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The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker was first released on the Nintendo GameCube over a decade ago during Christmas 2003. Since then, it has continually been considered as one of the best Zelda's and best adventure game made period.
Ten years later, Nintendo decided to remake this fantastic game for a whole new generation and new console, the Wii U. How does it fare? For simplicty, I've broken the review into sub sections:
The game itself does not stray far from the classic Legend of Zelda formula. You, as the player, take control of Link in an epic quest to rid the world of an immense evil.
Wind Waker takes place in one of the Zelda timelines in which at the end of Ocarina of Time, Ganon has not been defeated. This sparked fear into the Gods and the flooded the lands of Hyrule as means to defeat him... and this is where the story picks up from. The rest you'd have to witness and experience for yourself as I don't want to spoil it for you if you are a first time player.
The original game looked amazing 10 years ago, and it still holds up today as a timeless classic. 10 years on, things have only gotten better with this remake. Nintendo has given it alot of love, polish and pizazz and it shows. With amazing vibrancy to full on bloom effects and smoothness like melting butter. You will be blown away.
The gameplay again is classic Zelda, where you will spend most of your time sailing the vast seas, exploring islands, hunting for treasure, sea battling and travelling from destination to destination. With such a huge world, players might find it daunting.. that said it definitely gives you the vibe of being a Christopher Colombus, or a hearty pirate searching for treasure :D
Zelda is famous for its dungeons, and these also stick to the classic formula. Rooms, enemies, puzzles and the boss.
There are also a few things changed in this remake, such as faster sailing, improved quests and also the much awaited - Miiverse integration. Nintendo also included a funky new item called the Tingle Bottle. As you sail the seas, you will encounter hundreds of tiny bottles in the sea, each containing a message from another player around the world and you can even send your own! It is such a cool feature and helps the world feel more alive and believable!
There's not really much to say about the standard controls here. Nintendo made them identical the original back on the GameCube. In other words - Faultless!
The only addition is the GamePad's second-screen where the player can switch between Map mode and Inventory mode and they do pretty much as the name suggest.
When in the Overworld, or when the player has found a dungeons corresponding map, Map mode shows a detailed view of the map you are currently on. Inventory mode allows for quick access of items and equipment without the need for pausing the game, making the gameplay a lot more fluid.
Wind Waker HD is also playable entirely on just the GamePad's screen, via Off-TV Play.