Wind Waker HD has new difficulty mode - Report

Nintendo's upcoming high-definition update to classic role-playing game to include "more challenging" option, according to Amazon.

It appears Nintendo's upcoming HD update of The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker will include more than new visuals.

An Amazon listing for the game (via IGN) includes mention of a "more challenging" difficulty option, said to offer greater replayability.

Nintendo has not announced a new difficulty mode for Wind Waker HD. The company told GameSpot, "We have nothing to announce at this time."

Wind Waker HD will launch in October on Wii U with GamePad support. In addition, an all-new Zelda game for Wii U, said to "rethink conventions" of the series, is in development.

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gryzor2099
gryzor2099

The most padded video game ever made. For fans of Assassin's Creed.

Drew Say Kay
Drew Say Kay

Aww come on Nintendo is for toddlers man

telaros
telaros

So they ain't giving you a map?

Slagar
Slagar

I didn't enjoy Wind Waker very much. Travelling around in the boat pissed me off. I hated that.

AlexFili
AlexFili

Presumably it will be like the Master Quest version of Ocarina of Time. Harder enemies, less health, more damage taken etc

JustPlainLucas
JustPlainLucas

I want those missing dungeons.  Until they put them back in, it's a no sale.  Not buying the same game twice, with or without harder difficulty.

gabe250
gabe250

***Thinks of OoT: Master Quest & shudders***

themyth01
themyth01

This would be a huge upgrade to the otherwise dull and lack of challenge from previous Zelda iterations since OoT. Easy games get boring far too quickly. Wish every game had a difficulty similar to Dark Souls (pre-patch).

mike468
mike468

Nintendo has a bad way of rehashing games games, even compared to Capcom. At least Capcom gives gamers more than just encoding it for HD display. If Nintendo couldn't come up with a new 1st part title for the holidays, there are much better games to redo in HD than Wind Waker.


Personally I would love to see a new updated version of Link to the Past or ocarina of time, done in a new 3d game engine.

Poodger
Poodger

Am I the only one that thinks that this may "actually" be the regular mode, and they made the default difficulty even easier than the original?

xolivierx
xolivierx

New difficulty...that's all you have to attract buyers? Why don't you add trophies on top of that and you'll have a whole bunch of idiotic morons buying the game.

DrKill09
DrKill09

Wow, the graphics are STILL nightmare inducing.

The NES games looked better. 

kvan33
kvan33

Didn't die playing the original...not even once. Please don't confuse that for bragging. It was a good game that could have been amazing if it provided any challenge.

DahLong
DahLong

Still I will get this game too

Mr_Big_Boss
Mr_Big_Boss

Nintendo knows how to make different difficulties? So instead of 3 hits, bosses will now take 4?

sanchango
sanchango

new difficulty, the health you start with is the health you end with. You don't get any heart pieces whatsoever.

Ty Bates
Ty Bates

Why is it that 1st party Nintendo games are so expensive?? A game like Super Mario Wii should not be $49.99--when the game is more than 2 years old.

Michael Valentine
Michael Valentine

So is it just me? Or does it looks exactly the same only with wide screen support?

truegamer22
truegamer22

Ooh,new difficulty bring it,i'm ready for a challenge

WoodenStick
WoodenStick

i tried to play Wind Waker on snes, now that's difficult.

NightFox313
NightFox313

@Slagar Not nearly as bad as flying in Skyward Sword. I'd take riding in a boat with night-time/daytime cycles, dynamic weather, battles on the open sea, finding treasure, and stalking that Ghost Ship any day over Skyward Sword's flying.

Flying Loftwings to me was a hassle, and there really wasn't that sense of exploration when you compared it to Wind Waker. But yeah, traveling in the boat did suck at times, but when I look back on it whenever I play Skyward Sword it's way better.

G4m3r0uTL4wZ
G4m3r0uTL4wZ

@themyth01 Majoras Mask wasnt easy until you catched how the 3 days cycle worked and managed to complete things in time. 

NettoSaito
NettoSaito

@themyth01 Not sure if you've played it, but go play Ninja Gaiden 2 on the Xbox 360 (not the easier PS3 version) on the hardest mode (which is unlocked after finishing the other two harder modes).

ArabrockermanX
ArabrockermanX

@mike468 You clearly didn't play RE 4 HD... Capcom is by far the worst Nintendo gives you a whole new game compared to Capcom...

telaros
telaros

@xolivierx Because, did you not hear what Iwata said, they are RUSHING THESE GAMES OUT QUICKLY.

A lot of games that weren't even being planned sudden;y got tossed into the burner and everyone at Nintendo is under pressure to release a bunch of games this fall. The big titles, the more serious ones, won't even be out till late next year.

I am happy with my 3DS so I don't mind if Wii U fades away. Nintendo brought on themselves.

GSJones1994
GSJones1994

@mrboone01

http://playeressence.com/nintendo-doomed-hardly-addressing-the-wii-u-sales-problems-and-hate/

"Calling Nintendo’s  IPs Rehashes is BS

Nintendo gets a lot of hate from gamers for their use of franchises like Mario, Zelda, and Pokemon. However, this is complete and utter BS. Nintendo’s use of Mario and Zelda are appropriate considering the popularity of those franchises. Mario Galaxy is the highest reviewed game of all time. New Super Mario Bros Wii and DS are some of the highest selling games ever. Nintendo would be stupid to not release more Mario games, they are a business after all. Zelda is hardly a rehash. They follow a certain formula, but each game is different from one another. Zelda II is not like Link to the past, and Spirit Tracks is different from Ocarina of Time. For Nintendo to not release these franchises somewhat often would be a business killing move. The focus on those franchises by critics is appalling considering how much new content Nintendo brought to the table. Games like Xenoblade, The Last Story, Pandora’s Tower, Fluidity, Dillon’s Rolling Western, Pushmo, Crashmo, are all from Nintendo.

I hear critics bash Nintendo for not bringing new franchises, yet they have failed to play Xenoblade or the Last Story. Kid Icarus Uprising might be an old franchise, but that game is essentially a new IP. The Gameplay in it is all new outside of some of the characters. The biggest thing to takeaway from Nintendo’s first party IP is there good. Most of their games score really well and are unique. How many 3D platformers are like Mario Galaxy? How many games are like Pokemon? How many games out there are like Animal Crossing or Pikmin? Now, how many games have you played on the Xbox 360 and PS3 involve a Rambo-type guy, shooting everything with a gun, that uses a cover system, and has regenerating health? The industry rehashes the same old shooters with different characters in their place and calls them new IPs."

You were saying...

gouldjw
gouldjw

It's worked for Microsoft and Sony so far!

gryzor2099
gryzor2099

@Ty Bates Because that's the right way to do it. There's a certain value to a Nintendo game and in majority of cases it doesn't diminish with time. This way i can easily buy a game in it's release week and not only will it hold it's value but probably increase over the years. On the other hand why pay 60 for Resident Evil when 8 months later it's only 20 and it won't run properly when the patches are no longer available. Ask for Nintendo games for your birthdays, buy dirt cheap all the rest.

mike468
mike468

@ArabrockermanX @mike468 


No I didn't, but I though the RE1 remake and the various Street Fighter updates where done pretty well.


It just seems to me that Nintendo picks games that aren't very dated and don't seem to benefit much visually from an update IMO.

rtircoklled
rtircoklled

@GSJones1994 @mrboone01 Nintendo fanboy alert. 

Joking, but seriously you are right.  All of the main franchises are doing well and most people still love them, even though they may not buy all of them, like me.  They also do get some amazing new ip's like Okami and The Last Story, as you mentioned.  However, they are still messing up in the console department, only appealing to the very casual gamer with the wii u.  I think they can turn it around but they definitely need to change their formula for console making.

OHGFawx
OHGFawx

@GSJones1994 Twilight Princess is the easiest Zelda game I've ever played. I did the 3 heart challenge without breaking a sweat, which is sad.

GSJones1994
GSJones1994

@rtircoklled Well, Nintendo's big hitters are coming out soon. The Wii U will be fine. Nintendo was even able to profit off the GameCube and N64, and both those consoles are considered failures by many. Nintendo's 1st party IPs on average CRUSH Sony and MS's when it comes to sales. It's was the same during the time when Sega was still making consoles. Speaking of Sega, the best selling game on Dreamcast was the original Sonic Adventure with 2.5 million copies sold. I can guarantee you, Mario Kart 8, along with Bayonetta 2, the new Smash Bros., and Pikmin 3 will not only crush Sonic Adventure's sales, but the Dreamcast's software sales as well. Even the GameCube, which as I've said, is considered to be a failure by many, TORCHED the Dreamcast in software sales. Trust me on this one now, they'll turn it around. I mean, they've been making consoles for 30 years now lol! :)

stealth-logic
stealth-logic

@gouldjw Please. You don't even know what difficulty is until you've tried playing it on Arithmometer.

gouldjw
gouldjw

I played that shit on punch cards!