The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD

December 18, 2013 Off By Laura TMOT

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Have you bought that Wii U yet for your kids this Christmas? If not, why not? With limited stock (and limited games) available for the PS4 and Xbox One, the Wii U and it’s stellar library of family friendly games gives us another great title in the form of The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD.

The story goes that your player (the Hero usually called Link but you can give him whatever name you wish) is celebrating his birthday with his grandma and sister, and at the same time his coming of age, when suddenly a pirate ship arrives followed by a gigantic bird that kidnaps your little sister.  You then begin an epic journey to retrieve her back and defeat an evil villain called Ganon.

Now I’m old enough to say that Zelda was around when I was growing up.  I recall school friends talking about the Ocarina of Time on the N64, I also remember a friend receiving the Collector’s Edition for the GameCube, so I know from first hand experience that this is a great game for kids to play.  It’s complete fantasy and the puzzles are sure to test young gamers mental strength.  Even adult gamers will be tested should they choose to play.  You’ve got to remember though that a Zelda game is like a good book, once you start you can’t put it down.  With over 30 hours worth of playing time, you know that you will be getting a lot of game for your money.

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The gamepad acts as your menu whilst you play.

With the Wii U gamepad you’ll find that it’s easier to manage your inventory and view maps but you’ll also have the option of playing the entire game through the gamepad using the off-TV function, which unfortunately means that you’ll have to pause the game to view your inventory and maps.  Another great feature is the Tingle Bottle, which enables you to write messages to place in a bottle and send them out to sea via the Nintendo Miiverse.  Someone else playing the game connected to the Miiverse will be able to pick up your message from the sea.  Honestly, once I had the tingle bottle I was finding all sorts of messages that people had cast out into the waters.  Lastly, just when you thought it was safe Nintendo have also included the ability for your character take selfies using the Pictograph and post them on the Miiverse.
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It wouldn’t be Zelda if we couldn’t throw pigs.

Comparing the original with the remake is almost like night and day.  You wouldn’t believe that this was a game released over 10 years ago on the GameCube.  The quirky cell shaded style easily suits 1080p High Definition, which I think it’s one of the best looking family games out there at the moment.  It’s no surprise that following the release of the Wind Waker HD, Wii U sales rose by 685% in the UK.