|System: Wii U|
|Release: September 20, 2013|
|Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p||Animated Blood, Fantasy Violence|
The fact is that The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD is a very streamlined game: There's the impressive use of the Wii U GamePad to quickly sort through Link's inventory, check maps, and assign items to buttons; the optional, faster means of sailing; and select, important items tied to d-pad directions. It all just works. In fact, the GamePad is perfectly suited to the experience, especially when it comes to using gyroscopic controls to shoot arrows with the Hero's Bow. It all works exceptionally well, and it feels like The Wind Waker was always meant to be paired with it.
Lamentably, I was unable to test one of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD's new features. Fortunately, it was one that isn't crucial to gameplay. Upon rescuing the infamous Tingle from Windfall Island's jail, he bequeaths Tingle Bottles upon the player. These can be sent out along the waves of any beach, taking a random message to another The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD player. Pictobox images can be included, and if someone is online, a Tingle Bottle might appear on his or her shoreline. I received an error message when I attempted to send one and never came across any bottles during my wanderings. I'm sure this will be remedied once the game actually launches, but I like the notion of it and feel it will add a friendly, social element to an otherwise solitary adventure.
Of course, I'm sure I'm probably preaching to the choir. Many of you have probably already experienced The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker before and have gone through what I've been experiencing. It's a touching and awe-inspiring journey. While playing, I marveled at things I normally don't pay attention to in games, such as the way light and shadows played off of Link and his enemies in battles, or the way the wind made little things, such as flags or windmills, come to life. (I also may have been a little too amused at Medli's reactions to being thrown against the wind.) But for those who, like me, are new to The Wind Waker, go into The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD knowing that this is an example of a truly great game as well as one of Link's finest adventures.
Date: September 18, 2013