Remakes have become pretty trendy lately and it's not to everyone's liking to say the least. However, when things are as nicely done as in The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD, one can't help but feel that they're not always a bad thing. Nintendo sent us a review code for the game and we could capture a few - very short - videos so you can see the game in action. We also took the liberty of adding our opinion about it in case you were wondering if you should pick it up when it's released. Update: First 10 minutes added.
Let's not beat about the bush: unless you hate the Zelda games in general or you've played The Wind Waker a zillion times you can't take one more playthrough, this remake of one of the best GameCube games is clearly worth your while if you own a Wii U. This new version of the first cel shaded Zelda title is not a basic port of the original, as there have been noticeable improvements in different areas such as graphics and gameplay. The boat has now become faster, which makes traveling easier and a lot less tedious than before, pulling up underwater treasures is also much quicker now, and Nintendo even added a new heroic mode to offer more challenge to those who may have already completed the original game. The gamepad is used for the hero's inventory and the different maps, but you can also use it to aim in first person view with the grappling hook or the boomerang. Of course, you can also play the whole game in your bed on the gamepad. Although we would have loved to see an entirely new Zelda game on Wii U instead of a remake, The Wind Waker HD is a nice present for Wii U owners, especially those who have never had the chance to play the game.