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The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD

Switch has been home to many games from Nintendo’s past, particularly when it comes to Wii U. Most of the company’s major games from the Wii U era have ended up on the Big N’s current console in one form or another.

Of course, not everything has made the jump just yet. A couple of titles standout in particular in light of today’s news regarding Zelda: Skyward Sword HD. Many fans of the series are hoping that The Wind Waker HD and Twilight Princess HD, both of which appeared on Wii U, will make their way over to Switch as well.

In The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, the Forest Water is primarily used to heal Withered Forest Trees during an early part of the game. However, YouTube user Fish_waffle64 recently came across another usage: to essentially kill one of the game’s bosses instantly.

The Kalle Demos boss fight is normally a battle that would take the average player several minutes to complete. But if you use the Forest Water after exposing its core with the boomerang, it’ll go down right away.

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What’s amazing about this is that the Easter egg works in the original Wind Waker on GameCube as well as the HD version on Wii U. That means, technically, the opportunity for it to be spread widely online has been there for years. It doesn’t really seem like something that’s really been publicized though!

Thanks to Jake for the tip.

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When The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD originally launched in North America, it was distributed with a gold boxart. This was the only region with such packaging. In Europe and Japan, Wind Waker HD was sold with a blueish boxart.

For whatever reason, North America now has the same packfront as the other two territories. Copies have been spotted with the updated blue boxart. I have no idea why Nintendo decided to change things after such a long period!

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The Collectible Badge Center has just added more Zelda inspired badges. This time the latest additions are badges themed after The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD.

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Although it’s not huge savings, Amazon does have Zelda: Wind Waker HD available at a small discount. You can purchase the Wii U title for $41.41. That amounts to about $9 in savings. Since this is a Zelda game we’re talking about, that’s not too terrible of a deal.

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD and The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds both offer Hero modes. In the former title, it’s accessible right away. But in A Link Between Worlds, players must complete the game before tackling the more difficult mode.

Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma discussed why this is so while speaking with ONM. In the magazine’s latest issue, he explained that some gamers may have already played Wind Waker on GameCube, but since A Link Between Worlds is brand new, the team “felt that it was more suitable to have the players first enjoy the game at an appropriate difficulty level and then let them try a harder challenge.”

Aonuma’s comments in full:

Above: Proteus sure is nice looking, eh?

The second recording of episode 70 (the first was lost) features the following: Super Mario 3D World is better single player! Proteus is trippy, immersive, and interesting! Wind Waker HD has a very frustrating sidequest! PLUS: Listener mail about the Wii U’s lifespan and whether spoiled gamers are to blame for Wii U’s misery. AND: A discussion about immersive games, and what makes a game immersive vs. not.

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How much does death affect the story of a game? How many times can you re-play a section before it starts to take away from a narrative experience? If you’ve ever wanted insight into what might make games tick with respect to this idea, this is the episode for you. Aside from that we discuss ‘Papers, Please’, ‘Super Mario 3D World’, and ‘Wind Waker HD’, as well as tackling plenty of listener mail. Enjoy!

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Walmart is currently offering a $25 eGift Card with the purchase of the Zelda: Wind Waker HD Wii U bundle. You can find more details on the official page here. It’s unclear how long Walmart intends to include the gift card, so take advantage while you can.