Andrew Day of Capsule Computers wrote:
The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker was initially met with skepticism and disappointment by many fans of the franchise who felt that the cartoony take on their favourite hero was unfitting of the character and setting. However, once people actually played Wind Waker their minds started to change. The visuals were beautiful, and the gameplay, although it had its minor faults, was outstanding. Well now one of the best games of the Gamecube era has been reborn with The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD, and in addition to just bringing across the great game, it has been improved on in subtle, yet welcomed ways.