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The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD released March 4, 2016, bundled with a brand new Wolf Link amiibo. I recently received my copy of the game and I wanted to give my first impressions of the remaster of a game that I have loved since it first released for Nintendo GameCube on December 11, 2006.

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Before the remaster was released, I replayed a short section of the original game just to get a feel of what changes might come. Playing the older game on an HD television makes the image quality a little muddy and a little blurry. While this didn’t make the game unplayable, it did make me excited for the Wii U version of the game which is displayed in full 1080p with completely remade textures.

I booted up Twilight Princess HD and immediately began the game on Hero Mode, a more challenging version of the game that has become a bit of a staple in the series as of late. In this mode, Link takes double damage and hearts are nowhere to be found, making the only healing items potions, fairies, and other things of that nature. To add to the challenge, the map is completely mirrored, while this was a big change for the Master Quest of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, those who played the Wii version of the game might feel right at home.

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The introduction of the game was beautiful, even though the enhanced visuals made the animations feel a little antiquated at times. There was so much more I could see within the game. Everything was clear as crystal. The art style was given more life than ever before and the gritty realistic tone was perfectly complemented by every piece of the world.

Since I felt the original game was a tad too easy, I wanted to start the game right off the bat with the Ganondorf amiibo, which doubles the damage dealt to Link on top of being in Hero Mode, but that was not available to me until later in the game. I first noticed I could activate amiibo through the Collection menu after I completed the first Vessel of Light. This forced me to stay fast on my feet. One hit could very well mean a game over.

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I have continued to play and explore the land of Hyrule in stunning high definition. I conquered the first dungeon and I have most recently acquired the Iron Boots and the Hylian Shield, which is rendered especially beautiful by the way. I really enjoy being able to aim with the gyroscope controls, and being able to use the gamepad to quickly manage the inventory is also a huge plus. Players who wish to play the game more traditionally will have the option to do so by using the Wii U Pro Controller.

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There are other amiibo the game is compatible with, including Link, Toon Link, Zelda, and Sheik. These characters make the game a bit easier, as they bestow Link with arrows and hearts. The Wolf Link amiibo unlocks a new dungeon in the game called the Cave of Shadows. Here players fight through rounds of enemies and save their progress to their Wolf Link amiibo. This amiibo will use the saved information in the upcoming Zelda title, projected to be released in 2016.

If you want to delve deeper into the world of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD, feel free to watch Nintendo’s retrospective series, which focuses on the developers’ journey to create a realistic Zelda like never before.

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Written by Austyn Roney

Austyn James Roney is a broadcast journalism student at the University of North Texas. He has had a passion for video games ever since he was five-years-old. His first video game console was the Nintendo 64 bundled with the original Super Smash Bros. The game that really opened his eyes to the wonderful world of gaming was The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. The idea of amiibo instantly fascinated him whenever they were first introduced during E3 in 2014. His first amiibo was Link, and thus began his journey to collect them all!

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