The Wind Waker HD remake, to me, is not just a reminder of the Gamecube’s days – it’s a direct reference to it. Spaceworld 2000 is known to Zelda fans for only one reason – because it gave us an exciting new look at what was in store for Zelda. We saw Link duking it out with Ganondorf with Ocarina of Time styled graphics, and that just set the mind ablaze of what we would see in the next Zelda. What we got, instead, was of course that damn Wind Waker.
It’s frightening how the same thing has happened over again with such seeming deliberation. We also had a Zelda demo showed to us for the Wii U, just like the one for the Gamecube. This also showed Link in a more realistically styled setting, battling with an enemy. Zelda fans (at least some) were once again excited about how this could translate into the next Zelda game.
What do we get? That damn Wind Waker… again.
I could at least somewhat get behind the idea of remaking Ocarina of Time for the 3DS. First of all, it would be handheld, which I see as a personal convenience. Secondly, the 3DS’ simple and intuitive touch screen interface worked tons better than the DS-specific styles of Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks ever did, making things easier for the player rather than harder. Thirdly, Ocarina of Time is the highest selling Zelda game of them all. So there are some justifications for that remake, if you go looking for ‘em.
With Wind Waker HD, I just can’t think of any. Not only is Wind Waker NOT among the highest selling Zelda games, it – unlike Ocarina of Time in the 3DS’ case – is likely to become readily available as a Virtual Console download for the Wii U. How could Nintendo think that Wind Waker, of all Zelda games, is worthy of a remake when there are so, so, so many better candidates? I’d KILL to see a proper quality HD remake of Adventure of Link. Perhaps that’s just me, though.
When it’s all said and done, I suppose we can do little more than count our blessings. At least they didn’t decide to remake Majora’s Mask.
Amazing how I read this post right after publishing that last post (since it contains the Twilight Princess unveiling video).
The only conclusion we can draw on for Wind Waker HD, as well as the Wii U (and the DISASTROUS receptions to it in E3 2011 and E3 2012) is that Nintendo is only interested in designing hardware and software for itself.