In case you missed the latest Japanese broadcast of Nintendo Direct this morning, Nintendo made a number of interesting announcements regarding new titles and features for the Wii U, the most exciting of which was The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker Reborn, a full HD remake of the beloved Gamecube classic.
I really like the subtle style changes that the remake uses; while the original Gamecube game (which still looks very pretty, even by today’s standards,) looked like a Saturday morning cartoon, the new remake sort of looks like a Pixar movie: it’s doesn’t look cel-shaded, but it still manages to look cartoony and retains the personality of the original game. Note to other developers looking to cash in on their back catalog of classic titles: this is how you’re supposed to do an HD remake. No lazily upscaled textures, no half-assed color filters, just a proper, everything redone from scratch remake.
I’ve held off on buying a Wii U until now — while Monster Hunter and Mario are nice, the system’s overall library just didn’t have enough quality titles to convince me to drop $300 bucks on a new console. Of course, that changed today, as a remake of one of my favorite games — along with the promise of a completely brand new, HD Zelda to come later — is enough to make me want to go out and buy a Wii U right now. Nintendo really needed to announce some exciting titles today in order to make up for the Wii U’s launch day problems and post-launch drought, and with this last Nintendo Direct, I think they succeeded in giving the Wii U back some of the positive buzz that it had lost.