Wind Waker HD

We’re all eager to know more about the upcoming Wii U remake of The Wind Waker, with details since its announcement remaining extremely scarce. What exactly are Nintendo planning to add into the game, or change from the original? According to a press release recently issued by Nintendo UK, the company may want its fans to decide.

Read on for the full press release, and make sure you sound off your ideas in the comments–Nintendo might be listening!

Here’s the full press release:

“What’s on your wishlist for the new Wii U Zelda game?

With a brand new remake of The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker on the way to the Wii U console, speculation has been mounting over what the reinvented game will be like.

Nintendo developer Shigeru Miyamoto, who’s had a hand in the development of many popular Nintendo games with the exception of the Professor Layton series, has offered a few hints as to what we can expect from the new Wind Waker when it finally arrives. He told the ABC news network that HD capabilities of the Wii U will be able to “breathe new life” into the game, and also hinted that the game will have upgraded graphics, along with enhance lighting, better cel shading and overall, a more dynamic and vibrant look.

As it is being developed specifically for the Wii U console, the way the new Zelda: Wind Waker title is played will also be different from its Nintendo GameCube original. Similarly to the New Super Mario Bros. U title, Wind Waker players will have the option to play entirely on the Wii U GamePad. There will also be integration with the Wii U’s Miiverse, similarly to other games released for the console.

This is what we know about the new Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker game so far, but as for more detailed specs and features, we’re still completely in the dark. So, the question is – what would you like to see in the new Wind Waker? What would be on your wish list if you could have a hand in designing the game?

A number of game fans and pundits have a few suggestions, such as the following:

Bring back cut content – a lot of segments (specifically, dungeons) were cut from the original GameCube design due to time constraints, but these could easily be brought back and expanded on in the new title

The ability to change difficulty levels – fans of the Zelda series, or anyone who has ever played a Zelda game, might appreciate the chance to up the ante difficulty-wise, as well as turning off those annoying tutorials

Make sailing more fun – anyone who played the original Wind Waker will know that sailing in the game could be a bit of a chore. Lengthy and repetitive, Zelda fans agree that a way to make sailing faster and more enjoyable is a must when it comes to the new and improved game.

These are just a few of the things Zelda fans would like to see in the brand new Wind Waker, but what improvements would be at the top of your list?”

Going by general feedback across the web on the original game, I expect many will request improvements or even removal of the Triforce shard quest (which I never had a problem with), and making changing the wind direction faster while sailing. Some GamePad-specific features would be fantastic, such as using the screen and gyrosensor for the Picto Box and Tingle Tuner.

Operation Rainfall also notes that the title was changed from “Nintendo looking for Fan Requests” to “What’s on your Wishlist for the New Wii U Zelda Game?”. This may suggest that Nintendo aren’t making any concrete promises on addressing and considering requests, and is simply opening discussion for the time being. Since we don’t know exactly how far Nintendo are into development of the game already at this stage, it’s difficult to speculate on how drastically Nintendo will make changes based on feedback. Of course, it also depends on the scale of each request.

If Nintendo do plan on listening to their fanbase and taking action, though, then now’s your chance to get your voice heard! Let us know in the comments what you’d like to see in the HD version and why.

Update: Kotaku have contacted Nintendo, who have confirmed that the press release is fake. Well, that’s a huge downer–still, maybe Nintendo will notice fan responses anyway after the story has spread everywhere across the web.

Update 2: Operation Rainfall now claim that “the article was provided by Nintendo UK’s marketing partner MEC Global and was meant as an discussion piece rather than an official press release given to the media”.

Source: Operation Rainfall (via My Nintendo News)
  • Would definitely like to see the Stovepipe Island and the Gamecube island as at least side-dungeons.

  • dampflokfreund

    Great, that Nintendo's listening. And they listening well I fully agree with the suggestions in the press release. I also would love some orchestrated soundtracks with a epic choir!

  • kkkk

    Oh, and I have no problem with the Triforce quest, but I can see how many people are bothered about that. But I think if they made the sailing faster and dumb down the price than I think it's more than enough to please these people too.

  • Vladislak

    I agree wholeheartedly that they should bring back the cut content. I'd be ecstatic to see some extra dungeons, even if they just made them optional. Wind Waker is already a phenomenal game, and I'll keep my original GCN version forever, but I'd love to see what could have made the cut the first time around.

  • Sindre

    I really hope they give us a dungeon for the third pearl!

  • Google Says

    Wait, they're actually talking about adding in the cut out content, holy shit 😮

  • Anonymous

    I'd like to see Link and Ganondorf kiss.

  • Guest

    The press release is FAKE you pack of retards.

    • kidwithThebackpack

      soo hateful 🙁

  • Scott

    New islands, Explorable Underwater Hyrule like it's Dark World of Wind Waker, new enemies and Bosses, new scenes, Alternate Final Boss like Ganon or Demise, Orchestrated Music, DLC I could go on

    • zansouki

      in other words, you want an entirely new game..

  • KidWiththeBackpack

    Cut dungeons? YES!!!

  • Echon

    Too bad it's only a hypothetical question for discussion purposes, because really, if Nintendo were taking suggestions from fans, that would be pretty awesome.

    CUT CONTENT: I'd love to see cut content input into the game. I think Nintendo could do it, and it would make buying the remake of Wind Waker _so_ much more appealing. The problem I have with remakes these days is that they're essentially glorified facelifts for games. That's a lot of money for something with little to no new material.

    DIFFICULTY LEVELS: The ability to alter difficulty level. This is also appealing – especially turning off tutorials, but uhm…. Actually, if I'm remembering correctly, you can avoid most of the tutorial stuff pretty easily and its all very short and sweet as well as mostly tied into key plot moments that trigger Link's adventure. Maybe the possibility to skip explanations in the form of a YES or NO question: Do you know how to <insert task here>? …Okay, so tutorials aren't so annoying. Skyward Sword managed 'higher difficulty' pretty well by removing hearts and doubling enemy damage.

    SAILING: Yeah. I'm one of those people who prefer Phantom Hourglass sailing to Wind Waker sailing. Being able to chart my path in PH was a welcome difference in comparison to having to stop to change the winds every few minutes, so if they speed that process up, that would be awesome. I wish there was more in the ocean to deal with rather than just a few points around certain islands with one of three possible enemies, plus some rafts or watchtowers with Bokoblins or Wizzrobes on them. Making enemies more commonplace and randomized on the open seas would be welcome.

    • Nope

      What about Earthbound returning to America and the EU? Fans must have had something to do with that.

      • Echon

        Fans can be pretty powerful voices to the creators, but it seems like it takes months of hounding before anything comes of it… Although, considering how long it takes to develop games, that's understandable.

  • Avalon304

    This is fake. Nintendo says they didnt send this.

  • kkkk

    ………That was so obvious. Nintendo never asks us for suggestions, they always make their own shit.

  • master wind waker

    A chance to suggest something for my all time fav series? And my fav game from that to top it off? Fake or not, who can pass that up??
    my suggestions is that:
    *There should be more playable songs for the wind baton
    *More story behind jabu-jabu, his island, the goddess, more beautiful scenes.
    *Make the tingle-turner available even for non gb or gb cable owners.
    * (agreeing with above) make sailing quicker or less of a chore as well as having a difficulty level.

  • Topaz Mutiny

    Nintendo might not be taking suggestions (lol sensationalist media) but either way this gives me an opportunity to list what I see as good for the HD title.

    I would like the game to retain the very flat/bold form of cel shading the original had. More details can definitely be added to the textures, but as for the shader itself, I would appreciate the highlights and shadows not blending together like it seems to in the mockup. Also get rid of all that bloom. ALL of it.

    Secondly, I wouldn't want the main mechanics or quests to be altered too drastically. Adding content such as a Boss Rush mode or helper system and making the Tingle Tuner work without the GBA is fine, but things like altering how sailing works and getting rid of the Triforce pieces quest is too much. This an HD-ification, not a remake.

    I would also like to see minor tweaks to the second quest, ala OoT 3D's Master Quest. Make enemies deal more damage – have it affect the gameplay instead of being purely aesthetic with the lobster shirt and understanding ancient Hylian.

    That's pretty much it. Wind Waker doesn't really need all that much.

    … Well I suppose updating the soundtrack would be nice. Everyone was pretty darn disappointed when the music for OoT 3D wasn't remastered (it was remade to be as close to the original as possible) so I would see people getting disappointed here too.

  • Canyarion

    Give us the Pictobox earlier in the game, let it hold lots more pictures and make producing statues less of a chore!

  • veeronic

    replace the triforce charts with keys that unlock extra sections of the tower of the gods containing the triforce shards

  • Naroek

    Minitendo-Galerie should be done easier. Only 3 photos per sailing? Givie photo, quit, turn to night, turn to day, enter, give next photo, seriously annoying.

  • lorquevec

    I just want a few things:

    1st: make explorable GreatFish Isle
    2nd: i think about more sound when the people talks (but no voice acting please!)
    3rd: that in the triforce shards quest, that the maps where cheaper and use a special compass to seek the triforce shards
    4rd:More items…… Maybe? :DDDD

  • "Nintendo developer Shigeru Miyamoto, who’s had a hand in the development of many popular Nintendo games with the exception of the Professor Layton series…"


    • ConfusedinFL

      ikr… What is a "Professor Layton"??

  • Abby Normal

    Add an updated Tingle Tuner for use like the Shard of Agony from Ocarina of Time 3D, along with the three other fan suggestions.

  • MikeL

    Dear Nintendo,
    – Include the dungeons that were cut!
    – Make it possible to complete the Earth and Wind temples in optional order. The only reason you can't do Wind before Earth is purely artificial. Alternatively, make the reason non-artificial, such as requiring the Mirror shield to enter the Wind temple.
    – Do whatever you can think of to make the triforce quest less tedious, maybe instead of having it as an anti-climactic 3rd act move it to be a transitional 2nd act.
    – Have the Wind waker conducting take place in real-time. I often sail 45 or even 90 degrees against the wind simply because it's so cumbersome and repetitive to change it. If it's done in real-time, at least you don't waste time.
    – Fix the figurine side-quest! The sheer number of figures, the fact that you can only take three pictures, that you have to wait one day cycle for EVERY SINGLE figurine and the high risk of irreparably fail the whole thing at any point makes it pretty much unbearable to do.

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  • Hyrulian777

    I want to use the Fire Rod…. also, please include Dodongos and Gorons!!!!

  • Drama Mama

    basically i just want the game to be exactly the same just with better graphics…

  • Shitballs

    Yeah i dont believe any of this

    Since when did they ever do listen to fan feedback ?
    This is going be brushed up wind waker without any extras
    You can count on that
    Maybe a boss rush but is that all what remakes are nowadays ? Oot 3ds anyone ?

    And fans dont have a powerfull voice at all
    This had became clear to me since banko kazooie nuts bolts

    They make the shit they want and well eat it up cause we have no other choice

  • Nick Milah

    More islands, more dungeons, and maybe post game content!

  • Timeless

    I'd honestly like to see fishing in the game. Such a huge ocean and no fishing was kinda disappointing. It could be intense out there on the ocean with some big fish!

    Also playing through the game for the first time and going to Hyrule Castle then stepping outside and seeing all the land. I wanted to really explore all of it and not just go straight on the path. Maybe have a different dungeon there or some caves or even if it's just a field with some grass to cut, but to explore Hyrule field more after no one has been there for so long would be awesome.

  • zelda321123

    Improvements or even removal of the Triforce shard quest – maybe add mini dungeons for them or 1 big dungeon.

    A 3rd dungeon to the third pearl would be nice. I was disappointed that their wasn't one.

    Even if the news is fake, it is still doesn't hurt to say my 2 cents.

  • Beth

    I really hope they don't make the sailing journeys shorter, I don't get why people complain about that. It makes it feel more adventurous and realistic, I always found it quite fun.
    I would like to see some cut out content, that'd be really interesting!
    But if they're going to make parts of Wind waker less 'boring', then I hope that its only optional.

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