Fans are Giving Nintendo a Run for Their Money with This Incredible Zelda: Twilight Princess Remake


Nintendo’s official announcement of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD for Wii U a few weeks back garnered mixed reception for the arguably low level of actual overhauling they’re doing to the original game. Sure, the textures have been improved, but if it’s not exactly the remake you were hoping for, perhaps this fan remake can get you hyped. YouTuber Tomoya Hamasaki and now several more fans have actually been working on an emulator-based Twilight Princess remake since before Nintendo’s announcement, and it’s rather impressive.

Hamasaki did an interview with Nintendo Life where he laid out some of the team’s ambitious plans for
Twilight Princess. The first and most noticeable feature is the dramatically enhanced visuals — like their new lighting system — but the improvements are actually planned to go far beyond that, including content additions fans have desired ever since the game’s release, like making Hyrule Field “more vast and bursting with content.” After the graphical facelift and other major fixes, the team’s even planning add new gameplay mechanics and “a whole new dungeon (perhaps more than one).”

In terms of visuals, the team are beefing up Twilight Princess with contemporary visual techniques like screen space ambient occlusion (SSAO), depth of Field, and motion blur alongside the expected things like new textures.

This remake will run on the Ishiiruka emulator, and when asked what the team would do if they got a cease and desist from Nintendo, Hamasaki responded that he wasn’t really worried about that happening since this remake will still require a physical copy of
Twilight Princess on either the GameCube or Wii. Even if the team is asked to stop, Hamasaki says they’ll find a way. “The project will finish one way or another.”

“I’m not concerned since this project is basically heavily modding the ISO and emulation. Our project is just going to be a huge patch that requires you to own the physical copy of the game (either GameCube or Wii). If we receive a C&D (cease and desist), let’s just say the project will finish one way or another.”
— Tomoya Hamasaki

You can take a peek at the project for yourself either in the Faron Woods showcase video up above or the screenshots in the gallery below. Then tell us what you think of this remake in the comments!

Source: Nintendo Life

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Barry Herbers
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