The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD: Making Retro Games New Again

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Recently, I’ve come across the new trailer for the re-release of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD. Michael Gatson’s review on Gamespot describes this game as “taking Link through an old adventure on a new console.” This game’s launch follows the re-release of Final Fantasy X and X-2, also remade in HD. I sense that the increase of classic games in HD are starting a trend – giving gamers the opportunity to enjoy the classics again, but in fresh, new ways. These titles are now available in better quality and now have more depth that was not possible in previous years. As a gamer who enjoys older games, I am delighted to see these games being fine tuned, reminding me of the elements that I use to value most in video games. I am curious to uncover the reason for classic games being made new again. What is it about the classics that continue to hold our collective attention?

In my opinion, while the graphics in games are evolving, the quality in plot are not as familiar as they once were. Not to devalue the current generation of games, but I do believe that the gaming media is now catering to a different type of gamer. Remastering the classics is a good way to get gamers to invest in the new systems in order to play the games they once enjoyed in the past while simultaneously introducing the classics to a newer generation. Maybe game makers want these classic titles to grow old with the players that enjoyed them in their original form, keeping these experiences alive in the hearts of gamers around the globe. I look forward to playing these games and reminiscing on some of my favorite eras of video games.

Do you think it’s a developing trend? Would you look forward to the re-releases of older games? What games do you have in mind?

Tell us how you feel in the comments below!

The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD
The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD

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Growing up with her big brother being a hardcore gamer, Emerald has been playing games as long as she could remember. She enjoys RPG’s and discovered the love for them after playing Chrono Trigger on the SNES. During her high school years, she looked forward to gaming on her PlayStation after finishing homework rather than hanging out with friends. Hence, this is when she discovered her true love for gaming and the gaming community. She’s a comical gamer, with a touch of randomness, who has a passion for media and writing. Overall, she enjoys the thrill of playing a game that captivates her attention and drives her to keep playing it until the end. Give her a game with an amazing story and awesome soundtrack, she’s content.
  • Fantastic first article, Em! One of the games I wanted remastered is actually getting a sequel! The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds is a sequel to TLOZ: A Link to the Past, which is my top favorite game (alongside a few others) and is THE reason I’m a gamer. I love all of the HD remakes and remasters. Keep them coming, I say. So long as they keep them novel and not overdo it.

  • I really enjoy when they remake some games in HD. I’m really excited to see when FFX eventually gets released in HD, and there are some others I would like to see as well. However, I still think they should focus on the future as well as make some of these HD re-releases. I don’t want it to end up like Hollywood is, where all they’re pretty much doing now is remaking stuff. Great article 🙂

  • I definitely hope its a trend that continues. But i would want Nintendo and others to pick only the most appropriate games. For example, i’d like to see Zelda 4 swords on the gamecube redone in HD. Why? because it could benefit from modern technology.

    Now that online is more prevalent, it can be used to replace the individual screen mechanic.

    They should also implement a way for the screen to split when you get too far. Technically, it could split 4 ways for segments where you absolutely must split up.

    Most importantly, it wasnt enjoyed by as many people as it should have been by, because of how expensive it was to get the most out of the game. So there are a lot of people (myself included), who just didnt get to experience the game really.

    Im all for remakes if they bring something more to the table. Windwaker has, and i expect other games to bring as much to the table if not more. Splitscreen co-op for Mario Galaxy 1&2 HD???

    oh…and “selfies” are a must from now on lol

  • Masato Anabuki

    Heck, I’m still waiting for my Majora’s Mask remake. I just need a new version of that lovely game.

  • One of the Best Zelda games ever. I can’t wait to pick this up.