The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD Review Roundup

Here's what critics think of Nintendo's Wii U Zelda re-release.


Nintendo is releasing an updated version of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. The Wii U re-release features improved graphics and additional content, but it is it worth your time and money again? Reviews have appeared online and we've gathered them up below to answer that question.

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  • Game: The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD
  • Developer: Nintendo, Tantalus Media
  • Platform: Wii U
  • Release Date: March 4
  • Price: $59.99/£39.99

GameSpot -- 9/10

"Twilight Princess HD is unmistakably a product of its time; one that was cursed from birth with a warped identity. Crafted during anxious times for Nintendo, developed for two consoles simultaneously, this was the GameCube's last hurrah, a Wii launch title, and a defining test for motion controls (which have been stripped out). Perhaps now, ten years later, it can finally be remembered how it ought to be; the dark and violent showpiece of a treasured series." -- Rob Crossley [Full review]

IGN - 8.6/10

"The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD holds plenty of memorable moments that've stood the test of time, and Nintendo's high-definition update does a lot to modernize its look and feel. This cleaner, fresher presentation is still noticeably and disappointingly flat in some ways, but just past that are some of the best puzzles and dungeons to be found anywhere in the series." -- Jose Otero [Full review]

NintendoLife -- 9/10

"The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD is an excellent addition to the Wii U library. We do acknowledge that it's a series entry that has its critics, with them often citing a lack of revolution from the Ocarina of Time template, in particular. Those that feel that way have little incentive to revisit it on Wii U, but this writer certainly feels that it stands on its own as an accomplished game - opinions, when it comes to a series as immersive and demanding as The Legend of Zelda, are everything." -- Thomas Whitehead [Full review]

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Destructoid -- 8/10

"Little quality-of-life additions like GamePad item management go a long way with The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD. They manage to hide some of the game's less flattering blemishes, and let you focus on what it does best. While I still wouldn't put it near the top of the Zelda pile, it's still head and shoulders above most modern adventure games." -- Chris Carter [Full review]

Polygon -- 8/10

"Twilight Princess HD presents the original with exacting clarity. Sitting down to play Twilight Princess HD, I was struck by how little I remembered about the original. I think in 2006 I consciously tried to overlook and ignore its worst traits, focusing on its surface-level innovations--its gritty art style, its motion controls. In doing so, I never got a complete picture of the truly worthwhile Zelda adventure Twilight Princess represented: one that was flawed, yes, but also strange, bold and exciting. Twilight Princess HD is about as straightforward as remakes come, but it finally presents that picture with exacting clarity, warts and all." -- Griffin McElroy [Full review]

Shacknews -- 7/10

"If you can get past its tonal oddities and paint-by-numbers structure, it's a good game, but not a great one. I enjoyed it as a cultural artifact, but replaying it made me appreciate that this direction for the series was temporary." -- Steve Watts [Full review]

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