Obviously, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD‘s biggest change for the upcoming Wii U release is its HD-ification. However, just like Wind Waker HD before it, Twilight Princess HD will feature some gameplay altering tweaks.
Nintendo of Europe dropped a press release this morning covering some of the alterations. There’s a new Hero Mode and several gameplay updates.
First, they cover how the GamePad will allow for inventory management, offscreen play and interaction with the Miiverse, much like what we saw in Wind Waker HD.
Then they hit the Ghost Lantern, a brand new item meant to help link in that darn Poe Soul quest. This whole section of the release actually talks about convenience tweaks that should help with the pacing of Twilight Princess.
The addition of a new item, the Ghost Lantern, will aid Link in the Poe Soul retrieving quest. When Link holds the Ghost Lantern it will helpfully glow when it detects a Poe in the area. Similarly, the number of Tears of Light that need to be collected by Link at various points in his adventure has been reduced from 16 to 12, making these collection tasks easier. Furthermore, if Link finds Rupees in a treasure chest while his wallet is already full, Rupees will no longer be returned to that chest. Players are also less likely to reach the limit of their wallets, as these have been modified to hold more Rupees.
Finally, Hero Mode will be like what we had in Wind Waker HD as well. Playing the game in Hero Mode means Link takes double damage and he won’t find hearts during play. If you use the Gannondorf amiibo when in Hero Mode, Link will take four times the normal damage instead of double. Yowza.
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD will launch for the Wii U on March 4, 2016.