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E3 2013: Hands-On With The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD


The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker is definitely one of the best games I“ve ever played. When an HD version for the Wii U was announced, I was ecstatic. Not only is it the perfect excuse to replay Wind Waker for the thousandth time, but it“s also a chance to experience the game in a new light. While I wandered around Nintendo“s booth during E3, I definitely made some time to try out the Wind Waker HD demo that was provided.


In this Wind Waker HD demo, there were two playable modes: Island Stroll and Boss Battle. Island Stroll is basically the beginning of Wind Waker, where you“re given tutorials and attain your sword. You“re also given some weapons like the bow to mess around with. This mode is pretty much a way to show off Wind Waker HD“s updated graphics and new control scheme.




I tried out and will be focusing on the Boss Battle mode. This mode features the battle against the Helmaroc King at Forbidden Fortress. I know how this battle works like the back of my hand, but the Wii U GamePad made it into a very different experience.


If you“re quick enough and you aren“t slowed down by bokoblins, you can make it to the top to start the battle without having to use your grappling hook. Unfortunately, a bad jump caused me to fall all the way back down to the bottom. When I had to whip out my grappling hook, I realized I had to aim by moving the GamePad around. It was very awkward to accomplish perfectly, though, and I missed more than half the time. On the other hand, Link is now able to move in any direction without having to stop his swinging completely. In any case, I eventually did make it to the top.



Thus, my showdown with the mighty Helmaroc King commenced. The battle remained largely the same, and I cracked open his protective headgear in no time and proceeded to slay the bird. I also had a chance to really appreciate how smooth and beautiful the new graphics looked (though I still have some problems with how much of the bloom effect is used).


Another thing about Wind Waker HD to delve into is how the GamePad is taken advantage of. Similar to Ocarina of Time 3D, the GamePad“s screen contains everything from the main menu – weapon selection, the map, and so forth. This will make things a lot easier, especially with selecting weapons.




Personally, I was very pleased with my time playing the Wind Waker HD demo and can“t wait for October to come so I can once again dive into Wind Waker“s world.

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