Wii U GamePad support gives players the ability to manage their inventory, check the map and transform into Wolf Link, all without pausing the game and stopping what they’re in the middle of doing. You can even play the game on the GamePad instead of the TV. The GamePad also gives players access to Miiverse, be sure to find the Zelda themed stamps hidden within the game to spruce up your posts.
A new item has been added, the Ghost Lantern, it is used to help players complete the tricky Poe soul retrieval quest. It’ll glow when you’re near a Poe, making it way easier to track them down. Speaking of tracking things down, the Tears of Light that you have to collect in the beginning segments of the game have been lowered from 16 to 12. Lastly, wallet sizes have been increased to hold more rupees, as a result, Link will no longer put rupees back in treasure chests when his wallet is full.
Hero Mode, which was introduced back in The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, returns, but now it can be played right from the get go. The world will be mirrored, Link will take double the damage from enemies, and life replenishing hearts will no longer be discoverable. For those that played Twilight Princess back on the Wii, Hero Mode won’t seem so backwards though since the Wii version was already mirrored.
As for Amiibo support, you can tap several of your statues to get bonuses, for better or worse. If you need to top up your arrows, tap your Link or Toon Link statues to get back up to max capacity. If you need a health boost, Zelda and Sheik will be there for you, just give them a tap too. The Midna and Wolf Link Amiibo that’ll come bundled in the first printing run of the game gives you access to the new Cave of Shadows. A dungeon that can only be completed in wolf form that’s promised to be harder than any of the other dungeons. And finally, if you felt like Hero Mode wasn’t hard enough, tap your Ganondorf Amiibo during Hero Mode so that Link will take four times the regular damage instead of just double.
Smaller tweaks have been promised to be in the game, so keep an eye out as you play.
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD is out March 4th, 2016 for the Wii U only.