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Something Old and New in Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker Remake?

There are plenty of reasons to have been excited by what was announced at the recent Nintendo Direct conference, particularly for those looking forward to new Wii U games in 2013. However, for some, it will definitely be the news that two Legend of Zelda titles are heading to the console.

How Wind Waker may look on the Wii U.

How Wind Waker may look on the Wii U.

Of course, it was great to have a little play in that part of the Nintendo universe when Wii U launched alongside Nintendo Land. But let’s face it, weren’t most of us just holding out for the day when we got a brand new Link adventure on the system?

Well, as it turns out, the first of the two games will be a remake of a GameCube classic – but we can comfort ourselves in the fact it won’t just be a direct port for Virtual Console. Here are three things we can expect Nintendo to add to Wind Waker when it’s revealed at E3 later this year.

Sharper Visuals in Awesome HD

One of the best reasons Nintendo has for mining its back catalogue of great adventure games is the opportunity to give them a visual overhaul. As Wii U is a system fully capable of high definition graphics, this makes the idea of a Wind Waker remake a very promising notion. Landscapes, backdrops and cut scenes should look incredible, plus the gameplay should be smoother than ever before.

Keep on Gaming With Off TV Play

Many of us will have experienced what it’s like to have to switch of a game when we’re deep in adventure mode. However, Wii U addresses the issue of invading family members and partners with Off TV Play. Of course, this was great on New Super Mario Bros. U, but when it comes to strategy games like Zelda, avoiding that break in play could be all the more vital.

‘Tuned Up’ Gameplay for a New Generation

As well as Off TV Play and integration with the Miiverse, Nintendo announced it would be making some small changes in the Wind Waker remake that would make it more befitting the Wii U console. Nintendo series director Eiji Aonuma said the team intend to “tune up the overall game experience,” though little is known yet as to what this will involve.

So what do you think? Is Nintendo playing a dangerous game in tinkering with Wind Waker? Or does the opportunity to play the game again on Wii U excite you enough to justify a remake?

Best Pre-Order Price For The Wii U

Get the best deal on the Wii U.

Right now the best pre-order price for the Wii U is at Zavvi who are offering the basic addition of the Wii U for £229.99.

The basic Wii U pack comes with 8gb of memory which can be expanded with an external hard drive.

The Wii U is scheduled for a November 30th release in the UK.


Wii U Release Date And Launch Games Announced

Wii U; due for late November release

While Nintendo didn’t give UK gamers a price for the forthcoming Wii U, they did announce several games that are due to be released for the Wii U launch date. The games due to be released are; Nintendo Land, New Super Mario Bros. U, ZombiU, Rayman Legends, FIFA 13 and Mass Effect 3: Wii U Edition, with games like Assassin’s Creed 3 and Darksiders 2 being released later in the year. The Wii U is due to be released 30th November in the UK.

Nintendo Land; Packaged with Wii U premium

Why The Wii-U Will (Almost) Certainly Fail

The biggest news at E-3 was undoubtedly the announcement of the Wii-U. At the time it generated a lot of buzz but now we’re further removed from the event the more I think about the Wii-U the more I think that it’s almost certain to fail.

The Wii-U will be released in 2012, this is probably only a couple of years away from the next generation of the PlayStation and Xbox. If Sony and Microsoft really want to turn the screw on Nintendo they will keep “leaking” news of the next impending generations of their consoles. This alone will be enough to keep many people from buying the Wii-U. Why buy a new console when you can wait a year or two for one that will probably blow it out of the water?

That brings me onto the next two points, the power and the price of the Wii-U. Lets say that the next-gen PlayStation and Xbox aren’t released until 2014 as some reports are indicating. Unless the Wii-U is significantly more powerful than the PS3 and Xbox 360 why would anyone but the hardcore Nintendo fan buy it? Especially if it is priced higher than the current consoles on the market which you’d have to think it will be at launch.

The Wii succeeded for two main reasons, the price and the gimmick. The Wii was priced far below and PS3 and Xbox 360 and the motion controller gimmick was unique (at that time). This along with a slew of party games won over the casual gamer. We already know the Wii-U won’t have the low price going for it and the Xbox now seems to be the choice for the casual gamer who enjoys motion control. That’s okay though because the Wii-U has a new gimmick – the Wii-U pad.

Crytek Talk Wii U and Xbox 720

Crytek have been very talkative lately, spilling the beans on both the Wii U and Xbox 720. Doubts about the power of the Wii U can be put to bed as it will be able to run CryENGINE according to Crytek CEO Cervat Yerli.

“Crytek’s support for Wii U is definitely going to happen… We aren’t showing it but we are pretty much running [CryENGINE] already…”

This doesn’t tell us which version of the CryENGINE of course but it seems to indicate that the Wii U will at least be a serious rival to the PS3 and Xbox 360 in terms of power.

Speaking of the Xbox it has been rumoured that Crytek is developing TimeSplitters 4 using Microsoft’s upgraded DX11 development tool. This means that TimeSplitters 4 would be good to go for the next-gen version of the Xbox – currently dubbed the Xbox 720. The news was broke by VideoGamer.

“The Crysis 2 developer says that Microsoft will announce the existence of a new Xbox within the next 12 months, hinting that an E3 2012 reveal is likely.”

Strap yourselves in ladies and gentlemen, it looks like the next round of the console wars is about to begin!