The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD

released on Sep 26, 2013

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD is a remaster of The Wind Waker with an alternate recreation of the original's art style, several gameplay adjustments, a new lighting engine and higher resolution textures.


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Wonderful, superb, outstanding. This game is so good that it would be faster to list my few issues than to state everything great about it, those being the first few hours of the game can feel a bit rocky and that occasionally, the rushed nature of the game shows its head in the places where content was obviously cut (like what would have been the water dungeon.)
Exploration is sublime, on par with BotW imo. Sailing the ocean to fill out your map and discover new islands is just such an incredible feeling. Dungeons are good- far from the series peak in that department, but still good. Story is fantastic. Visuals are charming. I cried at the end. Buy a Wii U just to play this game. I'm serious.

This was my first Zelda and used to play it yearly, but it not being on Switch meant I haven't fully replayed it since around 2018. Still a masterpiece to me and remains in my Top 3 Zeldas. Fingers crossed this comes to Switch one day

I don't like the graphical changes they made. The original in HD with an emulator looks flawless, but everything here looks too glossy.

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a tragically frustrating final third couldn't totally spoil the expressive and adventurous first two acts. loved the sailing, hated the command melody and fetch quests