The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD

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The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD is ranked in the 94th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 65 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

85

Top Critic Average

89%

Critics Recommend

Based on 65 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

GameXplain
Meh
Meh
Mar 1, 2016
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Eurogamer
No Recommendation / Blank
No Recommendation / Blank
Mar 1, 2016

This handsome HD remaster sees Zelda at its most expansive, but also its least adventurous.

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GameZone
Unscored
Unscored
Mar 1, 2016

There is no denying that Twilight Princess HD, despite it's new HD moniker, is a dated game. Now whether those dated mechanics are a pro or a con is certainly subjective. Much of the gameplay mechanics we take for granted like waypoints are really nowhere to be found here. On the flipside, those who like the challenge of exploring the world themselves and discovering where to go next, will certainly love to return to this darker Hyrule to get lost in it all over again.

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Nintendojo
A-
A-
Apr 13, 2016

Twilight Princess HD reaffirms everything that made this game great the first time around. Every element of the title has been refined and improved upon, making it the ultimate version of Twilight Princess.

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VGChartz
Unscored
Unscored
Mar 18, 2016

The biggest drawback is the lack of any major new additions, aside from the upgraded graphics. The other changes are fine, but in comparing this package to some other remakes and remasters, it feels a little bit wanting.

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Washington Post
Unscored
Unscored
Mar 8, 2016

I found "Twilight Princess" to be even better than when it was first released. It felt like coming home to one's childhood bedroom, revealing the impermanence of "home" while affirming the life-giving importance of having such shelters to return to from time to time.

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Scored Reviews

God is a Geek
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
Mar 1, 2016

Twilight Princess HD does everything its predecessor did but better, making it one of the most triumphant remasters yet and cementing it as one of the best games of our generation.

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Gaming Nexus
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Mar 1, 2016

Ten years later, Twilight Princess is still a tale masterfully told and designed. The gameplay and story hold up remarkably well, and the HD visuals, updated textures, and a handful of improved mechanics make the HD version the definitive edition of the game. In a word, it is a masterpiece, then and now.

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DualShockers
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Mar 2, 2016

For those who have already played the previous versions, the idea of double-dipping is a harder pill to swallow. But consider this: if you had any qualms concerning the original title that have since been addressed and corrected in the HD version, Twilight Princess HD may be worth the retread again — especially if you happen to own any amiibo.

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Geeks Under Grace
9.3 / 10.0
9.3 / 10.0
Mar 13, 2016

The greatest Legend of Zelda game of all time, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, is now in high definition!

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Gamers FTW
9.1 / 10.0
9.1 / 10.0
Mar 12, 2016

The decade old adventure has received a nice rejuvenation, that's fixed a number of gameplay elements, sped up inventory management and polished the aging, gritty visuals. That said it's also brought up a couple of new fiddly issues like laggy offscreen play and a lackluster new dungeon. Still The legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD is nice update to one of the franchises best, a great way for fans to reminisce and a fantastic starting point for newcomers.

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RPG Site
9 / 10
9 / 10
Mar 7, 2016

A HD make-over and Hero Mode make a great game even better.

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GameSpot
9 / 10
9 / 10
Mar 1, 2016

Twilight Princess's original nine dungeons are simply outstanding. These multi-level, gargantuan puzzle-boxes are, when at their best, self-contained masterpieces.

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Attack of the Fanboy
Mar 1, 2016

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD is a fantastic upgrade to an already magnificent game. Certainly, it hasn't aged as well as some of the other games in the series, but the work done to bring it to the Wii U fixes most of the problems that could have arose. Nintendo also tweaked a bunch of gameplay elements, on top of adding in Gamepad support, making for the definitive way to play one of gaming's best adventures.

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We Got This Covered
Mar 1, 2016

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD is a masterful update of an outstanding Wii and GameCube game. Those who've yet to experience this epic quest are in for a treat, while folks who've previously completed it can look forward to doing so again with updated visuals and improved mechanics like second screen support.

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Nintendo Enthusiast
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Mar 1, 2016

At the end of the day though, Twilight Princess HD is yet another must-have for the Wii U library.

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Cubed3
9 / 10
9 / 10
Mar 12, 2016

Rough horse and camera behaviour, combined with a mostly empty Hyrule Field, aren't enough to bog down what's otherwise one of the best titles in the Zelda series - and arguably in gaming history. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD's story of the worlds of Light and Twilight and their citizens is presented in HD glory, with strong emotional threads running throughout to make sure players want to spend time with these characters and save the worlds, and expertly crafted dungeons and puzzles guide them along that path. Most will likely consider Ocarina of Time to be the high point of the series, but take away the nostalgia factor, hold these two up by their merits, and Twilight Princess gives Ocarina a run for its money, while HD improves upon that in almost every way.

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Game Revolution
Mar 2, 2016

I've finished nearly every console Legend of Zelda game, and Link's adventure into the Twilight Realm, his partnership with Midna, and more makes Twilight Princess my second-favorite of the series. This HD version might not be as eye candy-worthy as Wind Waker HD was, but that really is a minor quibble for such an amazing experience. Ocarina of Time is still the Citizen Kane of video games, but for pure mood and soul Twilight Princess is unparalleled.

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Nintendo News
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Mar 13, 2016

Twilight Princess HD is a worthy remaster of one of the series' greatest. Polished visuals, new features and tweaks create the definitive package.

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Nintendo Life
9 / 10
9 / 10
Mar 1, 2016

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD is an excellent addition to the Wii U library. We do acknowledge that it's a series entry that has its critics, with them often citing a lack of revolution from the Ocarina of Time template, in particular. Those that feel that way have little incentive to revisit it on Wii U, but this writer certainly feels that it stands on its own as an accomplished game - opinions, when it comes to a series as immersive and demanding as The Legend of Zelda, are everything.Beyond that, what we have here is an attractive remaster with some nice additions, encompassing improved controls, visuals and enjoyable extras for fans. It's a deep, involving 30+ hour adventure, which draws the player in with plenty of honesty and soul; we're certainly glad this one has come to light.

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FNintendo
9 / 10
9 / 10
Mar 1, 2016

The HD release of Twilight Princess brings all the splendour of the original game to the contemporary age, with a much deserved high definition refurbishing and very welcome mechanics unique to the Wii U. Its structure and fundamentals remain untouched and Twilight Princess HD is as much of a monumental game today as it was upon its original release.

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GamingBolt
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Mar 11, 2016

Ten years later, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess finally sheds all of its baggage and finally is realized as the great game it always was.

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ZTGD
9 / 10.0
Ken McKown

Top Critic

9 / 10.0
Mar 11, 2016

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD is a must-have for players that enjoy the series.

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Digitally Downloaded
Mar 11, 2016

Strong narratives don't age, and this one has a strong story to tell. Throw in quality port work that gives the art direction the detail and clarity that it really deserves, and Twilight Princess is a classic that has scrubbed up well enough to be a worthy Wii U title in its own right.

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GamingTrend
90 / 100
90 / 100
Mar 1, 2016

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD is a fantastic gameplay experience that shows no signs of age, despite an underwhelming visual upgrade.

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NintendoWorldReport
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Mar 1, 2016

Playing through this 2006 Zelda game, though, made me rekindle my love for it. This is a fantastic game, even with the lame side quests and overworld. If you missed out back in the day or only have fuzzy decade-old memories, this Wii U remake is, no doubt, the new and best way to experience Twilight Princess.

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Nintendo Insider
9 / 10
9 / 10
Mar 1, 2016

The legend is reborn, with The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD delivering the definitive version of an undisputed masterpiece. 10 years may have passed but it remains as one of the greatest games ever created, and this Wii U exclusive becomes the very best way to relive the sweeping epic.

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The Game Fanatics
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Mar 27, 2016

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD builds upon the success of the original. Though there isn't much new to see and the visuals are a disappointment it's still one of the best Zelda's available.

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Cerealkillerz
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Feb 29, 2016

Die neuen Features von The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD wirken wirklich durchdacht und setzen doch bei den bisher größten Kritikpunkten des beliebten Zelda Ablegers an. Neben einem netten Grafik Update bekommen Fans der Serie jetzt endlich auch deutlich mehr Herausforderungen geboten und zusätzlich auch einen neuen Dungeon. Leider sind die meisten Änderungen nur durch dem Einsatz von Amiibos nutzbar und viele der Rätsel und Kämpfe von Twilight Princess bleiben weiterhin sehr simpel.

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NZGamer
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Mar 27, 2016

Quite simply the definitive version of Twilight Princess.

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GamesBeat
90 / 100
90 / 100
Mar 1, 2016

I still don't like Twilight Princess as much as adore Wind Waker, but it was a lot easier to appreciate it as a fantastic game with this second playthrough. Twilight Princess succeeds largely because of its fantastic dungeons, and the HD enhancements are enough to give fans an excuse to go riding through the plains of Hyrule once more.

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The Jimquisition
8.8 / 10.0
8.8 / 10.0
Mar 8, 2016

I like it, is what I'm saying.

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RPG Fan
87%
87%
Apr 4, 2016

Still a great Zelda game even if aspects of it haven't aged as well as others.

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Bit Cultures
86%
86%
Mar 30, 2016

Twilight Princess offers a slight deviation from the cliché save the princess story, and the incorporation of wolf Link contributes a new avenue to explore. As far as RPG length, Twilight Princess is about average, clocking in at approximately 40+ hours for full completion (and adding a little extra should you utilize the Midna and wolf Link amiibo).

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IGN Italy
8.6 / 10.0
8.6 / 10.0
Mar 1, 2016

Twilight Princess HD is a good port and an intense and fascinating game. It just isn't the best Zelda chapter out there.

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IGN
8.6 / 10.0
IGN

Top Critic

8.6 / 10.0
Mar 1, 2016

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD holds plenty of memorable moments that've stood the test of time, and Nintendo's high-definition update does a lot to modernize its look and feel. This cleaner, fresher presentation is still noticeably and disappointingly flat in some ways, but just past that are some of the best puzzles and dungeons to be found anywhere in the series.

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Impulsegamer
4.3 / 5.0
4.3 / 5.0
Mar 20, 2016

I always remember Twilight Princess being my favourite Zelda game. Replaying the game in HD, I still feel the same way about it. No other Zelda game is yet to match the free-roaming world, the intense story or the magnificent dungeon design. Nothing beats taking Epona on a run through Hyrule Field, slashing at moblins on horseback. I expected more from the graphics upgrade after comparing Twilight Princess HD to 2013's Wind Waker HD, but this version of the game stands to prove that even ten years on, the game holds up well. I'd absolutely recommend picking this up for newcomers and veterans.

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Arcade Sushi
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Mar 17, 2016

I had forgotten just how cool The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess was as I was replaying the HD remake for this review.

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8.5 / 10.0
Mar 20, 2016

While a couple of its old issues remain, Twilight Princess is an exciting and charming adventure through a darker Hyrule than usual.

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CGMagazine
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Mar 1, 2016

The reason you'll purchase this game is because it's still a classic, even with its flaws.

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Post Arcade (National Post)
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Mar 7, 2016

There are a lot of people who trash the game as forgettable, while as many say that it's the best entry in the series. Both groups are right

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Reno Gazette-Journal
4.25 / 5.0
4.25 / 5.0
Mar 1, 2016

"The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess" is like a golden ticket that takes fans of the original back home and newcomers to the equivalent of a historical landmark of gaming. Some of the visuals and gameplay elements don't quite make a successful transition to the present, showing some signs of wear and tear. The new features also might not be enough to bring back some series veterans. The base game, however, continues to be a treat and the story remains arguably the best in the series.

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Digital Chumps
8.2 / 10.0
8.2 / 10.0
Mar 1, 2016

Twilight Princess HD usually looks very good—at times, stunning—and thanks to the visual upgrades and streamlined gameplay, there's never been a better time for newcomers to digest its labyrinthine dungeons. On the other hand, for those who have experienced it already, it's little more than a tasty appetizer for the main course due out this holiday season. Its age is apparent in open-world areas and questionable pacing, but its clever puzzles and thick fan service are just as appealing now as ever.

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Wccftech
8.2 / 10.0
8.2 / 10.0
Apr 9, 2016

One of the best Zelda games, even if it hasn't aged amazingly. Returning players and those new to Twilight Princess are sure to adore this, though the HD remaster doesn't hide its age.

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GBAtemp
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Mar 6, 2016

Twilight Princess was a confused and under-appreciated game in its time, but this version is definitive, updating its overreaching graphics and making it an absolute blast to play and explore. This is a worthy remaster of the original; while it leaves some critical annoyances unchanged, it brings the game to a modern age and shows that even after ten years , it's still a fantastic entry in the series.

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GameSkinny
Mar 8, 2016

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD improves upon many common complaints from the original game.

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EGM
8 / 10.0
Emma Schaefer

Top Critic

8 / 10.0
Mar 1, 2016

At times, the HD upgrade looks fantastic. At other times, the HD upgrade looks terrible. But underneath it all, the game is still Twilight Princess, and that means that it's a great game.

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TheSixthAxis
8 / 10
8 / 10
Mar 1, 2016

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD is a highly enjoyable remaster of one of the Gamecube and Wii's highlights, though it isn't the perfect product fans perhaps would have hoped for. Some elements of the game haven't aged all that well and the remastering process simply hasn't addressed them. However, with that still in mind, Twilight Princess HD remains an adventure that deserves revisiting, still offering a great deal for returning fans and newcomers.

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Metro GameCentral
8 / 10
8 / 10
Mar 1, 2016

It's certainly not the best entry in the Zelda series, but a good quality remaster and the presence of Midna still makes this one worth returning to.

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Critical Hit
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Mar 1, 2016

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD offers a sharper, more visually appealing version of a game that has already earned its merits in design. One that sometimes doesn't hit the highest notes the series is capable of, but one that equally manages to keep you engaged in a more though provoking, mature Zelda tale. Whether returning or venturing forth for the first time, it shouldn't be missed.

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USgamer
Mar 1, 2016

It's great to finally have a high-definition port of Twilight Princess - it needed one more than most. Its strong dungeon design holds up well enough, but its meandering pace is unlikely to win over its detractors. Still, if you missed it the first time, give it a look. If nothing else, Midna is still a delight.

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Destructoid
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Mar 1, 2016

Little quality-of-life additions like GamePad item management go a long way with The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD. They manage to hide some of the game's less flattering blemishes, and let you focus on what it does best. While I still wouldn't put it near the top of the Zelda pile, it's still head and shoulders above most modern adventure games.

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Polygon
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Mar 1, 2016

Twilight Princess HD presents the original with exacting clarity

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Game Rant
Mar 1, 2016

Nintendo's latest high-definition port is arriving in the form of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD, but is it worth checking out or better left on its original consoles?

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Examiner
Mar 7, 2016

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD is an excellent Zelda that features compelling dungeons, an interesting cast of lead characters, and a fascinating world to explore. For those looking to play Twilight Princess for the first time, this is the best way to experience this splendid game. If you played the game back in 2006, the new content and upgrades are worth revisiting as you ready yourself for Zelda Wii U.

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GamesRadar+
Mar 1, 2016

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD preserves the best and worst of the 2006 original. Its opening can be tedious, but it's worth enduring so you can experience such a magical world.

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Digital Spy
Mar 1, 2016

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD is basically the definitive version of an already great game, an epic journey that gave us a glimpse of the series' dark underbelly.

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TrustedReviews
Mar 1, 2016

Twilight Princess HD is an impress remaster of one of the most divisive Zeldas. As with The Wind Waker HD, genuine new stuff is relatively minor, but Nintendo has been smart enough to fix some of the original's flaws. It's still an odd, slightly inconsistent Zelda where not everything works perfectly, but it's also huge, beautifully-designed, fascinating and immersive. By Zelda standards it falls short of being a masterpiece. By any other standards, it's still an amazing game.

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Hardcore Gamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Mar 14, 2016

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD brings one of the Zelda franchises most beloved games to a contemporary platform, revamping some of the features and making room for amiibo functionality.

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Pause Resume
4 / 5
4 / 5
Mar 9, 2016

For those who have trodden the path of Twilight Princess' Hyrule before then it's a judgement call as to whether you want to walk that road again. The HD remake isn't as mind blowing as others before, but if its been a long time since you've played it, then revisiting Twilight Princess isn't the worst game to go back to.

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Play Some Video Games
79 / 100
79 / 100
Jul 28, 2016

Both of our reviewers agree that Twilight Princess is a worthy purchase if you a) are a Zelda fan or b) if you own a Wii U. The visual upgrades are better than advertised even if the biggest Zelda game of all time still feels a little barren. Overall we’re a little hard on the classic Zelda remaster as we wish Nintendo did more to the address problems with the actual game and environments than just providing some nice visual updates (like they did with Wind Waker).

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Cheat Code Central
3.5 / 5.0
3.5 / 5.0
Mar 7, 2016

Personally, I found this remaster to have improved things just enough to cement me as a fan of Twilight Princess. The world is far more vibrant than before, and turning off motion controls removes almost all the frustration I experienced with the Wii version. I have an enduring affection for Twilight Princess' idiosyncrasies, creepy Malo Mart and all, and I'm glad we've had the chance to see the title refreshed for the HD generation.

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Shacknews
7 / 10
7 / 10
Mar 1, 2016

On the whole, these improvements make Twilight Princess HD the best version of the worst modern Zelda game. That said, even a mediocre Zelda game is still pretty fun. If you can get past its tonal oddities and paint-by-numbers structure, it's a good game, but not a great one. I enjoyed it as a cultural artifact, but replaying it made me appreciate that this direction for the series was temporary.

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PCMag
Mar 17, 2016

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD has many valleys, like locked-away DLC and way too many dull moments, but its peaks, including great characters and clever dungeons, are worth exploring.

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SmashPad
Mar 9, 2016

If you played the original GameCube version, don’t be surprised if that feeling you had playing the original feels lost in the twilight.

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