The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD took six months to develop

Zelda series producer Eiki Aonuma discusses the process of bringing the GameCube original to the Wii U.

Recently released Wii U remastering The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD took Nintendo six months to develop, series producer Eiji Aonuma has said.

In an interview with 4Gamer (translated by Siliconera), Aonuma added that updating the 2003 original was still challenging. “Development was still difficult,” he said. “You had to consider the difference in hardware at the time.”

“Additionally there is a technique known as toon shading, which gives the game a very animated look. At that time, the technique was established, but had not be used before by our staff, everyone had to do everything by hand,” he added.

Updating the game to 16:9 on Wii U also required certain scenes to be changed manually in order to look right in the final release of The Wind Waker HD. “For dramatic purposes, we would have characters we didn’t want in the frame, out of sight, but on the 16:9 ratio, you could still see those characters,” Aonuma said.

Nintendo released a disc-based edition of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD on October 4. For more information on the game, check out GameSpot's review.

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racerxgundam
racerxgundam

6 months to make? yet almost two years too late

> wii u


yamilvirginio
yamilvirginio

Out of all the zelda games this is the game that never needed a remake. I mean I don't understand why Nintendo did the remake of Ocarina Of time for the 3ds. Can you imagine the money that a Remake of Ocarina of time would have made if the game was for the Wii U . This decision was completely illogical and random 

Diegoctba
Diegoctba

I'm not finding the game here in my country, and no pre-orders too. I'm wondering if i need to wait one month after the launch, like Skyward Sword.

*sad face*

DaneGamer
DaneGamer

I'm playing it now, and it's all fine and fair, but i can't help but to think...

F-Zero GX, 60hz, 1080p, online multiplayer, fucking get at it NINTENDO!

hazuki
hazuki

Cell shaded and colorful games like this scale well. It didn't need a hd update, but I'm not complaining we got one. Games like twilight princess need a 720p/1080p version update. Its fine on pc, but it doesn't look all that great on the wii. Plus, as good as ocarina/majora look on pc, why not a hd update for them? It'd be pretty easy to do. 

silverwings21
silverwings21

I would have considered getting this if they used the realistic SpaceWorld 2000 art style, instead of reusing the chibi cell-shading art style. Now that would be a remake worth getting.

sgtZipper
sgtZipper

I cancelled my pre-order because they didn't deliver the game on time and it was cheaper somewhere else. So I ordered the limited edition at another retailer. I kept waiting for my copy and finally got it, but without the figurine, for the same price as the limited edition. So I started looking for other limited editions, but they're all gone now. Now I opened it up anyway just so I could finally play it, hope I can get some money back. Game is awesome btw

josh7845
josh7845

Not all that surprising. I don't really see this game as a necessary release. The beauty of the aesthetic of the original was that it was timeless and would always look good regardless of how much HD you could throw at it.

BradBurns
BradBurns

Wave Race: Blue Storm HD or a completely new entry for Wii U. Do it Nintendo.

edinko
edinko

IT took me about 2 minutes to get the old gamecube game running on PC in DOIphin and it looks nearly the same like this so called HD remake in 1080p with AA/AF maxed out

StHapns247
StHapns247

They should spend a few weeks and add normal people controller support to Skyward Sword.

tmthywtsn
tmthywtsn

Nintendo truly has become a company trying to half-ass their way to glory, good luck.

JaredBaize
JaredBaize

Now a Wii U version for Ocarina of Time, Majora's Mask, Twilight Princess and Skyward Sword. And a 3ds version of A Link to The Past. Is that too much to ask?!?!? 

greenaj
greenaj

GOD, how I'd love a truly next gen Zelda.  Would be so effing epic.

gamebuyer22
gamebuyer22

And all the Nintendo fans calling this a from the ground up remake were completely wrong. Nintendo takes for over to make games yet made this in 6 months.

Bangerman15
Bangerman15

I'm not trying to troll, but if it only took 6 months then I'm sure 6 months ago Nintendo decided to make this to try to help sales of the wii u.

AMG
AMG

This game really didn't need an HD remaster, it already looked beautiful on the GCN. Any of the other 3D Zelda games would have been a better choice.

AlexFili
AlexFili

I hope that people start taking the Wii U more seriously and not wave it off as a gimmicky games device.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@racerxgundam 

Two years too late? The system hasn't even been out for a full year so how can it be two years too late? Also the game is selling very well for a remake so obviously it's not "too late."

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@BradBurns  

I miss Wave Race, much more interested in those types of racing sims than the typical car racing sim.

xeidog69
xeidog69

@edinko nah..on PC it does look damn good but the Wii U release is much more than simple upscaling.. the original had no shadows on characters, the colors and pretty much every visual aspect on the Wii U release cannot be matched via emulation. The videos on the sites do no justice, and when diving back in its is truly stunning.

sgtZipper
sgtZipper

I know right? I scored some cheap deaths with the nunchuck directional thumbstick

ArabrockermanX
ArabrockermanX

@tmthywtsn You say that with a avatar of a character that was horribly abused in a certain HD "remake" by Capcom this generation...

willjohnboy
willjohnboy

@tmthywtsn The Wind Waker HD was a 10th Anniversary celebration of a Classic Game they are not like Capcom release a game with missing content then release the same game less than a year later with some of that content in it then release another version of the game a few months later with the rest of that content in(Street Fighter 4 or just release a game with the missing data on it and charge people extra to unlock it (Street Fighter x Tekken) and Judging by your Leon.S.Kennedy avatar your a Resident Evil Fan so can hardly have a go at Nintendo for doing lazy ports, whens the last time a console Resident Evil game was Good and that series has never been rehashed (Resident Evil Revelations which compared to the 3DS version is mutch worse,Resident Evil 1 and 2 on Gamecube, Code Veronica on PS2 worse than the Dreamcast version and even Resident evil 4 on PS2 and Wii all of them rehashes of the original versions only Resident Evil 1 was any good)  the series has lost every single bit of what made that Series good, oh yeah that's right the last good Resident Evil Game was on the Gamecube the original version of Resident Evil 4 which is arguably the best in the series (although my Favorite is Resident evil 2 on PS1) or how about all the EA sports Games or Call of Duty they don't make the same game ever and not on a yearly basis at least Nintendo are remaking Clasics which are still great even by today's standards.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@tmthywtsn 

Yes, because of this one game, they always half-ass their way, gotta love how you guys completely judge a company based on very few examples, yet it's fine when other developers do it. 

Hurvl
Hurvl

@tmthywtsn This game in particular at least has got very good reviews (90 metacritic average out of 51 reviews), but I often feel that reviewers don't look past the original game and judge whether the changes justify a new version. The Enhanced Edition of Baldur's Gate seemingly got high reviews mostly because Beamdog hadn't messed up the original.

willjohnboy
willjohnboy

@JaredBaize There is kind of a 3DS version of a link to the past coming out the sequel A Link Between Worlds, there's not going to do another Ocarina of Time after releasing a 3D Version, I can see them doing a Majoras Mask but due to the fact that its the least popular console zelda game (Which is the truth no hate please fellow Zelda Fans)  it will probably get the 3DS treatment, Twilight Princess and Skyward Sword to too recent to make HD remakes Wind Waker was only made to celebrate its 10th anniversary.

ArabrockermanX
ArabrockermanX

@gamebuyer22 Well actually a remake should go much quicker than a normal game... You skip so many stages of development and the only thing actually being upgraded were visuals with a few added features.

willjohnboy
willjohnboy

@gamebuyer22 - So it's not a complete from the ground up remake that doesn't matter and they didn't need to take a long time to do this remake the reason the original was made using cel shaded graphics was because that style doesn't age badly, so all they had to do was make a Few changes like make it HD and add a few changes like faster travel and a harder difficulty for the Zelda veterans, you just come off as a disgruntled Nintendo hater that's got nothing better to do with themselves but to troll. 

sgtZipper
sgtZipper

Who cares, everybody that didn't play the original and want to, like me, can do that now. Stop whining.

BradBurns
BradBurns

@gamebuyer22 

Maybe it's not rebuilt completely from the ground up but it doesn't seem to be a standard HD remaster like God of War HD or the  Ico & Shadow of the Colossus HD Collection. 

And it definitely isn't in the league of that slop job Konami did with Silent Hill, I don't even know what to call that but that wasn't an upgrade.

sgtZipper
sgtZipper

They were trying out new styles for the new wii u zelda title and wanted to see how old styles would look in hd so they made an internal demo. The demo looked so good they decided to optimize it and release it as a fan service. You could also call it a quick cash-in, I don't care, to me it's a fan service.

SirApathetic005
SirApathetic005

@Bangerman15 Nintendo probably did want to help the sales of the Wii U with this game. Just like how any other company makes games and gains support for different third parties to make money...right?...

Redsyrup
Redsyrup

@AMG I wasn't so sure either until played it. I have to say it looks breathtaking. Nintendo updated the textures for the entire game world. and changed some of the set dressing in certain scenes like Link's Grandmother's House.

The HDR Lighting is a little over done but it's easy to ignore to some extent. For all Wind Waker Fans it's a must play.

StHapns247
StHapns247

@AlexFili The only way to do that is to release more HD remakes of older games. Nothing gimmicky about that.

19James89
19James89

@AlexFili If any console is a gimmicky games device it's that Xbox One, for sure.

EasyComeEasyGo
EasyComeEasyGo

The only Wave Race I ever play was on the N64 but I really love it back in the old days and I would love to see it on 3DS if possible.

gamebuyer22
gamebuyer22

@willjohnboy  

Just stating a fact. Doesnt make me a Nintendo hater at all. Had to hear for months about WWHD being a remake. I said months ago that it was just a quick conversion to appease Wii U owners.

Bangerman15
Bangerman15

@sgtZipper I think it's a little of both, but I'm happy they did it. Downloaded it at midnight on sept 20th.  Best bday present Nintendo could get me! :P 

BradBurns
BradBurns

@abHS4L88 @EasyComeEasyGo I've played both but Blue Storm for the Cube rocked. It's sort of like those classic Model 2 system Sega arcade games like Wave Runner, really colorful with nuanced controls and memorable music. 

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@EasyComeEasyGo 

I only remember playing the Gamecube one (loved it but it got lost when my brother moved back from Cali).