If you haven’t heard already, Prima Games will be releasing an official strategy guide for The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD. So is either the standard or collector’s editions of the book worth buying if you are looking forward to the remastered port? Let’s examine a few potential factors below before you can make up your mind on your purchase intent.
While The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD Collector’s Edition is more expensive when compared to The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD: Prima Official Game Guide, the former does come with more physical content. You can check out the prices for both with the following links: The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD Collector’s Edition and The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD: Prima Official Game Guide.
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD
First, let’s talk about the remastered port. The HD version is more than a visual upgrade to the already excellent game.
The first major gameplay differences when compared to the Gamecube and Wii versions have to do with the controls. By taking advantage of the Wii U Gamepad, the gameplay has been streamlined thanks to being able to display a map on another screen as well as having the ability to instantly switch weapons and turn into Link’s wolf form. The pad’s gyroscope can also be used when aiming with the bow and Gale Boomerang. Of course, players can also opt to use the more traditionally Wii U Pro Controller as well.
The other major addition is Amiibo support as player can unlock the Cave of Shadows dungeon with the Wolf Link Amiibo. The Sheik and Zelda figures will heal your health while the Link and Toon Link Amiibos will restock the arrow count.
Last but not least, the Ganondorf figure will make enemies and other hazards dish out twice the amount of damage. This feature also stacks with Hero Mode, making Link take four times the amount of damage when compared to the normal mode. The new difficulty setting will be available from the start and will feature a mirrored map layout (the same as the Wii version) when compared to the normal difficulty setting, which has the same layout as the Gamecube iteration.
50 Miiverse Stamps have been added to the remastered port as well. The other notable changes include decreasing the amount of Tears of Light that must be collected per section from 16 to 12, streamlining the horse riding and swimming along with the new Ghost Lantern item that will help you find Poes on the map during daylight.
As you can see above, there are some changes in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD. Thus, the strategy guides for the original Gamecube and Wii releases are a bit outdated to be used with the Wii U version.
Official Strategy Guide
The official strategy guide will cover all of the updated and new content in the HD version, including the added Amiibo and Miiverse features. Thus, readers will get a complete walkthrough with detailed maps to help you locate all the treasures in the massive adventure game. Also included is a digital version of the Twilight Princess HD guide, which has been optimized for use with smart phones and/or tablets.
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD Collector’s Edition Guide
Hardcore Zelda fans and/or collectors might want to check out the collector’s edition version of the book. The bundle, which is slightly more expensive when compared to the standard one, comes with an exclusive high quality cloth map of Hyrule. It also includes a faux leather hardcover with a gold foil stamped Triforce logo as well as glided pages.
The collector’s edition is going to be available for just on print run, so it could end up being a collector’s item sooner rather than later.
Despite being a HD remastered port, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD does offer plenty of new content. So, if you are planning to find all the new and old collectibles as well as take advantage of all the new features, you might want to invest in the official strategy guide. You can do so by using this link.
At a slightly higher price, you can also get a hardcover design in addition to an exclusive cloth map via the collector’s edition guide, which is available for purchase here.
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD, as well as the two aforementioned guides, will be released on the 4th of March in the North American region.