While Zelda fans are likely more eager than anything else to finally get more info on the series’ brand new Wii U entry promised for release later this year, let’s not forget that The Legend Of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD is now only one month away from its release on the Wii U. The idea of replaying Link and Midna’s 2006 Wii and Gamecube adventure in full high-definition is nice on its own, but Nintendo recently lifted the veil on several new enhancements and features the remaster will bring for returning fans.
Besides the obvious graphical improvements, which will present the game in high definition for the first time along while hosting many updated textures, the Wii U GamePad will offer additional inventory management options, gyroscopic aiming, and the option for off-screen play.
Players looking for a greater challenge will also have the option of starting a new game in Hero Mode, which will flip the entire game world, reduce the amount of health recovery items, and have Link take double the normal amount of damage from each enemy attack. A brand-new item called the ghost lantern will also be added, which will assist Link in locating wayward spirits for one of the game’s many quests.
Amiibo fanatics can also rejoice, as Twilight Princess HD will also make use of every Zelda-themed Amiibo Nintendo has released so far. Scanning the Link and Toon Link figures will replenish in-game arrow supplies, while Zelda and Sheik will restore health. Series antagonist Ganondorf, on the other hand, will also double the damage Link takes from enemies.
Real masochists will want to give that figurine a go in Hero Mode, as it will amplify enemy attacks to inflict quadruple damage. Finally, the new Wolf Link Amiibo that will come bundled with the game will unlock the Cave of Shadows, a new dungeon with an emphasis on combat. The Wolf Link figurine has also been confirmed to unlock unspecified additional content in the currently untitled brand new Wii U Zelda title, which Nintendo will hopefully deliver more info for come E3.
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD will bring a nostalgic treat to Nintendo fans on March 4, and fans can get a sneak peek at many of these new features in the trailer above.