Zelda has loomed over the gaming scene the past few days, awash with rumors about an High-def remake of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. As a rule, I don’t have any real problems with remakes. And if a title like Twilight Princess can help Nintendo once again, that’ll make me as happy as a reunited Yeto and Yeta. Having said that, this isn’t the remake that I (and I suspect many others) truly want.
Each generation of gaming brings its own trends. One of my concerns about this generation is the trend of remaking titles that aren’t that old to begin with. It feels like a cash grab, really nothing more. Now I’m not saying that’s the case with Twilight Princess – at 9 years of age, it’s on the retro bubble. My point is, I can already play it on my Wii U in Wii mode. Is an HD sheen worth however much Nintendo might charge? If The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD is any indication ($49.99) I’ll be saving my rupees.
Legitimately speaking of course, Wind Waker wasn’t much older than Twilight Princess when it was remade. But it was a GameCube era game, unplayable on modern Nintendo hardware. It also made some cuts I didn’t care for, but now is not the time for that. My point is, GameCube titles seem a much better choice to receive HD treatment. And I think it’s accurate to say that more fans have been asking for them than they have Wii remakes.
Do I remember that Twilight Princess was also a GameCube release? Of course, and I acknowledge it in the spirit of fairness. But far more people played the game on Wii (over 7 million) than they did on GameCube (less than 2 million). Heck, I can still find the Nintendo Selects Twilight Princess on the shelves at Target! If this rumor turns out to be true, isn’t the Wii version the one Nintendo would remake? With things like motion controlled archery, I don’t doubt it.
A Wii U HD wish list has been a recurring topic since Wind Waker HD was first announced. For a long time now it seems Super Mario Sunshine has been at or near the very top of that list. For whatever reason though, Nintendo seems more interested in the Zelda franchise. Its success has been proven with Wind Waker HD, so I understand that. But if Twilight Princess does return, I’d rather see it get the VC treatment – put it on the eShop and let gamers download it if they wish. Or even remake it for the New 3DS. My ultimate preference however, is to see Nintendo save their efforts for other HD remakes, or the new Wii U Zelda game instead.
Do you agree with my thoughts on HD gaming? Or does the Twilight Princess fan within you want to reply to me as Midna might to Wolf Link? Please do feel free to leave a comment, but don’t forget, this is Purely Opinion.