From a Polygon interview with Eiji Aonuma:
"That's something I'm very concerned about, I'm always thinking about," he told Polygon in a recent interview. "With Wind Waker HD the first thing we did was release a still during a Nintendo Direct presentation and there were quite a few fans who said, ‘That's not my Wind Waker.' They said it looked different from the Wind Waker they've experienced.
It's always difficult to please everyone, but Aonuma is confident that they have made the right changes and updates to Wind Waker to improve the game's overall flow and mechanics, making it more accessible to new players, while still retaining what made the game fun.
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