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09.19.13

Nintendo's Remastered Classic Launches Digitally With HD Graphics, Limited-Edition Bundle

Sept. 20 marks a day of new adventures for fans of The Legend of Zelda franchise with the digital launch of the remastered version of one of the greatest video games of all time, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD, for the Wii U home console. Fans who do not own a Wii U system can opt for the limited-edition bundle, which comes with a black Deluxe Wii U console; a GamePad controller adorned with the gold Hyrule crest and symbols from the game; a download code for the digital version of Hyrule Historia, a book that details the chronology, history and artwork of The Legend of Zelda series; and a code to download The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD from the Nintendo eShop. The bundle is available at a suggested retail price of $299.99. Current Wii U owners can also download the game on Sept. 20 from the Nintendo eShop for $49.99.

"For more than 10 years, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker has remained a standout entry in one of the most beloved series of all time with its distinctive graphics, fun adventures and charming story," said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. "This HD version and Wii U bundle are cornerstones of Nintendo's season of value and variety. These characters and experiences are exclusive to Nintendo systems, and a must-have for video game fans of all kind."

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker tells the story of a young boy on an island who sets out on a quest after his sister is kidnapped by a giant bird. Along the way, he encounters a talking boat, interacts with many interesting characters, explores numerous exquisitely designed dungeons and helps a kingdom emerge from under a shadow of evil. The original game, created for Nintendo GameCube, earned a Metacritic score of 96, ranking it among some of the most elite video games of all time. This newly remastered version includes enhancements that make an amazing game even better. Some changes include Miiverse functionality that lets players with broadband Internet access attach helpful messages or fun images to Tingle Bottles, which will then wash up on the shore in another player’s game. Also, the game now includes the "Swift Sail," which doubles the speed of Link’s boat, the King of Red Lions.

Note that the packaged version of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD launches Oct. 4 with distinctive gold-foil packaging at a suggested price of $49.99.

Remember that Wii U features parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about this and other features, visit http://www.nintendo.com/wiiu. For more information about The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD, visit http://www.zelda.com/windwaker.

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