Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD coming to Wii U
Nintendo will release an HD version of The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker on Wii U "by this fall" according to a special Nintendo Direct broadcast today. The game will receive graphical enhancements, be playable on the Wii U Gamepad, and will also feature tune-ups to the overall experience. The game will also be made compatible with Nintendo Miiverse.
The remake came about after the Zelda team tried converting several past Zelda games into HD to see which graphical styles worked well in HD for the next Legend of Zelda title (which is also in the works but at too early a stage in development to show). The new HD reworking of Windfall Island was shown in screenshot form, depicting familiar yet obviously improved locales.
Nintendo's president, Satoru Iwata, added that the Gamecube install base had been quite small so not many gamers were able to experience the Gamecube version of Wind Waker, and remarked that the HD remake would be perfect for introducing new players to the series.