ByKatie Granger, writer at
MP Staff Writer, come to bargain.
Katie Granger

Ah, the era of the GameCube. The little purple box which brought us Mario Party 5, Pokemon Colosseum and The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. Of course Twilight Princess was also released for the Nintendo Wii, but it's worth noting as part of the GameCube legacy as it was the last Legend of Zelda game to be released on the pint-sized purple platform.

Rumors of a Twilight Princess HD remake have been circulating online for a good few months now, and the existence of such a thing was officially confirmed at last month's Nintendo Direct video address.

An HD port for the Wii U has been announced to be released on March 4th 2016, ahead of an as yet unknown release date for the massively anticipated open-world take on the franchise, The Legend of Zelda Wii U.

But why Twilight Princess? Well we've already had 3D HD remakes of what are perhaps the most popular games in the series, Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask for the Nintendo 3DS and The Wind Waker HD for the Wii U, and the transition worked pretty perfectly there.

Twilight Princess is, in a lot of ways, an underrated game. Popular at initial release back in 2006, fast forward a decade down the line and it hasn't aged as well, nor held the attentions of fans in the same way that the likes of Ocarina of Time did.

A little darker and a little more violent that its predecessors, Twilight Princess aligned itself more with Ocarina of Time than the likes of Wind Waker or Majora's Mask, and featured a slightly darker, slightly more mature narrative and world.

This may explain why it feels a little off when regarded with the rest of the Legend of Zelda games, but also explains why now is the right time to remake it for the more powerful Wii U over than the dinkier 3DS. The vast world of Twilight Princess is well suited to the Wii U platform, and it's an appropriate time for a return to the fun yet challenging dungeons and slightly darker tone of this particular game as Hyrule slips into the Twilight Realm.

It strikes a definite contrast with Wind Waker HD because of the vastly different aesthetic, but what we've seen of the HD port so far looks pretty damn impressive. But it's more than that, as the announcement trailer tells us:

"It is more than a prettier version of the same game. To make this game even more enjoyable we have decided to create a new amiibo figure. Meet Wolf Link."

Twilight Princess will also be compatible with other Legend of Zelda amiibos already available.

So sure, Twilight Princess was far from being a "perfect" Zelda game. A little too ahead of the curve in terms of it's open, yet often empty, world and with a story that carries a little bit too much darkness at times, it certainly has it's lesser points.

But like Ocarina of Time before it the story is an important staple of the Zelda universe. The combat is fun and the dungeons through which that combat unfolds are some of the best in the series. It might not have been the most obvious one to remaster right now, but it might just be the one that we need.


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