Wind Waker Upgrade and New Zelda Game for Wii ULegend of Zelda fans everywhere can rest at ease now. While Nintendo is in the process of creating a new Zelda game, it has decided to appease its fans in the mean time. That's right, Nintendo is releasing an updated version of one of its classic games, Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker. This game was originally released in 2003 for the GameCube, but will be receiving a major overhaul before it is brought to Wii U.
The updated version of the game will feature remastered graphics. Fans will be able to play the game on their GamePad controller, meaning they won't have to use the television for it. Wind Waker will keep its same overall look but will be enhanced to look better in HD. One of the visual updates is in the form of enhanced lighting, which leads to a more vibrant look. Nintendo president Satoru Iwata hopes the release of the upgraded game will calm fans until the newest Legend of Zelda game comes out.
As for the release date of the upcoming completely new game, there has only been speculation. Nintendo hasn't felt comfortable throwing a specific date out there because of all the work that needs to be done. Some are claiming it will be available in 2014. This, however, is up in the air, because the new Wii U game is said to be the most expensive project in the history of Nintendo. Experts are creating a new game engine specifically for this Zelda game, which will be fully 3D. Rest assured, Iwata promises a release date in the future but does not feel confident setting one at the present time. It seems more likely that the release date will come out after the upgraded Wind Waker game is available.
There is also news of 3D Mario games being in development. Again, no specific release date has been given. As for The Legend of Zelda games, the last one launched in 2011 under the title Skyward Sword. A three year waiting period between new games doesn't seem so terrible for fans when Nintendo is at least going to release a remake of one of the Zelda games. Fans of the Zelda series should remember it could be much worse (recall the gap between Link's Awakening and Ocarina of Time)!