Wind Waker Fan Remake Puts Classic Zelda Game On The Switch
While the title of the best Zelda game is up for debate, there's no denying 2002's The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker takes the crown for most divisive. Following a run of dark games like Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask, Wind Waker adopted a lighter tone and cel-shaded style, then took us on a nautical adventure to a water-logged Hyrule.
Although Wind Waker was a way to test the waters, Nintendo soon returned to a more realistic style with Twilight Princess. Despite this, Wind Waker has an important place in its own timeline and has become a beloved part of the franchise. We've been calling for a remake for longer than we care to remember, and now, we have one in some form.
What is the Wind Waker remake?
As players wait for Nintendo to pull its finger out and officially announce a proper Wind Waker remake, we'll have to make do with this fan project that gives the troubled title a modern reimagining. Although Wind Waker isn't available on the Switch, 3D artist Vitor Maccari shows off their impressive work with what it would look like.
The Brazillian apparently "did it for educational purposes and of course, for fun" and showed off their work in the minute-long trailer. Seeing the King of the Red Lions in a whole new way reminds us why Wind Waker was so great in the first place and why we need an official remake.
Bobbing around in the ocean, there are some crisp graphics that show off what a Wind Waker remake could look like. Back in the day, Wind Waker's adorable style made it a standout of the Zelda series, however, some of that is lost in Maccari's work. Still, we'd love to see it be fully realised as a modern remake of the original.
Will there be an official Wind Waker remake?
Notably, the style of this fan-made Wind Waker remake is similar to 2019's remake of Link's Awakening for the Switch. It's easy to imagine an official Wind Waker remake looking like this, but remember it's far from becoming a reality. Remember that Nintendo has confirmed there will be no more Zelda remakes this year.
Sadly, all those rumours of a Wind Waker remake have failed to come true...yet. 2021 is the 35th anniversary of Zelda, with Nintendo going all-in with a special edition Game & Watch, as well as the Skyward Sword HD remake. Some were disappointed that the 2011 game was getting a revamp for the Switch, however, it could be the start of Nintendo revisiting older games and giving them a fresh lick of paint.
There are still reports that more remasters are on the way, with Wind Waker being a popular choice. Then again, we should remember there was already a remake of sorts thanks to The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD landing on the Wii U in 2013. For now, our hopes of an actual Wind Waker remake for the Switch are lost at sea.