The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker Remake Coming To Wii U; Looks Gorgeous

By Ishaan . January 23, 2013 . 7:09am

Nintendo are bringing two Zelda games to Wii U—one remake and one original title.


The first to be released will be the remake, which is The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, which is going to see a huge visual upgrade on Wii U and is slated for release this fall.


Nintendo president, Satoru Iwata, says that part of the reason The Wind Waker was chosen is because the platform it was originally on, the Gamecube, wasn’t a very widespread system and so, several gamers may not have gotten to try the game.


Here are more images from the remake:


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  • I wanted to think of something clever or constructive to say but all that’s coming out is AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

  • ronin4life

    Looks incredible. Though real time shadows do make a slightly wierd blend with bright cartoony colors…

  • AaqibRawat

    A gorgeous game. i am excited for this.

  • Maumac77

    Surprised since I loved the Gamecube and everyone I knew had one. Although if it gets me this HD them sure I’m wrong. But of that’s the case…….Would I be dumb to hope for an HD Tales of Symphonia??? (I know the answer is yes -_-)

  • zferolie

    Ah, those screenshots look AMAZING! Really beautiful. I may have to re-buy this game.

    Damn you nintendo. Today you showed off so many games I want to buy, when I am trying to buy less! At least I have a while till these come

    Nintendo, I must say you did a good job today. People have been wanting to hear about new games for the Wii U, and you delivered in spades. I was worried for a bit, but now I see it was unfounded. I am glad I bought a Wii U even more now.

  • Leon_Tekashi

    Holy crap, the wii u version is gorgeous! =)

  • Rogerrmark

    God,a new Xeno, Zelda Wind Waker remake and a Shin Megami Tensei x Fire Emblem crossover announced on the same day.

    Is this real life?

    • zferolie

      Or just fantasy?

      • Spencer Davis

        caught in a landslide

        • Lashawn Williams

          ha so much win

        • mark zeus lee

          no escape from reality.

  • Leo121

    Just shut up and take my money.

  • idrawrobots

    All other companies, THIS is how you do an HD remake.

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    • zferolie

      I couldn’t agree more. Nintendo really showed everyone how to do a proper HD update. They just don’t add a few filters and make it wide screen. It looks like they included a new engine, light and shadow effects, and really polished it.

      • Peace Legacy

        …I think it is unfair to compare a HD Remake with a HD Port. They are drastically different in their purpose (and effort). There is a distinction between the 2 terms for a reason afterall

        • idrawrobots

          It’s completely fair to make that comparison. Most companies simply do HD ports, and Nintendo does what Nintendo does. I recognize that ICO and Shadow were simply ports and it’s a shame they weren’t handled in similar fashion to Wind Waker.

          • Peace Legacy

            The purpose of HD port is to provide a quick budget for other more major development (sequel to the franchise), or aims to get money in general. Whereas a remake is treated seriously as a major development itself, take more efforts, more risks, and more rewards.
            HD port usually make up for its lack of new content with its great value (cheap price/2-6 different games for a price of a standard current gen game. HD port is a perfect way to get newer gamer generation into long time running franchises (they also offer great nostalgia values for existing fan with spare money and time as well). Whereas a remake can be a little bit harder to get into (depend on which title is being remade) for newer generation of gamer, and is targeted more toward the current fanbase of the franchise itself.
            In short, a HD port collection is a great support foundation for upcoming main launches, whereas a remake is the main launch itself.

          • almostautumn

            Err, what? Ico/Sotc is undoubtedly the most well-handled and effective HD collection to date. One, both games really look terrific in HD; two, SotC runs beautifully and without even the most remotest of frame-hiccup anymore; three; there is additional content in Ico, as well as that of dev-team videos.

            There are crumby HD ports, but you clearly haven’t played a single one if you’re going around saying the Ico/Sotc remaster is anything but stellar. Furthermore, you’re also ignoring that there are generally 2 to 3 games in these HD remasters; what do you think; Nintendo going to throw in Majora’s Mask? Hell no; their saving that for a 3DS remake, and you know damn well that whatever Mario HD-Remake they do is going to be singular also. Get real, man, and stop trying to harpy good things just because one announcement has you giddy and favoring for the next five minutes.

          • idrawrobots

            I have played though the entire game of Shadow of the Colossus HD, and the whole time I noticed texture and asset pop in. It’s a beautiful game but it is far from flawless.

            I fully understand the differences between a port and a remake and what I am saying is I would much rather see remakes than ports. I would have had no qualms about paying 60 dollars for a full remake of my favorite games, be it Wind Waker or ICO, or Shadow of the Colossus.

          • Altumn

            Theres a difference between remaking and remastering. This is a remake, AKA REMAKING the whole game into a new HD setting. Remastering is clarifying into the HD setting.

          • Elvick

            Go look at the block geometry, blocky character models in OoT 3D and say that to me again.

            That is essentially what an “HD remaster” is. They may have added some more detail and fixed a couple things here and there, but overall it’s not a remake.

            And Starfox 64 3D wasn’t much different either.

            It all depends on the project.

          • idrawrobots

            Well when you take a butt ugly game like Oot there isn’t much you can do short of redesigning the whole game. I sold my copy of OoT 3D and didn’t even get to Death Mountain.

    • grevlinghore

      One internet to you, sir.

    • Elvick

      Are you one of those derps who thinks of HD remasters as an “HD remake”? Because if you are, hush yourself please.

      If not, then okay, I agree.

  • Jack Frazee

    Well that settles it. First SMT x Fire Emblem, and now my second favorite Zelda in HD? Looks like I’m getting a Wii U later this year.

  • Spirit Macardi

    Truthfully I think they could have just re-released the original Wind Waker as a VC title or the like, since its cartoony graphics still hold up today. However, this is still a pretty awesome surprise!

    I can imagine the handheld screen would allow for an ever-present map as well as some other neat applications such as using it to take photos with the camera.

  • Zonic505

    Now the question remains…..

    ….can we use the Tingle Tuner via Gamepad?!

    • Maumac77

      Naw…..That’s the 3DS’ job homie ;)

  • Shiki

    SERIOUSLY , that’s too much for a one day , if something esle came , i’m gonna pass away

  • AlteisenX

    Not sure why they’re remaking Wind Waker, I guess its been 10 years already… Jeez. I wonder if Cosmo will ever try running this version, and I wonder if the glitches found will be usable/fixed. I don’t think they really needed to “update” Wind Waker since it looks amazing still due to the art style, but whatever floats your boat Nintendo. I’ll still look for that Majora’s Mask on 3DS though.

  • FFmax

    Oh god the Great Sea is going to look amazing.

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    Nintendo really knows how to create a blackhole in my wallet.T_T

    • AuraGuyChris

      Oh please, you’re exaggerating.
      Here, let me look at your wall- *Gets sucked away*

  • keithmaxx

    I thought I would play the Skyward Sword version first, but now I’m torn between buying the console now to play it or to buy later where a special Zelda bundle could be in the wings… Argh Nintendo, why make life so complicated?! XD

  • WyattEpp

    Wait, so they’re changing literally the only thing about the game that doesn’t need any changes at all? I guess this probably won’t be a popular position, but the visuals in Windwaker positively oozed style, and did so in a manner that’s pretty close to evergreen– if they didn’t change anything but the resolution, it would still look great.

    The Triforce hunt, on the other hand…

  • AuraGuyChris

    Wonder if Tetra is walking around with Link in this one for real…

  • SetzerGabbiani

    That’s the thing about Nintendo that I love. When it decides to do a remake, it definitely does it RIGHT. I relish its deliberative nature as far as remakes are concerned.

  • Eric Harris

    As long as this is a boxed physical release, I will be getting a WiiU in the fall at the very latest. Stupidly sold all of my cube games for weasly $135, will be nice to officially own Wind Waker again.

  • Raoni Marques

    I was thinking about skipping Nintendo’s console this generation too. All those announcements made me change my mind.

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  • $36598391

    What?! Nintendo chooses Wind Waker over Link to the Past for a remake….

  • MrSirFeatherFang

    I was thinking if Nintendo would get lazy and just HD port it or something. All the news today has gotten me excited!

  • Cazar

    Now we just Metroid Prime HD and then my life is complete.

  • Wow, you can definitely see the difference. Good work Nintendo!

  • Solomon_Kano

    Iwata gave the exact reason that I never got to play this. I seriously only had 3 friends with Gamecubes. Everybody else I knew had PS2s or Xbox…es? Xboxes. So I’m incredibly happy to see this remade. Just another feather in Ninty’s “buy a Wii U already” cap, for me.

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  • Derek E Nay

    Ah, I wanted a Majora remake :(

  • SO MUCH YES!!!!!!!!!

  • Yuriangels

    Hmmmmm, serious thinking about getting a Wii-U this year!!!

  • Rachel Hetchler

    My mouth is wide open with shock, but nothing’s coming out. This makes me wish I had a Wii U D:

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