Why do people insist Wind Waker is a remake and not a port?
It doesn't matter if it is a remake, port, etc. What matters to Nintendo is sales. Let's see how many sales this game does come their Q3 report at the end of January. Remember, Nintendo will count a sale of the game for every Zelda Deluxe bundle they sell. The original on the Gamecube sold around 4.6 million units. Let's see if it breaks a million.
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an HD remake of Mario Sunshine should be next.
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It's been changed a bit, most notably the graphics and a few areas of gameplay. So, it's not really a direct port. It's not really a remake either, since it really is the same game but just tweaked a bit. It's somewhere in the middle ground a bit closer to port IMO.
Given that some HD ports quite literally do little more than just upscale original textures, then lay them on top of original models on higher resolution, then applies anti-aliasing on top to hide any jaggies (particularly painful case of this was the Prince of Persia HD collection, which apparently not only kept all of the game breaking bugs of Warriors Within, but introduced new ones into both of the other PoP games)...
WWHD, with very noticeably reworked skybox (even if most textures otherwise look like they've just been cleaned up), reworked graphical effects, reworked some of the gameplay, and perhaps most obvious is that they completely reworked the lighting and added real-time shadows. That's a hell of a lot more work put into it than the usual "HD collection".
So yeah, quite obviously not a full remake, but just as obviously not a simple port either.
Because of dated sound effects, and clunky, unchanged animations, I was constantly reminded I was playing an N64 game with some nice new graphics. They make it look nice, yeah, but they won't change a lot of things that would otherwise make it seem new and fresh. Even FireRed and LeafGreen had all their music updated. Orchestrated tracks, at least a few of them, would be great in this game, but they're too lazy to do it, because its a cash grab and nothing more.
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A port is a direct copy. Like virtual console games. So it's not a port if ANYTHING is different, and the graphics clearly are. Maybe it's closer to something in between.
There are ports and enhanced ports.
This is an enhanced port, much like Halo Anniversary and FInal Fantasy 4 complete collection
Both had improved graphics, new difficulty, features and modes but the core game was the exact same.
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Because chiptune music would've sounded pathetic on a the GBA. And FR/LG had horrible remixes.
From: Glem3 | #027
Firstly, the graphics have been changed way beyond the resolution:
Looks like a remake to me.
It's neither, but it leans a bit more towards remake due to the changes inherent in the game, so people label it as a remake.
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