Nintendo teases new Zelda, Wind Waker remake for Wii U

Nintendo teased two upcoming Zelda projects during its Nintendo Direct today: the new Wii U Zelda in development, and an HD Wind Waker remake.

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It should come as no surprise that Nintendo is working on a new Zelda title for Wii U, but since it may be a long way off the company is producing a remake of one of its most beloved series titles as well. Nintendo teased some tidbits about its next new game, along with a Wind Waker rerelease, during today's Nintendo Direct.

The Wind Waker remake is coming sometime this fall, and will feature updated graphics, and a "tune up" to the experience. It will also be playable on the GamePad alone, and Miiverse-enabled. Series director Eiji Aonuma shared some screens of the title, prettied up for the HD console.

He also shared some extremely vague details about the new Zelda title in development, which intends to "rethink the conventions of Zelda." Specifically, he said the team is reconsidering elements like completing dungeons in a set order, or playing the game alone. It sounds like the next Zelda title will have multiplayer elements and be a bit less linear, but we'll have to wait a while to hear much more about the game.

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    January 23, 2013 6:50 AM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Nintendo teases new Zelda, Wind Waker remake for Wii U.

    Nintendo teased two upcoming Zelda projects during its Nintendo Direct today: the new Wii U Zelda in development, and an HD Wind Waker remake.

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      January 23, 2013 6:57 AM

      Wonderful news.

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      January 23, 2013 7:04 AM

      Good to know my Wii U impulse buy might pay off one day :)

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      January 23, 2013 7:14 AM

      I'm not sure about the lighting in the screenshots, it makes it look a little washed out. The thing I really liked about Wind waker's style is how bold the colors were and how they contrasted so much from each other. I think you lose that with these day shots on windfall island.

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      January 23, 2013 7:21 AM

      This makes me want to find my wind waker disc and try it out on dolphin

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      January 23, 2013 8:21 AM

      If the multiplayer turns out anything like the trolltastic four swords games I'll be happy.

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        January 23, 2013 8:30 AM

        Haha, agreed, I wouldn't mind a whole separate co-op campaign using different characters in the same world though as well (one can dream :o)

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      January 23, 2013 8:27 AM

      The new super mario game that they announced is what i'm really excited about.

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      January 23, 2013 8:31 AM

      holly shit.

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      January 23, 2013 9:10 AM

      Why not just make a new wind waker for the wii u? I love the art style and have it live on the ds for years is a disservice.

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        January 23, 2013 9:26 AM

        You make it sound like a small task. Building an HD Zelda game up to Nintendo's standards is a huge multi year undertaking. I think more people are pulling for a 'mature' looking fully new Zelda to show of their shiny new Wii U. (Not that I think a new game in this style wouldn't be awesome).

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        January 23, 2013 9:46 AM

        Hopefully this kicks off development for just such a game to come out near the end of the system's cycle.

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          January 23, 2013 1:59 PM

          Things like completing dungeons in a certain order and only being able to play by yourself will be changed

          That better be some long reaching interpretation shit of the announcement. I don't care so much about dungeon linearity (though I feel its a big part of Zelda story progression and doesnt need to be touched), but if they try to attach some stupid MP shit to Zelda I am going to cry in a pillow.

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            January 23, 2013 2:08 PM

            ever play Four Swords Adventures? Think something like that more unique characters instead of three other Links.

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            January 23, 2013 2:17 PM

            They specifically mentioned both things directly. Note that they mentioned them simple as examples of things they were considering, not elements that would absolutely be different.

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      January 23, 2013 1:57 PM

      I've never played Wind Waker, but if I had a Wii U, I'd be interested.