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Video Gaming with Ross Wilkinson THE LEGEND OF ZELDA - THE WIND WAKER HD (Wii U, PS44.99) IT'S A decade since the original Wind Waker blew onto Gamecube, and promptly whipped up an incredible storm by delivering the best game of 2003.

Fast-forward to today, and console technology's come on in leaps and bounds, but this Zelda classic still more than holds its own. Remastered and presented in 1080p graphics, gamers can experience this awesome HD cell-shaded fantasy adventure on their TVs or entirely on the Wii U GamePad controller.

New game features, such as the Swift Sail that lets you gather the wind and speed across the waves, or the Tingle Bottle that brings connectivity with others over Miiverse, further enhance one of Zelda's finest outings. Aside from these minor tinkerings, the game remains largely untouched from the original, and it's testament to Nintendo's game craftsmanship that the current generation of consoles and triple-A titles will need to view The Wind Waker as a serious competitor for 2013's gamers' hard-earned cash.

The of Zelda NBA 2K 14 (PS3 PS34.99) DUST down your sneakers and head for the b-ball court, as 2K's annual basketball franchise slam dunks onto the PS3 system for another bout of superb sports simulation.

The online competition cranks up another notch, too, as you face off against opposing crews online using your MyPLAYER, in 5v5 battles with other crews featuring leaderboards and stats galore.

You can also play with 14 of the top European teams, as well as your NBA faves, featuring authentic team strips and players. And now, with the game imitating real-life more closely than ever before, your player attributes and tendencies automatically update daily to reflect true-life hot and cold streaks.

Even though you have the controller in your hands, and a wealth of ridiculous tricks at your disposal, each game played for real in the NBA could have an effect on your game.

Stronger than ever, the series seems to know no bounds, and you'd be mad not to slip your baggy shorts and sports socks on once again.

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