Old Wolf, New Tricks
Last November, Nintendo announced that the classic Gamecube title, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess,will be receiving an HD remake for the Wii U. Released nearly 10 years ago,Twilight Princess offered a more somber take on the Zelda universe,while also incorporating elements of dark fantasy reminiscent of Majora’s Mask.
Nintendo is improving on the past by tweaking with several elements of the game to offerplayer’s a smoother playing experience. For example, Director Eiji Aonuma has stated that the controls have been improved,which will allow Link to move more comfortably while in water as well as being on horseback. Differing further from the Gamecube title, the Wii U version will allow Link to instantly transform into a wolf simply by using the Gamepad, rather than having to engage in a conversation with Midna.
Amiibo functionality has been added to the game to enrich the player’s experience within Hyrule. Several of Zelda Amiibo will add different dimensions to the experience, such as:
Link and Toon Link Amiibo: Replenish Arrows when tapped on the Gamepad.
Zelda and Sheik Amiibo: Replenish depleted Hearts when tapped on the Gamepad.
Gannondorf Amiibo: Link’s Hearts will turn blue, which will cause Link to take twice as much damage from enemies.
Wolf Link Amiibo: Will unlock the Cave of Shadows Dungeon, a new addition to the game where Link is confined to his Wolf form and must run a gauntlet of enemies. Upon completion, Link will be awarded the Bottomless Wallet, a wallet that can hold 9,999 Rupees.
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD is scheduled for a North American release date of March 4th, 2016. A bundle containing the game, a Wolf Link Amiibo, and a copy of the games soundtrack will be available at launch.