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The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
By: Nintendo
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
  • Platform: GameCube
  • ESRB Rating: Everyone
  • Genre: Action/Adventure

  • Average Rating: 4.50     Total Reviews: 127

    Price: $49.99
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The Legend of Zelda series practically defined adventure gaming for an entire generation. Link, the hero of the adventure games, delighted millions by starring in games for each Nintendo console from the NES and Super NES to the Nintendo 64. Link brings this beloved franchise to the Nintendo GameCube in The Legend Of Zelda: The Wind Waker, and he's more animated than ever.

The first thing you'll notice about The Legend Of Zelda: The Wind Waker is that it looks completely different from any previous title in the franchise. Nintendo has opted to use cel-shading technology on Wind Waker; the result is that the game looks like a cartoon. Die-hard Zelda purists initially howled at this change, arguing that the game skews too young. I think it's fantastic. The cartoon animation style allows for better expression of the characters, and several of the animations--like Link trying to pick up an object that's too heavy--are so cute that you can't help but laugh a little.

The second thing youll notice is a focus on wind. Instead of trotting around on foot, Link travels from island to island on a talking boat, but he doesn't get far without the wind blowing in right direction. Luckily, you'll learn how to change the direction of the wind early in the game, and you'll do so frequently--not only to power your boat but also to solve puzzles. Clever use of wind makes Wind Waker stand out from more conventional adventure games.

The third thing youll notice is that the game is just plain fun. Puzzles are innovative and refreshing, and despite some tricky puzzles, I never felt too frustrated to keep playing. The locales you'll visit are invariably exotic and fun to explore, and the host of bizarre creatures you'll encounter (friendly and otherwise) are always a kick in the pants. Moreover, though the look is radically different, Wind Waker feels like a classic Zelda game. Veterans of the early games in the franchise will experience more than a bit of nostalgia while playing it.

The Legend Of Zelda: The Wind Waker is everything you've come to expect from a Zelda game, and it's one of the best adventure games to date. This is a must-have title for any GameCube owner. --Jon "Safety Monkey" Grover


    • New cel-shaded animation looks great
    • Puzzles and characters are a lot of fun
    • There's a special place in the heart of any gamer who's ever owned a Nintendo console, and that place is shaped like a Triforce


    • Some Zelda purists may be turned off by the cartoon look

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    Dont like the graphics? Get over it purists       Product Reviews
    by:       on: 17-May 2006

    When someone first saw trailers for the new zelda game, you saw what was said to be beautiful graphics and a hype of an fmv.

    i never saw those fmvs. all i saw was one or two pics in Tips and Tricks.
    i had never played OoT, i had only played Link's Awakening (the non-color one) on the GB and i was horrible at it.
    i had tried playing Zelda II at a older friend's house.
    while waiting for this new Zelda to come out, i rented OoT for my N64.
    simply put, i hated it. it wasnt easy to pick up for someone who barely plays video games, the graphics sucked, even at that time. and the music frequently got on my nerves.
    then when the gamecube game out, i got it that christmas. i was jaw dropped at how well designed SSBM was, and i (later) was in for a suprise when WW came out as well. please note, i had played alot of games and own alot of NGC games before i ever played WW. also keep in mind, that i played ALttP and replayed WW since ive written this.

    i will admit, i too hated the graphics of Wind Waker when i first saw it. i kind of liked it, but i had convinced myself that the graphics were horrible. but being as how i wanted to give WW a try after a while since i could own Master Quest and OoT. so i preordered it, and got the Preorder disk a month before i ever got Wind Waker. So i tried that game again, and i still didnt like it.

    Then the WW day arrived. i ripped it open popped the disk in and my jaw and head dropped. i didnt have the internet, so i couldnt watch trailers, but i was amazed for a second time. i started to play it, and after a while i realized i had played for hours.

    this game is so intensely graphical, that anyone that says the "Graphics suck" seriously needs to get their eyes checked. this game is one of the top games to push the console's top. while not Oblivion, this game is intensive. little swirls on the water (which was animated beautifully), the flying birds, the rain and the clouds, the fire, (which pops and swirls), the hights, the animation, the remarks link makes with his face to things that happen. the fact that he looks at whatever is around him, or which way you should go, as if the game is giving you hints, how he looks amazed at things that happen, its like you are playing an anime!

    now im going to turn away from the most LEAST important aspect of ANY game (i wonder what i just mentioned >_< ) and turn to the next least important.

    The sound in this game is very top notch. they used the same "style" as others, and kept the same feel as the other zelda games. i dont think the point with this series was to make it any different, mostly out of fear that dumbasses would hate the graphics. however, i read on someone said that the opening song is a horrible midi file and not even zelda. it IS a little different, but its still just a song. and btw, its a irish type of jig music, according to some that ive heard. anyways, it never got on my nerves, and i loved it for all its worth.

    now for gameplay, the only problem i had here was the camera angles when i was taking out those blue floating skulls, it blocked my vision from others coming to trample on me, and make it so i couldn't attack. the only good thing about the new zelda is the fact that its now over the shoulder, and that would kill any complaints i have about it.
    also, some have told me that the game is too hard or too easy. for someone that gets turned away if i cant beat something, i actually beat it. Thrice times. some say it was too short or too long. i beat the game at about 30 hours...but thats if you want all the hearts and if you want all the hidden tresures, its alot longer.
    now to turn to that, some say the worst part of the game is the fact that it takes so long to get anywhere in the game. this is slightly true, but its more of the fact that they didnt want to use the wand to warp them to a place that is close, then boat there, which would be much quicker. are they the same people that complain about oblivion taking too long to get anywhere if you dont Fast Travel or use a Horse? get some guts and do it you pansies. other than those issues that came up. i had absolutely no problem with the game. okay so it didnt have voice acting. if it did, people would just bitch about the bad voice acting or how they didnt like it. Miyamoto said he never will do that because he wants you to play the character of Link as if it was you, not the other way around.

    i give this game a 10 out of 10.
    Better than I thought it was going to be.       Product Reviews
    by:       on: 09-May 2006

    This game is pretty awesome. At first I thought it was going to be terrible, but it turned out to be great. I would rank this one as as high as the ocarina of time (my favorite) in best Nintendo Games.
    Zelda is amazing!       Product Reviews
    by: ras0912       on: 08-Apr 2006

    My [...] son is captivated by the Legend of Zelda. He says it is challenging, especially at the boss levels. You need to collect pearls to open up the tower under the sea. It is amazing because you get to collect items and use them for battle. You sail on a boat that is the king of red lions and the king of hyrule. It's a great "kid adventure" game!
    Windwaker. The downfall in the series? NO!!       Product Reviews
    by: Anonymous       on: 06-Apr 2006

    Through everything that has been said about this game, im a very big Zelda fan and i WAS very sceptical when i first saw this game. I was ready to give up on the whole series becuase i thought they would just sell out to little kids. I was wrong. The number 1 aspect of a game for me has to be storyline. I like my games to tell a story, and Windwaker did a great job. Don't be put off by people saying its too hard and actually the graphics worked brilliantly once you played it for a while. If people tell you its too hard they are slackers becuse i have completed ninja gaiden black on hard mode and THAT's hard! This is not! Also i like my games long, that's the only area of this game which dissapointed! My fav game of all time is undoubtedly Zelda: Ocaranina of Time. That took me near enough to a year to complete, where as windwaker took me about 3 weeks! Maybe i just played it loads but looking back on when i owned it i do remember it being one of the most fun and enjoyably adictive games ever! Just great fun and great storyline.

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