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Back at this year’s E3, Nintendo revealed the new addition of the player having the ability to “boost” while sailing in The Wind Waker HD, though this concept was never elaborated upon. In a recent Miiverse post, director Eiji Aonuma explained this new feature.

You may recall a red sail catching your eye in the most recent batch of screenshots for the game, and this of course indicates that your boat is using the new “Swift Sail”. Aonuma explains that this feature not only increases your sailing speed, but also allows you to maintain that speed no matter what direction you traverse in–so you don’t have to constantly change the wind’s direction. You can catch a full explanation from the man after the jump.

“The Nintendo Direct video showed a glimpse of the Swift Sail (red sail) that allows the ship to go faster. Those of you who played the original may have noticed, but not only will this sail make the ship go faster, but it will always be full of wind, meaning you’re now able to control the ship to any direction you want, without having to use the Wind Waker to change direction of the wind.

“…Some of you may wonder whether this can still be called a sailing ship, but along with this sail and the nautical chart displayed on the Wii U GamePad that works like a car nav, it’s now become much easier to travel to the small islands and salvage points scattered around the great sea. Even if you struggled with sea exploration in the original, I think you’ll have a blast exploring the great sea once more.”

This is a great idea, as not only does this make sailing a more streamlined experience, it is also optional so that purists need not use it if they want to play just as they did on the GameCube version.

Source: Miiverse
Via: Nintendo Everything

11 thoughts on “Aonuma explains The Wind Waker HD’s “Swift Sail”

  1. FSLightbringer says:

    It's a good addition to the game… although I personally will travel "the old way", this new sail will be a life saver for those who want to finish the game faster :)

  2. craZ says:

    OH YEAH! no more using the Wind Waker. One question though. As you see in one of the videos, someone is still using the Wind Waker to change wind direction. Why is that? Does it make the boat even faster, or what?

    1. Farore's wind says:

      You probably get the sail later in the game

    2. Ganon says:

      You have to upgrade your sail later in the game, you don't start with the Red Sail.

      1. Norman Dinkins says:

        It must not be that far in the game. The picture only shows 5 hearts

    3. Reece says:

      Yeah, as far as we know the "Swift Sail" is an item, not a mode. Who knows at what point of the game you acquire it, though.

      1. Josh says:

        probably on sale at a shop somewhere for 9999 rupees

    4. Wind waker man says:

      You still have the Deku leaf.

  3. Reask says:

    I might only be using this if I only want to travel one square backward or when I'm doing the gallery sidequest which got tedious to do when having to change the wind sometimes after telelporting to Forest Haven. But I do like that this sounds like a speed boat.

    It would be interesting how you obtain this, or maybe Beedle or Tingle just sell you it.

  4. MikeL says:

    Using the wind waker became really annoying, but completely eliminating it? I think that takes away some of the charm. It would be better if it had some limitation, such as that it will only maintain speed as long as you don't sail more than 90 degrees against the wind. Most of the annoyance with the wind waker was that you had to bring it up constantly just to change the wind direction 45 degrees.
    Or better yet, what if they made it possible to conduct the wind in real-time. That way it wouldn't be those annoying intermissions.

  5. Nayrugoddessofwisdom says:

    I never really felt that using the wind waker to change the wind was all that tedious. I think it will be good for this modern "now" generation that wants everything solved immediately however. Personally, I think I'll stick to the original way of travelling.

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