Nintendo is finally talking "Legend of Zelda" Wii U, and revealed at least one 2013 "Zelda" release that likely left millions of gamers anxiously awaiting the end of the year.
Thousands of gamers have complained about the Wii U game line-up in its current form; a relatively irritating mixture that is heavy on console ports ("Darksiders 2," "Batman: Arkham City") and light on original IP (ZombiU). Worse, much like the original Wii, Nintendo's new console has a relatively barren release schedule for the next few months, which is never what you want to see during the early stages of a console's life-cycle.
Fortunately, Wii U owners and "Zelda" fans everywhere might finally have two new reasons to celebrate ownership of a Wii U this year, thanks to words that Nintendo currently has two "Legend of Zelda" projects in the works. According to "Legend of Zelda" producer Eiji Aonuma, the company is currently trying to "rethink the conventions of 'Zelda'" in an effort to revolutionize the franchise, and bring back the surprisingly large number of players who mentioned feeling burned-out after playing "Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword."
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Aonuma says that Nintendo is currently looking at ways the design team can change some of the systems and/or design elements that so many associate with the "Legend of Zelda" franchise. Examples given by the producer included possibly allowing players to deviate from the previously linear dungeon progression system, and an apparent desire to see console "Zelda" titles feature co-operative gameplay à la "Legend of Zelda: Four Swords."
Others have speculated that the company is preparing to release a more open-world, action-RPG title that would play similarly to "Dark Souls," though likely with the lighter-hearted visuals typically associated with Link and his Hyrulean adventures.
During their January 2013 Nintendo Direct presentation, the company also confirmed that "Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker" would be making the jump from GameCube, and the company hopes it will debut on Wii U later this year as "Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD." While only a single screenshot accompanied the announcement, it's clear that the updated "Wind Waker" could look drastically better than it did upon release back in December 2002.
A handful of screenshots uploaded by Polygon also make it clear that the game once unaffectionately known as "Cel-da" will retain the cartoony style that was so divisive when "Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker" first debuted.The HD remake will also support TV-free gaming on the GamePad Pro, and include Miiverse support to boot.
The company hasn't released any screenshots or video footage of "Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker" HD or the yet-to-be-named "Legend of Zelda" Wii U title, though we suspect the company will have more to show off during the 2013 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). The company is expected to have quite the year at E3, having already confirmed a number of other Wii U titles are also in-development, including a new "Mario Kart" which is expected to be playable at the world famous gaming convention.
Have you been waiting for a new "Legend of Zelda" title to release for the Wii U? Looking forward to the "Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker" HD remake?
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