HD Chrono Trigger/Wind Waker mash-up is a pant-wetting vision of how good Wii U Virtual Console could look

This video of Chrono Trigger's Kingdom of Zeal remake in the art style of The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker, although simple, makes a very strong case for a few different things. First up, it makes a case for the idea that Nintendo really must sort its sh*t out with the Wii U Virtual console, and really has to put out GameCube games for full download in HD with 16:9 widescreen support across the board. Can you imagine the entirety of Wind Waker looking this sharp? Or Metroid Prime? Or Rogue Squadron? Or F-Zero? Excuse me for a moment, I must go into a cool, darkened room and make gurgling noises to myself for a bit. 

Right, I'm back. Sorry about that. I'm sure you understand. But yes, Nintendo's back catalogue and the current trend for HD remakes means that there's a killing to be made for Ninty on the Wii U if it gets it right.

Also, forget your PS3 remake of Final Fantasy VII. Lets have Chrono Trigger. Right now. 

And my third point? We nearly had a full-3D remake of Chrono Trigger once. Some fans were making it. But then Squenix shut them down, as big publishers have shut down so many fan remakes before. The moral of this story? If you're working on a brilliant fan project, do not shout about it all over the internet long before it's finished. Or in fact tell anyone any time before it's finished. It's just better that way.


  • radiodeaf - May 30, 2012 4:57 a.m.

    this wasn't impressive... to be honest I would have expected 3D such as this 5 years ago...maybe more. Especially when we are talking about obvious repeating textures on the rock, and such a small area. This looks like the WiiU is just going to get stomped.
  • ChaosEternal - May 30, 2012 7:27 a.m.

    But that isn't the WiiU. Granted, the WiiU won't end up looking as good as the other consoles, probably nowhere near as good, but it would still probably look better than this, as they'd be using new content. Unless I'm misinformed and that was all custom made, then disregard my statement. ^.^
  • Cloudiology - May 30, 2012 5:08 a.m.

    GR editor Dave Houghton has his own comment removed!?!? odd! and also quite curious as to what it said!
  • Isnogud - May 30, 2012 5:58 a.m.

    It really doesn't look impressive. I don't get what this article is trying to say. A video of Wind Waker on the Dolphin emulator with the HD scaled graphics would have been impressive, but this video looks like a tech demo of a 2004 game.
  • db1331 - May 30, 2012 7 a.m.

    I've been trying to get all my Wii and GC games ripped onto my PC to run in Dolphin. Non of my drives can read the discs though :-(
  • Hydrohs - May 30, 2012 7:07 a.m.

    There's a couple threads around the net that list the few DVD drives can read the discs. You could then try finding one on Ebay or the like.
  • db1331 - May 30, 2012 7:16 a.m.

    Yea I know which drives I need, it's just that it's not worth the $50-$75 it would take to buy one. I just remembered I have a couple old drives in my old gaming rig (now my wife's desktop) that I could try it on. I really just want to play Okami in HD.
  • ChaosEternal - May 30, 2012 7:28 a.m.

    You could almost certainly download the games somewhere, it would be legal so long as you own the game. The downloads would take a while though. :P
  • tyler_14_420 - May 30, 2012 8:08 a.m.

    The downloads the GC roms aren't that bad because the mini-discs didn't hold too much data. Not even comparable to the download size of the avg game on Steam. Legally, you are allowed back-ups so feel free to search Google for GC Roms for Dolphin, you could hold up in court under legal back-up protection as long as you still have your copy of the game.
  • ChaosEternal - May 30, 2012 9:49 a.m.

    Yeah, the GC files would only be a few hundred Mb or a Gb, but the Wii files could be larger. I looked at SM Galaxy for an example and it was 4.3 Gb.
  • db1331 - May 30, 2012 12:19 p.m.

    Why didn't I think of that? Thanks guys.
  • ShortFuse - May 30, 2012 6:55 a.m.

    Did Dave say something naughty?!
  • minigamer83 - May 30, 2012 7:07 a.m.

    I wasn't impressed by the video, but I agree that a full-3D remake of Chrono Trigger must be reality, but with Zelda's Wii U demo graphics.
  • CrashmanX - May 30, 2012 9:12 a.m.

    As much as this look good, the problem comes down to the games themselves and the limitations of what the Game Cube was capable of. You have to remeber that these games were designed with the GC specs in mind so the only way they'll really look better is if you're playing them through an HDMI cable on an HD TV. Which I believe you could do with some modding to the console. HOWEVER if we're talking Wii U release, then yea. It'll only look as good as the GameCube could on HDMI, which I assume it will have (Unlike a CERTAIN WII).
  • Nikku7 - May 30, 2012 11:17 a.m.

    Windwaker-skinned remakes could potentially be quite awesome for some games. I always really liked the art style. True that this wasn't the best use of it (too many repeated textures and some strange edges that could look quite a bit less sloppy), but the style can still hold up. Definitely not for graphical realists though.
  • IceBlueKirby - May 30, 2012 11:29 a.m.

    I'd love to see downloadable GCN games on the Wii U, but, even more than that, I would love for Squenix to get it's shit together and remake Chrono Trigger in 3D. Or, hell, make a new Chrono game. Something. Anything! (wait, anything besides a port. Almost screwed that one up)
  • RonnyLive19881 - May 30, 2012 12:09 p.m.

    I just Ninten-gasmed so freakin hard... Ahahahaaaa-yeah.
  • avantguardian - May 30, 2012 8:33 p.m.

    this just makes me hate the wii even more. nintendo: "people don't care about hd." pfffffffttt.
  • Cyberninja - May 31, 2012 3:44 a.m.

    I didn't and still don't care about HD if the gameplay is good, I don't care if the game looks like its from the atari.

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