In a recent interview, Eiji Aonuma put our uncertainties to rest. He said that there will not be a ‘hard mode’ in Zelda Wind Waker HD on the Wii U, nor will we see the dungeon that was cut before the original game’s release.
Having said that, the Wii U remake does feature several small changes, including faster boat travel, an updated interface, superior visuals, and the Tingle Bottle. The Tingle Bottle replaces the Tingle Tuner, and lets players put messages or screenshots into bottles to send them to Miiverse. Bottles will wash up in other players’ games, containing these messages. Naturally, the Pictograph will have a larger storage capacity.
Finally, Aonuma also said that the Triforce Quest will be improved, which is great news for anyone who found this portion of the original game rather tedious.
For me, a new Wind Waker HD dungeon or mode would have been icing on the cake, but the cake looks great as it is. What about you? Do you think these changes are enough to warrant a second purchase?
We’ll keep you updated on any new findings.