Nintendo have stated that they’re open to the idea of working on more HD remakes similar to the recent release of The Wind Waker HD. The cel-shaded Zelda title was originally a Gamecube only release until Nintendo decided to give one of the most divisive Zelda games an HD upgrade. The game was a success, receiving exceptional critical praise and generating good sales numbers.
In a roundtable interview with Gamespot, legendary developer Shigeru Miyamoto revealed that if Nintendo were to pursue more HD remakes such as The Wind Waker HD, than fans should expect more than just a slight HD visual upgrade.
“The main thing that’s always going to be on our minds is what new elements of gameplay can we use with the GamePad as applied to some of these older games,” Miyamoto said through a translator. “We want to find some way to bring a refreshing experience to this rather than simply update the visuals and leave it at that.”
But despite both Nintendo’s and Miyamoto’s enthusiasm for more HD remakes, he did admit that other studios would have to undertake the project instead of being developed internally.
“As for remaking previous games in HD, that’s certainly possible, but currently most of our developers are working on making new stuff. HD remakes might however be a good project for a development partner,” he said. “So that’s something that I hope we have the opportunity to introduce in the future.”
Nintendo has a vast catalog of titles that could be reworked for the Wii U, such as Donkey Kong, Fire Emblem, Star Fox, Metroid, etc.
There are currently two Wii U bundles available for purchase, both riced at $299.99. The Wind Waker HD Bundle and the newly announced New Super Mario Bros. U bundle.