core themes that series’ producer, Eiji Inafune, plan on visiting.  Furthermore, he confirmed that there will be major changes to the modern Zelda formula and his team will try to get “back to the basics” with the franchise. 

“Our mission in developing this new Zelda game for Wii U is quite plainly to rethink the conventions of Zelda. I’m referring to things such as the player is supposed to complete dungeons in a certain order. That you are suppose to play by yourself, the things that we’ve come to take for granted recently. We want to set aside these “conventions,” get back to basics to create a newborn Zelda so players today can enjoy the real essence of the franchise.”

Inafune also revealed that his team is planned on taking a similar approach to The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, but had to drop the production to support the linear structure of the game.

“We had actually worked on this kind of challenge with Skyward Sword, but we weren’t able to put efforts in changing the linear structure of the game.”

 Die hard Zelda fans who have invested in a Wii U console will not be forgotten either.  The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker will be officially getting an HD remake.  This remake will tweak the visuals and gameplay mechanics of the Gamecube classic in order to make it really shine on the Wii U.  Best of all, fans can expect the remake to hit shelves this Fall.

“After the Zelda team showed the Wii U Zelda demo, that we called the Zelda HD Experience at E3 2011, we continued to experiment with converting past Zelda art styles into HD as we continued to consider graphical styles for the new game, but in fact felt as if it had been transformed into something entirely new.”

“I wanted to report that while you’re waiting for that game [the new Legend of Zelda]to release we intend to offer you The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, reborn on the Wii U, to play in the meantime.”

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