First Impressions - Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess HD

Available on the Nintendo Wii U

The Game
Not bad for a ten year old game. The original game came out in 2006 for both the Wii and Gamecube. It's not my favorite Zelda title but that doesn't mean it isn't good. The story in this game is actually very good and has some great cutscenes that add a cinematic type scope to the game's narrative. Link at the beginning of the game, is a cowboy in Ordon Village. It is a small village nestled in the forests of Hyrule. On the day before he is set to go to Hyrule Castle to deliver a gift to the royal family he and two of his friends are attacked by King Bulbin, an Orc looking creature who is obviously searching for something. When Link awakens he rushes after them hoping to catch up and save his friends and that's quick opening to this game. I won't say anymore because it could spoil the game for those who never got a chance to play. Needless to say the HD upgrade looks great overall, however, I must say that in some cases it could have been cleaned up a little more. Its beautiful to look at but not quite as good as Wind Waker in my opinion. That being said, as someone who owns the original game on the Wii the game looks a lot clearer with none of the "haze" that the original had. Even the Twilight Realm segments look great in HD. Great job visually and I can't stress that enough.

The Gameplay/Combat
Not to worry there are no WiiMote and Nunchuck controls on this game. You can use either the Gamepad or Pro Controller, just like in Wind Waker. Using the gamepad allows you to aim with the gyroscope if you so chose. I personally like the Pro Controller with the Gamepad set to the side so that I can handle inventory management. The combat is the same as past Zelda titles, however, in this game there are six hidden skills to find that provide Link with different attack options. These skills can be easily missed so be observant when you are out going through the game. Normally, the game isn't terribly difficult but you can up the ante if you feel that the game isn't challenging enough. You can do this by activating Hero Mode or by using the Ganondorf amiibo to allow enemies to cause twice the damage. I think that some people will find Hero Mode to be challenging as there are no recovery hearts just like in the Wind Waker HD game. There is a lot to do in this game before the finale so if you are looking for a title with some meat to it this is one that will not disappoint.

The Soundtrack
Its everything that you love about the Zelda series. Although I will miss hearing Midna through the Wiimote, the sound is amazing as you can hear all the goings on in Hyrule from the grass rustling to the horseback riding and much more. The music in this game is exceptional and always has been. Koji Kondo and company did an outstanding job and it still holds up to this day.

The Wrap Up
If you have never gotten the chance to play this game do yourself a favor and pick it up. With the physical copy of the game you get the Wolf Link amiibo and with it you can open the Cave of Shadows. That particular amiibo will also be usable in the new Zelda game that will be available this year. If you would like to see some gameplay check out the video below of one of my favorite sequences from the game.

Game Play

Images via Wii U Image Share

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