See How The Wind Waker HD’s Graphics Improve Over The Original

By Ishaan . September 4, 2013 . 2:35am

Nintendo have shared a new trailer for The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD, comparing the HD remake’s visuals to the original GameCube version of the game. Watch the trailer below:



In a first, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD will be released first as a download title via the Nintendo eShop on September 20th. A retail release will follow a couple of weeks later on October 4th.

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  • Rogerrmark

    Besides the new filters and some gameplay tweaks,the overall scenarios and 3-D models look almost the same.Still one of the best Zeldas,though,imo.

  • JunHoward

    Well The graphics of course looks nicer. But we need that extra unfinished dungeon and then some more additional quests etc. Then it’s a must buy as the Wii u bundle for 300 bucks.

    • LunarKnite

      It’s been stated that the extra dungeon that was unfinished was already conceptually used in a later Zelda, so there’s no chance of it appearing in Wind Waker HD.

      • KingGunblader

        I’m curious. What game/dungeon was it? One of Wind Waker’s sequels?

        • LunarKnite

          That hasn’t been revealed, but I think there’s some rumors floating abound if you search. But nothing official on Nintendo’s end about what the dungeon ultimately was used in.

          • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

            They put them in Twilight Princess

          • LunarKnite

            Was that confirmed? Didn’t think they named which game.

    • GH56734

      Aonuma said there won’t be any additional dungeons. The Tingle Quest will be tweaked so that 5 pieces of the sought-after Mac Guffin are on land, while the last three will require you, once again, to go to Tingle.
      He said it was all about being faithful to the original game to preserve the fragile equilibrum that made it popular. But…
      I think the rest of Wind Waker was scattered through Twilight Princess (the second boss) and both DS games, but something was definitely lost forever from the initial concept. As Hyrule Historia implies:

      • Curious, what was unused in WW that was used in TP’s second boss :o?

        • Link

          if i remember correctly the idea surrounding goron mines was originally in WW and the Sandship in skyward sword was a level in WW as well. Almost everything cut from WW was inputed into other games.

          • GH56734

            And the original concept had more screentime for Zoras and Gorons (fixed somewhat in PH), and a third side-quick co-op dungeon (that would be the Goron dungeon in PH). The volcano island would have been bigger with a city, and would have supposedly a full dungeon (only the volcano part itself is kept), and one secret exit on the side, like in a game called “For Whom The Frog Bell Tolls”. There was a GameCube shaped island in the scrapped concept, that was revived as a DS island in PH.
            There are lots of designs for Moblins that were only really used to their fullest extent in Skyward Sword, with one serving as the concept for the second dungeon boss in Twilight Princess (minus a rolling pan attack, but that was used by one of the bosses in the .. Goron dungeon in PH?). I think the reason behind TP being as big as it did was because it included many unfinished dungeons from Wind Waker.
            In fact, before being rebranded as TP, the project was announced as Wind Waker 2, acknowledging it being incomplete (Aonuma stated early on WW would have the most dungeons in the entire series, and there is a warp system between Old adnd New Hyrule like in Subrosia… the presence of sage paintings in the Hyrule palace (which would have been bigger according to coupled with this could hint at the concept of Spirit Tracks (which originally included a scrapped sixth Shadow sage, according to hyrulehistoria) being used here?
            Swimming was intended, and as such, fully modeled sea was required (with even some boss battles according to ht concept art… TP third dungeon?).
            The most obvious cuts would be the third dungeon being cut, and the fire and ice and Old Hyrule Palace dungeons being overly simplified.
            It sure was too ambitious for a game.

            Also, Navi Trackers wasn’t based on Wind Waker originally, but rather on the “Marvelous” series by Eiji Aonuma, and would have been a remake of the BS-X episode, except executives ordered them to use the Zelda brand and include it in the compilation.

    • JunHoward

      Awww…. Too bad man, I must’ve missed that news. All the same, It’s good a time as any to buy the bundle with the really enticing price. PS4, Wii U, 3DS will really drain all the money out of me as of the end of next year man.

  • Aoshi00

    Looks great, loved windwaker on GC.. wish I had waited to get this Wii U bundle with the free game, special controller, and digital artbook..

  • Mythril

    Really considering buying the special Wii U bundle, even though it’s quite a bit pricier than the normal Wii U!

    OK never mind “consider”, I just caved in and preordered it.

    • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

      The normal WiiU is 299$ so is the wind waker bundle

      • Mythril

        Not in Norway lol :P
        Edit: Normal Wii U Premium console is roughly 400USD, Zelda Wii U bundle is almost 500USD (in Norway).

  • Göran Isacson

    Whole lot more sharper and brighter. The lack of fuzzyness I’m all for, but all those bright outlines and filters, not sure if like…

  • Dammit, Nintendo! I want the physical copy (because Zelda box arts are always so pretty xD), but I also want it ASAP. Now I have to get it digitally.

    • Edzo04

      yeah i hate that they are making me buy 2 copies. theres no way i can resist playing it 2 weeks early but im definitely getting the ganon statue limited edition as well. those bastards…

  • Freud_Hater

    I must be pretty dumb or something because… I can barely see a difference :/

    I mean, am i the only one that thinks both games look pretty? Oo

    • leingod

      No, I too think there’s not a huge improvement there at all. Not that it matters though, as it’s still a pretty game.

      • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu
        • leingod

          Yeah, new lighting effects and clouds, but in essence it doesn’t change that much. That’s OK though.

          • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

            There are more arrches, they re did the textures too, but they preserved Wind Waker, heck even the shadows still resemble the original. As do the textures when they appear as they do on the internet (ie; compressed)

          • Daniel Jeanbaptiste

            no it doesn’t

            The Shadow in the HD Version is not the same.
            Look at the gif you posted yourself.

          • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

            Look at links character shadows and textures then look at his new character model and the shadows on him

            use GCN 480p composite cables for the comparison

            The insides in the game have a new lighting structure. Makes the stuff look better

  • Kolibri

    That’s still a particularly shitty & lazy port.

  • Armane

    The dynamic shadowing is welcome, but that bloom is really obnoxious. I also hate the way the cel-shading gets dropped sometimes or just isn’t as pronounced.

    The Zelda Wii U bundle is also annoying. Would have been better bundled with NintendoLand so you could choose which version of Wind Waker HD to buy (or not buy it at all); surely most Zelda fans would want to buy the limited edition of Wind Waker HD for that awesome Ganondorf statue?

    • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

      ??? They’re both 299$

      • Armane

        The Zelda Wii U bundle comes with a download code for WW HD. So if you want to buy that and the limited edition of WW HD (the one that includes the awesome Ganondorf statue), you’re stuck with either a useless download code or useless game disc.

        Edited my original post to avoid similar confusion.

        • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

          … So just get the 299$ Nintendo Land bundle and get the Zelda Limited Edition package for the original price of a WiiU

          Or buy the Zelda bundle and be content with Hyrule Historia and 50$ extra

  • fairysun

    Need new Legend of Zelda on WiiU !!

    • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

      You’ll get a reveal trailer next year and wait till 2015 to see it.

  • s07195

    There’s so much light. >.<

  • Raltrios

    I’m still not sure why I’d get this when I have the original. Yes, it looks good, but it’s not a crazy difference.

    …Besides, I don’t have a Wii U >.>

    • linkenski

      I fully agree. The slow sailing or even the fetch quest wasn’t game-breaking for me. I actually prefer the old graphics if it wasn’t for the low resolution.

  • brian

    I like the way probably any “realistic” game from that year it was first released would look like crap now to most people.
    And the original version still holds up really well.

  • WyattEpp

    I hate to be the one to say it, but honestly I feel like “improve” needs to be in giant neon scare quotes. I find the emphasis on HD Link’s three-dimensionality jarring when compared with the very deliberate and timeless style of the original.

    Is there an option to get the mechanical improvements and resolution whilst using the old shaders?

    • linkenski

      I honestly feel that if the HD version was running in GC’s resolution it would look worse than the old game. The new shading and especially the bloom looks like it’s been put on top of the old game and it gives off a real sickly atmosphere. I don’t like it.

  • Spirit Macardi

    This is one HD port that I didn’t need to see a comparison video for to tell that it was different. They didn’t simply expand it to widescreen and add some anti-aliasing like most ports; they clearly added new effects and even changed/updated most of the textures. There may even be a higher polygon count for some models.

    In other words, it’s clear that Nintendo actually WORKED on this.

  • Presea

    I really liked both the WiiU and GC graphics, but the WiiU version does a nice job of making it look really shiny and nice.

  • kuma483

    So many comments here are so negative. Am I the only one who actually thinks this game looks great. Personally I think it looks beautiful, and since I never played the original, this will be a whole new experience. I don’t see what all the ruckus is about.

  • Kelohmello

    I think the new lighting is kinda overkill. The original Windwaker’s cartoonish feel brought with it the look of being kind of 2D even though it’s a 3D game. With the new lightning however, that semi-2D look is pretty much gone. Game certainly looks very pretty however, just a little less faithful to the original than I think it could have been.

  • dragoon_slayer12

    Can’t wait to get a WiiUto finally complete this game (as well as the other games coming this season)

  • Yoshi Haku

    cant wait for this.

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