It seemed like Nintendo took their time with Zelda Wind Waker HD, but in fact, it only took them about 6 months to port them game in HD to the Wii U. According to Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma in a new interview with 4Gamer, the development team spent six months porting the game to the new console, and improving the visuals to HD. In a previous interview with 4Gamer, Aonuma said that he wants to “stray from traditional Zelda formula” in the upcoming Wii U Zelda title.
Despite taking only six months, it didn’t come without challenges. Aonuma said his development team had to learn the new hardware, and that the “cell shaded look” was difficult to achieve on the Wii U.
We previously reported that Nintendo did get some help in porting Wind Waker HD. Developers from HexaDrive worked on the new, high resolution textures in the game.
Zelda Wind Waker has been available on the Wii U eShop for a while now, and the physical copy has just gone on sale. Have you tried the new Wind Waker HD yet? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section!