Opinion; Why The Wind Waker HD Needs New Content

As many die-hard Zelda fans now know, new content isn’t much of a thing in the upcoming Legend of Zelda The Wind Waker HD.  But while some others are disappointed, a certain writer on Zelda Informer seems to be a little too supportive of the title and too easily acting like the lack of new content isn’t a bad thing.  Here’s his article:


I however disagree.  The Legend of Zelda The Wind Waker HD does need new content, would benefit significantly from it and currently looks an unappealing purchase because of its absence.  Why does it need it?

Because frankly, it’s what people expect from a remake.  And I don’t blame them, since it’s about 60 dollars of their own hard-earned being spent.  In fact, let’s look at what Nintendo did for their other remakes…

Super Mario 64 DS

Added three new characters with unique abilities, at least four new minor levels, 30 new missions, mini games and a multiplayer mode.

Super Mario Advance 3

Added six brand new levels which were far longer, more interesting and more difficult than anything else in the game.  Like this one:

Super Mario Advance 4

Added the entire e-Reader thing.  Or in other words, at least twenty new levels you could buy and scan in, multiple new bosses, new power ups including the cape from Super Mario World, switches that changed the world to add things like SMB 2 style vegetables to the levels… enemies from a vast array of other games like Super Mario World and Yoshi’s Island…

Donkey Kong (Game Boy)

Pretty much the entire game, including over 90 new levels.

Pokemon Fire Red/Leaf Green

Battle Frontier style extras, the entire Sevii Islands part of the game including new towns, new sidequests, new ‘dungeons’, more activity from Team Rocket…

Pokemon HeartGold/SoulSilver

A safari zone, Pokemon from later generations, the ability to catch all three legendary birds from Red and Blue in Kanto, new/improved Cinnabar Gym with additional trainers, gym leader rebattles, Battle Frontier, rebuilt Unknown Dungeon/Cerulean Cave, events with Pokemon from later generations like the weather trio and Arceus…

Compared to those games and what they added, the Legend of Zelda The Wind Waker HD is downright lazy.  Heck, compared to ANY other Nintendo remake it shows a lack of effort.  You can’t honestly tell me a faster sail, a Miiverse feature and some tweaked graphics are as impressive as anything mentioned in the above list, right?

Now let’s look at some of the other arguments from the article and why they don’t hold up…

First up, how about this starting at ground zero thing?  Yeah… not a very good argument.  See those Yoshi’s Island levels?  They weren’t beta levels.  They weren’t cut out of anything. They built them from the ground up for a remake.  Or how about the Sevii Islands from Pokemon?  Those were built from ‘ground zero’ too.  Nintendo have done just that in past remakes, and they’d be perfectly capable of doing it for this one too, if they put the effort in.

Above: Neither of these things were in their original games.  But Nintendo and Game Freak made the effort to make them/include them anyway.

And don’t go arguing about how it’s not ‘economical’ because a new game is in the works.  Again, Pokemon Fire Red/Leaf Green were made on the same system as the then ‘new’ Pokemon Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald, yet Nintendo/Game Freak still found the time and money to add new content to them.  Same deal with Mario 64 DS on the DS and HeartGold/SoulSilver on the same system.  That extra effort didn’t stop Nintendo making new Mario or Pokemon games for the console.

The art style isn’t a persuasive reason to defend the game either.  Okay, it looks new and a bit nicer as a result.  But do you know something here?

This art style upgrade is NOTHING compared to some of Nintendo’s past remakes.  Super Mario All Stars did ten times more than this game did as far as upgrading the graphics.  So did Super Mario 64 DS, Pokemon Fire Red/Leaf Green and Pokemon HeartGold/Soul Silver.  They didn’t just increase the amount of bloom and reshade or light some stuff, they actually ripped out all the graphics and music and redid it entirely.  For instance…

Or compare this:

and this:

That’s far more of a noticeable ‘upgrade’ than the Wind Waker HD’s graphical touches ever were.  Except these games actually added things other than changed graphics and music.

As for people not buying it because of some extra content or not caring if some was added… just tell me that any of Nintendo’s past remakes would have sold the same without all the new content, dungeons, levels and sidequests?  I doubt it.  People like new stuff, and that is definitely enough reason for many of them to buy a remake. If Wind Waker HD had more new content, people would care more.  End of.

Finally, the whole argument about how the game ‘doesn’t need it’.  Oh wait, nor did Super Mario 64 or Pokemon Gold and Silver. Nor did Yoshi’s Island.  Nor did anything else Nintendo remade.  But they still remade the games, added all the things they couldn’t add in the first time and provided existing fans a legitimate reason to rebuy the game.  Every game can be improved.  Companies just need to be willing to do so.

So I’m sorry, but The Wind Waker HD really does need new content.  That’s kind of the point of a remake, that’s something which every other Nintendo remake I’ve seen has tackled to a greater extent and it’s something that’d make the game worthwhile for many fans of the original.   The game not having new stuff is not some ‘good’ move, it’s plain lazyness.  There is no denying the game wouldn’t be ten times better with new dungeons, new areas and new sidequests, and frankly, the lack of them is the very reason I am not going to buy The Wind Waker HD.  I’m not supporting HD ports and rereleases.
Only games with more effort put in.

Agree?  Disagree?  Comment with your thoughts in the comments section below or at Nintendo 3DS Community.com today!


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8 years ago

Even the music is the same as the original, I was hoping it would be orchestrated but to no avail. They could have easily included a Master Quest (harder difficulty) but they didn’t. I am really hoping they’ll put in just ONE new dungeon or else I am just going to get Watch Dogs and a PS4 this holiday.

8 years ago

Couldn’t agree more. There was so much excitement about this game early on because the original was so rushed and so much stuff was cut out (dungeons, enemy types, etc). But now apparently the “pacing” of the original game was perfect and we can’t mess with this “masterpiece”. I call bull. There are perhaps too many Pokemon examples in this article but the points stand. We could also look at all the Zelda remakes, after the first one: BS Zelda (better graphics, less content), Link’s Awakening DX (better graphics, new dungeon), Link to the Past Advance (same graphics, new sounds,… Read more »

8 years ago

What really irritates me, is that all of this hub bub is being made by Nintendo about how they are getting their online store up to where people always wanted it to be. If all you really want to do is upgrade the graphics of a ten year old game, put it out on your online store for 40 bucks and get people in there and buying things. Instead you want to charge 60 dollars for a boxed product? This feels really no different than the Wii version of Twilight Princess.