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Nintendo's Miyamoto: More HD Remakes are "Possible"

Game designer Shigeru Miyamoto is glad people liked Wind Waker HD, but doesn't want that to be all Nintendo does.

By Mike Williams. Published 5 months ago

The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD was a full reworking of the old GameCube game, bringing the title to a brand-new audience. The game enjoyed a warm reception from critics - like USgamer - and it caused sales of the Wii U to triple in September. So, it wouldn't be odd for Nintendo to have more HD remakes on the horizon. According to a report by Polygon, game designer Shigeru Miyamoto told a panel of journalists earlier this week that more is not in the cards, at least not from Nintendo.

"That's certainly possible, but most of our developers are working on new games," replied Miyamoto when asked about more HD remakes. "We like to have them working on new stuff. HD remakes might be a good project for development partners, so that's something I hope we can introduce in the future."

Nintendo has done the occasional remake, like Super Mario All-Stars and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, but for the most part they've stayed away from mining their classics in that manner. Instead, Miyamoto and company are focusing on games like Super Mario 3D World, a mix of new and old gameplay ideas. Jeremy called Super Mario 3D World "insane" and cheerfully unpredictable" in his last preview of the title, so maybe Nintendo is on to something.

"If your interest is in finding elements from previous games you'll find them scattered all about. There is a lot of content like that," Miyamoto said. "We've tried to find some fun new elements that we could incorporate. I certainly wouldn't rule out the possibility of us creating more games like [Super Mario Galaxy] in the future. What we're trying to accomplish here is to create a good entry point for new players."

Super Mario 3D World is coming out on November 22, 2013 for Wii U.

The best community comments so far 3 comments

  • Wellman 5 months ago

    I wouldn't say they have stayed completely away. Nintendo hasn't had a problem putting out ports of older games on later systems in the past, they just rarely have had to bank on those as being system sellers aside from maybe Super Mario 64 DS.

  • TPoppaPuff 5 months ago

    @Wellman You're right, but now may be the time for them to start putting out remakes because they need a bunch of games to get people interested now more than they ever have. They only have so many development teams at Nintendo. I feel they should consider outsourcing some remakes to developers. Wind Waker only took 6 months and appears to be well worth the investment. There are enough titles from the GameCube alone that could bolster Nintendo's small library.

  • B0b 5 months ago

    They normally just rerelease the same old stuff SD as it were.

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