The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD - Análisis
We all have video games on the retina that we have grown fond of for one reason or another. Some of them have aged, visually, downright bad. But in case you don't remember, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker came out a whopping 10 years ago for GameCube. And this new version in HD could perfectly go through a new game, fresh from the oven, for Wii-U. This classic action and role-playing game has endured well over the years. Its admirable longevity is supported by an excellent combat system, charming characters, fun side missions, imaginative dungeons, one of the best stories told in the saga and of course in its cel-shaded graphics that marked an era, and that to day Today they continue to look spectacular. And if that were not enough, for this relaunch Nintendo has decided very intelligently which things to update and which to leave as they were.
Even today Wind Waker's cartoon style is still in the spotlight for being too childish. The funny thing about it is that some of the games that came out at that time with a more adult look have not passed the time test, while Wind Wake has refused to grow older. This timeless tale of a boy looking for his kidnapped sister takes the classic story of The Legend of Zelda to a warm and comforting adventure that redounds to concepts that were familiar to all of us, and still are.
Visually, the new high definition treatment is not much more than a texture update and a new lighting system, but even with these two simple touches the result is impressive and immersive. It is evident from Link's first steps in the adventure to his epic and climactic final battle. Open seas look stunning in HD, and increasing draw distance makes inter-island travel more lively, making you more intrigued by what you'll find. You will want to visit each of those islands that you can see in the distance.
The new lighting can sometimes be a double-edged sword, creating the false impression that Wind Waker HD is older than it appears. In areas where Link is close to a light source or in dark areas, the shadows around him add a strange volume that gives it a strange appearance, as if it were made of clay. It is not excessively annoying, but it does get distracting. Furthermore, the character design is still wonderful.
Nintendo has done a smart and inspired job of adapting the well-known Zelda characters in this anime-looking game. If we take Ganon as an example, graphic artists have given him a samurai-style look that really fits his finger. And the same can be said of all the pirates and sea creatures that we will meet in this world. The artistic direction is remarkable. All the characters contain small details that make us constantly have the feeling of watching an animated movie rather than a video game. In general, the HD version of Wind Waker retains the visual brilliance that made the original installment famous, and makes playing it on a television like the one that now adorn our living rooms a whole new experience.
The novelties that Nintendo has included in this adaptation are practically reduced to changing site elements compared to where they were in the original. The open world and its cool characters, for example, have a level of charm and personality that allows them to compete head-to-head with current game characters. The same is true of dungeons, which retain their magic by repeating ingenious puzzles. You can almost guarantee that they could last another 10 years.
Link looking for his sister ... and the note, turning the page.