With the release of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD coming to Wii U in the next few months, Nintendo released a few more details about the upgrades they made to the original 2006 game. The game is currently on track for a March 4th release as a Limited Edition bundle which includes the Wolf Link amiibo and a CD made up of some tracks from the game’s soundtrack. Or if you don’t fancy the extras, the game will be available on its own.
The Wii U GamePad will allow players easy inventory management, access the map and quickly transform into a wolf via the touch screen, all possible without pausing the game. Additionally, players can access the Miiverse and can even play the game off-TV.
Brand new to this HD edition is the Ghost Lantern. This new item will provide some help for the Poe Soul retrieving quest by helpfully glowing when it detects a Poe in the area. Similarly, the number of Tears of Light that need to be collected by Link at various points in his adventure has been reduced from 16 to 12, making these collection tasks easier. Furthermore, if Link finds Rupees in a treasure chest while his wallet is already full, Rupees will no longer be returned to that chest as wallets have been modified to hold more Rupees.
Zelda veterans or brave new players who desire an added challenge can opt to play in Hero Mode right from the start. In Hero Mode, Link will take double the normal damage and there are no health-replenishing hearts to be found. In a final layer of challenge the game world is also mirrored, so dungeon layouts will be reversed.
Players can make things even harder for themselves (why would you?!) by tapping the Ganondorf amiibo on the Wii U GamePad. When doing so in Hero Mode, Link will take a staggering four times the normal damage until the play session ends.
Although I pretty skipped over the original Wii game, I might take a chance with this one. How about you?