The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD will help sell Wii U, says Nintendo

Tuesday, 24th September 2013 14:37 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD will help Nintendo sell Wii U consoles, the firm believes. Speaking with MCV, product manager Roger Langford said now was the “perfect time” for Zelda fans to discover Wii U, and for many, this will be the “first time that they’ll discover Wind Waker and we’re treating the game as a triple-A new release.” The firm is hoping the upgraded title will match the success of Ocarina of Time on 3DS. A Wii U Deluxe bundle for Wind Waker HD, which comes with a digital download of the title and a GamePad decorated in Hyrule symbols and script, is now available for $299.99. A physical copy of the game releases October 4. Review scores for the game can be found here.



  1. DrDamn

    “we’re treating the game as a triple-A new release.”

    Yes we can tell that by the price… I’ll get it when it can be had for a sensible price.

    #1 1 year ago
  2. Dragon246

    So there lineup is so pathetic that HD re-releases are considered AAA now.
    Pathetic indeed.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. Cobra951

    @2: They’re doing exactly what I figured they would. Given that children are the core of Nintendo’s target demographic, it makes sense to treat this game as a new release. It *is* new to anyone born this century. And because of the bit of luck about the procedural rendering used for most of the cartoony visuals, the tech updates work dramatically to make it look like a new game. In the absence of a really new Zelda for the platform, they’re doing exactly what they need to do. I hope it works for them, and gives the system enough longevity to get some excellent new games. (Those should sell it to the rest of us long-time Nintendo fans.)

    #3 1 year ago
  4. monkeygourmet

    I don’t know what anyone expected him to say?

    We’ve got no games. This is just a cynical cash grab and we should have had a real Zelda ready for this Xmas. It’s not worth full price… etc. etc…


    It’s PR. If you read the MVC article he’s just reeling out the obvious. Im sure it will tempt a few people in, and coupled with the other titles at Xmas, it’s a cheap alternative to the other offerings.

    The Japanese family packs seem great value too, they should have done a retro NES themed one with a pack-in of Mario Bros and a NES pad themed Wiimote though, missed a trick there.

    MS did the same thing for Halo : Anniversary Edition and will promote Fable HD aswell. Im not sure about Sony? Im sure they made a song and dance about GOW HD collection, people seemed up for that:

    #4 1 year ago
  5. Sini

    lol perfect time, fucking retard. gta killed w101 and now this bundle.

    and god of war collection had a hell of alot more games for that price too. wwhd is stupidly overpriced, and most glaring flaws like missing content, lack of enough dungeons, have not been fixed. Lazy ass nintendo, bare fucking minimum as always.

    #5 1 year ago
  6. Lengendaryboss

    But it ain’t a Triple A Release, the price is but this is just a remake.

    Remaking games to save Wii U? I don’t like the approach (New games should do that but the fact that they have to remake it…) but hey who am i to argue with this “new triple A release”.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. monkeygourmet


    I guess he means from an advertising perspective.

    Most kids in the shop will think this is a new game. I think Nintendo knows that.

    #7 1 year ago
  8. Professor Zoom

    #4 That’s fine with me, but the Nnntendo lineup for the adults isn’t so impressive, so Zelda or Mario Kart won’t make me wanna buy a Wii U, so far I think Microsoft have the strongest lineup.

    Let’s see:

    Titanfall (game of the show)
    Halo 5
    Quantum Break
    Killer Instinct
    Fable Legends
    Dead Rising 3
    Sunset Overdrive
    Forza Motorsport 5
    Untitled Black Tusk Project
    Fifa and Madden (exclusive content)
    Battlefield and Call of Duty (timed exclusive content)
    Project Spark
    Kinect Sports Rivals

    #8 1 year ago
  9. Pytox

    @9 listing games that havent shown any gameplay yet and exclusive content … way too go

    #9 1 year ago
  10. fearmonkey

    “digital download of the title” – really?

    You pay $299.99 and don’t get a physical copy of the game for a system that only has a 32GB flash drive for it. Crazy………

    #10 1 year ago
  11. Lengendaryboss

    That only illustrates another problem.

    5 of those games aren’t MS published, Titanfall is on three platforms, Below is confirmed timed exclusive.

    The majority don’t arrive until 2014. Or don’t have actual gameplay/previews. So you can’t make assumption based on virtually just a trailer showing no game footage. Wanna go again?

    Almost half of those games isn’t associated with MS, so MS having exclusive content doesn’t mean that game on other platforms doesn’t exist and having timed exclusives doesn’t count.

    #11 1 year ago
  12. Professor Zoom

    #10 If Nintendo can get away with not even having broadcasted conferences but instead having a broken direct and shout their ”it’s all about the games” without showing gameplay videos then why can’t the others? So far there haven’t been any gameplay videos of either Smash bros or Mario Kart.

    #12 1 year ago
  13. Dragon246

    ^No one gets away with that. Halo 5 and Zelda HD (new) is as much a reality as Last Guardian.

    And here is a pre-Gamescom list of PS4/X1 titles-

    #13 1 year ago
  14. pcbros

    @3 – “So there lineup is so pathetic that HD re-releases are considered AAA now.”

    I didn’t know AAA titles had expiration dates. It was a AAA title when it first released, and now they upgraded it for the next-generation. It’s an old AAA title, but it’s still a AAA title.

    If Konami decided to release the original Metal Gear Solid on the PS4/XB1 with modern graphics for $49.95, would we complain? I’d buy it.

    @7 – “Remaking games to save Wii U? I don’t like the approach (New games should do that but the fact that they have to remake it…) but hey who am i to argue with this ‘new triple A release’.”

    Article: “The firm is hoping the upgraded title will match the success of Ocarina of Time on 3DS.”

    They are not depending on remakes to the save the Wii U (this is the ONLY remake they have released). They just said they are hoping the remake will boost sales like Ocarina did for the 3DS.

    They have new games coming out as well like Sonic, DKC and SMB3DW this holiday.

    @9 – Do you work for Microsoft? You’ve posted their launch line-up in several articles and declared it the strongest among all.

    It’s cool you like the XB1 but no need to try and sell it… the system should sell itself.

    #14 1 year ago
  15. Clupula

    @15 – He really does have a ridiculous love for Microsoft when he starts mentioning untitled games as part of what should sell the system. As well as timed exclusive stuff. That’s pretty silly. But then again, several things he’s said have been (“Gaystation,” anyone?).

    As for this, it will, no doubt, give them a momentary boost in sales. Not enough to surpass anyone for longer than a week or two. It certainly won’t make a dent in software sales, with GTA V looming over the entire industry.

    Maybe the Wii U will sell an extra 50,000-100,000 systems for the next month, worldwide. But it won’t suddenly jump up into contention. PS4 and XB1 will probably bury the system this holiday season.

    #15 1 year ago
  16. pcbros

    @17 – I’m guessing Super Mario 3D World will have a bigger impact in sales (especially in Japan).

    #16 1 year ago
  17. Lengendaryboss

    I said i don’t like the approach, i didn’t say it wouldn’t work.

    The remakes part was supposed to be in general.

    #17 1 year ago
  18. game_on

    Yeah! Let’s just post another Microsoft lineup in a Nintendo topic!

    #18 1 year ago
  19. DrDamn

    It’s all about price for me. Halo Anniversary was extensively reworked graphically and sold for about £30. That’s a lot more realistic. Consider also this is coming out when we are getting remasters of FFX *and* FFX-2 on PS3 for a total RRP of £30.

    #19 1 year ago
  20. Professor Zoom

    #15 It’s too late, pal. It didn’t take more than 5 months before 3DS was selling, the old argument that as soon as whatever comes out to Wii U is an outdated argument, because Wii U is no PS3, that got third party support, many games, new franchises and had a Blu ray player. The Wii U did great in its first 1 or 2 weeks, but then the sales stalled, it’s been a year now, and the Wii u still have still not sold more than the 4 million systems it sold on launch. It’s too late, a Windwaker remake, was something they had to have ready at launch, becuse GTA V killed Pikmin and W101 and Windwaker will follow the same footsteps. It’s fine that Konami would make a Metal Gear Solid remake, because they take graphics seriously, something you don’t, you always say it’s not about the graphics. it’s about the games, but then why make a Windwaker remake? And then call it your biggest title without even having a powerful concole?

    #20 1 year ago
  21. mistermogul

    “we’re treating the game as a triple-A new release.”

    Yeah except it effing isn’t as I’ve already completed it. Nintendo need to get their head out of their ass sometimes…

    #21 1 year ago
  22. Lengendaryboss


    “the old argument that as soon as whatever comes out to Wii U is an outdated argument” That is strangely true GASP!!!

    #22 1 year ago

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