Two new Zelda games announced for Wii U
posted on 01.23.13 at 09:49 AM EST by (@salromano)
Wind Waker remake coming this fall. New Zelda to follow.

Nintendo announced two The Legend of Zelda games for Wii U during its Nintendo Direct presentation today.

The first is a high-definition remake of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, due out this fall. The game promises upgraded graphics, tuned up performance, the ability to play off-TV on the Wii U GamePad, and of course, Miiverse compatibility.

Zelda series producer Eiji Aonuma showed a series of images from the game before making the announcement.

“The reason I wanted to show you these pictures today is because our new Zelda looks like it is going to take some time to complete, so I wanted to report that while you’re waiting for that game to release, we intend to offer you The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker reborn on Wii U, to play in the meantime,” said Aonuma.

The second title is an all-new Zelda game designed from the ground up for Wii U.

“Wii U launched at the end of last year, so I’d like to be able to talk soon about the new Zelda game we are preparing for you on Wii U, but since I have to wait until you can see actual game visuals to talk about it in detail, I will instead talk about the driving theme behind our development.

“Our mission in developing this new Zelda game for Wii U is quite plainly to rethink the conventions of Zelda. I’m referring to things such as the player is supposed to complete dungeons in a certain order. That you are supposed to play by yourself—the things that we’ve come to take for granted recently. We want to set aside these ‘conventions’, and get back to basics to create a newborn Zelda so players today can enjoy the real essence of the franchise.

“We had actually worked on this kind of challenge with Skyward Sword. But we weren’t able to put efforts in changing the linear structure of the game.

“Since it is a bigger development project, it will take some time before we can make a more concrete announcement.”

Watch Aonuma’s video message below. View the first screenshots of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker on Wii U at the gallery.

  • KingNigma

    I was not expecting that but I’m freaking excited.

  • http://twitter.com/Renzouri Lee

    There’s a lot of demand for a Wind Waker remake; I’m glad it’s finally on its way.

  • http://www.facebook.com/JaeWhy SasuleUchiha

    Looks gorgeous!!!

  • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

    Added first 9 screenshots!

  • http://www.facebook.com/wtfits.gardner Cat Flames

    AHHHH YES!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/wtfits.gardner Cat Flames

    wait Nintendo …..please add tessellation …. o.O the U can handle it right?…. hmm

  • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

    Retitled this. The long, long title was bugging my OCD.

  • YangTerlupakan

    just make Zelda with the same level of TWINLIGHT PRINCESS or OCRAINA OF TIME eiji-sensei!!!
    dont make same mistake with Wind Waker, please!!!!!!

  • DarthBrian

    Does it get rid of the shitty Triforce hunt? Game is unplayable because of it.

    • AdamBoy64

      I can understand those sentiments.
      I remember reading originally that they had planned to have a couple of extra temples – and that idea was scrapped. It would be amazing if they added some new levels.

      I think the triforce hunt gave meaning to the ocean concept. Without it the ocean would have been pretty useless – and there wouldn’t have been much exploration in the game.

      If I had to choose between having more temples or the triforce hunt, I’d go the temples. But I still think the game would be missing something without the triforce hunt.

      • DarthBrian

        I think you have that backwards. The ocean *was* useless, and that therefore made the Triforce hunt unbearable.

        Now if they had made the ocean entertaining, with lots of stuff to do, then maybe it wouldn’t have been so bad. But it’s not, so it’s crap.

        • AdamBoy64

          Yeah, fair enough – we each have different opinions on it.
          I think the ocean would have been pretty bad without the triforce hunt.

          Here’s hoping there’s some new content that might interest you in the game. If not, well, there’s always the new Zelda.

    • http://www.facebook.com/anthony.moody.7186 Anthony Moody

      Get rid of the Triforce hunt? Why not just throw Ganondorf completely out of the picture? Or change Link’s name to Bob? Because it wouldn’t be Zelda otherwise, that’s why.

  • http://kougeru.tumblr.com/ Kou

    “That you are supposed to play by yourself,” Zelda games didnt work in MP for me. I dont mind how they are now..as long as its fun. Skyward was the msot fun ive had in years

  • Michael Garling

    Now all we need is Majora’s Mask 3D and Nintendo’ve got the trifecta.

  • Anime10121

    HD Windwaker Might be the first Zelda game I’ve ever bought. Dont know why, but I just could never get into the series, but the cel-shading in Wind Waker has always been extremely beautiful to me, so I think I may finally give this series another shot with this title.

  • MrKappa

    Ugh, WW is among some of my least favorite Zeldas. I hate the art style! The game itself was okay to play but I wish they would forever drop this “toon Link” style of Zelda and never look back.

  • shogunknight

    This was my best Zelda Ever. But it might have been better if Majoras mask or Ocarina of time were given HD remakes instead. God it looks beautiful, Looking forward to this anyway

  • Ramza Beoulve

    Windwaker and a new Zelda cant wait XD

  • AdamBoy64

    Oh my goodness what. Wow.

  • Prodigy-X

    I’m seriously thinking about getting all next gen consoles PS4, Xbox, and Wii U.

  • AdamBoy64

    I really hope they add an additional level or two.. it’s a great opportunity to expand on a game I felt was a bit on the short side.
    Or maybe they could do an unlockable Master Quest mode… oh man. okay, I’m probably dreaming there.

    But any new content would be great.

  • http://www.facebook.com/james.chalkley88 James Chalkley

    I’m glad they are bringing something that is eye popping visuals again. WW was good for that on the Gamecube, but now in HD, among all the generic browns and greys the 360 and PS3 have brought, this game is going to stand out like a badass. *preps my 46″ HD TV for its one and only use*

  • ericbwoo

    10 years since Wind Waker? Time flies.. still, I think it’s too bad that they’re not making a “Master Sword” version.. not sure why I would want to get into the same game 10 years later just because of the graphics. It’s always been more about play than looks. ;)

  • http://www.facebook.com/michael.parrish.37 Michael Parrish

    Now there needs to be a ocarina remake on a tv counsel

  • Natalie

    from the pictures it seems like they’re really getting bold with the shadows. They’re so dark. You don’t see a lot of that in the other Zelda games.