As far as concrete announcements go, today's Wii U Nintendo Direct was a bit light, but here's one that is pretty great. Nintendo is updating The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker in HD and will be releasing it in the fall later this year. Think of the announcement as a way to hold Zelda fans over until the currently-in-development new 3D Zelda game is ready to be shown to the public.
While specific details about the "next" 3D Zelda title were scant, Eiji Aonuma of Nintendo's software development department did highlight some design points they were considering for the title:
Mission: "Rethink the conventions of Zelda"
- Complete dungeons in a certain order
- Play by yourself
Eiji actually mentions that the team attempted this mission before with Skyward Sword, but was unable to put the necessary effort into changing the game's linear-path structure. Are we looking at a truly open-world Zelda game coming up in 2014?
As a result of Nintendo testing HD graphics for the new Zelda game on Wind Waker, apparently they found that it completely transformed the experience. Basically, once they'd updated a portion of Wind Waker, they couldn't stop. I'm sure it also helps that it will fill the missing Zelda slot in the Wii U's library until something new can be developed. Profit!
Whatever the reasons for its development, it's absolutely awesome that Wind Waker is getting the love it deserves and will be receiving an HD update. Look out for The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker's release this fall. It's by far my personal favorite 3D Zelda title.
In the mean time, check out the announcement as it was made during the Nintendo Direct event today, or view the screenshots of HD Wind Waker we picked up from Nintendo.