The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker is reborn in HD


ZELDA: Wind Waker HD

Nintendo was full of surprises today during the Wii U-centric Nintendo Direct. Aside from the announcement of the long-awaited Wii U version of the Virtual Console, updates from Bayonetta 2, a new Yoshi title, and a teaser trailer for Monolith Soft’s newest RPG, Nintendo threw a proverbial curve ball in the form of a Wind Waker HD remake. Satoru Iwata and Zelda series produce Eiji Aonuma briefly described aside from remastered HD graphics that Wind Waker HD will be playable on the TV and off-screen via the Wii U Game Pad and include Miiverse functionality. Aonuma states in the introduction that their plan is to rethink Zelda’s conventions and start fresh. Iwata and Aonuma later concluded that Wind Waker HD will release for the Wii U this fall.

Since the game’s release almost ten years ago, the art style of Wind Waker has been touted by critics and developers alike as one that has aged well since its release. With the announcement of this title’s HD reincarnation, this remake might just reinforce those claims.

Hit the jump to see the latest screenshots.







Harrison Milfeld is a writer, editor, and freelance journalist from Missouri. Ever since he could walk, Harrison has been an avid fan of the world of Nintendo. For years, he has purchased every one of the company's subsequent products (yes, including the Virtual Boy and eReader). It wasn't until he was a young teen when he bought a PS2 that he began to embrace cross-console relations, a decision he doesn't regret. When he's not gaming, Harrison is looking to break into the magazine journalism industry and realize his dream of becoming a features reporter.


  1. This is so exciting.

    What a Nintendo Direct, WOW !

  2. There are times in a man’s life where it’s okay to cry tears of joy. This is one of them.

  3. Can’t. Freaking. Wait.

  4. I think I speak for everyone when I say:




  5. Yes! I was just thinking of that game yesterday and how I needed to play it again and then I hear this. Awesome! One of my favorite things about this game is the freedom of the camera angel. I hope they bring that back on the new Zelda in development.

  6. I’m so excited for this. My kid and I play Zelda together. I’ve been wanting to get her to play Ocarina and Wind Waker. With Ocarina on the 3DS and now this, I’ve got it covered!

    We started with Twilight when she was about 4 or 5 and I was doing a replay. She couldn’t manage the game, obviously, but she’d hold the Wiimote while I walked around w/ the Nunchuck. She’d shake to kill the “bad guys” and opening treasure chests was her favorite.

    She was old enough to manage the controls for Skyward, I just had to help her with where to go and the really hard parts. Seriously proud Papa when she beat the scorpion boss all by herself! =-)

  7. Oh god I just remembered snot boy in HD.

  8. Yes!, I was freakng out when I read this yesterday. 🙂 I loved Wind Waker. It fits the series well I think. I played the demo on those gamecube kiosks at gamestop back when it was first released in 2003 I loved it adn immediately bought the game the dame day at my local Target the very same day. 🙂 I immediately thought of the star wars special edition trilogy and how lucasfilm remastered them and added additional scenes from the originals. This remake looks night and day from the original. I hope that the music is also given a overhaoul as well adn Nintendo includes orchestrated music for this like they did in Skyward Sword. 🙂 I can’t wait for this to come out.

  9. I must be the only one not excited about this. It was a good game, but the sailing parts (and the triforce hunt near the end) were boring.

    I might pick this up, but Nintendo would have to do something about the sailing and throw in some new content, like a new dungeon or a few new (large) islands.

  10. Somehow it looks worse than the original to me. My son just played through it recently, and I prefer the cell-shaded look to this. I’d LOVE the cell-shaded version in HD and widescreen, but I guess this will have to do.

  11. Words cannot explain my excitement.