Friday, September 13, 2013

The Wind Waker HD: Early Deluxe Picto Box

According to ZeldaUniverse you now can get the Deluxe Picto Box on your first visit at Windfall Island in The Wind Waker HD, even before heading to Dragon Roost. Which means you don't need a Forest Firefly to get the upgraded color camera.

And I've also heard a rumor on NeoGAF that the Pictobox now tells you when a shot is "great", meaning that it will get accepted by Carlov, which should make dealing with the missable figurines a lot easier. Combine all of this with the fact that you can now save up to 12 pictures instead of just 3, there's little to no excuse not to get an entire figurine collection on your first playthrough. I was aiming to do this anyway, but I didn't expect that it's going to be so much more easy and enjoyable.

However, this makes me wonder about the 2nd Quest... next to outfit changes, different treasure locations and the ability to read Hylian the main aspect of the 2nd Quest in the Wind Waker was getting the Deluxe Picto Box right at the start. For the most people the main reason to play the 2nd Quest was completing their figurine collections... Since that's so easy to do now in your first playthrough, why play the 2nd Quest?

I hope Nintendo considered this and added some twists to the 2nd Quest. I know that the "mirror the game world" thing from Ocarina of Time 3D's Master Quest and the Wii version of Twilight Princess is somewhat cheap, but I'd like to see it in The Wind Waker nonetheless. Imagine Outset to be in the southeast, Dragon Roost in the northwest... It's one of these things, where a very small change can have great effects. It's easy to implement (like the Hero Mode), but it screws with the orientation of the player so badly that it turns into a whole new experience. So, I hope that the 2nd Quest at least becomes a "Mirror Mode" now.

Also... the Tingle Statues still remain to be a mystery. Well, it could be that collecting the Tingle Statues is something that you do in the 2nd Quest only.

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