When I first booted up Twilight Princess HD, I knew I’d be awed. What I didn’t know was just how much awe I’d be in. I remember the Gamecube’s/Wii’s visuals to this day, and I never realized back then how hard on the eyes it could be. In the opening movie, I had to squint sometimes from the glare. In HD, not only was it easy and pleasant to look like, but the textures put the original utterly to shame. As I watched Link and Rusl sit by the creek and chat, I commented to my friend that the water looked delicious. It actually made me thirsty.
The updated graphics do come with a few chuckle-inducing hiccups. While chopping up the cage one of the forest monkeys was held captive in, I managed to accidentally move Link inside the cage with the monkey. This wasn’t a problem, as I was able to walk right back out and finish demolishing the wooden prison. I also had a moment in the forest temple where a section of stairs had a hitbox smaller than the mesh. These silly nuances present no problem to gameplay, however, and serve more as an amusement than anything else.
I explored every inch of Hyrule on the Gamecube and now feel as if I’ve entered an entirely new realm. Twilight Princess HD is every bit as incredible as the original, and then some.