Written by: J.H. Longman
Now that the single thought is stuck in my head, all I can do is think about the possibility of a Phantom Hourglass remake and keep conjuring up reasons as to why such a game could be a reality.
Firstly, let’s start with Nintendo. They have a history of repeating themselves, take this year for example. In February of 2015 the Nintendo 3DS saw the release of Majora’s Mask and then in October Nintendo’s favourite and Zelda spoiled portable, saw the release of Tri Force Heroes and now, given the revealed news during the latest Nintendo Direct, Twilight Princess HD is confirmed for release in March of next year, with the game title still withheld, Zelda U believed to have a November release, which means in one year their handheld got a remake and a new game, and the next year it’s the home console getting the same treating.
Now as for Twilight Princess HD itself, the game was originally brought out in 2006 and is now going to be released in the year of its tenth anniversary, a game which by the way is already playable on the Wii U and thanks to its new HD remaster, it means it has been released on three consecutive home consoles, a fact similar to Phantom Hourglass. The DS game, released in 2007, which should it be released in 2017, would be another game releasing on its 10th anniversary, is already playable on the DS and all handheld devices since then, which includes the New 3DS. It is also currently available on the Wii U thanks to the eshop and virtual console.
Now let’s take a look at the previous remakes, Ocarina of Time 3D which came to us in good old 2011, with its continuing tale Majora’s Mask released four years later. Oh and although never actually stated as such, Twilight Princess is considered by some fans, to be the final part in the OoT trilogy, due to connecting factors. Now seeing as we turned talk to the forthcoming Wii U remake, let’s go back to 2013 when the Wind Waker HD came out, prequel to Phantom Hourglass. Should Nintendo repeat history once again, it only stands to reason they would remake the handheld game, which really took Zelda handhelds to a whole new level and really raised the bar for what portable Zelda games could be, and release it 4 years after its prequel, like they did with MM.
Also there’s the fact that you can’t deny that all dlc content and additional content in Hyrule Warriors has turned out to be games that were re-released and with the latest dlc to come to Tri Force Heroes featuring both Fierce Deity armour and Linebeck’s outfit, one can’t help but to wonder if this is another dangled reveal. Majora’s Mask has already been remade, but Phantom Hourglass hasn’t, yet.
The fact is such a remake is more than plausible, but as for what form will we see it in, 3D or HD, honestly it could go either way, it could even go both. After all both 3DS and the Wii U have the functions and capabilities of playing the game, including the stylus, in fact all Zelda games are easily playable on the Wii U and why they haven’t been ported over I don’t know, but should Phantom Hourglass be a reality, all I can say is expect it on the NX.
Even if they port Zelda U over to their next home console, which is to feature a handheld device, they would still need a game intended for release on that particular console while Zelda NX is in development and Phantom Hourglass is as good a game as you can pick. OoT and MM play perfectly on the 3DS, so a remake of Phantom Hourglass in the style of Wind Waker HD is entirely feasible to do and playable on either device to go with. It would be a smart move on Nintendo’s part and given everything we know about Zelda know and what it can be, an upgraded Phantom Hourglass would be something we’ve not quite seen before.
It isn’t my first choice for a remake, as I’d still love to see Zelda 1 brought back to life for its 30th anniversary, but it is a great choice. Over to you Nintendo, only time will tell if a remake of Hourglass is mere fantasy, or an awesome reality.
Till next time folks. Keep up the good fight and Keep on Gaming!