Hero Mode and Swift Sail Mode both revealed for Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD
According to Polygon's recent hands-on session with The Legend of Zelda Wind Waker HD, the game will feature two new modes not found in the original Gamecube game.
The first is the confirmation of Hero Mode which was the previously rumored tougher version of the regular game. Similar to Skyward Sword's Hero Mode, enemies deal more damage during attacks and refilling hearts is a lot more limited. Unlike Skyward Sword, this mode is available at the start and does not require the game to be beaten first in order to become unlocked.
The second is a brand new mode previously hinted by Nintendo in regards to streamlining the sailing aspects of the game. This mode is called Swift Sail Mode and allows the player at any time to take full control of the boat for traveling. When activated, using the winds for movement or to change directions is no longer needed. The boat itself will also travel a lot faster than normal.
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The fact that Hero Mode is available from the start is pretty great actually.
Lol, classic internet hyperbole.
So, is there even a point to the Wind Waker anymore?
Seems like you made a good marriage choice.
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A master quest would be sweet, but you really don't need the 'no heart upgrades' because you can already avoid them anyways lol
Good for Nintendo for making you not have to work for a hard mode. Now all we need is a Ganon mode where you don't get any heart upgrades and harder dungeons.
That right there is true love. :p
My main problem was forgetting which heart pieces I already obtained lol. I should probably keep track of them now...
Yeah, I played it for about a month with my wife at my side carefully keeping track of everything. She even drew up a whole map with all the sea charts that we kept in a folder. We got everything eventually.
Good luck on getting all 20 hearts. Wind Waker is the hardest Zelda game to 100% from my experience. Fast sailing should make it way easier to get the hearts.
I will be one of those people who start with Hero mode from the start. I won't however not only have 3 hearts the whole game since I've failed to get all 20 on the gcn version... I'll be getting it digitally since I've read it's approximately 3 GB of space. And i want that 10% bonus ;)