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Legend of Zelda The Wind Waker
By: Nintendo       Average Rating: 4.5     Total Reviews: 831
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The Wind Waker--Pretty Good Zelda     On: 2008-11-09

In early 2003, the first new Zelda game for the Gamecube was released in North America. It was called The Wind Waker. Shigeru Miyamoto, the creator of The Legend of Zelda series, stated that he could produce a Zelda game for "All-ages". Heres my Review:

1. Story- Basically, Link lives on a small tropical island in the middle of a huge ocean called The Great Sea. When a gigantic bird appears and kidnaps Links younger sister, he sets off on a quest to rescue her with the help of a magical talking boat called the King of Red Lions. Theres much more to the story than that, but thats all I can reveal without the risk of giving away a spoiler.

2. Controls- The controls of the game almost flawless. The Gamecube controller is easy to get used to with a Zelda title after playing Ocarina of Time or Majoras Mask on the Nintendo 64. My only problem was the yellow C-stick. When youre sailing on the ocean, youll use a baton called the Wind Waker constantly to make the wind blow in the desired cardinal direction you want to sail in. My problem was when you are choosing a direction, it was difficult to spin the C-stick and make it stop at the place I wanted it to. However, I got used to moving it, and it was not as much of a problem.

3. Graphics- Wind Wakers surprising choice of graphics and animation was where many loyal Zelda fans moaned and complained. They expected that with the Gamecube, there would be an upgrade in the graphics department making the new Zelda look like a prettier Ocarina of Time. While instead, along with Miyamotos plan for a Zelda game for all-ages, they got cartoonish cel-shaded graphics. I personally find the new graphics to be beautiful, original, and just plain fun to look at. Also, the redisigned characters, especially Link, are very expressive.

4. Difficulty- This is my major problem with the game. It is way too easy! Because Miyamoto said hed make Zelda for all-ages, that explains why the difficulty level was decreased so much so that it could appeal to younger gamers. It doesnt take Einstein to figure out the puzzles in this game. The bosses are fun but very simple, and most Zelda veterans have likely beaten bosses similar to these in previous Zelda games. So, because of this, it leaves the older players with little sense of achievement after beating the game.

5. Length- My other problem with the game: its just too short. The game has a whopping grand total of 6 dungeons, and none of them take particularly long to get through. Most other Zelda games have a minimum of 8 and some even go up to 10 normal-sized dungeons. There is a place in the game where there could potentially have been a water temple, and for some reason there wasnt one. Also, near the end of the game,
Link must get through a tedious quest to collect 8 fragments of the Triforce, which I thought was cheaply tacked-on to extend the games length. They could have added one or two more dungeons and I would not have had a problem.

6. Music- The music is great. It has some tunes that can get stuck in your head hours later. It also includes many of the classic songs remixed from Ocarina of Time and other previous Zelda games.

Overall, The Wind Waker is a great Zelda game, just not amazing like Ocarina of Time.
Best game on Gamecube     On: 2008-09-25

This is my favorite game on the Gamecube. I still go back and play it from time to time. Highly reccomended.
Worth the wait     On: 2008-08-07

We spent a long time looking for a new copy of this older game and finally found it on Amazon. It has been great fun and worth our efforts to find it. It was shipped quickly and arrived in perfect condition.
Play the game first before jumping to conclusions     On: 2008-08-03

Wind Waker. Yeah, ok so its cel-shaded. So what? The game makes it work
for itself and besides, it has tons upon tons of things to find and do. You could literally spend hours just sailing around finding secrets. The music-centred gameplay is also a fantastic idea! All in all, its very fun and a very unique game.

For the Zelda purists reading this review, let me just say that I was once a purist, just like you (well, still am). I pissed and moaned about the cartoony look as well, but I just sat down and played it; 6 hours later I was deep into the game, loving everything about it. Think of this game as a lollipop laced with heroin, or some other equally addictive substance. That is, it may be brightly colored and childish on the outside, but take one lick and youre hooked for life!

First off, the seafaring system is a wonderful idea; however, when it usually takes 10-20 mins to get from point A to point B in the Great Sea, and you have to do that very often (before you get the warp tunes), it can suck the fun right out of the game. There are a lot of really annoying areas that also tend to suck the fun out of it. Aside from that, the gameplay is very smooth, the graphics and sound are phenomenal, and there a lot of very innovative ideas implemented in Wind Waker.


WOW!!!!:)     On: 2008-07-27

wind waker is 1 of the BEST games I have ever played!!!!!!! the grapix,music,action! i for one am a Zelda fan this was actually my first Zelda game i ever played, and i still play it today it never gets old!! the only word to describe this game is...WOW!!!!
Most childish and stupidist game ever! Get Twilight Princess instead!     On: 2008-07-26

Worst zelda game ever (apart from the CDI games)! Its sssssooooo kiddie and childish,and it embarrases me to play it because it makes me feel like im 5! The new graphics are very boring and bland. If you want a proper Zelda game, GET TWILIGHT PRINCESS!!!!! That game is so much better than **** like this!
I HATE WIND WAKER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!     On: 2008-07-26

Worst zelda game ever (apart from the CDI games)! Its sssssooooo kiddie and childish,and it embarrases me to play it because it makes me feel like im 5! The new graphics are very boring and bland. If you want a proper Zelda game, GET TWILIGHT PRINCESS!!!!! That game is so much better than **** like this!
Great Game     On: 2008-07-07

Great game. For those zelda game lover, this is the must-have game among zelda series.
Best zelda game ever created     On: 2008-06-14

The zelda series peaked with this game. It not only has superior appearance and smooth gameplay, but it also provides a sense of freedom unmatched by any other game. It is an innovative game that provides gameplay unmatched by any other game.
Best Game     On: 2008-05-12

I have played most of the Zelda games and this one is the best. In fact, it is one of the best games I have ever played.
Great Game long in the making, but worth the wait     On: 2008-04-17

I like all the Zelda games and just thoroughly enjoy them and this was a good 3+ years in the making but worth the wait, if you are a Zelda fan I cant see you being disappointed!
okay for a zelda game     On: 2008-01-28

i bought this game when it first came out because i am a huge fan of the zelda series. i cant say that i was that impressed with it after playing ocarina of time. the game gets a little tedious with all the traveling (even after getting the warps). its still a fun play but make sure you have plenty of time on your hands! i didnt think it was the best game in the series but it was fun compared to most games.
The One True Legend     On: 2008-01-19

This is the greatest Zelda game EVER!It is superior to almost every Zelda game before it[excluding Ocarina of Time and A Link to the Past]The graphics are beautiful and cool.The story is epic.It centers around Link,a young boy from a small island,searching for his sister Aryll,who has been kidnapped by a giant bird.Along the way he meets a talking boat,a gang of pirates,and even Princess Zelda.He also searches for a long lost treasure and discovers a land beneath the sea.I loved the dungeons and the bosses[especially the giant worm].And I adored sailing in the game.But this game is not perfect.For one thing the enemies are too easy.And sailing gets tedious[toward the end anyway].Plus the final boss is way too easy.But you forget about all that once you face the challenge of the game.It took me five months to complete.And Im still working on the sidequests.If you have a Gamecube get this game.You will be happy you did.




The One True Legend     On: 2008-01-18

This is the greatest Zelda game EVER!It is superior to almost every Zelda game before it(excluding Ocarina of Time and A Link to the Past)The graphics are beautiful and cool.The story is epic.It centers around Link,a young boy from a small island,searching for his sister Aryll,who has been kidnapped by a giant bird.Along the way he meets a talking boat,a gang of pirates,and even Princess Zelda.He also searches for a long lost treasure and discovers a land beneath the sea.I loved the dungeons and the bosses[especially the giant worm].And I adored sailing in the game.But this game is not perfect.For one thing the enemies arent hard.And sailing gets tedious(towards the end anyway).Plus the final boss is way too easy(although he is a wicked cool boss ).But you forget about all that once you face the challenge of the game.It took me five months to complete.And Im still working on the sidequests.If you have a Gamecube get this game.You will be happy you did.




YES!     On: 2007-11-11

Okay, so I am a bit behind here. I love this game! Its Zelda.
YES!     On: 2007-11-10

Okay, so I am a bit behind here. I love this game! Its Zelda.
Zelda Freak!!!!!     On: 2007-11-03

This is my sons review:

Ok,I think this is the best Zelda game made so far. I started out with this one; after that, I was hooked for life. Ive beaten this game 5 times in 2 years, its that good. Its long, fun, and the graphics are great! Well, its not Crysis but theyre still good. I highly recommend that you buy this game. Youll love it!
Zelda Freak!!!!!     On: 2007-11-02

This is my sons review:

Ok,I think this is the best Zelda game made so far. I started out with this one; after that, I was hooked for life. Ive beaten this game 5 times in 2 years, its that good. Its long, fun, and the graphics are great! Well, its not Crysis but theyre still good. I highly recommend that you buy this game. Youll love it!
best sea adventure ever,man     On: 2007-10-21

this game has so man secerts and level you will never get tired of it. you can sail acrooss the great sea and if you think it will be boring croosing the sea. think again my friend cuz you will get in some killer sea fighting, man. the story is damn good even though its in cartoon, but it really is a damn good game.
best sea adventure ever,man     On: 2007-10-20

this game has so man secerts and level you will never get tired of it. you can sail acrooss the great sea and if you think it will be boring croosing the sea. think again my friend cuz you will get in some killer sea fighting, man. the story is damn good even though its in cartoon, but it really is a damn good game.
good and bad.     On: 2007-10-13

Many people got ticked off by the new island hopping system. I found this to be anoying as well. You dont really fight many enemies on the ocean, and you have to take the time to change the wind direction before you can get anywhere. This stops when you learn the cyclone teleportation tenchique, but thats not all that sucks about this game! After you play through all the dungeons, you have to sail across the ocean, complete all these stupid puzzles, and get these seven charts. Then youve got to somehow find Tingle Island and get them deciphered. Then you have to salvage for all these stupid Triforce pieces! It takes so long to do that, I still havent gotten past this long part. The bosses look cool and are pretty fun to fight, plus the dungeons are somewhat enjoyable, but the spaces inbetween the dungeons are just to boring. Buy this game if you love zelda games, but otherwise let it slip.
The best game of all time. And I wouldn't say that about any other game.     On: 2007-09-16

When this game first came out, I thought I had lost Nintendo. I found myself doing such things as getting an XBox instead of a Gamecube, making fun of my friend who DID get a Gamecube, and writing an angry letter to GameInformer for giving it a perfect 10.
I thought the cel-shading was ridiculous. It was when I finally ended up getting a Gamecube, and my friend made me borrow it, that I was blown away.
The first thing I came to realize is how deep and emotional connection I really had to the Zelda series. I had constant chills running down my spines as the storybook-like intro unfolded and the original zelda theme chimed in. It was after playing this game that I realized that this is the best series of games to ever be played by mortals, and I really need to stick with it no matter what.
Then came the graphics. It looked like a pre-animated move, but it really was the actual game graphics. Seeing adorable characters such as Aryll gave me an amazing warm sensation, and, along with the music, this immersed me so deeply in the game I would get irritable and grumpy when it was time to put the controller down. These graphics are amazing.
The controls are really good and responsive, and very easy to use. And rotating the camera is something the series really benefits from. the targeting system still works great, and some of the actions are mapped to the r button, which makes some things less akward than in previous zelda games
The gameplay itself never lacked in fun, even long sailing boat trips could be fun with so many things to do out there, such as collecting items, sunken treasures, and fighting off marine enemies. Even spinning the camera around can provide good entertainment, with such great graphics.
There are so many sidequests and collectible items, that this game can last you a very long time. When I beat it, I felt satisfied, victorious, and eager to play it again. Especially eager when I learned of the second quest. While not much different, the second quest let you continue your nintendo gallery exploits by starting you with the pictograph box and lets you keep the original pajama outfit throughout the game. You can also now read the hylian language, and new humorous dialogue is added in.
I have played this game thrice now that I have bought it for myself, and I plan to play it again on my Wii. This game still hasnt lost any of its charm. The difficulty level obviously decreases as you play it again and again, but the story, the music, the graphics and the characters alone are enough to play it several times over without yearning for something more. That is a quality I look for in my games.

Pros:
+Amazing graphics, beautiful animations.
+Perfect puzzle solving expected of Zelda has come to the next console generation with flying colors, and is just the right level of difficulty.
+Great epic storyline, with imaginative characters and unique plot twists.
+Amazing soundtrack, and nostalgic for Zelda veterans.
+High replay value (for people like me who like to get more for their money)

Cons:
-All other games seem a little dull after playing this.
-Its hard to think of cons for it :).

Interesting:
?It takes place after Twilight Princess, and is (believed to be) one of the later games in the Zelda timeline. Nobody knows for sure though.
?There is no equipment subscreen this time, as with Majoras Mask. I wonder why they never let you switch back to your familys shield...
?Strange how the parts of this game that recieved critcism are the parts that made it so great.

I reccomend you buy this game right now if you dont already have it. Its better than Twilight princess, in my opinion, if youre looking for a solid Gamecube Zelda. It is a masterpiece and you will be fondly remembering it 20 years from now.
The best game of all time. And I wouldn't say that about any other game.     On: 2007-09-15

When this game first came out, I thought I had lost Nintendo. I found myself doing such things as getting an XBox instead of a Gamecube, making fun of my friend who DID get a Gamecube, and writing an angry letter to GameInformer for giving it a perfect 10.
I thought the cel-shading was ridiculous. It was when I finally ended up getting a Gamecube, and my friend made me borrow it, that I was blown away.
The first thing I came to realize is how deep and emotional connection I really had to the Zelda series. I had constant chills running down my spines as the storybook-like intro unfolded and the original zelda theme chimed in. It was after playing this game that I realized that this is the best series of games to ever be played by mortals, and I really need to stick with it no matter what.
Then came the graphics. It looked like a pre-animated move, but it really was the actual game graphics. Seeing adorable characters such as Aryll gave me an amazing warm sensation, and, along with the music, this immersed me so deeply in the game I would get irritable and grumpy when it was time to put the controller down. These graphics are amazing.
The controls are really good and responsive, and very easy to use. And rotating the camera is something the series really benefits from. the targeting system still works great, and some of the actions are mapped to the r button, which makes some things less akward than in previous zelda games
The gameplay itself never lacked in fun, even long sailing boat trips could be fun with so many things to do out there, such as collecting items, sunken treasures, and fighting off marine enemies. Even spinning the camera around can provide good entertainment, with such great graphics.
There are so many sidequests and collectible items, that this game can last you a very long time. When I beat it, I felt satisfied, victorious, and eager to play it again. Especially eager when I learned of the second quest. While not much different, the second quest let you continue your nintendo gallery exploits by starting you with the pictograph box and lets you keep the original pajama outfit throughout the game. You can also now read the hylian language, and new humorous dialogue is added in.
I have played this game thrice now that I have bought it for myself, and I plan to play it again on my Wii. This game still hasnt lost any of its charm. The difficulty level obviously decreases as you play it again and again, but the story, the music, the graphics and the characters alone are enough to play it several times over without yearning for something more. That is a quality I look for in my games.

Pros:
+Amazing graphics, beautiful animations.
+Perfect puzzle solving expected of Zelda has come to the next console generation with flying colors, and is just the right level of difficulty.
+Great epic storyline, with imaginative characters and unique plot twists.
+Amazing soundtrack, and nostalgic for Zelda veterans.
+High replay value (for people like me who like to get more for their money)

Cons:
-All other games seem a little dull after playing this.
-Its hard to think of cons for it :).

Interesting:
?It takes place after Twilight Princess, and is (believed to be) one of the later games in the Zelda timeline. Nobody knows for sure though.
?There is no equipment subscreen this time, as with Majoras Mask. I wonder why they never let you switch back to your familys shield...
?Strange how the parts of this game that recieved critcism are the parts that made it so great.

I reccomend you buy this game right now if you dont already have it. Its better than Twilight princess, in my opinion, if youre looking for a solid Gamecube Zelda. It is a masterpiece and you will be fondly remembering it 20 years from now.
A Great Sequel to Ocarina of Time!
by: Anonymous    On: 2007-07-02

I love this game, and is one of my favorite games. It is a great sequel to Ocarina of Time. If you havent played Ocarina of Time, it starts with "The Legend" which is actually what happens in Ocarina of Time. It goes like this:

This but one of the legends of which the people speak...
Long ago, there existed a kingdom where a golden power lay hidden.
It was a prosperous land blessed with green forests, tall mountains, and peace.
But one day a man of great evil found the power and took it for himself...
With its strength at his command, he spread darkness across the kingdom.
But then, when all hope had died, and the hour of doom seemed at hand...
A young boy clothed in green appeared as if from nowhere.
Wielding the blade of evils bane, he sealed the dark one away and gave the land light.
This boy, who traveled through time to save the land, was known as the Hero of Time.
The boys tale was passed down through generations until it became a legend.
But then, a day came when a fell wind began to blow across the kingdom.
The great evil that all thought had been sealed away forever...
...Once again crept up from the depths of the earth, eager to resume its dark designs.
The people believed that the Hero of Time would again come to save them.
...But the hero did not appear.
Faced by an onslaught of evil, the people could do nothing but appeal to the gods.
In their last hour, as doom drew high, they left their future in the hands of Fate.
What became of that kingdom...? None remain who know.
The memory of the kingdom vanished, but its legend survived on the winds breath.
On a certain island, it became customary to garb boys in green when they came of age.
Clothed in the green of fields, they aspired to find heroic blades and cast down evil.
The elders wished only for the youths to know courage like the hero of legend...

This is a simple version of Ocarina of Time. In Wind Waker, you are a distant relative of Link, and your name is Link (big surprise [not!] if youve ever played a Zelda game before). Hyurule is flooded, and the Great Sea is where this game takes place (which is over Hyrule!) You go to different islands in a boat (called the King of Red Lions) which are really the peaks of the mountains of Hyrule. I shouldnt spoil any more secrets, so Ill just get to the gameplay. It is a lot like Ocarina of Time in the sense that you go through dungeons, do side quests, do other things, and so on and so forth. Theres even an instrument like the Ocarina to play songs on. Well, its not really an instrument; its a baton called the Wind Waker (hense the games title). The difference is you dont go through time; youre a kid for the whole game. There are only two things I didnt like about this game are (1) there are barely any shops like there are in Ocarina of Time and (2) the sailing can get very monotonous (because the world is so huge, maybe bigger than the world in Ocarina of Time, but a lot of it is just ocean, so that doesnt count) until you learn the Ballad of Gales, a song on the Wind Waker that allows you to warp to different area on the map, and even then the closest warp to where you want to go can be quite far from it. But even with these two things, this is a great game. Thank you Nintendo!
Amazinly disappointing.     On: 2007-06-28

The sailing is boring and terrible, the Wind Waker baton aspect is just not at all interesting and just really annoying. Gameplay wise, not a noticable step above Ocarina of Time, which is just pathetic. Poorly designed, over-hyped, and just mediocre.
Amazinly disappointing.     On: 2007-06-27

The sailing is boring and terrible, the Wind Waker baton aspect is just not at all interesting and just really annoying. Gameplay wise, not a noticable step above Ocarina of Time, which is just pathetic. Poorly designed, over-hyped, and just mediocre.
zelda     On: 2007-06-18

I bought this for my son & he loves it & even though he still plays the N64 version he loves it!
this game is fun for all     On: 2007-06-02

I played this game and after I got used to it I absolutely loved it. I would miss playing and wonder what was the next challenge for Link.I liked the music the graphics and the story. This game would be a treat for my 3 year old. She would beg me to play Zelda so she could watch the game play. After I beat the game I missed it like when you finish a good book.
It's Zelda, That Tells It All     On: 2007-05-08

At first glance The Legend Of Zelda: The Wind Waker might look like it was made for 4:20. It took some time for my eyes and feelings to get adjusted to the graphics. I was never a great fan of cell-shading, but hey! Its Zelda. Putting the visuals aside. The Legend Of Zelda:WW is a game that can be fun but very frustrating. You will travel by by foot and boat while you traverse the lands once in order to stop the dark hoards of none other than, who else? For more go get the game its worst it =P

-CON
Zelda is a great game and I love everything but there is one thing that gets on my nerves. **??MIGHT BE SPOILER???**Dont Read On.

Unlike any of the other Zelda games you actually have to save up a ton of rupees in order to progress.
Less than perfect     On: 2007-05-02

I wanted to like The Wind Waker. It has everything that a Legend of Zelda game should have; great puzzles, fun combat, good characters; but I dont, and not for the reason that most would give. The cel-shading was a novel idea. Its the stupid island hopping that turns me off to this game. The Legend of Zelda is supposed to take place in Hyrule, or, as in the case of Links Awakening, on AN island, not some "Great Sea" covering an old Hyrule. If everything else had been the same, the cel-shading, the characters, weapons and puzzles and had set it in one place without having to hop islands, I would have loved it as much as the other games. The island hopping ruined it for me.
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
by: Anonymous    On: 2007-03-21

The Wind Waker is a great addition the the Legend of Zelda series. It has a great combination of terrific graphics, a fantastic story-line, and delightful charactors. The new Cel-Shaded graphics are great! I found with the previous games that they were so dark, and I found myself squinting at them to try to make out the pictures. The Wind Waker is happier, even when youre fighting bosses its bright colours make it very lively. At first I was a bit confused at the idea of sailing around on a boat. Wont you get lost? I thought. But there are many extra islands in the game, so soon you learn how to get to the major islands that you use the most. I actually found the other games more confusing then this one. The Ballad of Gales helps too because of the warping. If you forget what you are supposed to be doing you can just talk to your boat, the King of Red Lions, and he will tell you what to do. At first the whole boat idea didnt sound very good to me. But how is the boat any different from your horse in The Ocarina of Time? I really liked how Tetra was princess Zelda. As Tetra she appeared as just a mean old pirate, but you could see that she was really nice inside. And when she realized that she was Zelda she is really sweet and only cares that Gannon gets sealed away and that Link is safe. She doesnt care about herself. In the beginning there were a lot of mysteries, but by the end it all comes together and you see the picture. There seems to be a lot more magic involved in this. It is really neat how Hyrule and the Hero of Time (from the Ocarina of Time) where an ancient legend that Link re-discovers, and then must seal away. I really liked the fact that there were lots of charactors involved. In the other games Link was the guy that did EVERYTHING! But in the Wind Waker there is Medli, who ends up being a sage. There is Makar, who is also a sage. There is Valoo and the Rito tribe, who rescue you from Gannon in the Forsaken fortress. This game was like a really good book to me. You clearly understand what is going on at ever point in the game, and you want to keep playing to see what happens next. I like it how Gannon talks to Link in the game. How he tells him about the master sword, it seems that he is trying to scare Link away, but Link, having the triforce of courage, never gives up and eventually defetes Gannon. Overall this is a great game. Best one yet!
Fun, But Short     On: 2007-03-11

If there was ever a gam made for the graphics technology of the GameCube, it was the Zelda series with all its fantastic creatures, wizards, and monsters. On that level, the game does not disappoint. It is one beautiful game to play. While it is fun to look and play, it is not as deep as i would have liked. I played the game fairly regularly for a week and beat it in not time. There was not as much to explore as I had hoped or many challenges.

If you love Zela, by all means, buy it. Personally, i think a casual fan ought to rent it first and gauge whether the challenges involved have any replay value. i, for one, do not think so. But the game is still well worth playing at least once.
Fun, But Short     On: 2007-03-10

If there was ever a gam made for the graphics technology of the GameCube, it was the Zelda series with all its fantastic creatures, wizards, and monsters. On that level, the game does not disappoint. It is one beautiful game to play. While it is fun to look and play, it is not as deep as i would have liked. I played the game fairly regularly for a week and beat it in not time. There was not as much to explore as I had hoped or many challenges.

If you love Zela, by all means, buy it. Personally, i think a casual fan ought to rent it first and gauge whether the challenges involved have any replay value. i, for one, do not think so. But the game is still well worth playing at least once.
Link Lives!!!     On: 2007-02-20

just received this game...as a 40+ zelda fan...it was good to get back into the flow of the games.....Link our hero fights on.....
Link Lives!!!     On: 2007-02-19

just received this game...as a 40+ zelda fan...it was good to get back into the flow of the games.....Link our hero fights on.....
Wind Waker is Awesome!!!!!!
by: Anonymous    On: 2007-02-16

My Dad surprised me a month ago by giving me The Legend of Zelda The Wind Waker and its AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!! It has a great storyline awesome characters and all around one of the best games Ive ever played. Totally buy it!
Fun     On: 2007-02-06

A little too much sailing, but the graphics are second to none. Highly recommend.
Fun     On: 2007-02-05

A little too much sailing, but the graphics are second to none. Highly recommend.
Legend of Zelda...HARD!!!
by: Anonymous    On: 2007-01-26

This game is addictive and very, very challenging! I played it for a half year and I STILL havent beat it! This game can get annoying after a while, so I just play it for fun. This game is for people who liked the previous Zeldas or for Pro-players. Id recommend this game...so Ready, set, BUY NOW!!!

-Gamer Girl
Great Zelda game     On: 2007-01-18

This is a very cool and unique Zelda game, and I really enjoyed it. The story is awesome, and the graphics are like a beautiful abstract art. The music is nice to listen to and the world is huge! This was probubly the easiest Zelda game Ive done, but it is pretty long, and I really enjoyed it. This is a great game for any Zelda fan.
Endless Entertainment     On: 2007-01-10

Although I had to sneak to the web a few times to figure out some clues (!), this is a fascinating, completely involving game - no, not even a game. An adventure. I felt I was in the boat with my hero as he traveled the world... Naturally, I gave him my name... Why cant you change the gender of the hero/heroine to match what you want to use?
My family loves this game!!!     On: 2007-01-09

I have been playing Zelda games since Nintendo first came out. Ive always loved them. This one is just as good if not better. My family (my husband, [...] year old daughter, [...] year old son and I) will sit down and take turns playing this game. That says something to me.
Great, but     On: 2007-01-09

Great game! Lots of interesting twists and turns. Allows you to develop the skills you need as you go. The only downside is that occasionally youll need a "cheat sheet" (you can get various ones on the internet) to get out of certain situations, otherwise by the time you figured it out you would be tired of it. Even with the internet hints, it takes a lot of time ... but its FUN time! Oh yeah, and some of the characters talk way too much.
I Love Link, but...     On: 2007-01-08

I really loved playing the Legends of Zelda games on the Game Boy Advance, so I decided to buy Wind Waker and a game cube because it seemed this would be the last Zelda game where Link is still a child. He looks more like a Teenager in Twighlight Princess for the WEI system, so I took the plunge.

The cartoon like graphics dont get on my nerves as much as some people, in fact Nintendo is known for it. What really worked me on this game was the camera when you faced the bosses.

For some reason the camera was always trying to give me great shots of Link, which is nice if youre watching a movie but not good if youre facing a target that is trying to kill you! And once the camera view changed, so did the directional control. I find myself more than a few times stuck against a wall or in a corner, while the various bosses would let me have it!

I also didnt like the way the camera would swing wildly to the front view of Link, like a reverse angle, everytime he would come out of a door when exploring. It gave me motion sickness after about five hours of game play.

Another thing that was a problem for me was sailing to the next mission. It seemed to take forever and I couldnt steer the boat very well, especially when the sharks would come out and attack or trying to dig for treasure in the sea.

Aside from the problems Ive had with the game, the good thing was the cinematic after you launch the grappling hook. When you find a target that you can actually hook onto, the game cuts to a cinematic that shows the grapple flying around it. Actually this was also a bad thing because it happens when you are facing one of the bosses and it really gets annoying to see the cut-scene when your adrenaline is pumping.

Another good thing is that all the established features of the other Zelda games are here including the reviving fairies, the puzzles, the interaction etc. and the involved story line.

I just couldnt get past the camera thing.
I Love Link, but...     On: 2007-01-07

I really loved playing the Legends of Zelda games on the Game Boy Advance, so I decided to buy Wind Waker and a game cube because it seemed this would be the last Zelda game where Link is still a child. He looks more like a Teenager in Twighlight Princess for the WEI system, so I took the plunge.

The cartoon like graphics dont get on my nerves as much as some people, in fact Nintendo is known for it. What really worked me on this game was the camera when you faced the bosses.

For some reason the camera was always trying to give me great shots of Link, which is nice if youre watching a movie but not good if youre facing a target that is trying to kill you! And once the camera view changed, so did the directional control. I find myself more than a few times stuck against a wall or in a corner, while the various bosses would let me have it!

I also didnt like the way the camera would swing wildly to the front view of Link, like a reverse angle, everytime he would come out of a door when exploring. It gave me motion sickness after about five hours of game play.

Another thing that was a problem for me was sailing to the next mission. It seemed to take forever and I couldnt steer the boat very well, especially when the sharks would come out and attack or trying to dig for treasure in the sea.

Aside from the problems Ive had with the game, the good thing was the cinematic after you launch the grappling hook. When you find a target that you can actually hook onto, the game cuts to a cinematic that shows the grapple flying around it. Actually this was also a bad thing because it happens when you are facing one of the bosses and it really gets annoying to see the cut-scene when your adrenaline is pumping.

Another good thing is that all the established features of the other Zelda games are here including the reviving fairies, the puzzles, the interaction etc. and the involved story line.

I just couldnt get past the camera thing.
Every time I started to have fun, the game got in the way     On: 2006-12-28

Reading some of the reviews posted before, I got the feeling a number of these reviewers didnt actually finish the game. I agree with them completely about the first half of it, its fun, its pretty. The graphics, control system, and gameplay are all very good. And for the beginning, the story is excellent.
Where I disagree is in the rest of it. The second half of the game involves amazing amounts of guesswork, and very little encouragement, making the game lose most all of its wonderful momentum. I started out overjoyed and having fun, then it all drained away.
Every time I started really enjoying myself - in a fight, a jumping puzzle, a dungeon crawl, I ran into something that just got in the way of it. Most often, it would be something that was tricky to figure out, and then you get that proud feeling when you do, but then doing what you figured out proved tedious and aggravating. I was ok with the sailing, I liked the graphics, I liked the story, and I liked the controls; but this game was designed in large part by a sadist. Ive heard reviewers say it was easy, a lot of it is, but the parts that arent are not difficult because the puzzles are complicated, theyre just designed to be just hard enough that knowing what you have to do was less than half the battle.
Ive played every Zelda game made, theyve all had nasty tricky puzzles, but this is the first one where the puzzles are harder to complete than to figure out. Last time I checked, the point of a puzzle was solving it, not writing down the solution.
The story is all right, most notably because it is different from every other Zelda game made before. The unique flavor adds a lot to it, but the story remains pretty sparse considering the amount of leg-work between plot moments.
I have to say, having played through the entire game and gotten through every side quest, that its good aspects are seriously hurt by its overly irritating nature.

(Plus, one of the characters you have to rely on very heavily not only empties your purse, but is just damned obnoxious, good old pal Tingle!)
If you're so immature that you can't handle cartoony graphics...
by: Anonymous    On: 2006-12-17

...thats a real shame. Because this game is great. The gameplay is improved from Ocarina (a little too easy though), the soundtrack is better, and the graphics are a delight to look at. Twilight Princess on the other hand, has boringly typical graphics, a MIDI soundtrack, and no notable gameplay improvements. Dont get me wrong though, thats a great game as well, it just isnt up to par with other Zelda games for my money.
If you're so immature that you can't handle cartoony graphics...     On: 2006-12-16

...thats a real shame. Because this game is great. The gameplay is improved from Ocarina (a little too easy though), the soundtrack is better, and the graphics are a delight to look at. Twilight Princess on the other hand, has boringly typical graphics, a MIDI soundtrack, and no notable gameplay improvements. Dont get me wrong though, thats a great game as well, it just isnt up to par with other Zelda games for my money.
Very good Zelda game
by: Anonymous    On: 2006-11-29

It is a very cool game! Not to hard and the graphics are amazing! Not realistic but not fake either. I got this game a while ago and never play my other games because I love this one so much!
Very good Zelda game     On: 2006-11-28

It is a very cool game! Not to hard and the graphics are amazing! Not realistic but not fake either. I got this game a while ago and never play my other games because I love this one so much!
Classic Zelda feel, a tad bit repetitive     On: 2006-11-28

Back in E3 (2001 maybe?) Nintendo showed off a technical demo for the GameCube, and one of the scenes they used was a scene of a realistic Link dueling with Ganondorf. People were ecstatic, plain and simple. So when Nintendo, with what seemed like a last minute change, dumped the realistic look to the latest installment of the Zelda series to a Cell-Shaded theme, people werent too pleased. Most responses were mainly negative, due to the fact that the Zelda they were waiting for seemed to have been snatched away.

But rest assure, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker is a true Zelda classic.

The majority of the negative feedback received by this game was focused on the graphics. Judging by the reviews posted by my peers on this site, people just dont seem to understand that photorealistic graphics are not necessarily "good" graphics. To defend Nintendo with their decision once again, they decided to go for the cell-shaded look to add a layer of emotion not previously possible from any other graphical style. Yes, Link does indeed look like a Powerpuff girl, but deep down, you feel connected to the characters, rather than just looking at static, yet realistic, NPCs. Not until Twilight Princess will Nintendo (or anyone for that matter) be able to pull off the level of depth each character possesses visually than the way Wind Waker did.

I am not going to say that this game is completely flawless. I to was very irritated with the constant sailing from island to island. Also, the game was a bit easy when compared to Ocarina of Time, but felt like every other Zelda game: Top notch.

In terms of the control scheme, it is the exact same thing as Ocarina of Time and Majoras Mask. If you know what I am talking about, you will be pleasently surprised.

I wont really go into much depth because it seems the people who rated the game highly did a good job at describing the positive and negative aspects. As for those who rated it very lowly, you seem to be missing the point entirely. Photo realistic graphics do not always equal good graphics. There is a fine line there that some cannot see.

PS: If you are going to write a review, you will be taken more seriously if you use proper punctuation, capitization, and just write a better review than "OMG GRAFIX SUXXX I DO NOT WANT TO REED!!!!!!!11!! I WANT TO KILL STUFF!!!111one!!!" You just sound like a total idiot.
Classic Zelda feel, a tad bit repetitive     On: 2006-11-27

Back in E3 (2001 maybe?) Nintendo showed off a technical demo for the GameCube, and one of the scenes they used was a scene of a realistic Link dueling with Ganondorf. People were ecstatic, plain and simple. So when Nintendo, with what seemed like a last minute change, dumped the realistic look to the latest installment of the Zelda series to a Cell-Shaded theme, people werent too pleased. Most responses were mainly negative, due to the fact that the Zelda they were waiting for seemed to have been snatched away.

But rest assure, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker is a true Zelda classic.

The majority of the negative feedback received by this game was focused on the graphics. Judging by the reviews posted by my peers on this site, people just dont seem to understand that photorealistic graphics are not necessarily "good" graphics. To defend Nintendo with their decision once again, they decided to go for the cell-shaded look to add a layer of emotion not previously possible from any other graphical style. Yes, Link does indeed look like a Powerpuff girl, but deep down, you feel connected to the characters, rather than just looking at static, yet realistic, NPCs. Not until Twilight Princess will Nintendo (or anyone for that matter) be able to pull off the level of depth each character possesses visually than the way Wind Waker did.

I am not going to say that this game is completely flawless. I to was very irritated with the constant sailing from island to island. Also, the game was a bit easy when compared to Ocarina of Time, but felt like every other Zelda game: Top notch.

In terms of the control scheme, it is the exact same thing as Ocarina of Time and Majoras Mask. If you know what I am talking about, you will be pleasently surprised.

I wont really go into much depth because it seems the people who rated the game highly did a good job at describing the positive and negative aspects. As for those who rated it very lowly, you seem to be missing the point entirely. Photo realistic graphics do not always equal good graphics. There is a fine line there that some cannot see.

PS: If you are going to write a review, you will be taken more seriously if you use proper punctuation, capitization, and just write a better review than "OMG GRAFIX SUXXX I DO NOT WANT TO REED!!!!!!!11!! I WANT TO KILL STUFF!!!111one!!!" You just sound like a total idiot.
One of the Best Zelda Games Yet!
by: Anonymous    On: 2006-11-26

I know that you have read all those nice little things about wow! This game is sooo cool! kind of stuff. I have my own reasons that I think this is a good game. For people who have played the ocorina of time, you know the warping that you can do there? It is on this game too. They have a feature called the picto box which is really fun to play with. The best thing about this game are the little things. If you shoot a Moblim with a fire arrow, they dance around with their pants on fire. If you spy on people you can watch them do some of the strangest things. For moms serching for a gift for their son/daughter (yes I am female) who is over 7 this is a fantastic gift. (No bad stuff other than a little puff af smoke when you defeat the monster) I recomend this game for both Zelda Lovers and first time Zelda people.
The best series in history.     On: 2006-11-22

What can you really say about the Legend of Zelda? I have been playing the Zelda series since I was 8 years old, and Ive never gotten tired of it. Ocarina of Time is, without a doubt, the greatest game ever created.

I LOVED Ocarina of Time. Im a true blue fan of that game, and I didnt think Id like the new graphics and style of WW, but I love it. Its the little details like when Link gets out of water, his footsteps are wet. Things like that. The detail is superb. Dungeons and bosses are as challenging and fun as ever, and the graphics are just incredible. In fact, I love the "cartoon-ish" feel to it. Its a little more ubeat and fun, and not as dark as others.

5 stars out of 5. I played this game instead of writing a 15 page research paper, forcing myself to have to write it in 4 days, but it was all worth it. This game is amazing and addictive.

My only complaint (and one that other people seem to note as well) is that the world is huge and it takes quite a bit of time to travel(via boat) from area to area. It gets a little tedious and sometimes a wee bit frustrating. That said, the game is hugely entertaining and I absolutely adore it. Im playing it again for a second run through(and, when you play the game again after beating it once, there are little differences and changes in your second game! fun!).

If you loved OoT, youll love this one too, trust me.
Zelda perfection
by: Anonymous    On: 2006-11-14

I think its ridiculous that so many people are bashing the game because of the fact that you do a lot of sailing throughout the game. If thats the only thing preventing you from giving this excellent game a 5-star rating, thats a dog on shame.

I also believe that, even though Wind Waker is pretty easy overall, thats not enough reason to bash the game either. A game doesnt have to be incredibly difficult to be fun.

The graphics, sound and everything else is what youd expect from a classic Nintendo game. So please, dont be fooled into thinking the game is boring when it fact, the game is completely enjoyable from start to finish.
far away     On: 2006-11-06

i am so far away that playng games bring me back. this is one of the good ones.

Good game with one major flaw
by: Anonymous    On: 2006-11-02

First of all, Im not under 13, I just dont have a password. second of all, i got this game after hearing some good reviews. I had never played a zelda game until i got this one. i actually thought that this game was pretty good. The graphics are ok, the gamepaly is great, and the levels are fantastic. there is only one problem with the game. in order to extend the length of the game, nintendo put in alot of filler material. There is so much filler material in the game that it ruins what could have been the best game in existence. The worst part is that the rest of the game is great, and the filler ruins it. if there was anyway to get around the filler, then i would not have given the game this low score, but unfortunatly there isnt. i just hope that nintendo, fixes this when they make the next zelda game. Note: if you would like some more detail on the good things about this game [...]
Good game with one major flaw     On: 2006-11-01

First of all, Im not under 13, I just dont have a password. second of all, i got this game after hearing some good reviews. I had never played a zelda game until i got this one. i actually thought that this game was pretty good. The graphics are ok, the gamepaly is great, and the levels are fantastic. there is only one problem with the game. in order to extend the length of the game, nintendo put in alot of filler material. There is so much filler material in the game that it ruins what could have been the best game in existence. The worst part is that the rest of the game is great, and the filler ruins it. if there was anyway to get around the filler, then i would not have given the game this low score, but unfortunatly there isnt. i just hope that nintendo, fixes this when they make the next zelda game. Note: if you would like some more detail on the good things about this game [...]
Great Game
by: Anonymous    On: 2006-10-15

I have found that every Zelda game is great, ive had this game for awile and i just beat it! this game packes loads of fun in just one tiny disk. The fact that you dont have to do the missions and you can just sail around and go treasure hunting and get maps and visit islands that youve never been to before is great.
The battle sequences are fun because as you get better and go back to the old islands from previous missions and you kill the monsters from before your like "i cant beileve its this easy." getting the master sword is pretty cool because after youve got all the stone things your get more missions. the bosses can be sorta frustrating but i find you beat them afteer aither the first or the second time.
The graphics are excelent they couldnt be any better. there sorta cartoonish but i like that sorta look. if you could upgrade your ship that would be really cool too, i guess the one person ship will have to do (by one person i mean one kid). the game play is fun but the fact the only reason your hunting gandolf and his bird is because your stupid little sister got stolen cuz shes got pointy ears.
overall i say if you like zelda games buy this one it provides hours of game play and fun. i stoped playig because i had to formate my memory card.
Solid     On: 2006-09-26

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker tells the story of a boy who is growing up on Outset Island. It turns out that today is your birthday. You learn about the legend of the "hero of time", which was Link from The Ocarina of Time, and how he saved the world. It is customary for boys who reach the age of the Link to wear green clothing on their birthday. After a short amount of time, a huge bird shows up carrying a young pirate girl it apparently kidnapped. After saving the girl, the massive bird grabs your sister and flies away. So you have to set off to try to get your sister back.

At first, the story seems pretty much unrelated to The Ocarina of Time, but as the game progresses, it ties itself in to the storyline of The Ocarina of Time pretty well. The world of Wind Waker is comprised of a bunch of islands connected by lots and lots of water. You get a talking boat, called the King of Red Lions, pretty early on in the game to travel between the islands. There are a few main islands on your map when you first start the game, but exploring the waters and finding new islands to add to your map is a big part of the game. The game map is pretty much a grid of squares, and every square on the map has some sort of island there for you to visit. However, it is not necessary to visit a lot of the smaller islands.

As for the main islands, there are a lot of things to see and do. They are all inhabited by a lot of people that you can talk to, buildings to go into, and puzzles to solve. You will find yourself constantly be traveling back and forward between them during your quests. Unfortunately, this is where the game starts to have some problems. Traveling between islands, especially early on in the game is pretty boring. It can take a whole lot of work (changing the direction of the wind) and time just to get from one place to another. The fact that there isnt much to do out on the open water pretty much means you just point your ship in the direction of the island that you want to go to and wait until you get there. This is helped somewhat when you gain the ability to teleport to various places in the world, but you will still find yourself traveling the seas for extended periods of time.

In many ways, Wind Waker is almost a direct sequel to Ocarina of Time. Many of the gameplay mechanics that were present in The Ocarina of Time remain unchanged here, which is fine considering that The Ocarina of Time played very well. The targeting system remains pretty much the same as it has been. Targeting enemies locks you on to them, which allows you to easily maneuver around them during a battle. The combat and the inventory system also remain largely unchanged. You still go into the inventory menu, and assign various items to one of three buttons that you can then press to use that item. The only real significant change to the combat system is a button you can press to dodge an enemy attack and strike them in the back if timed correctly. So if you are familiar with the previous two Zelda games, you should be able to instantly pick up and play this one.

The combat feels pretty good. Targeting and attacking enemies is smooth and feels natural. There is a pretty good variety of enemies that you will get introduced to throughout the game. Some are easier then others and many of them require very specific strategies to defeat. The game also likes to throw a lot of enemies at you at once, which can make for some pretty intense battles. As for the enemy design, they all look pretty good.

Most of the items in the game are straight out of the previous games. You will see familiar items like the boomerang, bow, bombs and the master sword. There are a few new items as well such as a grappling hook that allows you to swing on stuff or a deku leaf that you can use as parachute when falling. The Wind Waker is basically the Ocarina of the previous game. You can use it to conduct music, which all have magical effects. For example, you will be able to change the direction of the wind, or warp around to various parts of the world.

Ocarina of Time had some extremely memorable dungeons in the game such as the Water Temple. The dungeons in Wind Waker pretty much follow the Zelda formula. Unfortunately the dungeons are not as strong as those found in previous games. None of the dungeons are very difficult. The dungeons do have puzzles, but they are all pretty straight forward, so what you need to do to move on is usually obvious. However, the dungeons are still fun to go through despite not posing much of a challenge.

The same can be said for the boss battles which take place at the end of the dungeons. While in the dungeon, you usually find a new item that you must use later on in some way to defeat the boss. While many of the bosses look pretty cool, none of them are particularly challenging. This is mostly due to the fact that it is pretty easy to dodge everything they throw at you, but they can still be a lot of fun to fight.

The graphics in the game are surprisingly good. When the first screenshots of the game surfaced years ago, many fans were upset with the games new cell-shaded art direction. But as it turns out, the game looks great. The artistic style just looks fantastic and maintains a high quality throughout the entire game. The characters have a lot of expression in their faces and all of the animation is pretty fluid. There are also a few cool looking effects in the game, such as the puff of smoke when enemies are killed. The game also runs at a pretty smooth frame rate.

Overall, Wind Waker is a pretty good game. It sticks close to the Zelda formula, so fans of the series should know exactly what they are getting into. It follows the gameplay set back in Ocarina of Time so closely that it pretty much feels like a slightly easier and not quite as deep version of Ocarina. So if you have been dying for more of that great Ocarina of Time gameplay, Wind Waker delivers pretty nicely.
Tedious and overrated     On: 2006-09-25

Think back the fall of 1999 when "The Blair Witch Project" was released. The elitist movie critics were in a full-fledged campaign to convince the public and themselves that the movie was the best thing since "Citizen Kane". Back in 1999 so much praise was showered on the film that the voices of dissent were drowned out and ridiculed. Then a funny thing happened: time passed. Like the rest of the superficial Hollywood crowd, the elitist critics have moved on and this has allowed people to freely rethink the movie. Now its hard to find anyone whos filling to admit they liked the "Blair Witch Project". Why do I mention that? Because the storys nearly the same when it comes to the near universal praise of Nintendos "Wind Waker" game.

Since "Wind Waker" is a Zelda game, and since the Zelda franchise is amazing, the "Wind Waker" must be amazing too, right? Right? Unfortunately, no, but equally disturbing is how the gaming community answered "yes" to that question. They went into a full-fledged campaign to convince themselves, and the public, that this game deserved a pedestal next to "Link to the Past" and "Ocarina of Time". Only now, years after its release, do I hear consistent complaints about the game. Below is a list of problems with the game:

1) The sailing aspect of the game takes up at least 50% of the adventure and it is extremely tedious. Nintendo didnt even attempt to streamline this process. You can literally set your direction, put the controller on the floor, and sit back and watch the minutes pass as Link sails along to your destination. In order to further extend the playtime of sailing, the user is forced to embark on numerous mini-quests where many must be performed numerous times through the game. The most annoying are the "fetch quests" where you dredge the ocean floor for items. *Yawn* Are we having fun yet?

2) The game consists of only a few dungeons, and some of them are extremely easy. Important aspects of the game were replaced with time-consuming fetch quests from the ship.

3) The game has an unexploited storyline. I can think of numerous examples of storyline elements that seem like they should conclude in something big, but completely fizzle out. (Between this and the lack of dungeons, I am convinced this game was rushed to market)

4) I might as well say it: the graphics are terrible but otherwise fit the overall-quality of the game. The Link model is the worst: a massive head, massive eyes, and eyebrows that somehow float over his hair. At least you spend most of your time staring at the back of Links head.

5) Before release we were told that the NPC (non playable characters) were going to be far more advanced than others weve seen in the past. I have no idea where Nintendo got off promoting that idea because they are identical in sophistication to those in OoT and just about every video game Ive played. They certainly arent as interesting as those from Majoras Mask.

6) And Ive just grown tired of games where you must constantly switch between the game and an item selection submenu. Metroid didnt need this and neither did Star Fox Adventures. Id love to see Nintendo incorporate something that would minimize this behavior in their Zelda games. The problem is especially bad in The Wind Waker because an entire item slot is wasted on the sail.

7) Fighting non-boss enemies is extremely easy. Just Z-target and swing your sword for a few moments and the green A button icon will change to a green star and flash. Press the button when this happens and Link does an incredible feat of acrobatics and destroys his foe. It looks awesome, but you quickly learn that this ability makes it extremely easy to fight nearly anything. It also makes the game feel like its playing on autopilot and you are just a bystander watching.

So this is a review for those interested in Twilight Princess. Whether your itching for a Zelda fix while waiting for TP or have played and enjoyed TP and want more Zelda, Ive just gotta warn you that Wind Waker is not worth the trouble.
One of the Best
by: Anonymous    On: 2006-09-18

Pros
Great challenges! Great handeling. PERFECT storyline!!(Seriously how many games has a storyline that surprizes you time after time?!)
Cons
Seas WAY too Big. Takes forever 2 beat. (Ive had it for 2 years and just beat it last week.)
Other than that Its the best game Ive ever played!!
GREAT GAME!!!!!!!!
by: Anonymous    On: 2006-09-09

This game is really great. The chinese thought it was one of the best games in the world! And theyre right. Really. This game has amazing graphics and a great storyline. The game never gets annoying but at some points it gets a frustrating. So if your 7 or younger you would love it but youd need help with the harder points. Although you are a kid, but who cares?!? This game has a story going through it that makes you want to keep on going. With an exciting plot that never gets old.It also is the a game that might have the most sidequests in the history of games. it might take 40 hours to beat if you do nothing but play what you need to and your a fast player. With all the sidequests and stuff it would take about 100 hours.:O it also is a HUGE world. Too big. it takes the longest 15 minutes to get from one island to another.Thats just pushing it. But that doesnt matter. PLESE BUY THIS GAME! Its a great game

By, The Waker of the Wind (he he get it?) :)
GREAT GAME!!!!!!!!     On: 2006-09-08

This game is really great. The chinese thought it was one of the best games in the world! And theyre right. Really. This game has amazing graphics and a great storyline. The game never gets annoying but at some points it gets a frustrating. So if your 7 or younger you would love it but youd need help with the harder points. Although you are a kid, but who cares?!? This game has a story going through it that makes you want to keep on going. With an exciting plot that never gets old.It also is the a game that might have the most sidequests in the history of games. it might take 40 hours to beat if you do nothing but play what you need to and your a fast player. With all the sidequests and stuff it would take about 100 hours.:O it also is a HUGE world. Too big. it takes the longest 15 minutes to get from one island to another.Thats just pushing it. But that doesnt matter. PLESE BUY THIS GAME! Its a great game

By, The Waker of the Wind (he he get it?) :)
terrible game play     On: 2006-08-23

Unlike a lot of people, the new look of Link in Wind Waker didnt really bother me. Actually, I thought it was a rather cute idea. The real problem of this game is the fact that Link doesnt stay on solid ground!

Theres too much sailing that goes on in the game, and it gets old fast. It takes forever and is just all around tedious. Also, I found the frustration level for this game to be quite high. Its to be expected that youd have to repeat certain spots of the gameplay in order to get it right and move on. However, there were certain parts where Link had to be angled *just* right. Which sometimes took an hour to accomplish; that is if I didnt just throw the controller at the screen first.

I just gave up and stopped playing it because my anger level was just getting too high. No game is worth that kind of frustration.
Simply a blast to play.     On: 2006-08-12

Ive never owned any Zelda games, nor had I played any. Then I bought this, and suddenly I understand why the Zelda series is so popular. Its really fun to play!

I also like the "cartoony" graphics. What particularly strikes me is when I see a large column of flames burst out of the lava, and it looks like something straight out of a traditionally-animated disney movie.

10 thumbs up. =)
Simply a blast to play.     On: 2006-08-11

Ive never owned any Zelda games, nor had I played any. Then I bought this, and suddenly I understand why the Zelda series is so popular. Its really fun to play!

I also like the "cartoony" graphics. What particularly strikes me is when I see a large column of flames burst out of the lava, and it looks like something straight out of a traditionally-animated disney movie.

10 thumbs up. =)
Legend of Zelda The Wind Walker     On: 2006-08-05

I bought this tape for my children to play as kind of a fun thing to do when it is too hot to go outside. They love it!
Good game, but horrible begining.     On: 2006-08-05

This is a fun game, but it doesnt start out that way. First you have to find your sword, learn how to use it, and all that stuff. But thats pretty much how it always is. When you get to your first, i dunno "level", i guess. The game gets really hard and agrivating. If youve played orcarina of time, you know the part where u gotta get around all the guards? its like that only harder. After youve finally gotten past all that, its more fun after that. Basically after that you gotta go to the differnt places, like fire, water, earth, and what not. If youve played zelda games, you know what i mean.
Pros:
Fun game!
Good graphics
Challenging
Cons: (mostly what i personally didnt like)
New "look" for link
You have to sail everywhere, takes a while.
Got rid or ocarina, for a wand
Takes a while to find the tri force pieces (towards the end, internet is your friend for that part)
So basically, its a fun game, with some boring/pointless/stupid parts.
Good game, but horrible begining.     On: 2006-08-04

This is a fun game, but it doesnt start out that way. First you have to find your sword, learn how to use it, and all that stuff. But thats pretty much how it always is. When you get to your first, i dunno "level", i guess. The game gets really hard and agrivating. If youve played orcarina of time, you know the part where u gotta get around all the guards? its like that only harder. After youve finally gotten past all that, its more fun after that. Basically after that you gotta go to the differnt places, like fire, water, earth, and what not. If youve played zelda games, you know what i mean.
Pros:
Fun game!
Good graphics
Challenging
Cons: (mostly what i personally didnt like)
New "look" for link
You have to sail everywhere, takes a while.
Got rid or ocarina, for a wand
Takes a while to find the tri force pieces (towards the end, internet is your friend for that part)
So basically, its a fun game, with some boring/pointless/stupid parts.
worst zelda game of all time     On: 2006-07-31

This is the worst zelda game of all time for all nintendo systems. It just doesnt have the charm of the other zelda games. It gets really old and tedious spending all that time sailing across an ocean. Somehow sailing across an ocean and Link just dont match up. It doesnt stand the test of time like the other zeldas. I played through all zelda games all the way through. Heres my favorite zelda games in order.........

1. Link To The Past - snes
2. Ocarina of Time - N64
3. Legend of Zelda - nintendo
4. Majoras Mask - N64
5. Legend of Zelda 2 - nintendo
6. Windwaker - gamecube

Sorry folks nintendo got it wrong with windwaker. Hopefully theyll redeem the magic of zelda with twilight princess.
How Can Anybody Not Love This Game?     On: 2006-07-29

When I got the Gamecube when it first came out, I was, how to put it, a newbie to the whole "Nintendo" thing, and the only reason I got the Gamecube was because I wanted to finally have a game system and I liked the Mario games (I was around 8-9 when I got it). The first two games I got were Super Smash Bros. Melee and Luigis Mansion. They both were very fun, and very challenging. I beat Luigis Mansion (with the help of a friend) within a year of buying it, and still havent gotten every hidden stage in SSBM. I loved the games, but wanted more. I heard some buzz around the classroom that a new Zelda game was coming out! "Whats a Zelda?" I thought to myself, so I looked it up online. All these things popped up saying some weird think called the "Wind Walker" or something. I wanted to see some images from the game, so I looked that up. After correcting me that it was in fact "Wind Waker", I saw that the graphics for the game were amazing! It looked like a cartoon! I needed to get this game when it came out! I waited for months, until it finally came out! I ran to the toy store... and found two things: 1. It was $50 2. They were all gone. I was very depresssed. My cousins had already gotten it, and they were raving about how amazing it was! My birthday was over 6 months away, so I had no chance of getting it any time soon. June came, and it was my sisters birthday. We went over to my cousins house to celebrate, and guess what she got from them. Thats right, she got the Legend of Zelda : The Wind Waker. We came home, and at once, started to play. The game was not only extremely fun, but extrememly challenging! It took us over a year and a half to beat it! The game itself was very hard, but all the side quests that can distract you from the game are the real reason it took so long to beat it! The game has more twists and turns than Lombard Street. Get the game now, or feel the wrath of Valoos mighty flame!
Might even be the greatest Zelda so far     On: 2006-06-13

When Ocarina of Time for N64 came out, people were blown away.

So naturally, when gamecube was released, people expected another great Zelda with realistic 3D graphics, and to everyones shock (and to somes horror) Nintendos next big Zelda was announced to use cell-shading technique, which provides cartoonish graphics for video games.

I too was surprised to find this change, but nonetheless bought a copy at full price because, hey, its Zelda. Soon my doubts cleared and I had a blast playing this masterpiece.

To people that played Ocarina, this game will bring back the memories as it features many of the same sounds, music, and controls that were used in the N64 version. And although the cell-shaded graphics wasnt what people expected, it fits perfectly well into the atmosphere of the game, and once you get used to it youll love it so much.

When Wind Waker first came out, there were some critics that called this game childish and said it was a bad installment for the whole franchise. But time proved them wrong. The only childish thing about this game, if at all, is the difficulty which has been tuned down a lot compared to the N64 Zelda. Wind Waker is such a good game that it has even become my new favorite Zelda of all time, and thats saying a lot since most of the Zelda games are of grade A++.

However, everything will soon change, at least I hope. The now-being-developed game of Twilight Princess has apparently made quite an impact on people that played it in E3, and now even the Cell-Shading hater cant say nothing to Zelda because it is gonna be as real as anything, like the code name for the project indicates, REAL ZELDA. Yes Links body is gonna be proportional again in the next installment, yay?!

Nintendo is really taking their time on Twilight Princess(years!! It was supposed to come out in 2005 but they decided to postpone it to make it even greater????) so it will undoubtfully be another masterpiece. If its as good as Wind Waker you know Ill buy it. But I have a feeling that I will again be surprised =]
Phhhh I try to keep my expectations at sane level but its getting harder

Best Zelda Game Ever!     On: 2006-06-04

This game is so much fun! You have your own boat and after the beginning level you are free to roam the sea as you please! You also have all the classic Zelda weapons: sword, shield, bow and arrows, boomarang, and bombs. In this game you also have a new tool called the wind waker, hence the name of the game, that lets you control the winds, such as redirceting the directing the wind blows, change day to night and back, and even summon hurricanes to teleport you all over this watery world!
Best Zelda Game Ever!     On: 2006-06-03

This game is so much fun! You have your own boat and after the beginning level you are free to roam the sea as you please! You also have all the classic Zelda weapons: sword, shield, bow and arrows, boomarang, and bombs. In this game you also have a new tool called the wind waker, hence the name of the game, that lets you control the winds, such as redirceting the directing the wind blows, change day to night and back, and even summon hurricanes to teleport you all over this watery world!
complex, fun, entertaining...     On: 2006-05-31

this is a great game for any age, it has a lot of new ideas and advanced gameplay that allows for beginners to learn and experts to excel at. Real time fighting on a 3d symmetry, allowing the use of most objects in the area. such a nice addition.
some people dont know what theyre talking about...comparing this to zelda on the NES...HA thats hilarious...enjoy playing
Dont like the graphics? Get over it purists     On: 2006-05-18

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 Links Awakening (the non-color one) on the GB and i was horrible at it.
i had tried playing Zelda II at a older friends 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 consoles 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 Amazon.com 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 couldnt 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.
Dont like the graphics? Get over it purists     On: 2006-05-17

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 Links Awakening (the non-color one) on the GB and i was horrible at it.
i had tried playing Zelda II at a older friends 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 consoles 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 Amazon.com 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 couldnt 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.     On: 2006-05-10

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.
Better than I thought it was going to be.     On: 2006-05-09

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.
Teriffic!!!!!!!!!!
by: Anonymous    On: 2006-04-26

This is the BEST GAME EVER! I play it every day after I get my homework done. Im really, really far in the game, Im almost at Ganons Tower! I am a little dissapointed that its almost over, but it has been a GREAT game. (It is a bit hard at times though). Two words: GREAT GAME!!!
Zelda is amazing!     On: 2006-04-08

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. Its a great "kid adventure" game!
Windwaker. The downfall in the series? NO!!     On: 2006-04-06

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. Dont 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 THATs hard! This is not! Also i like my games long, thats 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.
excellent
by: Anonymous    On: 2006-03-30

This game is really good. Its not so hard that youll never beat it like some Zelda games, but its not too easy that youll play it being bored. It is one of my favorite games of all time and just as good but not better than Ocarina of Time.
Awesome, but gets tough to beat higher levels     On: 2006-03-27

10 year old says Awesome game. Dad says good game .
Deeeee-licious     On: 2006-03-20

At first I was pretty critical of the cartoonish graphics, but they grew on me. Wind Waker is stylized, interesting, and engages you, which is a VERY good thing for a Zelda title. The past ones I always end up in this place where I get stuck. Stuck places are rare in here - its nice! Plus I am a sucker for awesome graphics. Did I mention the graphics are awesome? Its less real, but less dark than Ocarina of Time.

The figurine side quest was intriguing, and it sent me running about for pictures to make figurines into. The treasure hunting bit was also entertaining.

Some of those bosses, though...took a moment to figure out just how to beat them.
Zelda ,a game for the whole family     On: 2006-03-16

My whole family enjoys this game. My kids love to play their own games but have the most fun watching and interacting with their Dad when he plays.
Zelda ,a game for the whole family     On: 2006-03-15

My whole family enjoys this game. My kids love to play their own games but have the most fun watching and interacting with their Dad when he plays.
Fun but what to do now??????????
by: Anonymous    On: 2006-03-15

The Legend of Zelda, the Wind Waker is an overall exciting adventure. The worst part of it is, there are loads of places to get stuck. I myself, have barely even been able to get on this ghost ship, which you need to get on to get a triforce chart which you need at one point. Its extremely boring to spend hours pondering over how to do something, and it is a big waste of time. I think its better to rent this game and play the easier parts, instead of buying it and just leaving it around the house because youre terribly stuck. Other than that, this game is challenging, scary at times, but as I said, it can get way too boring.
Fun but what to do now??????????     On: 2006-03-14

The Legend of Zelda, the Wind Waker is an overall exciting adventure. The worst part of it is, there are loads of places to get stuck. I myself, have barely even been able to get on this ghost ship, which you need to get on to get a triforce chart which you need at one point. Its extremely boring to spend hours pondering over how to do something, and it is a big waste of time. I think its better to rent this game and play the easier parts, instead of buying it and just leaving it around the house because youre terribly stuck. Other than that, this game is challenging, scary at times, but as I said, it can get way too boring.
ZELDA     On: 2006-03-09

MY SON ENJOY THE GAMES VERY MUCH. HE PLAY IT THE BIG PART OF THE TIME,
Too cartoonlike...cel-shaded
by: cdnvegan    On: 2006-02-25

A long time ago when Zelda first came out, it was a lot fun. The graphics were really cheesy but still a good time. Now, the graphics are still cheesy but the game is terrible. Theres nothing worse for a game when you cant speed up the conversation; and theres a lot of it in this game. It is one of the most frustrating games Ive ever played. I think this is one game you should rent first before buying, because it really is frustrating.
Worst Game Ever     On: 2006-02-10

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker is such a terrible game because of the following:
The controls are horrid, I have never seen such bad controls in my life. I told it to go left and it went straight and then turned left 15 seconds later;The graphics are horrible too, I could see every little pixel that outlined Link; It also looks two dementional.

I would not rent, buy, or recommend this to anybody because this game is so horrible.
Worst Game Ever     On: 2006-02-09

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker is such a terrible game because of the following:
The controls are horrid, I have never seen such bad controls in my life. I told it to go left and it went straight and then turned left 15 seconds later;The graphics are horrible too, I could see every little pixel that outlined Link; It also looks two dementional.

I would not rent, buy, or recommend this to anybody because this game is so horrible.
not to be compared with ocarina     On: 2006-01-26

This game should never be compared to the ocarina of time.The ocarina of time itself is a classic.before this was realised i saw screen shots and was extremly dissapointed.I was expecting an evolution in graphic design.I wanted it to mature but that wasnt what i saw.It wasnt until i got the game i realised just how good it was here are some key aspects of the game.

CEL SHADED GRAPHICS:not bad i liked the cartoony feel of it.It made the game seem more light hearted and fun.The scenery is beautiful and although link looks like a girl his facial expressions help to make the game that little bit more enjoyable.

GAME PLAY:The gameplay is great definatly an exolution.It allows you to pick up the weapons of fallen enemys and testing them on them allowing you to throw them at them if you wish.

THE "GREAT" SEA:one thing that stops the game being so fun.there is hardly enough land witch is disapointing still the land thats there is almost good enough.It kinda takes some of the fun out of the game witch is why it missed off five stars.

SEA GULLS:can be controlled is good fun but not integral

LONGETIVITY:there is quite alot to do after youve finished the game and the game its self is a reasonable length but i was expecting more.
not to be compared with ocarina     On: 2006-01-25

This game should never be compared to the ocarina of time.The ocarina of time itself is a classic.before this was realised i saw screen shots and was extremly dissapointed.I was expecting an evolution in graphic design.I wanted it to mature but that wasnt what i saw.It wasnt until i got the game i realised just how good it was here are some key aspects of the game.

CEL SHADED GRAPHICS:not bad i liked the cartoony feel of it.It made the game seem more light hearted and fun.The scenery is beautiful and although link looks like a girl his facial expressions help to make the game that little bit more enjoyable.

GAME PLAY:The gameplay is great definatly an exolution.It allows you to pick up the weapons of fallen enemys and testing them on them allowing you to throw them at them if you wish.

THE "GREAT" SEA:one thing that stops the game being so fun.there is hardly enough land witch is disapointing still the land thats there is almost good enough.It kinda takes some of the fun out of the game witch is why it missed off five stars.

SEA GULLS:can be controlled is good fun but not integral

LONGETIVITY:there is quite alot to do after youve finished the game and the game its self is a reasonable length but i was expecting more.
The best of the Zelda franchise     On: 2006-01-17

I am not the worlds most hardcore Zelda fan. Nor am I exactly the most skilled at playing the Zelda games. But I have played Zelda games on every system--from the originals on NES, the updates and new entries for GBC and GBA, to the introduction of 3D on N64. Most Zelda fans will say that the best of the franchise is Ocarina of Time; an opinion with which I respectfully disagree.

My first introduction to this game came through a demo that was on the Zelda promotion disc released for GCN. Within a few minutes of playing, I knew that I was one day going to own it, no matter how long it took me to acquire the funds for purchasing; I had to own it. The graphics and the gameplay were Just. That. Good.

In general, Im not one to get excited or negative about good or bad graphics in a game, but in one like WW, its hard not to be excited. Do not let the cel-shading turn you off--this entire game is an incredible universe of well thought-out, 360 degree exploration that is greatly complemented by the very meticulous and oftentimes truly extraordinary graphics.

The gaming world itself is absolutely enormous. With the entire world covered in water, the game confines itself to a 7x7 map of squares--but that itself takes half a lifetime to explore. And it is more than worth it. While the game starts out fairly linear, its of a need, as it guides you through the prologue of the game, the eventual introduction and control of your boat, the Wind Waker, and then centers around exploration of the half a dozen most central islands to the story. And from there, it branches out significantly--reaching a point in which, should you choose, you can spend hours upon hours traveling from island to island and mapping out the entire ocean within the given realm. Traveling does take time, and can become monotonous for some--but fortunately, not long into the game, you can learn how to warp and significantly cut down on travel time.

Gameplay is my favorite its been for any Zelda game Ive played. While I became somewhat board with the manner of combat in Ocarina of Time--hit the monster, wait a few seconds till it attacks, hit it again and repeat ad nauseum--combat in this game is wild, fast and furious, by comparison. At the start, on the island where Link starts out, you learn sword fighting from an older man, which includes some very, very cool techniques that can be used in different combinations of your A and B buttons with the control stick. And the puzzles--both in and out of the dungeons--are far from dumbed down, but never were frustrating enough to make me want to stop.

The game includes most of the familiar tools from previous Zelda games (boomerang, hookshot, etc) as well as the Deku Leaf--which allows you to fly using magic and ties nicely into the requisite of controlling the wind--and the grappling hook--which, among other things, allows you to steal items like feathers and hearts off your enemies when targeted.

The dungeons play out in a less obvious manner than other Zeldas, though it does follow some of the commons. However, there are only two that are officially referred to as "Temples" while they come up with more creative ways of dealing with all the others. And the story surprised me in how it ties in with the commonality of the Zelda franchise--so much so that when I realized how it did all tie together, my jaw dropped, I fell more in love, and was officially hooked upon this game.

The gamemakers opened themselves up to the potential of enormous possibilities with this game, and it never, ever lets you down. There is so much to do, so much to explore, so many things to find...once the games reaches its most non-linear, the possibilities will seem endless. I have played so many games stuck on their linearity, the world felt more like filler--whereas in games like this, one is more than frequently rewarded for test and exploration. And many games that try to add side-items to be found through exploration and side-quest usually disappoint. In this game, for example, you can perform a side-question in which you will ultimately be given a mask that, when worn in battle, will show a life gage for that particular foe. Certainly not a requisite for winning the game, but undeniably a useful tool.

As Ive already said, the gaming world is HUGE. Every single square on the map has an island or fortress of some kind--and the ones not particularly relevant to the game usually have a mini-game or subquest of some kind that almost always leads to valuable rewards. You find treasure maps scattered literally across the entire world, in which you can travel to the given island and use the grappling hook to dig up rupees, or a heart piece. There are platforms, and fortresses. And whats better (certainly an improvement from other Zeldas) there are maps that can be found that show (though dont detail) which of the squares have platforms, fairies, submarines, etc.

Music is probably not my favorite, but its far from being my least favorite, either. Some themes are better than others--though are undeniably fitting for the given area or scenario--and I do absolutely love the music for Dragon Roost Island. It really doesnt get much better than that.

The game does have its flaws, but what game doesnt. For example, swimming in water can be really hard, and really frustrating. I would climb (or be knocked) out of my boat and swim in circles while trying to get back to the proper position in which I could get Link back into the boat--made all the more frustrating by the fact that you can only be in deep water for a limited amount of time before you drown and lose a heart. Also, while the targeting system is ultimately a brilliant way for dealing with combat in a 3-dimensional plane, I became frustrated when I encountered more than one enemy and, in trying to un-target one enemy, would automatically be transferred to the target of the other enemy. Oftentimes, a particular task to or with that enemy would need to be performed while not targeting anything, and the only way in which I find to solve this problem was to back as far away from all the enemies as possible until they too far away for the targeting to stay on. If there is another simpler, smarter way of dealing with this, I have yet to discover it.

Hardcore Zelda fans have long since purchased this game and passed judgment, so anyone reading this is either not too familiar with the Zelda franchise, or, like me, somewhat of a newbie. To either and anyone I would recommend this game. Its one of my favorite console games Ive played, and certainly the best Ive come across for GCN. Honestly, I love it so much, I cant way to play it again.
Lots of fun, but SO very big!     On: 2006-01-15

If you liked "Ocarina" you will very likely enjoy this one, too. Its a lot of fun and maintains the same spirit as its forerunners. Theres tons of interaction between the characters (and they say different things to you at different stages in the game). The "levels" are challenging and it really does feel like a quest, as you are zooming all over the ocean to different islands, talking to different people and animals, buying essential items and beating mini challenges to get prizes and information. My only complaint is that it is SOO big and there is SO much to do, it can become a bit overwhelming. I have to admit that I had to use many hints and cheats on-line to get through some of it. If I didnt, there was NO way I could have figured everything out (not that Ive completed it yet). Also, if you take a break from playing it and come back to it, you can easily forget where youve been, where youre going and all the crap youre suppose to be doing in between. I started keeping a notebook full of hints and notes on the different islands, etc. This has helped, but I still feel a little lost everytime I go back to it.
WORST ZELDA EVER     On: 2006-01-08

I dont mean to crash anyones party but this game sucked... Its nothing like the other Zelda games.... I LOVED the origenal Zelda the best... And I liked all the others because they where based on the origanal, but this one is a totally diffrent story... it shouldnt have the opertunity to be have "Zelda" in its title. If they would change the green outfit (the only thing linking it to any of the other Zelda games) No one would even know it was sapposed to be a Zelda game.
Truly Superb     On: 2006-01-02

My only complaint this game is that sometimes the sailing could be a bit tedious, but overall I loved it... The battles and secrets to uncover were amazing. This game alone would be reason enough to buy a gamecube!
One of the best Gamecube games     On: 2005-12-31

When I heared this game had cel - shaded graphics, I thought, probaly like thousands of other Zelda fans, that it would be "kiddy" and stupid. When I played it, I found out that I was very wrong. This is obviously one of the greatest games ever created. Its cheerful enough to keep you from getting scared from the darkness of the game, (I got scared from how dark Majoras Mask was) and dark enough to keep you from getting pissed off from all the cheerfulness. If you havent played this game, you dont know what youre missing out on.
One of the best Gamecube games     On: 2005-12-30

When I heared this game had cel - shaded graphics, I thought, probaly like thousands of other Zelda fans, that it would be "kiddy" and stupid. When I played it, I found out that I was very wrong. This is obviously one of the greatest games ever created. Its cheerful enough to keep you from getting scared from the darkness of the game, (I got scared from how dark Majoras Mask was) and dark enough to keep you from getting pissed off from all the cheerfulness. If you havent played this game, you dont know what youre missing out on.
wake up the wind (continued from the review on the book 'zelda- the wind waker')     On: 2005-12-29

Anyway, as I left off, Link watches his sis getting kidnapped and tries to save her. He jumps but Tetra (the girl) grabs on to him. His grandma gives him a sheild and he sails off with the pirates. They soon reach Forsaken Fortress where his sister is placed. The pirates shoot him out of the cannon and loses his sword. Youll need to get your sheild ready, cause youve got a long way to go. For more info go to my guide on this. My appoliges to make you jump all over the place.
Sincerly,
Sfmf
wake up the wind (continued from the review on the book 'zelda- the wind waker')     On: 2005-12-28

Anyway, as I left off, Link watches his sis getting kidnapped and tries to save her. He jumps but Tetra (the girl) grabs on to him. His grandma gives him a sheild and he sails off with the pirates. They soon reach Forsaken Fortress where his sister is placed. The pirates shoot him out of the cannon and loses his sword. Youll need to get your sheild ready, cause youve got a long way to go. For more info go to my guide on this. My appoliges to make you jump all over the place.
Sincerly,
Sfmf
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker Review     On: 2005-12-25

i love the game Legend of Zelda now my dog it name Zelda
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker Review     On: 2005-12-24

i love the game Legend of Zelda now my dog it name Zelda
Best Game I've Ever Played     On: 2005-12-21

This is the best video game I have ever played. I loved the original Legend of Zelda for NES and thought nothing could beat it. Wind Waker is very long - it took me about two months to beat it playing it about 4 hours every evening. Whoever says they can beat the game in a couple of days is lying to you. Unlike the Legend of Zelda, Wind Waker is the type of game in which after you beat it, you wouldnt want to play again. Maybe its because the suspense is gone or the length of the game.
Best Game I've Ever Played     On: 2005-12-20

This is the best video game I have ever played. I loved the original Legend of Zelda for NES and thought nothing could beat it. Wind Waker is very long - it took me about two months to beat it playing it about 4 hours every evening. Whoever says they can beat the game in a couple of days is lying to you. Unlike the Legend of Zelda, Wind Waker is the type of game in which after you beat it, you wouldnt want to play again. Maybe its because the suspense is gone or the length of the game.
VERY VERY GOOD GAME, VERY FUN TO PLAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!     On: 2005-12-14

Ive always been the mario person and always will be but I noticed myself playing only mario over the years. Well I decided to start playing other games alot of other games and this one stood out to me. Im glad I bought this one it is very very good and its very fun. This game has alot of gameplay in it. If you like really really long games this one is for you. The storyline is also great. The graphics are good but could have been alittle better but still very good. Of course there is violence in it but id say kids would definatly be into it just like adults. My 4 year old nephew watches me play all the time and he even helps me out at times while watching. Hes the type that could sit in front of any video game all day long even if its watching you play or playing himself. This game I would have to say it is at the top of my list and its a great thinking game. Awesome game!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
VERY VERY GOOD GAME, VERY FUN TO PLAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!     On: 2005-12-13

Ive always been the mario person and always will be but I noticed myself playing only mario over the years. Well I decided to start playing other games alot of other games and this one stood out to me. Im glad I bought this one it is very very good and its very fun. This game has alot of gameplay in it. If you like really really long games this one is for you. The storyline is also great. The graphics are good but could have been alittle better but still very good. Of course there is violence in it but id say kids would definatly be into it just like adults. My 4 year old nephew watches me play all the time and he even helps me out at times while watching. Hes the type that could sit in front of any video game all day long even if its watching you play or playing himself. This game I would have to say it is at the top of my list and its a great thinking game. Awesome game!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
the wind waker
by: Anonymous    On: 2005-12-06

The Wind Waker has good 3D effects and all of the moves are great. This game uses all of the buttons on the controller and the world is big. It is a long game and many things to do.
the wind waker     On: 2005-12-05

The Wind Waker has good 3D effects and all of the moves are great. This game uses all of the buttons on the controller and the world is big. It is a long game and many things to do.
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