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Opinion: Zelda: Twilight Princess Deserves A HD Remake

With the recent and glorious news of Majora’s Mask making it’s resurgence on the 3DS, I got to thinking what other Zelda games would benefit from the remake treatment. I think that The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess would be a fantastic candidate a HD remake on the Wii U.

Considered to be one of the most outstanding games of the franchise, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess is coming up to nearly a decade in age. Scoring perfect to near perfect scores across the board from all the reputable gaming outlets at the time and being the first Zelda game to be a launch title for a console, in this case the Wii.

At the time, two versions were released and developed parallel to one another. The game was simultaneously releasing with motion controls for the Wii and also developed with traditional controls for the GameCube.

SCREEN_ZELDA_0001_Layer 4As gut wrenching as it is to say, I have never come anywhere near to completing this title. Before you judge and shame me, let me explain. I love this game for what it is, it feels more mature, darker and another great adventure in one of my most beloved series. Unfortunately every time I have tried to complete this game I cannot bring myself to constantly flail those damned Wii Remotes around.

I do majority of my gaming later in the evening/night so needless to say after a solid day working and any other activities I choose to participate in, the last thing I feel like doing is waving my arms around like I am signalling an airplane to land.

SCREEN_ZELDA_0002_Layer 3My first time with Twilight Princess I made it just passed the forest where you earn the Master Sword. The second time I believe it was around the water temple stage and a few other attempts that escape my memory for the moment. Even a sky based temple rings a bell? Unfortunately, every time I work up the commitment to use the Wii’s input, my memory of the last attempt has become rather vague and I want to experience the story in it’s entirety in a reasonably condensed session.

I am fully aware that Twilight Princess is available on GameCube but never being a GameCube owner until recently and as you can imagine copies of this game are going for outrageously high amounts even for a collectors standards, around the AU$100 mark. Dearer than most recently released games. I pose the question. Why not give gamers an updated version of this game?

SCREEN_ZELDA_0003_Layer 2I know for a fact that I am not the only person or gamer in particular that was deterred by the Wii’s lack of a more traditional controller for some of it’s bigger games and with the incorporation of more traditional controller inputs the Wii U now seems like the perfect candidate to redistribute those games that a lot of gamers missed out on.

Using for example Twilight Princess’ predecessor The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. Releasing years before Twilight Princess on the GameCube, The Wind Waker was fortunate enough to receive a High Definition make over for the Wii U almost 12 months ago and was received with probably just as much critical acclaim as the original’s launch. It received nothing more than a visual overhaul causing the cell-shaded visuals to pop even more vividly and a few game play tweaks to streamline the experience for the Wii U.

Need I say more to convince you of the opportunity for experiencing Twilight Princess on the Wii U? An overhaul of the darker toned world would work wonders, the option to tackle the game from a more traditional game pad or controller and then stream lining the experience to match the Wii U. It could be something as simple as having the item select menu on the Wii U’s game pad or speeding up Links running speed or even Epona’s as well. It would all add up to generate a marvellous experience.

SCREEN_ZELDA_0000_Layer 5Besides after spending countless hours on Ocarina of Time, running the mirrored world of Twilight Princess on the Wii just felt unnatural. None the less, time is the only real answer we have on any more new Zelda news, High Definition remake or the entirely new entry into the series. I certainly do hope that Twilight Princess is the first to receive the treatment, followed closely by Skyward Sword for the exact same reasons on Wii U.

2016 marks the 30th anniversary of Zelda. We completely expect Nintendo to take advantage of this and absolutely make the whole year about Zelda. We can’t think of a better way to celebrate this glorious year than to bring Twilight Princess into the HD age and shine a light on this absolute classic.

What are your thoughts? Is this a game you would love to see a remake of or something different entirely, please let us know in the comments below.

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