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”.