Sep 6th, 2013

The new version of Wind Waker HD was released in Japan today and fans are quickly finding that not only did the aesthetic of the game get a facelift, but the audio got a bit of a fix up, too. Below you’ll find two videos. The first is the original Wind’s Requiem song as it’s featured in the GameCube version. The second video features the same wind changing chime sound, but you’ll notice at the 1:37 mark that it sounds very, very different.

Hopefully we’ll hear more of these audio bits in the coming days as Wind Waker HD is released around the world. What do you think? Can you hear the change?

[via GenGame]

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  • CEObrainz

    With a good pair of headphones or a surround sound system this game should sound amazing.

  • Christopher Acuna

    Effin aye! The game looks and sounds fantastic! Can’t wait to play it again

  • tronic307

    My memories of Gamecube Wind Waker look like the Wii U version. It’s only when you compare that the difference is so striking. The original was audio gold, so Wind Waker HD should give our sound systems quite a workout.

  • Nintendo4life

    Cool. This Re release in HD looks awesome. Take my money!

    • Fred

      Are you doing disc in 4 weeks or digital in 2 weeks?

      • CEObrainz

        Disc for me as I’m hopefully getting a bundle.

        • Fred

          The bundle comes out in 2 weeks and has a digital copy

          • CEObrainz

            Game puts the date for the bundle as the 4th of October, but that’s in the UK. For Β£250, it’s not too much.

      • Levi Johansen

        I want the Gannondorf figurine! πŸ˜€

      • Nintendo4life


      • Cyberus

        If you buy digital copies, that means a physical copy doesn’t get sold. If nobody buys any physical copies, they stop making them. If they stop making discs, the only way to get games is online. If the only way the console is worth anything is if it’s online, then they’d make it always online. If they make it always online, they put up restrictions, and flood you with advertisements

        Don’t be flooded with advertisements, switch to physical copies today.

        • Relick

          Damn right. Keep on preaching brother!

        • FoxMulder900

          The advertisements are already there in the form of the Mii Plaza. Nintendo is just better at disguising them than say Microsoft is. And honestly, I like the Mii Plaza so I don’t mind at all! It will be a sad day when physical copies are no more, but it is inevitable. Although it does have its benefits such as lower publishing costs and pulling people into the eShop where they are exposed to indie titles. Ultimately this means more games in the long run!

          • Arthur Jarret

            And less consoles and innovation.

            Because, if it’s all digital – and constantly online – why bother having a physical console at all?

            It’ll all be subscription-based – like TV. You subscribe to the nintendo channel, sony channel and capcom channel to be able to play their games ‘in the cloud’ for a nominal fee.

            Ownership of items is so last century anyway…

          • FoxMulder900

            Not that I am in favor of everything being ‘in the cloud’, but I don’t see how that would effect innovation. Nintendo will always try new things, that’s just what they do.

        • ZeldaFan83

          I would avoid digital copies for the time being and have a physical copy because Nintendo has no connected account system. So if your console breaks then you won’t get those games back. My 3DS broke and I had to go out and get a new one which I did, so I called Nintendo to see how I could get all the games I paid for and downloaded and they said that I would have to repurchase them and there is nothing that they can do. Not only could they not give me all the games I bought, they wouldn’t even reimburse me. I was also in the Ambassador club and lost all those games as well. I would advise to purchase physical until they come up with some kind of online connected account system like everyone else has. I prefer physical anyway because I like having a box and instruction manual plus I can loan my games to my family or friends. There are advantages to having physical copies.

          • FoxMulder900

            My advice, call again. They can give you eShop credit, it just depends who you talk to.

            Either way, I agree that they absolutely need some policy changes in that department real soon.

          • Arekkusu64

            Just join Club Nintendo and link it to your 3DS and Wii U account. When I transfered all my downloaded Wii game to my Wii U, my Wii U broke. I sent it off for repair but they just gave me a new one, but they had linked my Club Nintendo account to the new Wii U so I was able to redownload all my games for free.

          • ZeldaFan83

            I have a Club Nintendo account and it has been connected to my 3DS, Wii and Wii U. I joined Club Nintendo when they finally came to the U.S. When I called Nintendo they told me: “Club Nintendo has nothing to do with your Nintendo account and just gives you points for what you purchase. Your Nintendo account is completely separate and that’s what tracks what you have downloaded/purchased for each console”. That’s what Nintendo told me.

          • Arekkusu64

            Must different in the UK then, because I can go on my Club Nintendo account and see a list of every single game I’ve downloaded because It’s linked to my consoles. I’m guessing that’s what they based it off.

          • Elem187

            You are such a liar. Nintendo has a procedure for restoring your purchases to a new device that keeps all your purchases intact.

            I know you are easily swayed to what ever NeoGAF tells you to believe, this has been flogged to death already and proven wrong… Sony purchases negative propaganda for their competitors because they know how many idiots out there get their “news” and “facts” from NeoGAF… They literally give away free things like games, tickets to e3 in return these users will bash everything not Sony….. How else do you think the owner can keep the site running with next to no advertising? Sorry a single banner won’t keep a forum like that running… Why do you suppose anti-Sony posts get banned but its open season on Nintendo and Microsoft?

          • ZeldaFan83

            I’m sorry but did you just call me a liar? I have called Nintendo 3 times in the past 4 days and I get the same response each time: there is nothing that we can do, the only way you can get your games back is to repurchase them. I’m not bashing Nintendo, on the contrary I love Nintendo but this is what happened when I contacted them. They said that I needed to transfer the games directly from one system to another and they cannot add them to my new system/account to download.

            This is what happened with my most recent contact with them. I am going to try to contact them a few more times and if I have no success then I am going to wait until they have a linked account system before I download anymore games.

            If I was mistaken and you weren’t calling me a liar then my apologies but if you were please don’t ever say that to me again. I have been a huge fan of Nintendo since I was 7yrs old and got Zelda and an NES for my birthday. I only buy Nintendo consoles and love them to death. I love Nintendo, their consoles and games πŸ™‚

        • Kevin Sepulveda

          Digital is the future for everything even if you do not agree. Its not something we can stop. People will slowly turn over. we are slowly seeing this now.

        • Rich Garriques

          exactly , please people don’t be fooled by the trickery of todays industry they are trying to convert everything into digital download just like they do books, music , movies and games. don’t fall for there tricks they do this so they can eventually control everything we listen to , watch and want information from. its easier for them to alter it once its in their hands.

        • Altair_420

          I agree with this but im still getting a digital copy because it comes with the wii u Zelda bundle for the same price as a wii u without the game, besides, ive had a physical copy of windwaker for like 10 years.
          As for a link between worlds……. physical copy for sure.

      • Tra Allen

        you have to get a physical disc if you don’t have an external hard drive. memory is a pain on there

        • Fred

          No you don’t

      • Zelly Jeffers

        Digital for me.

    • Waluigi in HD

    • Rukiafan Rukiachan

      This game is really going be beautiful man.. I’m already pre-order mine Btw.

    • Rukiafan Rukiachan

      Sounds great, my girls will discover Zelda with this one and they are in for a treat.

  • Agent721

    This just keeps getting better & better…

  • Thomas Fitzgibbon

    Hooray!!! :-)))

  • Jack5221

    Sounds like my experience playing this game for the 1st time on my Wii U will be better than on Gamecube!

    • Fred

      Disc in 4 weeks or digital in 2 weeks?

      • Jack5221

        Disc because I preordered the special edition version with the Ganondorf figure! πŸ˜€

        • Fred


        • Johny

          good choice good man

      • hehehehe, an investigation. πŸ˜›

  • Mark

    A lot of good things coming from this remake. I was going to buy this game anyway, but the more I know about this game, the more justified my purchase is!

    • Fred

      So are you waiting a month for the disc or 2 weeks to download?
      I never played the original and I’m considering it

      • tronic307


        I’m not even opening the box with the Ganondorf figure.

        • Fred

          A collector I see. AWESOME!!!

      • Mark

        Most likely the disc; I like the hard copy.

  • Honestly, why aren’t all HD remakes like this?

    • CEObrainz

      Because not every studio has the patience or are bothered enough to do so.

      • so in other words they dont care about the quality of their franchises as much as Nintendo?

        • CEObrainz

          Some studios think of the optimised way to make money, spending the least amount of time on actual work. So partially yes…

    • Ony

      DK64 & Banjo Kazooie remake would awesome-kill so many peoples @_@
      *dream drooling*

      • Lil J Moore

        007Golendeye(original) would take my soul away if it ever gets a remake.

        • Andreas Sunde

          Didn’t that get a remake on the Wii?

          • Lil J Moore

            Yes and No. It was a remake, but new a 007 game with the new James Bonds. I want the N64 version with Pierce Brosnan updated with online MP and the single player campaign in all of its glory.

          • Magnus Eriksson

            It was so fun. The Goldeneye 007 on N64 was practically played so much that it melted stuck in the console. Played it all the time in splitscreen mode.

          • reyn69sharla

            true, imagine playing jungle or aztec in HD.

          • fireheartis1

            it was actually more of a reimagining than a remake.

        • Lil J Moore

          I actually wrote a small blog on gameinformer on my top 5 games I want to play on Wiiu.

      • 00EpicGamer00

        Donkey Kong 64 would be a possible remake (since Nintendo owns the rights to Donkey Kong, they’d be able to remake it….they’d just have take out anything Rare contributed to.)

        Now, as for Banjo Kazooie….sadly, i’m afraid that’ll never happen. Unless somehow, magically Nintendo buys the B&K Ip, we won’t be getting a remake. But, (I seriously think this is false though…since there’s been no reports or information about it) there has been reports that some ex-Rare employees are making a spiritual successor to B&K, but once again, I don’t think that was true.

    • Yoboyjohn just makes their remakes hd and that’s it

      • Elitepwnsface

        I wouldn’t say Sony in particular. Now they could behind some of them. Maybe jak and the ratchet hd collections. But Devil May Cry and some others are purely developer ideas.

    • C4

      How many are there? This is more in line with Ocarina 3DS except they keep the geometry from the Cube version mostly (as far as I can see) – most “remakes” are just HD remasters with less budget and development time then Wind Waker HD – often they are outsourced and the original team doesn’t even work on them πŸ™‚

    • Cyberus

      They…they just got HD. This is the first HD remake. Unless you could New Super Mario Bros U

    • jay

      Still wish it was fully orchestrated but then that would have costed a lot more time.

    • Hero_Ike

      Simple money, not all companies are willing to invest alot money into a remake. Nintendo has no problem doing this because they know Zelda will sell, so the extra effort will be payed off.
      On a side note I know alot of people don’t like playstations hd remakes, but I feel like people view them wrong. Those remakes are more for people who never owned the orginal games, and provide a convenient way for consumers like me who never had a chance to pick up the orginals back on the ps2.

    • Johny

      its easier to jut upscale the resolution to 720p/1080p no?
      like with Shadow of the colossus HD, or Okami HD for ps3… ONLY upscaled resolution… nothing else… i doesn’t even look much better

    • Magnus Eriksson

      Honestly, why did they need to make this game in HD? It already looked timless goergous. Im not complaining, it looks great now too, but it wasnt a necessary move. Would prefer a remake of MM instead as that start to look a bit rough around the edges.

  • I kind of figured that. Zelda games are known for their soundtracks as well. I plan on cranking my 7.1 digital surround when I play this game next month

    • Fred

      I take it you’re not jumping on the eShop version to get it 2 weeks early? I’m curious how popular that will be

      • I think the Wii U Wind Waker Bundle will be popular which comes with the digital but for me I wanted the Ganondorf figurine to go with my other Legend of Zelda figurines so I changed my pre-order from Best Buy to GameStop just for that.

        I usually prefer disc copies of my games but I am not totally against digital copies.

    • Mark

      Does it support 7.1?

    • jay

      Wii U uses uncompressed audio. I hope you take advantage of that.

      For those who don’t know uncompressed audio is the highest fidelity of home audio available. The only con is you have to own a receiver made after 2010 that supports it.

  • bakedapplepie

    It looks and sounds like a brand new game, I can tell Nintendo did this Zelda title justice. Aside from an all new Zelda title for the Wii U, I would really like to see more really well done HD remakes of some classic Zelda titles.

  • MujuraNoKamen

    Great, this looks like it’s going to be the fully remastered epic we were hoping for rather than a simple up scaling of graphics. Not only is the sound of a higher quality but the music seems tweaked as well. the Outset Island music seemed a altered and I like it! wait, how good will an upgraded Dragon Roost Island sound!? ME GUSTA.

  • SonicLucario

    The news keeps on getting better and better for this game πŸ˜€

  • NintendoNoob

    I hope it becomes orschestrated

  • Ony

    Nintendo should definitely make the Wii U compatible with Occulus Rift *_*

    • Cyberus

      They should just make their own. Low latency motion tracking, instantly streamed HD video, 3D, they got it all

    • Johny

      i can already see it…an accessory for wii u gamepad, that straps it ONTO YOUR HEAD… and then you can turn your head around and shit, to make the picture move and stuff….!
      ok bad joke.. that would look horrible.. probably terrible for your eyes too

    • Sdudyoy

      I’m not a hundred percent sure how that would work with the Gamepad, although I would love it.

      • Baum γ€Œγƒ„γƒͺー」

        you would simply see it like the game character with all its buttons (maybe a bit altered to fit the style of the game, but I could imagine, that it’d work excellently with games like Splinter Cell and ZombiU, when characters actually have a device like that.

    • 00EpicGamer00

      On my God yes! It’d be awesome to use that thing with a Zelda game (since that’s suppose to be the point with Zelda anyways.) πŸ˜‰
      But, the only problem is, how much will that Occulus Rift cost? I bet it’ll be AT LEAST $1,000.

  • RyuNoHadouken

    i still dont understand the fascination with remakes…especially for a game that was painful to finish 10 years ago

    • that’s your point of view

    • sd

      I never played the original. This was remade correctly. They fixed the bugs and annoyances in one one of the best games of all time. That’s a bonus. Plus the gamecube had a small following so this will appeal to quite a few people.

      Sure if you played the original then only buy this if you loved it and want to revisit or try a harder mode. But for me, I now get to play a remake of a game I sadly missed the first time.

  • cs_shane

    Well duh, it’s a remake. Of course the audio is going to be remade.

    • pacheco90

      Not necessarily, ocarina of time remake didnΒ΄t get improved music, and a lot of other games that end with “HD” have the same music (some of them even get the same graphics)

      • MississaugaMaverick

        Well they did take the chant out of the fire temple. I remember the music being much different.

        • Pikachief

          They took that out a long time ago. You probably remember it from an old N64 copy. They took it out of the N64 game even after a while. At least in America, idk about elsewhere.

      • cs_shane

        Have you thought it’s because Ocarina of Time was remade for a portable console and the music doesn’t sound that much different because of the speakers?

    • Baum γ€Œγƒ„γƒͺー」

      and that’s wrong, dude…most remakes (I think all except Halo and the Nintendo remakes as far as I know) are really just upscaled, the textures are a bit polished and everything else stays as it was before…Just compare the visuals of MGS on 3DS and Vita, many graphical effects look slightly better on Vita, but the visuals are outdated and look imo just a bit better than Peace Walker’s on PSP.

      • pacheco90

        Agreed, thats why I think this is one of the best remake of a game I have ever seen.
        Off topic, I wanted to buy the Wii u bundle with wind waker but you get a digital copy of it so that sucks. Now I donΒ΄t know if I should buy it separately, I really liked the box art.

  • Shelim Uddin
    The intro to this game in hd! Looks so amazing and the sky really does look infinite.
    Check it out now on gamexplain youtube channel. Cant wait for 4th oct.

  • Cyberus

    If you buy digital copies, that means a physical copy doesn’t get sold. If nobody buys any physical copies, they stop making them. If they stop making discs, the only way to get games is online. If the only way the console is worth anything is if it’s online, then they’d make it always online. If they make it always online, they put up restrictions, and flood you with advertisements

    Don’t be flooded with advertisements, switch to physical copies today.

    • Mochlum

      Eh, I’ll download it. πŸ˜‰ But seriously, physical isn’t going any time soon, especially with Nintendo.

    • 00EpicGamer00

      Don’t worry, I ALWAYS get physical copies. I HATE digital copies. I don’t know, it just doesn’t feel right. I’m like physically holding the game in my hands.

      And another reason why I don’t like digital is because if somehow your Wii U broke, all the games you have digitally would be gone. I don’t think you can transfer your data from your Wii U to another Wii U. And I think you’d have to buy them all over again. With physical, yeah if your Wii U breaks, you’d lose all the data as well, but you don’t have to buy the game all over again…you just have to start over xD

    • CyanideInsanity

      It depends. I gotta say animal crossing is a title that perfectly fits with digital because of the daily activities, ease of access, and not being able to lose the game card. Although Nintendo NEEDS to move to account based ownership instead of console based.

      • Cyberus

        I got one of the Nintendo 18 Club Nintendo Game Card Cases, so bringing all my 3DS games with me everywhere is even more convenient than bringing my 3DS XL

        Animal Crossing is with me at all times, but I still have its own box on my official game shelf

        It only holds 18 games though, so I tricked my cousin into buying me another one

  • Elitepwnsface

    ewww! Why did they change the song of wind melody? I liked the old. Me so sad. Either way cant wait for this to be inside my console October 4th.

  • Joyous Killer

    All it is is a bunch of Cannons, Variations and transcriptions. They just basically re-wrote the songs in different keys, added a melody to a different instrument (Say gave a flute melody to a violin), And build up the foundation of the songs with more counter melodies.

  • iamserious

    I’m excited to get this with the Wii U as a bundle as I’ve never played Wind Waker before! πŸ™‚

  • Einar

    The “New” version of Wind Waker HD was released[…] Have I missed something?

  • devmiles

    i can only hope that nintendo will do more hd remakes, i’m not so particulary interested in this one although it’s a good zelda game, rather i would have seen skyward sword in sparkling hd. i just hope this is not a one off hd remake and they leave it for what it is just like zelda OOT for 3ds..they should have done majora’s mask too and they know it, a very large community is requesting this. so again, fingers crossed and hope they stay on the right path

  • kinghenroc187


    • crocodileman94

      They already did that. Minus the HD, that is.

    • John Andalora

      It was for the Nintendo DS. Had more stars and missions, and 4 playable characters.

      • ICHI

        And that version should be released on the eshop with online mp

    • CyanideInsanity

      If by mario 64 game you mean a 3d mario platformer, we’re getting one in november.

  • Michael Rowlands

    i have a wii u and love it to bits but how can nintendo sell the line up of games when shops are not selling wii u games…………i have just findout today blockbuster is going unber and they was selling wii u games now that just leves geme stores selling games for the wii u….this is something nintendo need to sort out if they are going to sell the new line up of games that are coming out………if they dont then i can say the wii u will be dead in the water…

    • 00EpicGamer00

      …I think you need to learn some spelling and grammar.

  • audi lover

    Looks and sounds great cant wait to play again

  • Nicolas Dorion

    I never once thought of getting the digital copy. I want that ganon figurine! I don’t care how old i am!!

  • david daniel wharton camacho

    omg <3 nintendo loves me
    just learned its coming out the 20th and guess what!!!!
    its my birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    πŸ™‚ sooooo exited

  • MetroidZero

    Super Mario Sunshine HD.