Legend of Zelda Wii U graphics realism vs cartoon

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.


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.

Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

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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… Read more »


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


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

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