Nintendo Selects The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD - Nintendo Wii U [Digital]

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  • Nintendo Selects The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (429 out of 442)

Product Details


  • Developer: Nintendo
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Platform: Nintendo Wii U
  • Genre: Action and Adventure
  • Release Date: 08/26/2015

Synopsis


One of the Greatest Adventures of All Time Returns in HD. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker makes its glorious return on the Wii U console with gorgeous HD graphics and enhanced game features. In this timeless classic with a unique and colorful "toon-shaded" art style, players guide Link as he sets out on the massive Great Sea to find his kidnapped sister. You will sail the seas in search of lost islands, fight fearsome enemies, take on mighty bosses, and seek out the legendary Triforce.

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Features


The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD features 1080p visuals that will immerse players in the game like never before

With the Wii U GamePad controller, it’s easy to manage your inventory and view maps

Players will enjoy cruising the open sea with a new Swift Sail, bringing them to their next destination and action-packed adventure that much faster

Once players receive the "Tingle Bottle" item, they can connect with others by posting comments to Miiverse. It’s like finding a message in a bottle

Players can also take and store more pictures with an improved Pictograph and then post them on Miiverse

If the television is already in use, this game can been played off-TV on the Wii U GamePad



Customer rating

4.8
98%
would recommend to a friend

Pros

Cons

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The game just got better!

    Posted
    hollowfenix
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    It's a sad testimonial to game making that a polished up 13 year old game from the Gamecube is the 5th highest rated game on the Wii U but there is something special about Wind Waker that survives the test of time. I played the original Wind Waker and it may well be my favorite Legend of Zelda game beating even Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask. I loved the cell shaded graphics and lighthearted artistry and I never understood why Nintendo never returned to the style of Wind Waker (outside of the DS). If there had never been a Wind Waker released in 2003 this game would absolutely feel like a current generation game and not some retro throwback. There are some subtle game mechanic changes and some quests were modified in response to criticisms of the original game but the vast majority of changes are graphical and not game play. Don't expect to find more NPC's littering the world or all new quests. What sets Wind Waker apart from a lot of recent games is a sense of grandeur and a feeling of an organic, living world. I complained in my reviews of Super Mario 3D World and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze that it feels like game making is going backwards. 3D World is polished like a gem but ultimately feels small and sterile. It's a great game but lacks the bigness of Super Mario 64 or Mario Sunshine. DKC: Tropical Freeze is an unremarkable 2D platformer that came 15 years after Rare brought Donkey Kong into the world of 3D with Donkey Kong 64. Wind Waker, by contrast, feels big. The islands feel large and substantial and it's a joy to explore them. Windfall Island feels alive with dozens of people you can talk to. I love being able to sail around and look far into the distance at the island I'm sailing to (supposedly the HD version has an improved draw distance). There is simply no other game that I know of like it on the Wii U which is a real shame. Where are the adventure and exploration games. Where are the games that give the player a sense of grand scope? Climbing to the top of windmill on Windfall Island is such a breathtaking experience and there is absolutely nothing like it in Mario 3D World. I still have some issues with the game. It's so easy to max out your rupees and then it makes no sense to do any treasure hunting which ruins one of the funnest parts of the game. I was praying for something expensive to buy to deplete my money. I've also had issues with the Zelda series, in general, having meager rewards for time consuming side quests. I love side quests but when the reward is ANOTHER quarter heart or a high rupee gem when you're already maxed out it takes away some of the thrill. When you're out on the sea there is a passage of time with day eventually turning into night and back to day again. There are also atmospheric effects with sunny days or raging storms but not so when you're on an island like Windfall. That always seemed weird to me. Eventually you'll be able to turn day into night with your wind waker but it would have been cool if it happened automatically. The Wii U is a powerful machine. Just compare Mario Kart 8 to Mario Kart Wii to see the stark difference. In the case of MK 8 Nintendo did a fantastic job but I miss the adventure games. Is it a dead genre? Is a fully realized world just too much effort for today's developers? If you've never played Wind Waker you really owe it to yourself to play it. If you played Wind Waker on the Gamecube I don't think you'll be disappointed revisiting it. I think it would have been cool if Nintendo added some new stuff to the world but it's awesome nonetheless and the new Nintendo Selects price makes it a must have. It is such a slick and unique game and really stands alone in the Zelda series. Maybe someday Nintendo will make an HD version of the awesome Mario Sunshine.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Faithful and pretty

    Posted
    Nathaniel
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    To be completely honest, I didn't think a graphical remaster was something that The Wind Waker would benefit from. Its artstyle was already timeless, one of the best-aging games on the Gamecube. Turns out, it can. Maybe not a lot- all the models and textures are the same as before, less out of laziness and more because they didn't need them- but a single look at Outset Island is enough to know it gets better. However, the real draw of The Wind Waker HD is in the various small (and large) quality of life improvements that have been made. The Telescope? No longer useless, thanks to the improved draw distance. The Bow and Grappling Hook? Far, far easier to aim thanks to the addition of motion controls. Collecting Figurines is much quicker, as you don't have to do a sidequest to unlock color for the camera, can tell on the spot if your pictographs are good or not, can hold four times as many pictographs, and can turn them all into figurines in a single day-night cycle. Sailing is much quicker, thanks to the new sail upgrade. Unlocking the final dungeon is much quicker, thanks to the removal of over 3000 Rupees worth of payments required to do so. There's also a new hard mode, available from the start, that is actually legitimately hard (a first for post-N64 3d Zeldas). With the new price drop, The Wind Waker HD is well worth the cost for anyone considering replaying the original, and a must-have for fans of the series who never played it at all.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    HD update of a classic

    Posted
    SamtheEagle
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    As if this game wasn't wonderful the first time around, Zelda the Windwaker HD is even better now. The graphic improvements are obvious and beautiful, but it's much more. Significant quality of life upgrades that really take advantage of the Wii U controller. Item selection, mapping the seas, even sharing photos with other collectors for those that want to pursue the often tedious task of completing the in game photo gallery. Targeting with the grappling hook, boomerang, and other items is much easier now thanks to the dual joysticks, and gyroscope. A slight learning curve compared the the original Gamecube controls, but worth every penny. A shame this system never realized its full potential, but this game is a must own.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    always a favorite

    Posted
    GAMEOVER
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    Same great game, with improved graphics, controls, and other quality of life improvements. I'm amazed Nintendo is selling this game for $20. What a steal! Here are my favorite updates to the game: Camera control is way better on wii u than on gc. This improvement is worth the upgrade alone in my opinion. The gamepad is used very well. Inventory control is improved. Also, running around dungeons with the map pulled out is really nice. It shows where you're at and where you're looking as you move. And of course, being able to play the game soley on the gamepad is wonderful. Also, they added a unique social aspect to the game which makes better use of the pictobox. This is more fun than I thought it would be.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A reason to use your Wii U

    Posted
    1980sGOOD
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    As a less than satisfied Wii U owner, I have to say that this game is AMAZING! It makes me sad that Nintendo mistreated the console or it's owners. (Netflix in the beginning was the BEST on a Wii U, until it started only mirroring the images on both screens) I digress, this remake of the GameCube classic gives brand new life into the game! The colors POP! This is a fantastic game, it has never looked better and the use of the second screen is spot on! The definitive edition! If you own a Wii U, and you don't own this game...you're in luck. Now it's only $19.99! Go get this game, and dust off the Wii U!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    must have for WIIU

    Posted
    JImE
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    It's the old cell shaded game we all hated cause of the graphics downgrade when appeared on the Gamecube way back when....lol This game has never looked better and even has some fixes that was not on the old gamecube version. game looks go good on WIIU in HD1080p and has always been one of my favorite ZELDA games it just has that Magic touch to it and makes it a classic! worth buying and playing also can play the game on the gamepad option pretty nice.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    My Favorite Zelda Game Prettier Than Ever

    Posted
    StokedRider
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    I'm one of the people who always preferred Wind Waker to every other Zelda, especially 3D Zelda's. IMO, it just had a lot more charm than the more "realistic" looking Zelda's. If you've played this before and enjoyed it or never played it at all, I'd recommend grabbing this version regardless. This is hands down one of the prettiest looking games I've ever played, it's a bargain at its new low price, and they've fixed some of the issues in the original Wind Waker.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very fun Zelda game

    Posted
    Sithlord
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    I think this is the best Zelda game I've played in a long time. I would give this game Graphics : 5/5 Story: 5/5 Gameplay: 5/5 Music: 5/5 Overall Value: 5/5 I would highly recommend this game to anyone who likes action adventure game, fun gameplay and outstanding music. Everything about this game is a masterpiece. It's definitely one of my favorite and a must have title for the Wii U console.

    I would recommend this to a friend


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