The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD
March 4th, 2016
$79.99 at EB Games with Wolf Link amiibo
Just under ten years since the original release of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Nintendo has remastered and re-released it for the WiiU.
Twilight Princess begins in quaint Ordon Village, where Link—the soon-to-be legendary hero—is making a living working as a farm hand. One day, the village gets raided by a nasty gang of monsters who kidnap Link’s best friend and the village’s children. When Link tries to rescue them, he is stopped by a wall of mysterious “twilight” energy. Monsters—called Twilit—grab Link and drag him through the barrier into the Twilight Realm.
Link is transformed into a wolf by the Twilight Realm, and gets imprisoned by the Twilit. Soon after, he is freed from his prison by Midna—a denizen of the Twilight Realm who is rebelling against its current ruler. The pair set off in search of a way to rescue the village’s children and prevent the kingdom of Hyrule from being swallowed by perpetual twilight.
The HD version of Twilight Princess received a substantial texture and graphical upgrade, with improved lighting effects that tone down the intense light from the original release, which washed out a lot of colour.
Nintendo has kept the core content of the game faithful to the original, except for some minor changes and additions. A few new features include finding the infamous Nintendo stamps—used for Miiverse—and Hylian alphabet in treasure chests scattered across dungeons and the rest of the world. They have also adapted the WiiU gamepad to display a mini-map and your inventory—useful for quick item switches that reduce gameplay interruptions. Another alteration, Nintendo reduced the number of Tears of Light needed to restore a light spirit from 16 to 12—easing the tedium of several collection quests throughout the game.
Twilight Princess HD takes advantage of the WiiU’s gamepad, and has added compatibility with a few amiibo. Tapping a Zelda or Sheik amiibo on your gamepad refill your hearts. Ganondorf makes enemies hit twice as hard—careful, as this stacks with Hero Mode. Link and Toon Link amiibos replenish your arrows. However, tapping the new Wolf Link amiibo to your gamepad unlocks an exclusive new challenge dungeon called the Cave of Shadows.
Twilight Princess HD is the fourth game in the Zelda series to receive an HD remake, alongside Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask for the 3DS, and Wind Waker HD for the WiiU. Don’t get me wrong, the remakes that Nintendo have done so far are great for new and old fans alike, but it’s starting to feel like a ploy to keep fans hyped for the upcoming Zelda game for WiiU that keeps getting delayed.
Though the price is steep for a remake, Twilight Princess HD is definitely worthwhile for fans of the original, as well as new players wanting to experience the game for the first time. It maintains an experience faithful to the original, while providing a polished gameplay and graphical experience that’s sure to wow fans.