When The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess launches for Wii U on March 4 it’ll offer players much more than a simple graphics update, with a range of additions which aim to improve the Gamecube/Wii RPG.
High definition visuals: Classic scenes like Link riding Epona across the Eldin Bridge and Wolf Link howling at the moon are given a stunning new look.
Wii U GamePad Inventory: Players can now easily manage their inventory, access the map and quickly transform into a wolf via the touch screen, all without pausing the game. Players will also be able to use the GamePad to access Miiverse and can even play the game off-TV. Miiverse posts can be decorated with dozens of new Twilight Princess-related Miiverse stamps, hidden away throughout Hyrule.
Ghost Lantern: The new item will aid Link in the Poe Soul retrieving quest. When Link holds the Ghost Lantern it will helpfully glow when it detects a Poe in the area. Similarly, the number of Tears of Light that need to be collected by Link at various points in his adventure has been reduced from 16 to 12, making these collection tasks easier.
Rupees: If Link finds Rupees in a treasure chest while his wallet is already full, Rupees will no longer be returned to that chest. Players are also less likely to reach the limit of their wallets, as these have been modified to hold more Rupees.
Hero Mode: Zelda veterans or new players who desire an added challenge can opt to play in Hero Mode right from the start. Hero Mode Link will take double the normal damage and there are no health-replenishing hearts to be found. The game world is also mirrored, so dungeon layouts will be reversed. For an additional challenge tapping the Ganondorf amiibo on the Wii U GamePad when in Hero Mode will cause Link to take four times the normal damage until the play session ends.
Additional tweaks and updates will also be found throughout the game, but fans will have to discover those for themselves, says Nintendo.