January 23, 2013 by solomonlutze
Nintendo announced today that they have two Wii U Zelda titles in the works. The first of these is a re-release of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, now ten years old, in HD for the Wii U. Though the images released so far have been few, the game looks breathtaking, with all the charm of the original updated with strikingly gorgeous visuals that take advantage of the much-increased power of the Wii U. Nintendo has announced that it will attempt to release the new game by the fall, with the overall game experience tuned and playable on the Wii U Gamepad.
The bad news is that this offering comes because Nintendo expects their new title to take a little longer. They’re not giving details just yet, but they were willing to say that they’d like the title to “rethink the conventions of Zelda,” especially the ideas that dungeons must be completed in a certain order or that the game must be played alone. They also expressed a desire to “get back to basics” so players can experience the “essence” of the series.
That statement, coupled with the idea of more nonlinear gameplay than the series has sported of late, could mean a return to games in the style of the original NES roots. This might be the biggest and best Wii U news to date.
It is a bit sad to hear that we have a while to wait for more news about the upcoming Zelda, but the re-release of Wind Waker is exciting, unexpected, and should be completely welcomed by fans of the franchise. At this point, we welcome any blockbuster title to the Wii U console, and hope that Link will be able to take the reigns of Nintendo’s new flagship. Wind Waker should prove to be an awesome addition to the Wii U library.