One of the first things we learned about how The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD would be different than its 2006 release was that it would feature less Tears of Light to collect in certain areas. That means that, at first news, the HD remaster would actually have less content than before. I didn't have any problem with how many Tears of Light there were to collect! Just because some were hard to find doesn't mean there's necessarily a quantity issue.
I could've published an article just on that a month ago berating the development of the HD remaster. It's developed by the Australian Tantalus Media and not Grezzo, the company that's done the 3DS remakes for the two The Legend of Zelda series Nintendo 64 games. Tantalus has been behind such games like SpongeBob SquarePants: The Yellow Avenger, Pony Friends, Funky Barn, Men in Black II: Alien Escape, and Pony Friends 2. There's nothing wrong with shovelware contract work in theory. After all, someone's gotta develop it, and if it pays well and you can feed your family, then what's the issue?
|The hell? Is THAT supposed to be Agent J? What did they do to you?|
Taken from Tantalus's own website, Men in Black II: Alien Escape on the Nintendo GameCube.
It pays well for Tantalus, but do these games play well for customers? According to game reviewers... no.
That'd be an easy story: Nintendo trusts remaster of beloved game in beloved franchise to bottom-tier developer, with Reggie Fils-Aime stating that Tantalus “has a great record with ports.” Said developer proceeds to gut the actual game by cutting content.
Nice narrative, right? But it's, on the whole, not true. And that became apparent as we waited a little longer for more news. Now we know there are things like Hero Mode unlockable from the start, which doubles the damage from enemies and makes hearts a scarcity. There's also the Ghost Lantern to make Poe-hunting easier. (I didn't think it was hard...)
There's also a new dungeon unlockable with the Wolf Link/Midna amiibo (remember: The game has a bundle you can buy when it's released in March 4, 2016 where you can buy it with the amiibo) that is basically another floor-by-floor fight dungeon where you gotta play as Wolf Link, similar to the Cave of Ordeals. But it's called the Cave of Shadows!
|Genji: Days of the Blade revolutionised real-time weapon change ten years ago, when Twilight Princess first came out!|
The game also has real-time weapon change. I dunno why that's a big deal. I'd rather pause the game and take my time picking my weapon than leave myself open while touching the bottom screen.
If the Wolf Link amiibo wasn't enough, you can lamely use your other Zelda-related amiibo to restore arrows, hearts, or use Ganondorf to make enemies do even more damage to you! PLUS, there's collectible Miiverse stamps!
|Nintendo Life provided a ten-minute comparison video between the three different versions of Twilight Princess here.|
The most obvious part of an HD remaster is that the graphics are improved, and you shouldn't really expect anything else. That actually wasn't obvious at first glance — but if you look above, you can see the textures are more detailed. The models and movements are pretty much the same. Since Nintendo fans always claim that gameplay is much more important than graphics, then theoretically Nintendo fans should be the least receptive to things like HD remasters, right?
I still have the GameCube version of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, though I haven't played it in an extremely long time. I even gave it to a friend afterwards, but now got it back. It's really long...and pretty exhausting to play through more than once. (I still don't think removing the Tears of Light would do anything for that, though.) I can see that the GameCube and Wii U versions of The Legend of Zelda: The Twilight Princess have visual differences. I just don't think they're important or worth buying the game again, and the additions (and subtraction) I've mentioned in this article aren't anywhere near a good argument to buy the game again.
But if it's your first time, go ahead. That said, if you're new to this series entirely, pick up The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD on the Wii U first.
If you disagree with Ludwig's value judgments, let him know in the comments. If you think there's more than meets his graphically-inept eyes, let him know that too. He wants to hear if you agree, too. He's happy he (finally?) got to incorporate Men in Black in an article.
This game is a relatively quick remaster — a bit different than whatever the heck might happen to the Resident Evil 2 re-release (remake?).
For Zelda games after this, you need to pay extra for some of these free included features.