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Why The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker Wasn’t Remade for 3DS

by on July 31, 2015

When The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D was released for the Nintendo 3DS in 2011, it was a hit. A game that was first on the N64, then released later in a collection for the Nintendo GameCube, then released again on the Wii Virtual Console has made Nintendo a lot of money. It was remastered and released on the 3DS to help push the new handheld console when it released in 2011.

The hype behind a remastered Ocarina of Time was unreal. It was, and still is, considered to be the best Legend of Zelda game of all time (though Majora’s Mask is making its way to the top in many gamer circles). This led Nintendo to remaster more Legend of Zelda games, the most recent being The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D. There is a high demand for Zelda games, but a brand new one hasn’t been seen since Skyward Sword (I am not including A Link Between Worlds). Yes, I know there is Hyrule Warriors, but it just isn’t the same.

Wind Waker

The Nintendo 3Ds is one of the best selling handheld consoles of all time.

The only Legend of Zelda game that has been released for the newest Nintendo system, the WiiU, is The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD. It was one of the first games to really give the WiiU some much needed publicity. But the question remains: why hasn’t Nintendo made The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker remade for the Nintendo 3DS?

To put it simply: Nintendo needed a game that they knew without a doubt would sell the WiiU system. They knew that The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD was going to be that game. They saw how well Ocarina of Time did for their new Nintendo 3DS, and making a limited edition console that would go with it made sure they would sell.

There’s still a problem, though. Nintendo made Wind Waker HD to tie over fans while they waited for a new Zelda. But it still isn’t here. And that’s a real problem. Nintendo keeps promising a new Zelda, but now it may not come to be until the new Nintendo NX is released.

Wind Waker


The largest reason for The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD not being released on the 3Ds, even at this point, is because the 3DS only has 240p screens. It is the lowest resolution of all of the newest consoles, and is unfortunately a bit of a hindrance when it comes to the 3D. Sometimes the 3D games will show a lot more pixelation, and even the remastered Zelda games are victims of that.

Sadly, there will not be a port of The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD to the 3DS, and probably not even a 3D version of the original, but that’s okay. There are already a lot of great games on the 3DS, and it is quite possibly one of the strongest lineups that a handheld console has seen. So it’s okay that Wind Waker will not be on the 3DS because the 3DS is already as powerful as it can be. It’s the WiiU that needs help. A strong year last year may not be enough this year, as the only big games for it this year have been Mario Part 10 and Splatoon.

Do you wish that The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker would have been made for the 3DS? Or do you think it’s okay to have it on the WiiU? Let us know in the comments below!

By: Cody Dunmire

Edited by: Emily Deaton

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  • Marius Henriksen

    I wonder how Wind Waker would have looked on the 3DS and I’m guessing not great. They were able to create better looking versions of the N64 titles, but I don’t believe the 3DS is powerful enough to give a GameCube game, and one of the best looking there is, the same treatment.

    • David

      Not powerful enough to give a gamecube game? obvioulsy you need to look closely at Resident Evil Revelations on 3Ds!

  • Soda Popinski

    I thought Zelda:WW HD on WiiU was fantastic. I just wish WiiU owners could get a port of the 3DS Zelda remakes OoT and MM, as I don’t own a 3DS and would love to play them on a Nintendo console. Really hoping they give Twilight Princess or A Link to the Past the special remake treatment.

    • Julio

      They are remaking Twilight Princess. Available this March I think. As for the other 3, can download the original as a Virtual Console game, but not remakes to my knowledge.

  • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3

    Glad it was put on Wii U, it did it justice. Hopefully we see more of new Zelda by year’s end, but I find highly doubtful.

  • Cubx

    I would love to have Wind Waker on the 3DS. Having a classic on the go would be great!