Wind Waker HD is only the Beginning.
Very seldom, as we get older, do we find ourselves in moments in which we feel young. Waking up in excitement each day knowing it’s one day closer to fulfilling a reality. When I was younger, these situations arose for me for such things as The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess and Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Although I thoroughly enjoyed the former more than the latter, the buildup to their eventual release was satisfying.
Such a thing has occured again, and that’s the imminent release of The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD. Now I understand that yes, old game is old, and that at my age I shouldn’t be excited for a re-release of a game. But let me go on to elaborate that Wind Waker’s release is much more than replaying a game, it’s feeling that sense of adventure and discovery all over again.
First and foremost, I must commend Nintendo on doing something very different from other companies in terms of HD re-releases. Most companies do a resolution upscale and clear up some textures to make them look presentable and passable on HD televisions. Eiji Aonuma’s team at Nintendo are putting much more love into their game of yonder. From the looks of it, it seems that many of the older assets and environments have been completely redone, not only to meet a 1080p resolution, I assume, but to make things look more clean and realistic. They are evolving the original Wind Waker art style, which I am all for. Don’t misunderstand me, I love the orginal art style, but it’s very refreshing to see something you love given a new facelift.
What excites me more than anything else is the potential for future HD remakes. If this experiment with Wind Waker HD proves fruitful, and I’m sure it will, then it’s very plausible that we may see other games get the touch-up. I’m sure most people are most excited for Mario Galaxy, but not as much me. I’m most excited for a reinterpretation of Metroid Prime. The idea of an HD Samus makes me giddy with excitement, the sheer potential of the project becoming a reality is justification enough for my Wii U purchase back in November.
I differ with one point that most people would find contentious. I would prefer Retro not do the remake. The reason being is that I really do want to see what their next project will be and believe they shouldn’t dilute any of their resources to remake Metroid Prime. I understand that they could probably break up the studio into two teams, but I truly want to see them invest their full potential into a single project. The best thing would be a collaboration between Retro and another studio, most probably in my opinion, Bluepoint Games. Bluepoint is known for doing many of the HD re-releases for Sony’s major game franchises such as God of War and Shadow of the Colossus. Since both Retro and Bluepoint are in Austin, the collaboration would be quite feasible.
That was my 500 word rant on the new Wind Waker and the hopes of Metroid Prime HD. What past Nintendo games would you like to see be remade? Sound off below.