Legend of Zelda Wind Waker HD review
When Nintendo announced the return of Legend of Zelda Wind Waker HD many months ago, I got excited. Excited because this game was pretty much my favorite Legend of Zelda game since Link to the Past (which is getting a sequel in like 7 days!). Everything has improved over the Gamecube version, from the easily noticeable graphics to the extreme difference in controls and interface. So let’s discuss it!
To give you an idea of why I think this iteration is so much better, let’s talk about the game pad. From the rough illustration up top here, you can see a little bit what I’m talking about. Basically, you can interact with your inventory directly on the game pad, which means never having to press pause. You just drag and drop items to the action buttons and you can maintain 100% game time. Additionally, if you swap screens, you can hit up your Tingle bottles on a third page or your map grids on the first page. Having the map available while being able to just continually sail was awesome! Maybe I’m just lazy, but I found the speed with which you travel while being afforded the option to skip pausing to look at the map simply amazing. And to add a little bit about Tingle bottles, instead of being able to interact with your Gameboy on the Gamecube, you can now direct online messages via the bottles and they spawn randomly in other players games as well as yours if you choose to turn this function on. People can share drawings, silly messages or Link making funny faces with the Pictograph. I thought this was a pretty sweet addition to the game.
Another sweet function is the ability, as with most Wii U games, to play the game on the game pad itself. I really like this feature for when I’m feeling lazy, and just want want to lay down or get comfy in a chair. I can still play my games, while chilling out on the couch.
For the most part, the game is pretty much nostalgia, however if you’re into Zelda, or if you loved Windwaker when it originally released, Legend of Zelda Windwaker HD is a must own title. And like I said earlier, don’t forget, Link between two Wolds arrives November 22, and this is an absolutely MUST buy Zelda game. Do not miss it!
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