You Won’t Believe How Many Little Changes Are In Zelda: Wind Waker HD

You Won’t Believe How Many Little Changes Are In Zelda: Wind Waker HD

It’s fascinating, picking up The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker for the first time. You get something like culture shock — holy crap, everything’s so bright! The faces are so goofy. Is that really what Link’s grandma looks like?

And then… after 10 or 15 minutes, you start to get it. Ah, yes. Here’s why this is the second-best Zelda game.

Over the past few days, I’ve been watching a friend play the HD version of Wind Waker — officially out for Wii U tomorrow (although you can already buy a digital copy) — and I’ve rediscovered just how great a game it is. Luke’s already explained why: the spectacular visuals, that wonderful feeling of exploration, the musical combat, etc. He also talked a lot about the Wii U version’s big changes, like high-speed sailing, improved visuals, and the overhauled Triforce Quest.

But there’s a whole lot more to this remake, and some of the most granular changes might actually be the most useful ones. NeoGAF poster Nyoro SF has compiled a pretty detailed list of tweaks that Nintendo has made to the latest Zelda, and some of them are essential: text speed is faster; photos get ratings as soon as you snap them; the beat of music starts when you conduct the first note, instead of beforehand. When you’re sailing, hits won’t knock you off the boat anymore. Getting items out of the sea is quicker. You can change the direction of your grapple mid-swing.

Lots of little things that make a big difference.

OK, your turn. Post your favourite minor Wind Waker change below.


  • First interpreted the title as “you won’t believe how little change there is to Wind Waker HD”. And chuckled 😛

  • Cant wait to grab this 2morrow! although i just got given wonderful101 and bought zombiu for 25 bucks im playing this and GTAV first 😀

  • Only 30,000 sales in its first week in Japan and I don’t think that number will rise all that much when it’s released in the west.

  • “Grappling and cannon options while sailing are permanently on the D-Pad. No need to equip while sailing”
    This is the best news

  • I counted 41 changes! That’s more changes on average than an actual Zelda sequel. They coulda just called it Wind Waker 2.

  • Haven’t seen any changes yet because its not out!! hurry up and arrive tomorrow, you’re taking too long!

  • The eShop said the fourth, I’m sure of it. For digital and disc. So who hyped up all day today just to be told by the tattooed fella at JB that it was out the back, but couldn’t be sold yet? Me. I used to love the look on people’s faces when I told them that when I worked at EB, so guess I deserve it.

  • My copy arrived in the mail yesterday and I’m loving every minute of it! It looks so beautiful :’)

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