I don’t typically like remakes. The only exceptions up to now have been the Pokemon games, which are usually enough of a revamp with some new stuff to feel like a relatively new game. But Twilight Princess HD is a re-release with mostly just updated graphics and the controls re-mapped to the gamepad. The most notable addition is the Wolf Link amiibo and its use in the new Cave of Shadows. Yet still I invested the $60 for the bundle. If you’re still on the fence about getting the game, read on to see what you’ll be getting out of it.
Firstly, the one thing that clinched the pre-order for me was the bonus music CD. It contains 20 tracks from the game and some of my personal favorites. It’s a Gamestop pre-order bonus in limited quantity, however, so the only other way to get it would be to find it online, most likely for five times its actual value. The CD is definitely worth it if you can obtain it. The problem is, Gamestop’s website doesn’t necessarily say if the CD is still in stock or not. Currently, the item listing says “Includes Gamestop bonus!” which should mean the CDs are available. I attempted to call customer service to make sure but was presented with a horrendous wait time.
The amiibo saves data from the Cave of Shadows in Twilight Princess HD and will carry something over to Zelda Wii U. As we know practically nothing about the new Zelda game, it’s impossible to even guess what it might do. But if I had to speculate, I’m almost scared it will be something almost totally insignificant like providing rupees or hearts based on how players performed in the Cave of Shadows. This would mean those gamers effectively by a whole game and amiibo just for a small boost in whole other game. It all sounds way too bad to be true, and it probably is. On the other hand, if it’s something major, then Nintendo has punished players in one game for not buying and playing another game–and a remake, at that.
Despite all my reservations, I still pre-ordered Twilight Princess HD. Again, this was primary because of the CD, and more slightly because of the amiibo content. The best advice I can give anyone still wondering about placing an order is this: think about how much you enjoyed Twilight Princess. Would you consider buying it again in order to play it again with amiibo support? If the answer is yes, then you have nothing to lose. If the amiibo content and carry-over is of little interest, then remember you can listen to pretty much any video game music online for free as well.
Hopefully, I’ve been able to provide some perspective on the subject. Feel free to post a comment with a question or opinion of your own Oh, and happy 30th anniversary, Zelda!
Matt Eschbach is a PC, Mac and Android indie game developer and fiction writer. His works have won multiple monetary awards from various contests. Graduating college in 2012 with a major in Game Design, Matt spends his time making stuff up and then building it. His favorite hobby… is sleeping.