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Zelda: Wind Waker HD gets tougher 'Hero mode'

Link takes double damage and will find no hearts in pots

Nintendo has added a new 'Hero mode' to the Wii U HD remake of Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker.

Hero mode is essentially a harder difficulty setting, upping the challenge for players who want enemy encounters to be more perilous.

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Players will be able to choose between Normal or Hero modes when they begin a new game, details Polygon, which saw the new mode in a recent preview version of the game. While Normal mode remains the same as the original, Hero mode makes enemies deal double damage and the player will not find any hearts in the game's iconic breakable pots.

This means health will be in short supply, and players will only revive hearts with potions and Fairies, the latter of which can be rare.

The site also details a new Swift Sail feature, which lets you control Link's boat directly and sail in any direction without having to play the Wind Waker wand. This method will also allow you to sail at a higher speed, although the traditional wind-control method will also be available.

Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD will be released for Wii U in Europe on October 6. The US release date is still an unspecified day in October 2013.

See recently released gameplay footage here.

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