Monday, July 4, 2011

Tru Next Gen: Zelda HD Wii U Demo

Nintendo surprised the world by showing off their new console capabilities with a demo of what might become Zelda HD for Wii U. It warmed the hearts of Nintendo fans everywhere.

Before we discuss, take a look at a photo (click to enlarge) and demo below for yourself.
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Jaw-dropping indeed. This is what Nintendo fans have been waiting for unanimously since they watched the 2000 Spaceworld demo. A Zelda game that truly feels epic and mature. For many fans who grew up with the series, the 2000 demo showed what should have been the next logical step for the franchise. Both Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask proved Zelda worked in 3D by maximizing the Nintendo 64 hardware to its limits. The demo showed the logical evolution of gamers’ beloved series.

Then the curveball. The next Zelda wasn’t going to be what eventually became, Twilight Princess. The series was doing a 180 and was jumping on the cel-shaded bandwagon. Although, Wind Waker would become another beloved entry in the series, it was the bait-and-switch that had gamers’ head spinning. The world was expecting a mature, more realistic adventure and in turn, got cartoon Link. Hopefully Nintendo has learned from what happens when you mislead gamers’ expectations and the same mistake isn't made twice.

The Zelda HD demo is the first part of what gamers want from the next Zelda. As great as Twilight Princess was, (and hopefully, Skyward Sword) is kinda felt like it was just more of the same. Nintendo has always been one to innovate with their hardware and their software. Twilight Princess just didn’t do much more than Ocarina of Time. The Zelda HD demo is what Nintendo fans’ dreams are made of, but the gameplay has to match the incredible visuals.

The Zelda HD demo was a great start at showing off the power of the new system with the one Nintendo franchise everyone has on the top of their list ready for the HD treatment. It's an odd move showing a new Zelda before another one is set to release in a few months. That might be why Nintendo stressed that this was a "demo" of what a "Twilight Princess style" would look like in HD running on Wii U. The next Zelda is most likely in the works, but with Nintendo's usual development cycle, don't expect it till 2014. -TNGG
IGN gets a hands on demo of Zelda HD with the new Wii U controller side by side. Check out their exclusive look at the tech at E3 2011.

Retrospect: How far video games have come:
Zelda Ocarina of Time (1998): Big Spider Boss

Zelda Twilight Princess (2006): Twilit Arachnid Armagohma Boss Fight

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