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Submitted by legendoflex 662d ago | opinion piece

Zelda HD Experience is the Perfect Style for a New Game

GenGAME writes: "I remember reading about the famous GameCube tech demo from SpaceWorld 2000 that depicted an epic clash between Link and Ganondorf, styled after the artwork of Ocarina of Time, but with a much more faithful graphical execution. It was the world’s first real glimpse at GameCube – at what it could achieve on a visual level. Everyone was excited, and wanted to see this new Zelda take shape.

"Fast-forward to 2011, and Nintendo’s just debuted their new Wii U home system, and yet again they call upon Zelda as the forerunner of what the system can do graphically speaking. A new tech demo – the Zelda HD Experience – gives the world the first official look at Link in glorious HD, and after a spectacular reception, people’s expectations for the next Zelda game are higher than ever yet again.

"With so much excitement built up, can Nintendo really afford not to deliver on the hype they’ve created?" (The Legend of Zelda, Wii U)

TruthbeTold  +   662d ago
Whatever they choose I'm sure will be acceptable to me. However, if they don't use a style at least very similar to the tech-demo, I will be VERY disappointed. How could they show that off, then go in another direction?

As for the idea that we don't want 'realistic' so much as we want 'High Fantasy', that is a great point. I think the writer put well into words what many Zelda fans have been feeling.

Windwaker HD re-release in late 2013 (with a few new side quests) while we wait, and Zelda U in first quarter 2015 if not Holiday 2014, and I'm personally a happy camper.
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PopRocks359  +   662d ago
I'm sure a lot of people asked the same thing about the tech demo that eventually turned into Wind Waker.
TruthbeTold  +   662d ago
True. Yet as popular and as many die-hard WW fans there are out there, even to this day, a large amount of people amongst Zelda fans are upset by the choice, and detest that art style, so the question stands.
MeatAbstract  +   662d ago
I haven't met any Zelda fans that detested the art style of Wind Waker. It proved everyone wrong when it finally came out by being amazing. The only criticisms I've heard for WW are that it was a little on the easy side and I personally think those people are clutching at straws.

Should also not that because of WW art style, the game as aged well and still looks good to this day. Any art style they go with will be fine because regardless, it's the same Zelda formula again
TruthbeTold  +   662d ago
MeatAbstract, I agree that the game was great. Can't agree that the art style won over the detractors though. A lot of people won't even play the DS hand held games because they use the same art style, and they don't want to support that choice by Nintendo. I liked it for what it was, and replay the game periodically, because it was so good. I personally prefer the strive for the 'Lord of the rings/Ultra Fantasy' type of look/atmosphere that the article spoke of though. To each his own I guess.
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caseh  +   662d ago
@PopRocks359

yeap, I remember seeing the tech demo back then and the reality that was Wind Waker. The interwebs was arife with people slamming the living daylights out of Nintendo at the time.

That tech demo eventually became Twilight Princess though I think.
--Onilink--  +   662d ago
@TruthbeTold

most people wont play the DS games because they are touch only. The art style was never much of a problem. Even though it obviously didnt look as good on the DS
animegamingnerd  +   662d ago
though to be fair wind waker is a fantastic game
PopRocks359  +   662d ago
Dudes, I love Wind Waker. Love it to death. I'm just saying for those expecting the Wii U Zelda tech demo to look the same when it becomes a real game, you probably shouldn't. Nintendo is known for radically changing art styles from tech demo to final product.

Wind Waker tech demo = next generation Ocarina of Time

Zelda Wii U tech demo = next generation Twilight Princess

I don't know. It just makes sense to me.
sdozzo  +   662d ago
This is beat.
neogeo  +   662d ago
your kinda beat
silkrevolver  +   662d ago
I want something unlike what we've seen before.

In my opinion, Wind Waker is still one of the best looking games of all time.

Heavy stylization adds to the experience.

Even the more "realistic" Twilight Princess had a really cool, dark style.

Something new is all I ask.

They tend to do that anyway.
dark-hollow  +   662d ago
Seriously just give it a resolution bump and some AA and it will pass as a current gen game. http://www.youtube.com/watc...

Wind waker, okami and journey are solid evidence that great art direction is as important is how raw graphical power.
XXXL  +   662d ago
Would love for them to use the graphic style from the tech demo. I really disliked skyward swords graphics.
LOL_WUT  +   662d ago
They would be able to show off what the console is capable of, IF they go with the tech demo route. ;)
PopRocks359  +   662d ago
Why do I get the feeling you wouldn't care either which way?
zgoldenlionz  +   662d ago
I'd love to see them make a new Zelda in this style, I'd also love another windwaker or any Zelda for that matter.

So in conclusion Nintendo hurry up and give me a new Zelda game already!
hivycox  +   662d ago
Change is good
IMO the coonstant changing of the art style in the Zelda fanchise is helping the series a lot.. you know that every Zelda feels different thats mostly due to the graphics Nintendo chose for ech title.
Though I thought the style aof the Wind Waker was a 180° turn of of the original tech demo we got a hell of a game. Imagine WW with the art style of OOT and MM ;)

But lets trust Nintendo...even if they go the same route like they did with Wind Waker I personally will have a lot of faith in Nintendo.. Every Zelda game was fantastic!!
Deku-Johnny  +   662d ago
I have a feeling no matter what style they go for it'll be great. They haven't done us wrong before have they?
BLKxSEPTEMBER  +   662d ago
I'd like them to use the tech demo graphics. I want a more realistic look this time around. That tech demo is what made me buy a Wii U. And I want traditional controls not that silly SS control crap. It's time for link to step into the HD era and what better way to do that than with realistic graphics?
AO1JMM  +   662d ago
I hope they go the route the tech demo had. But I love the windwaker look as well.
MaleManSam  +   662d ago
Just give us a realistic dark Zelda game damnit. For once. Take what they did with Twilight Princess and go further. Make a more mature game.
PygmelionHunter  +   662d ago
I'm sorry, it's not that I disagree on art style choices for the most part but, do you mind telling me how a dark/realistic art style reflect on the game being more "mature"? That only leads to my other question which is... What on Earth do you mean by dark/realistic? how can it be dark and realistic at the same time? Example, Twilight Princess had what I would personally consider a "dark" art style but it was far from realistic...
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wiiulee  +   662d ago
its not really about hd look but just what nintendo can do with the extra power and the atmosphere they can add to the game...thats why they are the best and think outside the box
bothebo  +   661d ago
I thought it wasn't about hardware, stupid ninny fan boys.

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