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The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (GameCube)

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Description

Link is a young boy who lives with his grandmother on the Outset Island, one of the many small islands lost amidst the waters of the Great Sea. On his tenth birthday, Link encounters a giant bird carrying a girl. Link rescues the girl, but as a result his own sister is taken away by the bird. The unknown girl is a pirate captain named Tetra, who agrees to help Link find and rescue his sister. During the course of their journey the two realize that a powerful, legendary evil is active again, and must find a way to stop him.

The Wind Waker is the tenth installment in the Zelda series. Like its predecessors, it is an action game with puzzle-solving and light role-playing elements. Basic gameplay mechanics are similar to those found in Ocarina of Time: Link explored 3D outdoor areas and dungeons, fighting enemies and occasionally solving environmental puzzles. An addition to the combat system is the ability to parry at specific times, which is needed to overcome armored foes. Another new feature is picking up and using some of the weapons wielded by the enemies. Similarly to previous games, Link can use tools such as bow and arrow, boomerang, and bombs.

Link needs to sail through the Great Sea in order to travel to other islands. He uses a baton called the Wind Waker to change wind direction by conducting it and producing melodies. The Wind Waker is also used for teleportation and puzzle-solving purposes. Link can use wind currents to glide and access remote areas.

Visually, the game utilizes cel-shaded graphics to create a cartoon-like appearance. The characters' bodily proportions and facial features are not realistic, complementing the style. Link's big eyes, in particular, also have a gameplay-related function, giving clues to the player by looking at specific items needed to solve puzzles.

Screenshots

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker GameCube Outset Island
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker GameCube Dragon Roost Island is home to bird-people
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker GameCube Using the telescope
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker GameCube Your first boss fight.

Alternate Titles

  • "ゼルダの伝説 風のタクト" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Zelda no Densetsu: Kaze no Takuto" -- Japanese title
  • "TLoZ: TWW" -- Abbreviation
  • "LOZ:WW" -- Short abbreviation

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User Reviews

A lovely Zelda game Pixelspeech (954) 4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars
An adventure with an amazing presentation! Rensch (203) 4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars
Celda? Hell no!!! It's Zelda!!! Maceart BeefKing (7) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Don't be fooled, this is Zelda at its best Kartanym (10781) 4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars
The #1 Zelda game ever released for a Nintendo console!! Dark Cloud (35) 4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars
Go get A D (3) unrated

The Press Says

NintendoWorldReport Mar 24, 2003 10 out of 10 100
Darkstation Aug 15, 2004 10 out of 10 100
Jeuxvideo.com Apr 28, 2003 20 out of 20 100
Game Critics Apr 02, 2003 10 out of 10 100
games xtreme Nov 06, 2003 9.8 out of 10 98
Armchair Empire, The May 24, 2003 9.5 out of 10 95
NZGamer Mar 31, 2004 9.5 out of 10 95
Gamesmania May 07, 2003 94 out of 100 94
RPG Kingdom Nov 11, 2004 16 out of 20 80
Random Access 2005 6.7 out of 10 67

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

The GameCube version of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Cut content

The programmers left in some really bizarre levels from the beta stages (and maybe even one from the alpha stages) of testing. You can access these with Action Replay.

Development

At some point a Japanese company released a product called The Zelda Box. Inside the box was exclusive information, media and figures from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. Included in were prints of concept art for the game, one of which reveals that the team was considering having an adult Link in the game.

Pigs

You can not drown the pigs of Outset Island by throwing them in the ocean (the first thing I tried when I got the game), but with luck you can trap them behind one of the rocks you're supposed to practice jumping on. The pig(s) will swim back and forth along one side of the rock for an indefinite amount of time, making them much more suited for an archipelagian adventure than the wimpy kid you have to control.

References

Rito

The bird-like Rito are believed to be descendants of the Zoras from Ocarina of Time. Medli, an important NPC has a symbol similar to the Zora's Sapphire on her clothing. She is also mentioned as being of the bloodline of an important Zora.

The Rito may also be inspired by the Watarara, who are also avians and who only appear in the Legend of Zelda series manga. These people were more like giant birds than humans, but had a similar gaining of wings past a certain age and the same chieftain leadership structure.

Sales

On August 31, 2003 the game has won the Gold-Award from the German VUD (Verband der Unterhaltungssoftware Deutschland - Entertainment Software Association Germany) for selling more then 100,000 (but less then 200,000) units in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Awards

  • GamePro (Germany)
    • February 13, 2004 - Best GameCube Game in 2003 (Readers' Vote)
  • GameSpy
    • 2003 – #5 Game of the Year
    • 2003 – GameCube Game of the Year
    • 2003 – GameCube Game of the Year (Readers' Vote)
  • Golden Joystick Awards
Information also contributed by ~~, Late, Mark Ennis, piltdown_man, Tiago Jaques and Xoleras

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