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POSTED 17/10/13


THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: THE WIND WAKER HD

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...and Link said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. Until there wasn't again. Bugger!

As most will know, this is a classic Zelda Gamecube outing now bathed in HDness and sent pootling into the world in hopes of boosting Wii U sales. As such, Zeldaphiles will have a fair idea as to what’s going on, for nothing much has changed structurally.

That being typed, a couple of classic niggles have been denigglified – most notably with a speedier way of sailing the seven seas, a bulgier wallet and adjustments to the somewhat painful Tingle fetch questing. Ooh, while we’re being tingly, you can now go all constabulary and send out messages in bottles that lob onto other players’ beaches-o.

Otherwise, things are mostly just prettier. The cartoonish look that you either loved or hated is magnified by the availability of oodles of pixels, while the palette can still sizzle retinas if sitting a touch too close. Speaking of touch, the gamepad makes for a nifty inventory controller that discontinues game-pausing, and things look even more sweetie-cutie-lovely if you shrinkydink down and play on that.

If you’re still wondering just WTF all this Zelda business is, umm, well, it’s one of the biggest franchises in gaming history and that you know nothing of it is gobsmacking. But we’ll play nice. You’re a little blonde bloke clad in green who has a natty way with a sword. This is handy as you quest through islands, dungeons and stuff aiming to rescue your little sis from an ugly, pointy-schnozzed prick. Plus other stuff, but them’s the basics. It’s all gorgeously cinematic, not least of all due to an heroic orchestral score.

Once again Nintendo re-tread the wheel rather than reinventing it. But when they do it so well then Zeldaholics have reason to sing hallelujah.

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