The Strange Journey of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD

Evidence continues to mount of a possible HD remaster of 2006’s The The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. A few days ago, Twitter user NWPlayer123 brought to attention a discussion in which a Twilight Princess Home Menu icon had been data mined from the Wii U eShop. This image also came with a title ID from Nintendo.

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Following on this news, further data mining uncovered the listing, “00050000-1019C800 THE LEGEND OF ZELDA Twilight Princess HD v82 JAP” on the Japanese Wii U eShop. In the same database are listings for Wii re-releases such as Super Mario Galaxy, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, and Metroid: Other M. As this is in the system’s coding, it would hard for anyone to fake.

Check NeoGAF for the extensive list of eShop listings. The findings include unannounced Virtual Console games like Pokémon Ranger (DS), Mario Kart 64 (N64) and the NES light gun games Hogan’s Alley and Wild Gunman.

Despite the suspicious nature of the Twilight Princess HD listing, Nintendo has mistakenly listed false games in the past. In the early days of the Wii U, users could inadvertently trigger a debug page through Miiverse that listed unannounced or just nonexistent games like ‘Yoshi’s Land’ and ‘Soul Triggers’. Yoshi’s Land was doubtless referencing what became Yoshi’s Woolly World, but nothing has come of Soul Triggers.

With the tenth anniversary of Twilight Princess‘ original release next year, an HD remaster seems like a good idea as any to celebrate. For now, this stands as a rumor until Nintendo makes any sort of announcement. With the delay of Wii U’s The Legend of Zelda until 2016, an HD remaster of a past Zelda could be a worthwhile gap filler.

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