LOS ANGELES--After a hefty amount of speculation and conjecture, we finally got to see how The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess is getting enhanced for the Wii. The demo we were shown let us check out some of the Wii-enhanced features that have been added to the upcoming game. Though the game will feature fishing, bow shooting, and sword fighting, we were only able to try out the fishing game, which puts a fun, interactive twist on the popular pastime.
The demo opened up with us getting into a boat with a young woman and setting off to go fish. We got Link to paddle the boat by pushing up on the analog stick. Once we found a spot that looked good, we hit the B button to take out our fishing pole. To cast the line, we had to hold down the A button and fling the main controller, releasing the button when you're at the apex of the motion to send your line flying. Once your line is in the water, you can use the analog attachment to shake the line by moving the attachment left and right. If you're exceptionally curious about fish activity, you can zoom your view in to see how the fish are reacting to your line. Once you get a bite, you'll have to hold down the A button and pull the controller back toward you, which causes Link to reel in the fish. Once the fish is close enough, you'll see a context-sensitive "land" command appear for the B button, which will let you collect the fish when it's close enough.
The short demo showed off how easy it was to fish in the game and some of the ways developers can use the Wii controller's speaker and the built-in rumble. The controller shook while we were reeling in the fish, and the speaker emitted the sound of the reel working. It's a subtle touch, but it does add something to the experience
The visuals in the game were still looking good, although there was a certain degree of jaggedness that resulted in some sharp edges. Link and his companion featured an impressive level of detail, though. The water looked slick, and the fish movement was very smooth, as well. The small slice of the environment visible from the boat--a rocky outcropping and the mountain that bordered the lake in the distance--also looked sharp.
Based on what we played, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess's Wii enhancements are cool flourishes that should add an extra layer of interactivity to the adventure. The new control mechanics and crisp visuals only add to what we're hoping will be an engaging adventure in the fine Zelda tradition. Look for more on The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess shortly.
UPDATE: Nintendo showed off more control details for the Wii version of the game in its E3 press conference. Check out our other preview for more details on how you can aim, swordfight, and more in the Wii version of Twilight Princess.