Now THIS is Okami in HD

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After years of people asking, Capcom and Sony are finally releasing Okami in high definition on the PS3. While we've seen some screens of the project, they still look a little...jaggy. Maybe not as "HD" as people were hoping. Definitely not as gorgeous as these screens.

Duncan Harris, of Dead End Thrills, has fired the Wii version of the game up using a Dolphin emulator on the PC, capturing screenshots at a whopping 2880x1620 resolution.

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That's of course a lot better than it's going to look on the PS3, so, um, sorry. On the bright side, if you already own a copy of Okami on Wii, here's a handy guide on helping you get the game running on a PC.

Okami [Dead End Thrills]

How To Play Wii Games In High Definition, On Your PC [Kotaku]


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DISCUSSION

This is why Wind Waker, Jet Set Radio, Okami, Borderlands, and Madword are all so timeless. They chose an unrealistic art style that nobody else chooses to imitate that is filled with bizarre dimensions and proportions, making for an interesting looking world that you can't really compare anything else to.

Polygons age, but for some reason, cel shading does not. Pixels have that same timeless feeling to them; a rustic appeal that most games today won't bother with. Of course, there's "rustic", and then there's "retro", or as I call it, lazy (I'm looking at you, Minecraft).

Sure it looks great in HD, but this game still stands out in my library of "old" games because it chose to use such a unique art style. Increasing the resolution will only serve it justice. And if you want proof, go play the Ocarina of Time port for the GameCube, and then play The Wind Waker. I promise you, Ocarina has aged horribly, but Wind Waker looks beautiful.