Witness a comparison between The Wind Waker HD and the original GameCube version

Sea the difference?  

The upcoming Wii U HD remake of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker hosts a whole lot of new bells and whistles, but how's it look next to the original GameCube version?

Youtuber GameXplain holds the two versions up side-by-side and the difference is less night-and-day than dusk-and-dawn. They look different, but the new one doesn't necessarily look that much better.

On one hand, it hosts a higher resolution of 1080p, cleaner textures, a longer draw distance, widescreen support, clearer shadows, and a smoother framerate. On the other hand, its bloom lighting tends to wash out the colours a bit and makes everything appear a tad more 3D, which was never the point of the cel-shaded look that sought to emulate an interactive cartoon. The new, more realistic clouds are also sure to be a divisive point for many long-time fans.

What do you make of the conversion?

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD is out on 4th October in Europe. North America receives it the same day in retail, but can download it as early as 20th September from the Wii U eShop.

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