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Gamecube Zelda vs. Wii Zelda

Discussion in 'Nintendo Wii Gaming' started by Colmino, Dec 14, 2006.

  1. Colmino

    Colmino WiiChat Member

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    GC Zelda has been out a few days. I had been holding off on purchasing Zelda for my Wii until I'd had a chance to "break in" the new control scheme on a less critical title, just as soon as some other Wii game comes along that I actually might want to buy. As a left-hander, I find the Wiimote/nunchuk combo to be, unfortunately, a poor match, one necessitating several weeks of getting used to (I'm sure right-handers love it). It would be a waste to play Zelda under such conditions.

    Meanwhile, I've been eyeing the GC version for a couple of reasons. First and foremost, it actually freaking lets you use a traditional controller - something which the Wii version doesn't even pretend to offer. But almost as important is the fact that it's the version that is truest to the intent of the developers. The Wii version, by contrast, has the entire game reversed, including Link's hand orientation.

    So why not buy the GC version now? Because I'd like to round up some data on how the two versions compare. Here are the two particulars:

    1) Graphical quality and framerate. I've heard countless times that the GC and Wii versions are identical, including in these respects. But it'd be nice to know for certain. A lot of people seem to believe that the Wii is a more powerful machine than the GC. I say I'll believe it when there's a game that proves it, but it does leave room for doubt.

    2) Widescreen. Now.. we all know the GC is perfectly capable of sending a 16:9 image. It's no different from a 4:3 image; the game simply has to be designed to adjust horizontal geometry accordingly. But I have heard that the GC version may, for whatever inexplicable reason, actually lack this option even while the Wii version most certainly offers it! If this turns out to be true, well, it's a disgusting example of anti-consumer marketing that earns Mr. Miyamoto a big black mark for showing his true colors. This would be the deal-breaker. So I hope this is not the case.

    If there are other possible differences, feel free to chime in.
     
  2. the_peripheral

    the_peripheral X, I'll own u N ELEBITS!

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    I don't know the answers that you seek. But I do know that the Wii version is very cool. Honestly, I can't imagine playing it with a traditional controller. Especially the fishing.
     
  3. Dougamer

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    You can change the hand you have the main controller in... Duh, its the main option really... You can change it in Wii Sports, so why not anyother game?
     
  4. 00420

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    1. Graphics are the same, just reversed (as you said).

    2. The GC version only does 4:3. Perhaps because 16:9 is a Wii option, not an in-game option. Not sure if that's the reason though.
     
  5. Miragepie

    Miragepie Mean, green and unseen...

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    I personally after playing the Wii for nearly a month now, I can't stand playing with normal controllers anymore, I would love to play OoT or Majora's mask if I could with wii mote, Graphics don't bother me, bring back good memories ^^

    And Twilight Princess is very nice on the wii, specially the controls

    I just hope they put it on VC with Wiimote controls :hand:
     
  6. unluckylink13

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    I prefer the Wii controller, but the GCN version does have one advantage that I would love: Camera control - The only drawback of the Wii version in my opinion.
     
  7. 00420

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    A very big draw back in some situations. Although, the rest of the control more than makes up for it. It's hard to say for a left-hander though. I'm right handed, so I have no frame of reference.
     
  8. Colmino

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    Camera control! Holy crap. Yes indeed, in any third-person game, camera control isn't just an afterthought.. it's demanded. How does the Wii version handle this? No control at all? The camera just sort of follows the leader?

    To elaborate on the left-handed issue.. Basically, everyone controls the thumbstick (in this case, the nunchuk) with their left hand, and has done so since the late 80s. Everyone is used to that. The Wiimote is somewhat new, but nonetheless similar in function (and brain programming) to the use of a mouse. See where it's going? A right-hander has probably used a mouse in their right hand for years. The Wiimote would present no challenge. A left-hander has two choices: Wiimote in right hand (presenting difficulties similar to if somebody were to control a mouse with their wrong hand) or thumbstick (nunchuk) in their right hand, which, again, is the complete opposite of how anyone is used to playing. No good choice. At all.

    The GC's lack of a 16:9 mode is a deliberate decision by Nintendo, not a hardware limitation. And I damn them for it.
     
  9. StevenNevets

    StevenNevets WiiChat Member

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    I don't know about you guys but I can controll the camera:scared:
     
  10. the_peripheral

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    I've put 40 hours into Zelda and I've not had very many camera control issues. There are a few points where some difficulties have come about, but for 99% of the game so far, I've had no problem at all.
     
  11. vagrant

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    ya I have no idea wtf they are talking about. There are buttons to control the camera just like there is with the gamecube.
     
  12. 00420

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    Not exactly. On the Wii you can center the camera behind you with Z or you can look around in first person with C. On the GC you can also rotate the camera with the C stick, which is not something you can do on the Wii. But as mentioned before 99% of the time that's not an issue.
     
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    Unfortunately I don't see that ever happening.
     
  14. vagrant

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    Which is also something you shouldn't have to do at any point in time.
     
  15. MetroidZ

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    Gamespot thinks the Gamecube version is 0.1 better than the Wii version. not even funny.
     
  16. Taero

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    Well I'm right handed and when I read this I decided to change hands just to see what would happen and you know what? I could still play fine my hand was a bit shakey aiming I must say but I could control link with the nunchuk in my right hand as well as in my left with no problems.

    Wii LoZ >> GC LoZ For controls, aspect ratio and controls! Seriously I could not imagine playing this game using a cube controller and damn right of Nintendo not to give the option of using one, should all games give the option of normal controls? If so then whats the point of having new controls if you don't even have to use them ¬_¬
     
  17. Blackjack

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    The controls on the Wii are by far better. I recently just picked up my wavebird for the first time in a few months.
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    damn....was that thing a freakin beast. Compare to playing the Wii, i could never imagine ever go back to to the GC controller.
    Yeah well at first i was really bummed that LoZ wouldn't be able to use the GC controllers. Then reviews of people playing it changed my mind. So i went and got it, played it....and wholy crap, it feels so natural after a 10-20 mins of playing. I mean there are some things that could be worked out (Spin attack anyone?) but its very nice none the less.

    Anyways, didn't Nintendo say it would be equally as comfortable for a left handed player to play like a right handed player? Then again they might just do that to convine left handed players, but who knows?

    Graphics, i am a little mad that Nintendo didn't take the time to actually integrate Wii graphical capabilities into the Wii version of Loz. But really, we'd be waiting even longer for it. I'm fine with the graphics, its not like they're horrible, there just not the best. But you must keep in mind it is only a GC port.
     
  18. Gunmetal_ink

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    Hi. Sorry I'm new here and I've just gotten a Wii (having too much fun in Wii Sports to play anything else) and I've got a question about The Legend of Zelda.

    I'm not entirely used to the idea of the wiimote for adventure games and I'm eager to play the Legend of Zelda, but I just want to know if the GameCube version will play on the Wii?
     
  19. WiiChunk

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    It sure does:smilewinkgrin:
     
  20. jessetheinferno

    jessetheinferno Virtual Console Addict

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    the camera control on the wii isnt bad. the camera moves itself, but can be centered on the back of link at any time with the touch of the z button, making it not an issue... there is also use of a first person "look" control that allows you to survey anything you need to.

    overall im satisfied with the camera control and in love with the control scheme throughout the game
     

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