Ever since The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD was announced earlier this year, everyone has wondered what this remake would bring to the table besides upgraded graphics. Now we know there is a long list of new features that should make anyone doubting getting the game change their mind. The biggest one of these for fans of the original is likely the fact that they have made a big change to the late game Triforce hunt.
In the original game you had to find eight Triforce sharp maps throughout the Great Sea. Then you had to go to Tingle and pay a fortune for each to be able to follow the maps to where each individual shard was. This was a very tedious task, especially in the first playthrough when you had no idea you should be saving a ton of rupees up for this. The change in The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD is that the first five of the eight Triforce shards will be able to be gotten directly, without involving Tingle at all. The last three are the only ones that will require Tingle’s assistance. Fans were hoping for some sort of change, and this should should definitely help. Speaking of Tingle, another change is that you can no longer miss Tingle Island before the Triforce hunt. There will be something in the main story that introduces Tingle earlier in the game now which requires you to travel to Tingle Island.
Another big addition is that of Hero Mode, a feature taken from The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. This will give players a choice at a much more difficult version of the game where enemies hit for more damage and you are only able to regain health through the use of potions. The best idea with this is that it is available from the very beginning, rather than as an unlockable. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker has been called too easy by a good many, so this will definitely allow for a different experience the first way through the remake, if you so choose.
The new game will also have a change to it’s first-person camera, which will now allow for full movement, unlike the original. You won’t be able to fight with your sword or other similar items from this view, but you will be able to use it to shoot your arrows, almost like a first-person shooter.
We knew upgrades were coming to the Picto Box, which was more of a side item in the original. In addition to taking pictures of villagers and locations around Hyrule, you will also be able to take self-photographs of Link, that you can then upload to Miiverse. So essentially Link is now using social media. You can alternate between three different emotions in these photos, happy, sad, and surprised. This should be especially fun with how well animated Link was in the original game.
The last information given was about the Swift Sail, which will allow for faster mode of travel in the Great Sea. This item will be available after the completion of the first dungeon at the auction house. Unlike some other big items that come up for auction, you will not receive an in-game notification about the Swift Sail.
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD will be available this October for the Nintendo Wii U.