Legend of Zelda Wii U graphics realism vs cartoon

By Alan Ng - Jun 15, 2014

We finally saw The Legend of Zelda Wii U at E3 2014, but the game we saw was significantly different to what gamers witnessed with the original Zelda Wii U tech demo shown off in 2012.

We loved the Legend of Zelda Wii U gameplay trailer that was aired a few days ago, but we can already see that other fans are not too convinced with the graphics style.

As most old school Zelda fans are aware, Nintendo has seemingly opted to move towards a cartoon style with the Wii U game, which is a step away from the realism shown in the tech demo.

However, we have seen plenty of feedback from fans who have said that they actually prefer the graphics shown in the tech demo two years ago, to the animation theme that Nintendo unveiled at E3 2014.

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There’s no denying that the graphics are beautiful, but do you think that Nintendo should have gone with the realism factor for their next Zelda game?

Remember that we only saw a brief clip of the game, with Nintendo stating that it was actual gameplay rather than a cutscene. Once we see more gameplay it could give us a better idea of the theme Nintendo are going for and could silence a few doubters.

Take a look at the new trailer below and the original demo which we have also added below. Let us know which style you prefer and if you are still planning to buy Zelda on Wii U when it is finally released in 2015.

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  • Moe Hunter

    the new look is creative, its beautiful, its Nintendo. and can you all remember everyone bitching about wind waker back in game-cube days. And oh wow one of the best game ever created, some gamers are like a women on severe PMT, ha ha anyways its Nintendo, its Zelda, and its going to be amazing those who run around spouting that they will no longer be getting a wiiu because the game is different to the tech demo, well they are about to, and already missing out on some amazing games and more to come including this wonderful, beautiful, amazing new zelda. so your choice, like the ign presenters said at E3 at this point with wiiu peoples excuses for not wanting to buy a wiiu are made up in their own little heads, lol so true

  • JL

    Have to say I prefer the new look. The original tech demo, while impressive looking feels rough around the edges. To much/poorly implemented bloom, stiff animation, and an art aesthetic that is threatened to be lost in the sea of “realistic RPG/adventures” like Witcher, Dark Souls, and Skyrim that have recently or will be recently releasing on other consoles.
    The new revealed version has far more fluid/natural feeling animations, a bloom level that complements its aesthetic, and namely an art direction that while animated, cheery, and bright can easily and quickly turn into a brooding, dark mood

    • Gecks

      I prefer the new look as well but I don’t agree with the assessment of the tech demo being rough around the edges. It was a realistic look but a different kind of ‘realistic’ more akin to a Pixar animation – something I think would visually stand apart from other takes on realism like Skyrim.

      Still, I’ve been curious to see what Nintendo could do on more powerful hardware with Skyward Sword’s art direction. The Wii just could not process the artist ambition of that style. This new style is not exactly what Skyward Sword tried but it offers a glimpse of what it might’ve looked like if they’d been completely successful with it on Wii.

  • doublespaces

    The cartoon crap is so disappointing. I planned to buy a wii u just for this game. Not anymore. Sorry to be the troll.

    • Gecks

      It doesn’t look exactly like a cartoon to me though. It looks like something in-between cartoon and real. Something akin to a painting. It stands beyond Wind Waker’s unapologetically cartoon style and pulls off what Skyward Sword struggled to do but fell short in (a painting come to life).

    • Alex

      Oh please this game looks amazing. If you don’t wanna be the troll then keep your mouth shut. I’m sick of people complaining about nintendo and the wii u. It doesn’t even have a cartoon look. It looks like an HD Skyward Sword, and if you can’t handle the fact that Nintendo isn’t your wish granting factory, then stop following them and buying their games. Life isn’t Burger King. You can’t always have it your way. It’s like what moe hunter said, those who run around pouting that they will no longer be getting a wiiu because the game is different to the tech demo, well they are about to, and already missing out on some amazing games and more to come including this wonderful, beautiful, amazing new zelda. Like the ign presenters said at E3, at this point with wiiu people’s excuses for not wanting to buy a wiiu are made up in their own little heads.