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Wii U Owners Deserve a Legend of Zelda HD Collection

Over the last couple years, Nintendo’s celebrated four major anniversaries for four of their biggest franchises: Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, Metroid, and Kirby – legendary names, all. Of those franchises, only two saw celebratory game compilations – the re-release of Super Mario All-Stars and the recent Kirby’s Dream Collection.

Of all the anniversary gifts Nintendo gave for Zelda‘s silver year, Ocarina of Time 3D was the best gesture in this direction. I think, however, that Zelda fans saw in Ocarina 3D the promise for the series as a whole to live on in future generations of hardware and to be passed down to future generations of gamers. The Operation Moonfall movement for a 3DS follow-up that rebuilds Majora’s Mask proves it: Zelda fans want Nintendo to take steps to ensure that the best games of the series are given the same timeless treatment.

With Wii U, Nintendo has the opportunity to give fans one of the greatest gifts of all: an HD collection assembling all of the best Zelda games together in one convenient up-to-date package.

When it comes to older games, one of the first elements to show its age is the graphical presentation. Animation and modeling standards become obsolete, textures and resolution begin to look muddy – the visual updates in Ocarina of Time 3D were able to take an old classic and turn it into a new classic all over again. While I’m in the camp that would like to see Majora’s Mask on 3DS as well, I’ve always thought in the back of my mind that it’d be better for both Ocarina and Majora to be brought together in an HD compilation on Wii U, with all the same graphical updates but given the full HD treatment.

Of course, with the jump to Wii U, there’s one important Zelda game that’s now unplayable on current hardware: The Wind Waker. While I don’t think Wind Waker needs the same level of updates as the N64 games, adding widescreen and HD resolution support would repair its biggest signs of age while ensuring that those who missed out on GameCube get their chance to give the game a try.

I don’t think simply updating the graphics and presentation would be enough, however. The added touch and motion features from Ocarina of Time 3D would have to be present as well. With the addition of a second analog stick comes the potential for free camera control in the N64 games – a popular feature from the GameCube games, but one that hasn’t been implemented on any piece of hardware they’ve been released for so far.

Some may protest that they don’t want remakes, they want new games. But I don’t think the time spent on such a collection would be time wasted. Adapting Zelda gameplay to the Wii U hardware and bringing some of those old graphical engines up to HD standards could serve as groundwork for a new Wii U Zelda. Once they have a good system in place for a GamePad-based map or inventory screen, or gyro-controlled aiming, that’d be a system they could easily adapt for future games.

Of course, we couldn’t expect such remasters to look anything like the HD Experience demo from E3 2011, but we’ve seen from the 3D games’ previous generational jumps that Nintendo’s pretty skilled at taking old game engines and radically rebuilding them to accommodate better graphics and new gameplay ideas.

In that sense, an HD Zelda collection wouldn’t just be a look back at the series’ past, it’d be a glimpse at the series’ future. Given that it’ll likely be a couple years before we see our first original The Legend of Zelda title on the system, I wouldn’t mind giving the old N64 and GameCube classics a spin on the GamePad while I wait.

  • Erimgard

    Damn straight. I’d buy it twice.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001759639093 Kristin Laflin

    I would buy an HD collection so fast…

  • http://www.facebook.com/bluebomberscfl Colin Unger

    I want a Metroid Collection as well.

    • Kavi Ramesha Rama

      They need to re-release the Prime Trilogy to with the option of gamepad support!

      • http://www.facebook.com/jordan.dipalma Jordan DiPalma

        ^This. I’ve been replaying Metroid Prime 2 and I keep getting annoyed by how gross my TV makes it look, what with all the pixellated edges and such. I would absolutely love to see the Trilogy available for Wii U, HD and all.

  • Jennifer

    I agree

  • http://www.facebook.com/linkthehero2007 Rachel Duece

    that would be cool cuz i only played oot and mm on Wii but not ww yet

  • hyliansword

    i would by this without a moments delay

  • ……….

    I always thought of this. They should include every game ever released, even the Japan-only, with the exclusion of SS (because it just released) and the CD-i’s (for obvious reasons)

  • http://www.facebook.com/kory.pelletier Kory Pelletier

    I would really love a multi-disc collection sorted by timeline. That would be pretty cool, and even the DS Zelda games could be ported over, using the Tablet for the touch controls. It seems like a far off dream though.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Zinkle99 William-Justin Murray Stark

    Definitely Want! This would be epic! Even if they are working on a new Zelda now, it should be done in the future. They did it for the Gamecube!

    • Korgoth

      That was just a straight port collection. Not a remake.

  • http://wii4everybody.com/ Oziel

    Here take my Money!!!

  • Trala

    I’d love a collection like this too. I’d like to have less consoles hooked up to the TV. If they give us a collection like this, I can finally start putting some in storage. Just don’t have the space in my small room for a SNES+Wii U+GCN+PS2+PS3 hooked up all at once X_x

  • James

    HD collections are pointless. The older Zelda games have all already been released way too many times before.

  • Carl

    I’d like to see the 2D games in HD with super high res sprites!

    in particular link’s awakening
    it got a colour re-release, why not an HD re-release?

    It’d be great to see a HD 16:9 wind waker too

    but
    the wii u is supposed to have gamecube games on virtual console, so
    gamers should still be able to play it on current nintendo hardware.

    there
    was that zelda collection disc on gamecube that came with the NES and
    N64 titles, so it is possible to see wii u collection too

    • Korgoth

      Um… Wind Waker was capable of 16:9 when it was released on GC. My wife has recently started playing it since she has now beaten SS, TP, and OoT. The Gamecube could do lots that never was utilized due to limitations of consumer base. Heck, it was capable producing stereoscopic 3D, but due to the lack of 3D televisions available during it’s era only Luigi’s Mansion was programed for it.

      Personally I dislike HD remake collections because it seems like a lazy way to convince fans to part with more money for games they already have. Besides, the aging of graphics doesn’t bother me because I always like to marvel at how much was done with the limited hardware capabilities the game was originally developed under. OoT still impresses me, especially when comparing it to other games that were developed around the same time.

      • http://www.gengame.net/ Alex Plant

        I can personally confirm that The Wind Waker is NOT designed to run in 16:9.

  • allen

    I want the collection now! Give us something to do while we wait for Zelda Wii u.

  • Thezeldadude

    I WANT TWILIGHT PRINCESS HD! NAME YOUR PRICE!

  • Thezeldadude

    Oh, and ps: When ppl said that the E3 demo wouldn’t be “real”, my heart sank till the tip of my toe

  • K2L

    I prefe3r a new game. Thank you very much. getting sick of remakes and lame ports.

  • http://twitter.com/mrfrumix Frumix

    I would totally buy a HD re-release of Skyward Sword, that game looks gorgeous.

  • Vaati101

    You can transfer Wii Virtual consoles over to the Wii U, so LoZ, AoL, OoT, ALttP
    and MM have no need to be in the HD Collection. as for the DS and
    Handheld games, You can play the DS games on the 3DS and the other
    handheld games will properly be on the 3DS Virtual console where it
    belongs respectively. So in essence you’re left with The Wind Waker, but
    that may be on the Wii U Virtual Console. So overall, you have no games
    for a HD collection which makes a HD Collection impossible.

  • Wes

    I agree, I need this. it would be nice to access my zelda content without going through the Wii channel.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jeremy-Sallee/55706349 Jeremy Sallee

    First I’d like to see: 1) An original LoZ game on 3DS, then 2) A remake of MM on 3DS, 3) that promised 3D conversion of A Link To the Past, 4) Zelda Wii U (preferably in the style of the tech demo). Then 5) something completely unexpected!!

  • rawr

    This collection is suppose to have wind waker, twilight princess and skyward sword (according to the rumor)

  • jeremy

    omg wheres the pre-order button!!!!