Nintendo releases new version of Twilight Princess

Nintendo released The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD March 4. Many Nintendo fans have been waiting for a new Legend of Zelda game ever since the release of the Nintendo Wii U.

The new Zelda game has been shown only three times since its release in 2014, and Nintendo hasn’t released anything since.

Nintendo satisfied fans’ thirst for a new Zelda game by releasing remakes of old favorites, such as The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker and The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask.

When first announced in 2015, players were slightly discouraged at how the game looked in HD.

Twilight Princess is an old game, ten years to be exact, and the game definitely shows the age of old hardware. The original game was released on the GameCube in 2006.

Twilight Princess starts Link, the hero of the adventure, as a lone farmer who lives in a small village called Ordon. Link has never left Ordon, so his knowledge of the land of Hyrule is extremely miniscule.

As Link progresses, his friends get kidnapped and he follows after them, only to be stopped by a dark, ominous wall with intricate designs that stretches up into the sky.

In awe, Link suddenly is snatched by a creature beyond the wall and is subdued to “twilight,” which transforms the hero into a wolf. This gives Wolf Link senses and abilities to save his friends and the land of Hyrule.

Players who played Twilight Princess before will notice that the game plays similarly to the original GameCube version. There is no motion controls, so those who played the Wii version will have to play with the GamePad.

There is a flipped world for those who played the Wii version. Hero Mode does not drop hearts for players to replenish health, and enemies do double damage (only play this mode if you have played the game or want a bit of a challenge, it’s not easy at all).

Some changes include Epona’s (Link’s horse is used for most travel across Hyrule) handling and Link’s ability to swim underwater. The overall changes for both are great, but it varies from player to player, so each reaction will be different.

This game also has the addition of amiibos that are compatible with the game. All Zelda amiibos from Super Smash Bros. for Wii U are compatible. The game is bundled with the Wolf Link amiibo.

The Link and Toon Link amiibos refill a player’s arrows, the Zelda and Sheik amiibos refill hearts and the Ganondorf amiibo makes the player take double damage.

If gamers try using the Ganondorf amiibo with Hero Mode, they are looking at receiving quadruple damage.

Twilight Princess HD is very well the definitive version of Twilight Princess. Visuals make players stand on the hills of Hyrule and changes make the overall experience different from many games. These are only a handful of reasons on why Nintendo fans should grab this remaster.

Hector Lopez-Perez
Staff Reporter

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